Thursday, March 31, 2011
He says the Mayan society viewed time as circular, and 2012 is when one of the Maya calendar eras ends and a new era begins. Organizers say the lecture will give the audience a good understanding of the Mayan culture, their calendars and mathematical notations. The lecture will be illustrated with pictures of pre-Columbian Mayan art and architecture. Barnhart's involvement in Mayan studies began in 1990 as an archaeological intern in the ruins of Copan, Honduras. In January 1996, he was invited to return to Copan and help the University of Pennsylvania excavate the early acropolis and the tomb of the city's lineage founder. The presentation is a Center Stage event that is free and open to the public.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
"The records contained in these archives may be extremely important to historians long after we are gone," Rep. Ryan Williams said. "It is wise to spend money now to make sure these records are properly maintained and accessible to the public."
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
"Essentially, it is an algorithm — a series of equations — that functions as a brain, fusing and processing information that further improves defensive tracking using multiple asynchronous sensors," Alouani said. "Anytime more information can be analyzed more quickly and more accurately, better threat assessment quality will result."
The Navy currently uses the Aegis Combat System to coordinate data acquisition, interpretation and decision-making. That system functions for the Navy much like the five senses function for a person, Alouani explained, but instead of eyes and ears, radar is one type of sensor the system uses to gather such information as position, velocity and elevation of possible targets. But not all of the different Aegis-equipped weapons platforms use the same types of sensors. That, combined with the limited bandwidth of current communications technology, has made centralized information processing difficult. While there is limited data sharing across some weapons platforms, primarily cruisers and destroyers, improvements in communication and processing were needed for the multiple types of asynchronous sensors to function more efficiently system-wide.
"Contrary to synchronous sensors, asynchronous sensors provide information signals at different times. This allows for better coverage with fewer resources," Alouani said.
In order for multiple sensors to perform sequential, real-time processing, however, all the sensor nodes would have to "receive the same data, at the same time, and without delays," according to the patent. Therefore, most of the existing track fusion algorithms currently in use by the military are most effective only for synchronized tracks.
"Because the U.S. Navy sensors are distributed across wide geographical areas, the existing assumption that all the data arrive at the same time without delay is not realistic," Alouani said. "The assumption of synchronicity can lead to inconsistent assessment, but the new invention accounts for real-world constraints in target tracking while providing an optimal solution to the problem."
In addition to the use of dissimilar sensors and the limited bandwidth of communications technology, another barrier to using multiple asynchronous sensors to create a real-time scenario is the large volume of data that must be processed by the system. Because of these barriers, the result is out-of-sequence or redundant tracks that can complicate or delay military decision-making, and when it comes to threat assessment, complications and delays can be deadly.
"This becomes a difficult problem to solve for real-time applications when there is a large amount of data being distributed across the network," according to the patent. But Alouani's asynchronous multi-sensor fusion approach overcomes these barriers to create a more accurate single integrated air picture. Alouani's information filtering technique incorporates a track fusion center that combines and processes data generated from all of the single sensor platforms to create a common and more complete picture of the entire operational environment. Ideally, this common tactical picture would be displayed across all levels of the sensor nodes, to military decision-makers and shooters.
"The obvious advantages of having a more accurate picture of the environment is that it will minimize miscorrelations of threats and the creation of false tracks to increase battle-space awareness and
improve reaction time," Alouani said. "This project is proof that teaching and research can be conducted successfully at the same time, and because we are capable of performing such research here, I think it says a lot about the quality of TTU," Alouani said.
Monday, March 28, 2011
"They are reminders of our inevitable hunger for something just outside of ordinary human conditions, as we wander through life and cope with its complex challenges," she said.
Zucker uses the carousel form as a context for presenting imagery. With the form, she attempts to deliver a primary visual effect of movement and flight. The steel pole bases lift the horses above eye level and greatly enhance their presence, their fluidity and their airborne gestures.
"The carousel houses cultural underpinnings that range from an association with the carnival's macabre story of the madness of life, spinning out of control, to an innocent childhood wonderland," Zucker said.
For more information call 372-3051 or visit the Craft Center web site at www.tntech.edu/craftcenter/.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
"Carmen was well-known in the Upper Cumberland for her work with EMS agencies and the CPR programs. We wanted to do something to honor her memory and continue the work she loved so much," said Rachel Smith, event coordinator.
The event will begin at 7 a.m. Tuesday April 5, and will go until 6 p.m. at the Cookeville Blood Assurance office. The event will host not only a blood drive, but will have emergency vehicles on display for children and families to learn more about careers like that of Burnette. Financial contributions will also be accepted for the Carmen Burnette CPR Education Foundation that was created by her family to help teach more students how to save lives in their communities. The event is open to the public, and Blood Assurance will be setup with extra staff to aid in the donations. For more information about this event, visit www.carmenburnette.com or visit the Putnam County EMS Facebook page.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
"I have watched Ms. Carpenter give her all to every student that walks through her door," said student John Woodard in nominating Carpenter for the honor. "She takes time to sit down with students to get to know them and how TTU and the College of Business can help them reach their goals. Every student that comes in contact with Ms. Amy Jo finds her to be extremely helpful. It is employees like Ms. Carpenter that allow Tech to have a competitive edge in everything it does and allows students to fully unleash their awesomeness."
Carpenter has been with the university since July 2002. Ambassador nomination forms are available from TTU’s Human Resource Services or by visiting www.tntech.edu/hr.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA),. research on the effectiveness of child safety seats has found them to reduce fatal injury by 71 percent for infants younger than a year old, and by 54 percent for toddlers one to four years old. Officials say many parents and others who transport children do not understand the potential deadly results from not using a child seat or booster seat at all or using one that is not properly used or secured in a vehicle. Research also shows that high visibility enforcement, accompanied by education is most effective in raising occupant restraint use.
|Frank Kunstler performing in QED at CPAC|
Fincher noted that no complaint has ever been filed against him or his campaign account, and he has never had any matter before the Registry's board.
"The Republicans know there's no violation here. They could have filed a complaint with the state ethics commission where I can respond to it and defeat it - but they didn't. They are just posturing, and should issue a retraction," said Fincher.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
A consultant firm has worked with campus administrators to analyze the documentation submitted by employees across campus. The first report generated by the study was presented to the Tennessee Board of Regents earlier this month and approval is anticipated at the June board meeting. They say this is the first step in a multi-step process to retool the university's compensation and rewards system. Tech President Bob Bell says the incremental implementation of changes will be subject to budget availability, but as funds become available, the study will give the university a systematic approach to develop a foundation from which to operate.
"I'm obviously excited about this opportunity," Payne said. "I'm thankful to coach Sutton for bringing me here to Tennessee Tech, and to President Bell and Mark Wilson for this opportunity. I also want to thank all the people involved in Tennessee Tech athletics, from the players to the staff, for the support they've shown. I'm extremely excited for all of them to see the future of Tennessee Tech basketball."
Director of Athletics Mark Wilson introduced Payne as Tech's 12th men's basketball head coach.
"Steve Payne has been a tremendous part of the success of Golden Eagle basketball over the last nine years," Wilson said. "He has been extremely loyal to coach Sutton, the basketball program and the university. He has taken on whatever leadership role we've asked of him and had success in those roles. Steve Payne is the right coach to take the foundation that has been laid and build upon it to propel Golden Eagle basketball to greater heights. We believe Steve will be a very popular choice with our fan base and he has been recognized nationally as an up-and-coming young coach. This team has a strong nucleus returning and we don't think they will skip a beat in the transition between the leadership of coach Sutton and the leadership of coach Payne."
Payne came to Tech in 2002 as assistant coach under Sutton, and has been the top assistant on the staff for nine years, rising to the post of associate head coach.
"I want to thank coach Sutton for taking the chances on a junior college coach from Texas," Payne said. "I have always been proud to represent Tennessee Tech and I am even more so today. When I came here, my goal was to be a Division I coach. After being here, that goal changed. I wanted to be the coach of Tennessee Tech University. Outside of the day I was saved, my marriage and the birth of my children, this is the biggest, most exciting day of my life. I am excited, honored and humbled to be Tennessee Tech's head coach. It is truly a dream come true."
Payne came to Tech as assistant coach, but found himself vaulted into a much more demanding role when Sutton was stricken in 2005 with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, sidelining Sutton for the early portion of that year. With Payne handling the day-to-day operations of the program, the Golden Eagles raced out to an 8-2 start with losses at Dayton and Cincinnati. Payne continued to handle a major portion of the coaching duties for the balance of the year, helping to lead Tech to an 18-11 record and the semifinals of the OVC Tournament. During the past year, Payne headed the Golden Eagles on two Ohio Valley Conference road trips in Sutton's absence, and guided the team to three wins in four games. In his nine years, Payne has helped Tech post 149 wins and two of the program's five 20-win seasons, hitting that mark in 2002-03 and again this past winter.
Following the 2005-06 season, Payne was recognized for the role he played in Tech's success while Sutton began his recovery. He was named OVC Coach of the Year by CollegeInsider.com, and was listed as one of 15 finalists for the Hugh Durham Award honoring the mid-major Coach of the Year. CBSsportsline.com also named him OVC Coach of the Year.
Payne began his career at Tech after serving as the head coach at Frank Phillips Junior College in Borger, Texas. Prior to taking the reins at Frank Phillips JC, Payne was associate head coach for four years at Georgetown (Ky.) College. During his time at Georgetown, the Tigers compiled a 128-22 record, won three conference titles in four years, and won the NAIA national title in 1997-98. The team finished second at the NAIA National Tournament in 1999-00, and advanced to the Sweet 16 two other years. Payne also served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Northwestern State (La.) University where he helped NSU to its best conference finish in a decade. Before NSU, he was an assistant coach at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where he was recruiting coordinator and helped lead the team to back-to-back 20-win seasons.
While his title changes, Payne sees the program going through a seamless transition.
"I've always taken ownership of this program. It's different suggesting to the head coach what you think is best for the program, and being the one with the final say, but I feel I'm prepared for this. I've done this before. We have great players, a great staff, and great administration, and I'm looking forward to continuing the upward trend of men's basketball at Tennessee Tech."
Payne said he was greatly influenced by Sutton during the past nine seasons
"Spending nine years around coach Sutton will be a huge benefit," Payne said. "He's a very knowledgeable coach. We've been through a lot and I'm ready to take the next challenge. I want to face what's ahead of us. I appreciate and will always owe a debt of gratitude to Mike Sutton for bringing me here. The lessons I've learned from him over the last nine years cannot be measured. He has taught me so many things, but the main thing is that a basketball program should be about relationships first. The relationships we have with each other, and with our community, are what make a basketball program special. I couldn't be more proud to be representing a university community and a man in coach Sutton who has handled a very tough situation with such class and poise. I will do my very best to make him and our entire Tech family proud."
Among the challenges Payne faces is continuing to develop pride in the Golden Eagle program.
"We've had some great players in the last nine years," Payne said. "Not only the past nine years, but throughout the history of this program. I've seen firsthand that there's a lot of pride out there in Tennessee Tech basketball, and I'm looking forward to giving our fans and players even more reasons to be proud."
Recruiting and working with the current players is Payne's top priority in the coming weeks.
"We'll continue our recruiting, but the most important people are the guys who are in our program right now," Payne said. "They're the foundation of our team next year. We have to make sure that that they're getting stronger, getting better everyday."
Getting out into the community will be an important part of Payne's plans.
"I want to sell our program. I want our fans to be as passionate about our team and our school as I am. If we can do that, we'll be okay. I want people to invest in this program. We have everything in place to be successful and we're excited about moving forward."
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Tennessee Tech Athletics will hold a Press Conference to make a major announcement tomorrow (Wednesday, March 23), beginning at 9 a.m. CT in the Eagles' Nest in Eblen Center. Although not confirmed, the announcement is expected to be about the basketball program. In addition to the media, the public is also welcome to attend.
Monday, March 21, 2011
"We want people to know who we are and what civil engineers do," said Lindsay Bryant, concrete canoe team member. "We also want people to see what a wonderful town Cookeville is."
The concrete canoe race is set for 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday at Cane Creek Park, and it will feature more than 20 canoes that each measure about 20-feet long, broadcasts from local radio stations, and live music. The concrete canoe competition provides students with a practical application of the engineering principles they learn in the classroom, along with important team and project management skills they will need in their careers. It challenges the students' knowledge, creativity and stamina, while showcasing the versatility and durability of concrete as a building material. The project takes all year to plan and work on and will be judged on four components: visual, written, presentation, and race at Cane Creek Park.
The steel bridge competition is a real-world project where team members create a bridge with materials given to them. The teams this year will be challenged to build their bridge with the capability to go over a flood plain. They will be judged on the time it takes them to build and create the bridge, how much weight can be deflected, and aesthetics. Students will also have a chance to gain extra points by making the bridge lighter in weight. Most of the event's competitions on Friday will be held on the Main Quad, and canoe and steel bridge displays will be set up in the Memorial Gym.
Organizers warn, however, that campus traffic could be somewhat more congested than normal on Thursday afternoon because of the event's 6-9 p.m. registration time. Organizers say they hope to have all competitors on campus and unloaded from buses at the Memorial Gym by 7:45 p.m. Last year Tech placed fifth in the ASCE competitions. To find out more about the event or to make a donation visit http://www.tntech.edu/asceconference/home/.
"We are absolutely thrilled with this new facility, and we're extremely anxious for the public to have the chance to see what we have available for our student-athletes," said Mark Wilson, Tech Director of Athletics. "It's a facility that we've been looking forward to for a long time, one that will benefit all of our current student-athletes and each of our intercollegiate teams."
The Open House will give everyone the opportunity to view and tour the 25,000 square-foot facility. It features a 10,000 square-foot strength room and a 10,000 square-foot indoor practice facility, plus dressing rooms and offices. In addition to invitations to the public, the university community and student body, former Golden Eagle student-athletes have also been invited to attend.
"This is an historic day for Tennessee Tech Athletics," Wilson said. "It became obvious in talking with our past student-athletes that this type of facility needed to be a top priority for athletics, and we are excited that we have been able to accomplish it."
All parking for the Athletic Performance Center Grand Opening and Open House will be at the Eblen Center, and continuous transportation will be provided to-and-from the facility throughout the event. Visitors are asked to park in the main parking lot located between Tucker Stadium and Eblen Center, with transportation picking up riders from the Eblen Center main lobby. Members of the athletics staff, including most head coaches, will be at the Open House to answer questions. In addition, several student-athletes incuding members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will attend. For additional information on the Grand Opening, please call the Athletics Ticket Office at (931) 372-3940.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Stories of historic Tennessee women will be the topic of Bond's presentation, set for 7 p.m. on March 22 in the Multipurpose Room of the Roaden University Center. She is the editor and contributing author, along with Sarah Wilkerson Freeman, of a book titled Tennessee Women: Their Histories, Their Lives, Vol. 1.
Speaker Norma Ramos will focus on the current women's issues of human trafficking and the sex trade in a presentation at 7 p.m. on March 29 at Derryberry Hall Auditorium. Because of her work with that organization, Ramos is the recipient of the Women's Committee Award and the Flor De Maga Award, both from the Puerto Rican Bar Association. Ramos is described as an eco-feminist who links the worldwide inequality and destruction of women to the destruction of the environment. A Center Stage event, her presentation — like Bond's — is free and open to the public.
"This is the most important on-field time of the year for a football team," said Brown, whose 2011 team will mark his fifth season with the Golden Eagles. "We're not working on systems or game plans, we're looking for football players. We've got a lot of veteran players back, but we're really excited about looking at everybody. We have between 20 and 30 guys who have a chance to emerge from Spring practice as key players. We don't have time to hunt for players in the fall. We need to find them in the spring."
The Golden Eagles have 15 practice dates planned. Practices will take place each Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon at 3:15 p.m., and Saturdays at 10 a.m. The spring game will take place on Saturday, April 16 at 10 a.m., the final day of practice.
While the past two teams have featured about 10 seniors each year, the 2011 Golden Eagle roster will include 25 seniors. Add to that a junior class of 25 players and the Golden Eagles will be a veteran, experienced team.
"We should have really great senior leadership," Brown said. Because of that, the Golden Eagles will not select captains for the season, but will choose "permanent' team captains following the year.
"We have so many seniors, we want to give all 25 the chance to be leaders," Brown said.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
"This is a truly remarkable ensemble," said Dr. Joshua Hauser, TTU trombone professor. "The U. S. Army has one of the finest music programs in existence, and the opportunity to hear these musicians live in Cookeville is not one to be missed. I look forward to their performance and hope that you can join us."
Since its inception in 1972, the U.S. Army Brass Quintet has performed for a wide variety of audiences and dignitaries in 39 states and 12 foreign countries. An element of The U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Army Brass Quintet performs at the White House and at such televised national events as presidential inaugurations and official state ceremonies in the nation's capital. The ensemble has been selected repeatedly as the first to honor new presidents with the traditional "Hail to the Chief" on live national broadcasts. The Army Brass Quintet frequently performs for special events hosted by the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of the Army, and the Army Chief of Staff, as well as ceremonies supporting the Military District of Washington.
It has also performed on a wide variety of local and regional broadcasts, such as WCBS in New York. Recently, the Army Brass Quintet found itself performing the National Anthem for televised Major League Baseball, NBA, and NHL games as well as NASCAR races. It has even been featured on the Food Network.
The repertoire for the ensemble includes more than 500 selections from all eras and genres of classical music, as well as a variety of popular music, interactive entertainment, video, and works for children's concerts. The Army Brass Quintet's library also includes historic music from the American Civil War, which the ensemble enjoys performing on authentic instruments.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
“Our goal is simple – to find and remove impaired drivers from the roadways,” said THP Colonel Tracy Trott. “If you drink and drive, you are in jeopardy of placing your life or someone else’s at risk, not to mention how the trauma, financial burden and arrest will impact your life forever. Don’t gamble with your future; designate a sober driver before the party begins.”
In Putnam County, what are called "saturation patrols" will be conducted Thursday evening along Highway 70-North. Troopers will also be looking for drunk drivers along Highway 111 and I-40, as well as Highway 56 into Jackson County. Officials say a driver convicted of DUI can face up to 48 hours in jail and the loss of driving privileges for up to a year for a first offense. The associated costs of driving impaired also include attorney fees, court costs, reinstatement fees and higher insurance premiums.
At approximately 10:31 a.m. on Saturday, Adams, a Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) Interdiction Plus Trooper, stopped a 2005 Freightliner tractor trailer with California tags for following too closely at mile marker 306 westbound on Interstate-40. A standard commercial vehicle inspection ensued, where Trooper Adams became suspicious after speaking to the driver and finding discrepancies in his log book. After requesting and subsequently obtaining consent to search the trailer and tractor’s cab, the Trooper sought assistance from the Monterey Police Department, an Interdiction Plus partner. THP Interdiction Plus Team Leader Michael Loftis also assisted.
Upon arriving at the scene, Monterey Officer Larry Bates deployed his K-9, receiving alerts on the load of the trailer. The vehicle was then moved to a local trucking company where it was off-loaded. Officers discovered that duct taped bundles within sealed cases of bottled water filled the trailer. Officers found more than $4 million of U.S. currency inside the duct taped bundles. (Authorities seized a total amount of $4,078,713.)
“I-40 is one of the top drug trafficking corridors in the nation. This seizure reflects the importance of interdiction efforts by law enforcement,” said Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons. “Colonel Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol and I are proud of the troopers involved in this seizure. Their efforts are sending a message to drug traffickers that we will not tolerate their activities,” said Commissioner Gibbons.
Federal authorities charged Armando Guzman, 42, of Moreno Valley, Calif., and co-driver Francisco Javier Cruz, 44, of San Jacinto, Calif., with interstate travel with intent to promote a drug trafficking conspiracy, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 1952(a)(3). The Tennessee Highway Patrol also seized the tractor trailer.
The Interdiction Plus program is a statewide law enforcement initiative led by the Tennessee Highway Patrol. Initiated in fall 2007, partners in the program include at least 300 officers from 115 local law enforcement agencies across Tennessee. These officers are dedicated to the interdiction of all crimes, threats, and hazards. Officers are specially trained to work closely in gathering and sharing criminal information.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
"This invitation is a wonderful opportunity for us to play in the post-season," said Tech Head Coach Mike Sutton. "Six teams that earned conference championships this year played in the CIT last year, so we're excited to make an appearance in the tournament. Our team definitely earned its way into this tournament with our 20-win season, and we're ready to continue with that dedication and carry it into the post-season."
Tech's last post-season appearance came in the 2001-02 season, when they played in four National Invitation Tournament (NIT) games after earning the Ohio Valley Conference title during their regular season. The program saw one other NIT bid in 1985, and twice participated in the NCAA tournament, in 1958 and 1963. The CIT was founded in 2009 by CollegeInsider.com and is geared toward mid-major colleges and universities that did not receive bids to the NCAA or NIT tournaments.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
"This is not something unique to Cookeville. This is a statewide and a nationwide problem," he said. "Actually, more of this is probably being bought on the Internet than it is in retails outlets."
Still, Honeycutt says local officials are concerned about the effects of the drug and are glad that the state is doing something about it. Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper announced a statewide seizure of the product called Molly's Plant Food on Friday. Cooper said in a news release that the product is referred to on the Internet as "legal ecstasy" and contains mephedrone, a substance known to produce effects similar to ecstasy and cocaine when ingested. No criminal charges have been filed, but the state has cited civil law violations because the product has not been properly registered and labeled.
The Tennessee State Senate will have to decide whether it will accept an amended complaint from Gary Steakley, who is contesting his loss to Senator Charlotte Burks last November. Steakley's new lawyer has taken depositions from local election officials and now wants to claim incompetence on their part in his effort to have the results thrown out. His initial claim involved a conspiracy to tamper with the machines. The Senate is expected to rule by the end of the month.
"When the lights above us started going back and forth, that's when I realized it was getting worse," he said. "Once we got under the tables, that's when it got really bad. There was a pole under the table, and it was shaking us against the poll, back and forth, several inches -- not just like a vibration; it was basically tossing us back and forth. And I couldn't say anything."
Magdalena said he was too scared to scream but that he feared those were his final moments. He said he thought the building would collapse because of how much it was shaking. Magdalena has recently been pursuing a career in modeling, but was a member of the award-winning Academic Team at Cookeville High School in 2004 and was graduated with honors from Tech in 2008.