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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 …

Photo by Alexis Marshall / Assistant News Editor The National Low Income Housing Coalition recently released its annual Out of Reach Report, which compares minimum wage to housing prices within each state. This year, Tennessee was ranked more affordable than most states and was listed as the 38th most expensive state out of 52, including …