Saturday, April 30, 2011
The STEM Center provides PreK through 12th grade teachers access to cutting-edge resources, technologies, and strategies for engaging their students in the STEM-based subjects of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Registration is open and teacher can choose from more than 20 professional development workshops. Classes range from grant writing for educators, robotics, and physics boot camp to musical math for PreK, amateur radio, nanoscience, and many more.
The workshops happen in the center's state-of-the-art Learning Studios representing physics/engineering, chemistry/biology, mathematics, and early childhood education. Some workshops occur in other labs on the Tennessee Tech campus.
"All the PD workshops are Tennessee Learning Standards-aligned to best serve the needs of our teachers and their students," said Sally Pardue, director of the Millard Oakley STEM Center.
"It is essential for the teachers and children in our region and state to have access to the best opportunities and latest technologies to be prepared to participate in the futures of industry, manufacturing, the sciences and engineering."
The classes range in price from $35 to $605. Workshop class lengths vary from one three-hour session or six-hour session on a single day; while others may cover two to five days. Details about dates, times, prices and PD credit hours can be found on the STEM Center's website, www.tntech.edu/stem (see Teachers PreK-12th section).
"Mark Stephens has performed admirably in his current role as associate provost, and I am fully confident that he will serve in this new role with distinction," said Bell.
Stephens holds a doctorate and master's degree in economics from the University of Tennessee. He earned his bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University in international trade and finance. Stephens joined TTU as a College of Business faculty member in 1980. His primary teaching responsibilities focused on the principles of economics, economic development, international economics and environmental economics.
As the lead representative of TTU's Admissions Office, he is called upon to recruit high profile students and to handle special projects. But he exhibits an unwavering commitment to speak to all high school students about the advantages of higher education in general.
"Jim has become somewhat of a legend across the TTU campus for the way he helps prospective students and their parents by imparting his uncanny knowledge of university facts and figures," said Robert L. Hodum, TTU's executive director of enrollment management. "I can't tell you how many people have indicated that they chose TTU because of their interactions with Jim Gray."
Hodum says Gray pioneered the campus visit program and the telecounseling program. His duties include traveling the state and putting in many weekends of effort. He has been an integral part of the enrollment management team that set almost a decade of consecutive years of record undergraduate growth. He was instrumental in having the university designated as a National Merit Scholarship sponsoring institution.
Gray has served on the committee that coordinates college fairs throughout the state and is a member of the Tennessee Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. He also has served as a liaison between the university and the Tennessee Counseling Association, the professional organization for many high school counselors.
With an unwavering positive attitude, Gray is often described in absolute terms—always energetic, always excited, always friendly and always helpful.
"He is always eager to personally 'make' a day, a job or a life better," said TTU Director of Bands Joe Hermann. "His positive demeanor is capable of changing worlds, and there are hundreds of families, students and faculty who could provide the testimony."
Gray has often said he represents Tennessee Tech 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
"No one ever tries to catch Jim 'on a good day,'" said Hodum. "All his days are good ones."
“Tennesseans are very generous people who want to help when disasters like this occur,” Secretary Hargett said. “Unfortunately, there are corrupt individuals and organizations who may try to take advantage of that generosity. Before making charitable contributions, would-be donors should try to learn as much as they can about individuals and organizations who claim to be raising money for relief efforts.”
Secretary Hargett recommends researching charities before making donations, paying by check instead of giving out credit card numbers and asking lots of questions.
“We urge everyone who suspects a charity of fraudulent activity to call the Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming,” said Todd Kelley, the head of the division. “We want to help ensure that donations made to charitable causes actually reach the people they are intended to help.”
The Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming, which is part of the Office of the Secretary of State, is authorized to investigate and impose civil penalties against individuals or groups who engage in fraudulent or misleading fundraising activities. Information on registered charities, including their annual financial reports, is available on the Secretary of State’s web site at: http://www.state.tn.us/sos/charity. To obtain information about charities by telephone or to report suspicious activity, call the Division of Charitable Solicitations and Gaming at (615) 741-2555.
“People involved in the tornado clean-up should wear appropriate shoes and clothing, as well as gloves and protective eyewear to lessen the chance of injury,” said State Epidemiologist Tim F. Jones, MD “Those who accidentally sustain serious cuts or deep puncture wounds should consult a health care provider immediately to determine if there is a need for a tetanus shot, particularly if you haven’t had one in 10 years or more.”
Individuals helping with clean-up activities should wear sturdy, preferably hard-bottom, shoes or boots. When high temperatures are not an issue, long sleeves and long pants are recommended. People are also strongly urged to wear gloves and protective glasses or goggles. Tetanus is a very rare but serious illness caused when C. tetani bacteria, which are found naturally in the soil, enter the body through puncture wounds or cuts. It is easily prevented through routine vaccination of children and adults.
Adults and children should receive a dose of tetanus vaccine every 10 years. If you experience a cut or puncture wound, you should clean it with soap and water right away, and consult your health care provider, who may recommend that you receive a tetanus booster if it has been more than five years since your last dose. Many health care providers, immunizing pharmacists and all local health departments routinely offer tetanus-containing vaccines for people who need them.
The most important tools to prevent illness during the clean-up process are soap and clean water. Wash your hands frequently and keep minor cuts and scrapes clean. If you have concerns about an injury or think a cut is getting infected, contact your health care provider.
* Approximately 20 actors performing scenes from a dozen Shakespeare plays
* Bryan Symphony Director Dan Alcott playing Renaissance pieces on cello
* Diane Glasgow's Cookeville Camarata recorder ensemble playing songs from Shakespeare plays
* Charles and Laurie Long performing an authentic madrigal
* Rennaissance feast menu including a whole roasted pig, Cornish hens, turkey legs; herb-roasted parsnips and potatoes, and a variety of English-style vegetables; bread pudding, and other period desserts.
Shakespeare's actual birthday is April 23, but the people putting on the event say they were looking at the schedule of events around Cookeville, and May Day turned out to be the best choice for the event.
This year's program includes scenes from comedies like Merry Wives of Windsor, Taming of the Shrew, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream; Also scenes from Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, Henry IV Part 1, The Tempest, Othello, and several sonnets rendered by Mary Pashley.
Actors include WCTE General Manager Becky Magura; Tennessee Tech Drama Director Mark Creter; Wesley Foundation Director Charles Long; Cookeville Cultural Arts Coordinator Steve Gwilt; Tennessee Tech French Professor Debbie Barnard; Actor/Director Dave Davidson; and actors Evan Montgomery, Eliot Cunningham, Simone O’Dell, Beth Thompson, Sandy Johnson, Travis Flatt, Phil Horn, Sean Dietz, Matt Wilson, Emily Smith, Josh Winscott, Lisa Shin, and Alex Mattingly.
Tickets are $35 per person, and include dinner and entertainment, with dessert and coffee at intermission. Tickets are available at the Cookeville Performing Arts Center Box office, and Thomas Andrews on the day of the show. Advance tickets purchases are encouraged to aid the cooks in planning the feast. All net proceeds after food costs go to the Stephens Center. Seating is limited. A cash bar will be provided.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
"If I or one of my officers come upon a scene with an active shooter, we need to be able to immediately determine who is the aggressor," said Shepherd. "Responding quickly and decisively is key. If we have several members of the campus community armed and engaged in the situation, it would drastically impact how effective we could be."
Law enforcement officials nationwide have expressed concern that campuses will become less safe with more gun carriers by complicating law enforcement response to potential threats.
"Just because someone is permitted to carry a weapon, we cannot presume the individual's ability or skill set with that weapon during an alarming situation," wrote Chief David Beams, TACP president, and Chief August Washington, chairman of the TACP University Committee and chief of the Vanderbilt University Police Department, in a letter to the General Assembly.
Shepherd agrees. And she adds that the ability to use weapons correctly and effectively is a constant process, and that retaining a permit takes effort and planning.
"As officers we constantly train to maintain weapons accuracy and retention," she said. "We use Level 3 holsters for extra safety and have to train to release and use those weapons quickly and accurately. How can we know if that level of training is being carried out by individuals with weapons on campus?"
The University of Tennessee System and the Tennessee Board of Regents have both strongly opposed the bills for several reasons, with safety the primary concern. Both support the current law that prohibits anyone other than law enforcement officers to have weapons on campus. Recent campus crime reports indicate Tennessee college campuses are often safer than the communities that surround them. College officials are also concerned about the added liabilities and costs they could face if the laws are changed.
House Bill 2016 is scheduled to come up in the House Judiciary Committee. As amended, it will allow all full-time faculty and staff members of public postsecondary institutions with a concealed weapon permit to carry a concealed firearm on campus after completing a two-hour handgun safety training course. The bill does not pertain to students, part-time employees or adjunct faculty members. The bill provides that if an institution elects to opt out, it will have a duty to guarantee and warrant the health and safety of persons on the campus.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
A native of Quincy, Florida, Billy Dean was raised appreciating the value of music and has a diverse array of musical influences. After attending college on a basketball scholarship, Billy moved to Nashville in 1983 and by 1990 had recorded his first Top 5 Hit "Only Here For A Little While" After twelve albums and eleven Top 10 singles spanning over a period of eighteen years, Billy has founded the publishing company BDMG (Billy Dean Music Group). Billy continues to make contributions to the Country Music world by building brands with music and empowering children, by being a spokesperson for Averitt Cares For Kids, and Sunkist's Take A Stand Program. His latest album "Let Them Be Little" was inspired by those closest to him,his two children Hannah & Eli, and his wife Stephanie. Tickets for the Dean concert are available at Monterey High School, Upperman High School, Cornerstone Middle School and all branches of the Bank of Putnam County (including Crossville, Sparta and Livingston.)
On Thursday, April 28 at 7 p.m. at Monterey High School, the legendary Ed Bruce will be in concert With a string of hits, both as an artist and a writer, Ed Bruce has maintained a successful career for more than four decades. "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys", "After All", "Girls, Women and Ladies", "When You Fall In Love Everything's A Waltz", "My First Taste of Texas", "Ever, Never Loving You", "The Last Cowboy Song", and the "Theme from Bret Maverick" are just a few of the self-penned hit songs. Then there's "Texas When I Die" and "The Man That Turned My Mama On" which were giant hits for Tanya Tucker. Ed and Judith recently sold their "Home At Last" ranch and relocated to a log home with a wrap-around porch. There, on the back porch, overlooking a river and the mountain beyond, Ed loves to sit with friends and talk sports, horses and dogs, and he loves to talk about the change Jesus has made in his life. Ed Bruce's career now spans both sides of the Atlantic and he has gained an enormous following in Europe. But Ed's heart is to lead people to the Cross of Calvary wherever he has the opportunity to sing.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
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Thursday, April 21, 2011
“This weekend marks the unofficial start to the most active travel season in the United States,” said Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons. “As the summer months approach, our Highway Patrol will be diligent in promoting safe driving campaigns and keeping Tennessee roads and its travelers safe.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that an estimated 32,788 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2010, a decline of about three percent from 2009 (33,808 fatalities). Tennessee fatalities increased to 1,033 in 2010, or 4.8 percent from 2009 (986 fatalities). As of April 20, 2011, there have been 216 motor vehicle traffic fatalities, compared to 296 at this time last year.
“Our troopers are committed to holiday enforcements and safe driving campaigns throughout the year,” said THP Colonel Tracy Trott. “While we never want to see any fatalities on Tennessee roadways, we are encouraged by the decline and hope to report a record low number of traffic deaths by the end of the year.”
Just four months into the year, preliminary statistics indicate that 17 motorcyclists have died on Tennessee roadways, a decrease of 14 deaths compared to 31 motorcycle fatalities at this same time a year ago. Also, rural traffic fatalities have decreased by 23.7 percent and unrestrained vehicle occupant fatalities have declined by 25.8 percent. Ten people were killed in eight crashes on Tennessee roads during the 2010 Easter Holiday weekend. Last year, alcohol was involved in two of the fatal crashes, and 75 percent of vehicle occupants killed were not wearing seat belts.
“We hope people make smart decisions this Easter weekend,” Colonel Trott added. “Don’t drink and drive, wear your seat belts, and pay attention to the road. Our goal is for everyone to reach their destination safely.”
"After twelve dedicated years of service to Cookeville Regional Medical Center and the community, CEO Bernie Mattingly has advised the Board of his intent to retire effective May 1, 2011. The Board is grateful for the many dedicated years of service Mr. Mattingly has provided and all of the accomplishments that were achieved during his tenure.
Mr. Mattingly and the Board of Trustees anticipated that this day would come and began succession planning over a year ago. Menachem Langer, M.D. MBA was recruited as COO last summer and started working at CRMC in October of 2010. Dr. Langer has served as interim CEO during Mr. Mattingly's recent leave of absence. The Board has unanimously appointed Dr. Langer as the new CEO of Cookeville Regional Medical Center effective May 1, 2011."
The announcement of Mattingly's retirement comes just a couple of months after he requested and received a personal leave of absence to deal with some health issues.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
The new 50,000+ square-foot facility, which provides space for the Upper Cumberland Regional Health Office staff, a regional training center and clinic, was designed and constructed to earn LEED platinum certification from the United States Green Building Council. LEED is a system for verifying that a building was designed and constructed using environmentally-friendly strategies to improve energy savings, water usage, indoor environmental quality and use of resources. The application for certification has been submitted and the state is awaiting approval.
Some of the energy-efficient building’s features include recycled and sustainable materials like countertops made from recycled windshield glass, floors made with fly ash, cork wall coverings, and furniture and decorative panels made from recycled plastic. The Upper Cumberland Regional Health Office is responsible for leadership and management of 14 county health departments: Cannon, Clay, Cumberland, DeKalb, Fentress, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam, Smith, Van Buren, Warren and White. Examples of services offered include immunizations, well child/EPSDT screenings, WIC and nutrition, children’s special services, breast and cervical cancer screening, family planning, HIV counseling and testing, sexually transmitted disease testing and treatment, tuberculosis testing and treatment and communicable disease control.
The two have a long-standing friendship, and work together at Cookeville High School. Ward, of Double Springs in Putnam County, is an assistant principal, and Brown, of the Algood area of Putnam County, is a history teacher.
They put their kayaks into the water at the Flat Creek Bridge that crosses over State Highway 136 in Overton County at approximately 1:30 pm on Sunday. And, after moving down the river for a short time, they came upon an unfamiliar waterfall that caused Ward’s kayak to wreck. Ward was able to free himself from the damaged kayak and get to shore at the same location where Brown had made it to shore himself. Ward only sustained minor scrapes and scratches. As the two friends developed a plan to find their way back to their vehicles, nightfall came and they decided to seek shelter instead.
“We were planning for the worst, but hoping for the best.” said Overton County 911 Director Chris Massiongale. “These are two very lucky gentlemen who made a smart decision to stay put for the night."
Ward told rescuers that the two "came upon a little shack and decided to stay the night there, then try to find our way back after daybreak. We are just very blessed.”
Rescuers from Overton, Putnam, and Jackson County Rescue Squads met soon after daybreak on Monday morning to begin a detailed search, including swift-water rescue crews and rope rescue crews to search along the river and over the rugged terrain. The Tennessee Highway Patrol’s helicopter was also utilized in the search, and was able to find the two abandoned kayaks overnight. CHS Principal Wayne Shanks and School Resource Officer Bill Harris were also on scene Monday to join in the search for the missing men.
“We are just really glad that these guys were not hurt and they are able to rejoin their families and friends,” said Massiongale.
The Golden Eagles are still led at the plate by sophomore Evan Frazier with his .348 mark in 89 at-bats. He's clocked 31 hits, including five homers so far this year, and is slugging a .562. Frazier is followed closely by junior Chad Hayes, who's upped his average to a .325, going 39-120 in the batter's box. Both have recorded 19 RBI for the team, while freshman Zach Stephens and senior Chad Oberacker lead in that category with 33 runs batted in apiece. Stephens went 2-for-4 with three RBI in his first outing against Belmont, while Hayes chipped in with a 2-for-4, solo RBI effort.
Belmont meanwhile has a 20-17 overall record and an even 9-9 stand in the Atlantic Sun. They are led by Craig Dylan at the plate, hitting at a .338 mark in a team-high 145 at-bats. He's brought home 24 runs for the Bruins and has eight extra-base hits on the season. Dylan is followed by Nate Woods, who leads the team with 32 RBI and six homers on the season, batting a .317 and slugging a team-high .548.
"Duffy is a world-class drummer and a great showman," said Chris McCormick, professor of jazz studies in TTU's music department and a jazz and classical trumpet performer.
Jackson has been performing since he was four, when his father — legendary jazz bassist Chubby Jackson — gave him his first set of drums because he noticed that his son had a "fantastic feeling for rhythms," he said. By the time he was 18, Jackson was touring the country with Lena Horne, and had made national television appearances on shows like "The Mike Douglas Show" and "I've Got a Secret." By the time he was 20, he was touring with Sammy Davis Jr. and appearing in the popular weekly TV show "Sammy & Company." Jackson has performed with such jazz legends as Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Ella Fitzgerald, Billy Eckstine, Stan Getz, Buddy Rich and Harry (Sweets) Edison. Although critics have long hailed Jackson's brash and dynamic percussion skills, his talents extend beyond the realm of drums. He is also a prolific composer, keyboard player, bassist, vibraphonist and vocalist.
"Duffy Jackson is a consummate entertainer," McCormick said. "His ability to combine musicianship with high-energy showmanship is not unlike Dizzy Gillespie. These characteristics truly set him apart from other jazz musicians."
The show is free and open to the public.
The Duck River in Middle Tennessee is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in North America. The Nature Conservancy launched its Duck River program in 1999, and over the last decade it has been involved with many federal, state and local partners who were beinning to tackle the water supply challenges facing several communities in the river's watershed. The Duck River program and its partners have contributed to the development of a broader process led by the state of Tennessee to direct completion of regional water supply plans in critical regions of the state.
Palmer has 13 years of professional experience in ecology and conservation biology, working primarily for the Tennessee chapter of The Nature Conservancy, the largest non-profit conservation organization in the world. She has developed expertise in conservation planning and monitors the progress of various conservation strategies. Currently, Palmer's work is focused on providing science and strategic planning support to the Conservancy's conservation projects statewide. She works with a variety of federal, state and local government agencies and other non-profit organizations on watershed management and aquatic species conservation issues in Tennessee and throughout the southeastern United States.
The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Dale Ensor, director of the TTU Environmental Science Ph.D. program, at (931) 372-3493.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
68-year-old Donnie Fritts of Mackie Road, Cookeville;
33-year-old Jayson Heady of Cates Road, Monterey;
40-year-old Vincent Cookeville of Woodcliff Road, Monterey;
24-year-old Dustin Graves of Mineral Avenue, Monterey;
31-year-old Jason Bilbrey of Romine Avenue, Monterey;
30-year-old David Stockus of East Lewis Avenue, Monterey;
39-year-old Jeremy Horn of Jackson Avenue, Monterey;
40-year-old Gary Hargis of Chestnut Street, Monterey;
40-year-old Heather Bilbrey of Romine Avenue, Monterey;
34-year-old Delana Stamps of Union B. Road, Monterey;
57-year-old Louis Swafford of Romine Avenue, Monterey;
and 64-year-old Willie Laycock of North Elm Street.
All are charged with either selling drugs or possessing drugs with intent to sell. Meanwhile, police say 56-year-old Billie Jean Hall of West New Avenue was charged with possession of a controlled substance after she agreed to sell morphine tablets for $25 apiece. Officer Larry Bates says he met Hall and her husband, Donald, at the Shell Station in Monterey last month to complete the transaction. Meanwhile, police say an undercover informant allegedly purchased suboxin at the home of 42-year-old Gina Gaye Phillips on Calfkiller Highway. Others who allegedly sold drugs to the informant were identified as 40-year-old Roy Adam Henry of Spruce Street; 32-year-old Rosa H. Sparks of Effie Court; and 48-year-old Patricia Ann Phipps-Holloway of Hanging Limb Highway.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
|Kaylee Marie Radzyminski (far right) |
is joined by TTU vice presidents Marc Burnett
and Susan Elkins (far left), along with fellow TTU students
“Everyone loves entertainment, but we can just turn on a radio or TV. They can’t, especially the troops in the mountain areas; they barely have email access. I had to do it,” Radzyminski said.
Re-airings of the CNN Heroes episode featuring Radzyminski’s update are set for Friday sometime during the hours beginning at 7 and 10 a.m. and 1 and 10 p.m. Central Standard Time, with a late-night re-air set for sometime in the hour of 1 a.m. Saturday. Other Saturday re-airings are set for sometime during the hours of 9 a.m. and 2, 4 and 9 p.m.
When she originally got the idea for Tunes 4 the Troops, Radzyminski said she was at a summer training with the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps and met some Marines just back from Iraq. When she asked them what was hardest about being gone, they told her missing family and missing entertainment. Although the idea was entirely hers, Radzyminski credits her success to the help of many. More than 60 volunteers spent last Saturday in TTU’s Roaden University Center packing CDs and DVDs into boxes for shipping, and one volunteer — Jennifer Dyer, a senior accounting major at TTU and a University Academic Scholar — helped Radzyminski coordinate the entire event.
“She was there all day Saturday, supervised every station during the packing party as well as the unloading of boxes,” Radzyminski said. “She also spent five hours with me taking stuff to the post office today.”
Other volunteers included a journalism class, a service-learning class, TTU athletes, ROTC cadets, some Cookeville High School students, Chartwells Catering Service, a student business organization, Alpha Delta Pi sorority members and many others. Radzyminski said she also appreciated the service of postal workers Neta Crosswhite and Cher Daly.
Michelle Huddleston, coordinator of the TTU University Service Center, said, “We are certainly still raising funds for this final shipment. Individuals, companies, families, church groups and student organizations can sponsor a box.”
For $15, one box — containing 125 items — can be sent overseas, she said. Donations can be sent to TTU Box 5115: School of Interdisciplinary Studies Fund for Excellence (service project Tunes 4 the Troops in the memo line of checks).
ATC’s president Bill Curran and vice-president Gene Bressler welcomed the committee to the facility and provided a site tour after the quarterly meeting.
“We are extremely impressed with ATC Automation’s operation and appreciated the opportunity to see another excellent example of a high caliber organization producing highly engineered products for the manufacturing industry right here in Cookeville,” said Steve Copeland, Chair of the Existing Industry Committee. “ATC, like many other local, companies, has an incredible impact on the local economy, not only for hiring local talent but by selling product around the globe, bringing clients to Cookeville who stay in our hotels and eat in our restaurants.”
ATC Automation is located at 101 Mill Drive in Cookeville. Visit http://www.automationtool.com/ for more information.
During the past four years of active fundraising, The Foundation has raised more than $2.5 million in cash and pledges from more than 1,500 donors. Initial support has come from the hospital "family," including employees through payroll deduction, physicians, medical groups, the hospital's volunteer auxiliary and The Foundation's advisory committee, along with the hospital board of trustees and Foundation board members, which have participated at 100 percent. Additional gifts have been received from community members, business partners, special events (golf tournament) and various foundation grants and memorials. The Foundation's greatest impact to date has been assisting nearly 2,000 patients and their families through various patient assistance programs, including the Cancer Care Fund and Caring Hands Fund, in the amount of $450,000, with much more assistance anticipated in the future. The Foundation plans to fund many efforts that the hospital is not able to finance on its own. Not only can The Foundation create a perpetual source of funding through the development of an endowment fund for future medical equipment purchases and facility expansion, but it can also greatly expand assistance to patients with expenses not covered by insurance and other payment sources.
"The Foundation as an organization has a mission that is critical to the future of all of individuals of the Upper Cumberland – quality healthcare," said Gary J. Curto, The Foundation's executive director. "It truly has become a Health Foundation of the Upper Cumberland."
For additional information on The Foundation, call 783-2003 or visit their website at www.crmchealth.org/thefoundation.
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
"The event's primary goal is to celebrate, showcase, and teach others about students' writing and research projects from their English 1010 and 1020 courses," said Tony Baker, director of composition and coordinator of the festival.
The festival features the work of participating students, mostly first-year students, who are on hand to display their projects at various booths and tables. Rather than stacks of essays, this non-competitive event features several hundred students' alternative texts, including posters, exhibits, brochures, multimedia presentations, and performances. Many texts represent collaborative efforts.
"It's exciting to see what students have been working on and how theydesign their festival texts," Baker said. "We expect a wide range of interesting projects, lively interaction, and some entertaining surprises-a real carnival of ideas. This event is a rare chance for students just to talk to people on campus about their writing projects and ideas. It's great fun."
"Lanerryl is a scoring point guard," Goydish said. "He does a great job handling the basketball and getting the offense going. He has the ability to break down a defense and either find his teammates or attack the basket himself."
Over the course of his career at Walton, Lanerryl was named first team all-county, all-state and all-region en route to helping his taem to a regional title. He was also honored as the MVP of the Ranier Beach tournament and was a member of the all-tournament team at the Glaxo Smith Kline Invitational.
"The first thing you'll notice about Lanerryl is that he has tremendous speed and quickness to his game," Payne said. "He has a great work ethic and desire to be successful. He has a scorers' mentality, and as he grows as a player and learns the point guard position, he'll develop techniques that will allow him to score in
Born November 30, 1992 to Wil and Teresa Johnson, Lanerryl intends to major in business management at TTU.
"I feel like I belong at Tech," Johnson said. "I'm very comfortable there. It seems like a very family-oriented team and school - I've never felt like that at anywhere else that I visited. It's like it was meant to be."
In addition to his enthusiasm about signing with Tech, Johnson also has a very intuitive grasp on how he can potentially be an impact player from the start.
"I know that there are guys coming back who can score, guys like Kevin Murphy," he said. "So my job will be to make his job easier and allow him to move off of the ball and get more scoring opportunities."
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
“The Ambassador team is not only strong in numbers and activity level but they are strong because of the dedication and professionalism of each member,” said Phillip Baker, chair of organizational development for the Chamber. “This group really cares about the community and shows it through their countless hours of volunteer service.”
The Chamber Ambassadors will be instrumental in executing the goal of the Chamber’s Member Contact Plan in which, over the next 18 months, every member of the Chamber will be contacted. These visits are meant to build relationships with all members, show appreciation for their investment, and gain valuable feedback about their membership.
"The appeal of Bernstein is that his work encompasses so many styles," says BSO Music Director Dan Allcott. "He comes across as many different composers – as is the case with our April concert of some of his Broadway, operatic and choral masterpieces."
The concert begins at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 17, in TTU's Wattenbarger Auditorium. Tickets are $30 for adults, $26 for seniors 65 and up, and $8 for students. You can call 931-525-2633 for reservations. The performance is funded in part under an agreement with the Tennessee Arts Commission. The BSO's April 17 program begins with the overture to the Bernstein operetta "Candide" and dance episodes from his Broadway musical "On the Town." The performance also includes two choral works, the reverent "Chichester Psalms" and another "Candide" selection, "Make Our Garden Grow," both of which feature the Cookeville Mastersingers and Tech Chorale, directed by TTU faculty member Craig Zamer.
"We have a long history of serving our community with the best healthcare available," said Dr. Menachem Langer, acting CEO of Cookeville Regional Medical Center. "With teleneurology, we continue that tradition and offer members of our community quick access to the best emergency neurologists any time of day or night."
Specialists On Call provides telestroke services to hospitals in twelve states and has conducted more than 25,000 consultations via telemedicine since the company's inception.