Author: Megan Reagan

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LGBTQIA+ charity protested by hate group Sunday

A group of nearly a dozen men carrying a Nazi flag protested Sunday afternoon outside a local event that featured a drag performance brunch for charity at Hix Farm Brewery. This protest comes just days after citizens filled the Cookeville City Hall chamber at a council meeting demanding action to […]

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Faculty Senate issues a ‘Vote of No Confidence’ in Tech CFO

 Tech’s Faculty Senate, an advisory board to the university president, has passed a “Vote of No Confidence” in the university’s vice president. The vote comes after  it was discovered that some faculty and staff members received raises exceeding the 1-7% approved by the Board of Trustees for the 2020-2021 academic […]

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ETSU student seeks recognition of ASL and Deaf culture

American Sign Language has been recognized as its own language in the United States since the 1960s, and Tennessee passed legislation in 2017 recognizing it as a modern language that fulfills high school foreign language requirements; however, students at East Tennessee State University say that the institution has fallen behind […]

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Upper Cumberland cities sued for violations of Clean Water Act

The cities of Cookeville and Sparta have been named in a federal lawsuit alleging violations of the Clean Water Act. The complaints, filed in the U.S. District Court by Tennessee Riverkeepers, Inc. claims Cookeville and Sparta are in violation of provisions of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit by […]

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Summary Judgment Requested By Faculty Suing Tech

Two Tech faculty members who have filed a lawsuit against the university’s provost recently requested a summary judgment in federal court. Attorney Robert Bigelow, representing Dr. Julia Gruber and Andrew Smith — associate professor of German and English instructor respectively — claims the university used surveillance technology to “unmask and […]

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A Way of Dealing With the Times

If you go into any houseware store, or locally owned boutique, you’ll find wooden signs speaking to our ways of life. Each one is different, but yet the same; however, when you see them in someone’s home, office and personal space, you begin to get glimpses into their humor or […]

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Faculty Senate Passes Resolution Supporting Free Speech

Tech’s Faculty Senate recently passed a resolution requesting that university president Phil Oldham reaffirm Tech’s policy on freedom of speech and expression. The resolution comes from the Faculty Senate at the request of the Backdoor Playhouse’s artistic director, Dr. Mark Creter, who says that actions from recent controversy have placed […]

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Tech Faculty File For Preliminary Injunction To Remove Sanctions

Two Tech faculty members suing the university’s provost filed a motion for a preliminary injunction earlier this year, requesting the court to restrain the enforcement of sanctions imposed upon them. However, the provost’s attorneys argue that such an injunction is not necessary. The federal lawsuit filed in October 2021 by Dr. […]