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Story and photos by Ashley Barrientos and WPLN Last summer was undoubtedly an electric season of racial reckoning for the United States. Residents of Nashville were especially instrumental in the mobilization of the Black Lives Matter movement that shook the country’s bones. Thousands of protestors lined the streets of downtown Nashville throughout May, June and …

Story by Ashley Norman / Contributing Writer Emily Smith was 14 years old when she started her first job in Montgomery, Alabama. She restocked shelves at her hometown’s local grocery store. It was 1999, and she was making just over $5 an hour. Fast forward 22 years, and Emily is now working full time as …

Photos by Ashley Barrientos / Lifestyles Editor After a 10-hour shift of serving hot platters of tacos and enchiladas, Sofia slumps into a leather booth. Her small feet throb— she didn’t get a break today— as she glances at her cracked phone screen, which flashes the time: 11 p.m. Surrounded by glasses empty of Coke …

Story by Darby McCarthy / Contributing Writer Photo via Pexels   The COVID pandemic has produced an era of security in testing, but tests aren’t foolproof. They can tell you the opposite of what is true. Consequently, a person with symptoms who is told they’re negative risks infecting family and friends because they didn’t consider …

Photo by Andrew Wigdor / MTSU Sidelines Archive Story by Amy Harris-Aber / Contributing Writer It’s no secret that MTSU has set its sights on becoming a major player when it comes to research. Our university offers an impressive variety of graduate programs: students can earn their M.S. in Equine Physiology, a Ph.D. in Molecular …

Photo courtesy of WhiteHouse.gov Of all the civil rights leaders that have spoken for generations of underprivileged people, the words of Martin Luther King Jr. have always resonated with me the most. His deeply moving messages are felt in the hearts and minds of Americans today, and I believe they will be felt for generations to …