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              Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed retired attorney and blog creator of Misrule of Law Mark Pulliam to the studio to discuss the inconsistencies between Tennessee universities and their conservative legislators. Leahy: And that’s governor of South Dakota Kristi Noem. A rising star in the Republican firmament. And she’s talking about Joe Biden’s reckless decision to cancel this Keystone pipeline. We are talking with Mark Pulliam in studio who is a blogger and a refugee from California. And then later a refugee from the People’s Republic of Austin Texas who’s come to East Tennessee and is sending out warning signs about the complacency of conservatives which needs to be addressed here. But we’re talking a...
    Singer and country music star Dolly Parton, who helped fund the development of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, altered the words of her 1974 hit track "Jolene" to "vaccine" while waiting to receive her first shot. “I even changed one of my songs to fit the occasion. It goes, ‘Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you please don’t hesitate,’” she sang in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “That didn’t hurt. Just stung a little bit,” she said after receiving the shot. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dolly Parton (@dollyparton) DOLLY PARTON DOESN'T THINK STATUE OF HER IN TENNESSEE IS 'APPROPRIATE AT THIS TIME' The 75-year-old star has been a staunch supporter of the development of a coronavirus vaccine, donating $1 million toward research initiatives at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, last year. The university partially funded Moderna's vaccine, which is 94.5% effective against the...
    (CNN)Two dorms at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will now bear the names of two Black civil rights leaders in the state "whose fight for equity and social justice transformed the state's higher education system and the university," according to a news release from the school. The dorms will be named after Rita Sanders Geier, a Memphis native, and Theotis Robinson of Knoxville. Robinson is known as the first Black undergraduate student admitted to the university and one of the three Black students to fully desegregate the university in 1961. Geier is known for a landmark lawsuit that sought to dismantle inequities in the state's higher education system, the news release said.The school said both are trailblazers who later worked for the university. "Each of them broke barriers and showed so much courage to do it," said Chancellor Donde Plowman. "Both of them are people who looked around at their...
              After backlash from the community, Tennessee State University (TSU) President Dr. Glenda Glover reversed her decision to join CoreCivic’s board. Glover tweeted about the change suddenly, less than a day after CoreCivic had announced her appointment. Glover was expected to assume her position on March 1. In that press release, Glover had only positive things to say about the private prison company. “Every single day, CoreCivic engages with thousands of individuals in educational programs who have the opportunity to positively change their lives,” stated Glover (pictured above). “As I’ve had the opportunity to get to know the company, it’s clear to me that there is a genuine commitment to progress through innovative reentry programs, strong corporate governance, active public policy support and transparent ESG reporting. I look forward to being an inside voice that can help CoreCivic realize the full potential of its purpose of...
              The behavior of East Tennessee State University (ETSU) basketball has caught the ire of their congresswoman. Freshman Representative Diana Harshbarger (R-TN-01) criticized the basketball team on Thursday after the team’s practice of kneeling in protest to the national anthem was made known. ETSU Head Coach Jason Shay supported his team’s decision, stating that the country’s soldiers and people of color have experienced similar levels of “sacrifice, fear, pain, anxiety, [and] loss.” I’m disappointed to see the ETSU basketball team take a knee during the national anthem. This is disrespectful to everyone who fought or died to protect our freedoms. We should stand proud with our hands on our hearts or saluting the flag during the anthem https://t.co/DufPtNLSVV — Diana Harshbarger (@DHarshbargerTN1) February 19, 2021 Harshbarger told The Tennessee Star that there are better ways to raise awareness for causes and issues than taking a knee...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — FedEx Corp. is giving Tennessee State University $1 million to help students finish their degrees and be prepared for the workforce, the school said. FedEx has pledged a total of $5 million to assist four historically Black colleges and universities. The other three are LeMoyne-Owen College, Jackson State University and Mississippi Valley State University. The funds are also to help support those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Tennessee State said in a news release. “This is an awesome gift from the FedEx Corporation that will assist TSU in addressing some of the unique challenges our institution is facing directly and indirectly because of COVID-19,” Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover said in the release. Previous initiatives between the four schools and FedEx include endowed scholarships at Jackson State, Tennessee State and LeMoyne-Owen; a career readiness program at Mississippi Valley State; and leadership summits at Tennessee State...
              A new report says Tennessee State University officials are paying nearly $50,000 to the Rev. Al Sharpton to guest lecture a course about political science and social justice. Sharpton reportedly holds the title of Distinguished Guest Lecturer. This, according to a new report from Campus Reform, which reported that Sharpton is teaching for one semester. Officials at Tennessee State University, based in Nashville, did not return The Tennessee Star’s repeated requests for comment Wednesday. “Tennessee State University is paying MSNBC host Al Sharpton $48,000 to be a “Distinguished Guest Lecturer” for the spring semester, lasting from January 19 May 3, according to Sharpton’s contract with the university, a copy of which Campus Reform obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request,” according to the publication. “In comparison, the average salary in the U.S. is $66,665 per year, just $18,665 more than what Sharpton will make from his...
              There are nine practices that could significantly improve the climate of free speech on American college campuses nationwide. This, according to a report released by Middle Tennessee State University’s (MTSU) Free Speech Center last week, aimed at offering best practices for First Amendment advocacy, activism, and engagement amongst college students. The nine practices proposed were: physical environments incorporating the First Amendment, social media engagement, cultural boundary bridging, writing exercises, case studies, targeted campus events, hands-on engagement, building bridges, and a combination of assessment and iteration. Examples of these practices included establishing monuments enumerating the First Amendment rights, or offering exercises where students experience loss of these rights momentarily by exchanging their First Amendment freedoms for a free lunch. The author of the report, MTSU Associate Vice Provost for Data Analytics and Student Success Dr. Brian Hinote, compiled data from 10 universities across the country...
    JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — Damari Monsanto had 11 points as East Tennessee State topped Lee University 62-53 on Saturday. Vonnie Patterson added 10 points for the Buccaneers, and Ledarrius Brewer chipped in nine points. Serrel Smith had five steals for East Tennessee State (4-3). Quay Kennedy had 13 points and seven rebounds for the Flames. Beyuan Hendricks added 11 points. Jayce Willingham had 10 points and seven rebounds. ___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25 ___ This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Lee University vs. East Tennessee State (3-3) Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, Tennessee; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are set to battle the Flames of NAIA member Lee University. East Tennessee State is coming off a 96-54 win at home over Columbia International in its most recent game. TEAM LEADERSHIP: Ledarrius Brewer has averaged 16.2 points and 4.8 rebounds this year for East Tennessee State. David Sloan has paired with Brewer with 9.7 points and 4.2 assists per game.BREWER BEYOND THE ARC: Through six games, East Tennessee State’s Ledarrius Brewer has connected on 37.8 percent of the 37 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also shooting 75 percent from the free throw line this season. DID YOU KNOW: East Tennessee State went 8-2 overall when playing out-of-conference opponents last year. The Buccaneers offense put up 75.1 points per matchup in those 10 games. ___ For...
            by Haley Worth  Tennessee State University announced it has hired MSNBC host and progressive activist Rev. Al Sharpton as a Distinguished Guest Lecturer. Beginning in January 2021, Sharpton will teach “in the area of political science grounded in social justice during the academic term.” Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover said that Sharpton has been an important part of shaping history. The announcement of Sharpton’s new position posted on the university’s website calls him an “icon,” who “brings wealth” to politics. Glover expressed the university’s excitement, stating that Sharpton will be able to provide insight for the students: “We are excited to have the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights icon, serve as a distinguished guest lecturer at our university.” “His presence means our students will be able to engage with a piece of history at a time when his insight is more relevant than ever before,”...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Rev. Al Sharpton will be a distinguished guest lecturer at Tennessee State University next semester, the school announced Monday. The veteran civil rights leader will teach political science grounded in social justice. His appointment will give students at the historically Black university in Nashville an opportunity to learn about the subject from someone who has been intimately involved in the social justice movement for decades, TSU President Glenda Glover said in a news release. “His presence means our students will be able to engage with a piece of history at a time when his insight is more relevant than ever before,” Glover said. Sharpton is the founder and president of the civil rights organization National Action Network and serves as the host of PoliticsNation on MSNBC. He gave the keynote address at the university’s 2019 graduate commencement ceremony, where he was awarded an honorary degree...
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Record enrollment has helped the University of Tennessee to make up for much of the revenue lost due to the coronavirus crisis, system President Randy Boyd said this week. Lost revenue and added costs totaled around $147 million including about $40 million in lost revenue from sports, the Knoxville New Sentinel reported. However, thanks to grants, reduced expenses and an increase in tuition revenue, the total deficit was around $9 million, which was covered by reserve money, Boyd said at a Friday Board of Trustees meeting. Enrollment increased 1.9 percent across the UT system to an all-time high of 52,559 students. “Even though we had zero increase in tuition, our enrollment is up, and thus, our revenue from enrollment is up,” Boyd said. “Second, we get a third of our funds from the state of Tennessee. The state of Tennessee gave us the same amount of...
    MURFRESSBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University's Center for Popular Music is hosting an online conversation on the life and legacy of Jimi Hendrix that will be available free to the public on Wednesday. The conversation features Department of Recording Industry professor Mike Alleyne, author of the 2020 book “The Essential Hendrix: An A-Z Compendium,” according to a news release from the school. Also featured is Katie Rainge-Briggs, a doctoral candidate in MTSU’s Public History Program and a curatorial resident at the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville. Hendrix briefly served in the 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell, the sprawling Army base on the Kentucky-Tennessee border, before moving to Nashville at the beginning of a career cut short by his early death. A video of the MTSU conversation, called “Jimi Hendrix: A-Z,” will be available at http://mtsu.edu/popmusic. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may...
    Aspiring teachers attending seven universities across the state will be able to apply for limited full scholarships, thanks to a $2 million allocation by the Tennessee Department of Education through it’s Grow Your Own teacher education program. Funded by Grow Your Own grants, university educator training programs partner with school districts to provide tuition-free education for aspiring teachers. Participants work as education assistants at placements in partner school districts, learning under qualified teacher mentors. The program was initiated with an eye to increasing access and removing barriers to the teaching profession. “The Grow Your Own initiative will expand across the state and support hundreds of individuals to become teachers for free – while employed in our Tennessee school districts,” Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn said. “Right now, it could not be more important to remove barriers to the teaching profession, and I am proud of the way our state...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of researchers from Tennessee State University will help develop new ways to manage a wood-boring beetle that attacks trees, the university said. The university has received a $6 million federal grant to lead a nationwide team of researchers on the project. The funds come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The researchers in the College of Agriculture will focus on the flatheaded borer. “These borers cause serious damage to the nursery industry, and sometimes a single borer can kill or severely weaken a small tree,” Chandra Reddy, dean of Tennessee State’s College of Agriculture, said in a news release. Other researchers are from the University of Tennessee, Rutgers University, North Carolina State University, Clemson University, University of Georgia, USDA-Agriculture Research Service-Byron, University of Florida, Texas A&M, University of California and Oregon State University. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine are working together to help college graduates get admitted to veterinary schools. Qualified Tennessee State freshmen start immediately to complete the requirements needed for admission at the University of Tennessee or other veterinary schools, Tennessee State said in a news release. Chandra Reddy, dean of the College of Agriculture at Tennessee State, a historically Black university, said the arrangement will help increase diversity in the field. Mike Jones, director of Student Services, Diversity and Recruitment at UT's College of Veterinary Medicine, said veterinary medicine is considered among the least diverse of health care professions. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Tennessee
    MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University has unveiled a $39.6 million building that will house classrooms and offices for the study areas of criminal justice administration, psychology and social work. The university held a ribbon cutting Tuesday for the 91,200-square-foot (8,473-square-meter) building that will be used this fall semester. The state committed $35.1 million and the school contributed $4.5 million to build the facility. University President Sidney McPhee noted the country’s need for professionals in the three areas of study, which fall under the College of Behavioral and Health Sciences. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Tennessee
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University's nearly 750 spring graduates are being honored this weekend with a virtual commencement. The ceremony Saturday will be live streamed on the university homepage, YouTube and Facebook sites. “While we recognize the importance of a traditional commencement for our students and their families, we must balance it with the associated risks at this time of COVID-19,” university President Glenda Glover said in a news release. As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the university sent students home in March to finish the semester, and employees began working remotely. Tennessee State is scheduled to reopen Aug. 17. When students and employees left in March, the university underwent a deep cleaning and sanitizing of the campus. Officials say the school's reopening plan will provide additional COVID-19 safety protocols. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed....
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University has been working with other historically Black colleges and universities and with Apple to create new coding hubs in other communities. Apple will add 10 more HBCU regional coding centers to be technology hubs for their campuses and communities, Tennessee State said in a news release. The university is the national hub for training and support to educators from the new hub schools. “Coding and app development are a growing part of the global workforce, and we want to help make sure people of color, especially our students, are equipped with the knowledge and skills to be competitive, and successful,” Tennessee State President Glenda Glover said. The 10 HBCUs that will become hubs to promote coding in their communities are Arkansas Baptist College, Central State University, Claflin University, Dillard University, Fisk University, Lawson State Community College, Morehouse College, Prairie View A&M University, Southern...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least 70 teachers are scheduled to take an online course at Tennessee State University this fall to receive their special education endorsement as the school uses a $375,000 grant to help fill the need for more teachers in the field. The state Department of Education grant will be used for the university's SPED Endorsement Program. The program allows certified teachers in Tennessee to receive the special ed endorsement at no cost to them or their school district, the university said in a news release Tuesday. A U.S. Department of Education analysis of the ability of each state to meet the needs of students with disabilities rated Tennessee as “needs assistance,” the release said. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Tennessee
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State University and the state Department of Correction signed an agreement this week to grow hay on prison land that will be used to feed livestock for the school's agricultural sciences program. The agreement is expected to save the university upward of $50,000, according to a news release from the Correction Department. “The TSU-TDOC hay production partnership supports the small-scale cattle research programs at TSU, benefiting the animal science students and livestock producers.” TSU professor Richard Browning said in a news release. The agreement also saves money for TDOC thanks to reductions in equipment, labor and fuel costs. TDOC currently uses the land near the old Charles Bass Correctional Complex in Nashville for vegetable production, with large swaths of grasslands that are regularly mowed but otherwise unused. Growing and harvesting the hay will be part of the Correction Department's agricultural/maintenance program for inmates, according to...
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — About three dozen prominent businesses with a Tennessee footprint are calling for the bust of a Confederate general and early Ku Klux Klan leader to be removed from the state Capitol. In a letter Monday to Republican Gov. Bill Lee, companies ranging from FedEx to Volkswagen urge the Tennessee Historical Commission to cast a final vote that would remove the Nathan Bedford Forrest bust from the Capitol. At Lee’s guidance, the State Capitol Commission voted last week to recommend the bust be moved to the state museum. But the Historical Commission still needs to finalize the move by a two-thirds margin vote. That commission also may not meet for several more months. “As leading businesses and corporations in the state, we recognize our obligation to stand for equality and justice — not just for our employees, but for all Tennesseans,” the letter states. “Honoring those who...
    Right whales are one step from extinction as warmer waters push them northward into boat traffic Report: Second MLS team exits tourney due to COVID-19 Country Rocker Charlie Daniels Honored at Memorial Service © Scott Legato/Getty Images Country Music Hall of Fame musician Charlie Daniels received military honors at a memorial service in Tennessee on Wednesday night. 23 Cool Products That Could Sell Out In 2020 LEARN MORE Ad Gadgets Post The country music icon, who penned the hit “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” died at the age of 83 on Monday after doctors said he suffered a stroke, according to a statement from his publicist. The singer, guitarist and fiddler was also an honorary brigadier general in the Tennessee State Guard and founded the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at Middle Tennessee State University, officials for the school said in a statement Wednesday. Tennessee's adjutant general,...
    MT. JULIET, Tenn. (AP) — Country Music Hall of Fame musician Charlie Daniels received military honors at a memorial service in Tennessee on Wednesday night. The country music icon, who penned the hit “Devil Went Down to Georgia,” died at the age of 83 on Monday after doctors said he suffered a stroke, according to a statement from his publicist. The singer, guitarist and fiddler was also an honorary brigadier general in the Tennessee State Guard and founded the Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center at Middle Tennessee State University, officials for the school said in a statement Wednesday. Tennessee’s adjutant general, Army Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes, was joined by Middle Tennessee State University’s president and the school’s senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives to render the military honors at the service outside a Mt. Juliet funeral home. The ceremony began with a flyover of Army...
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is already impacting the 2020 college football schedule, with the Sept. 12 game between Lafayette College and Navy the latest to be canceled. Lafayette informed the Naval Academy that it cannot bring its football team back to campus in time to meet medical advisory guidelines. Navy, which already had its Aug. 29 opener against Notre Dame moved out of Ireland because of the pandemic. is seeking to fill the date with another opponent. Several other games have already been wiped from the schedule. The Southern-Tennessee State game in Detroit on Sept. 5 and the annual Southern Heritage Classic in Memphis on Sept. 12, featuring Jackson State versus Tennessee State, have been canceled. In addition, Southern’s home game on Sept. 12 against Florida A&M has been called off. The cancellation was initiated by Southern University, a decision based on concerns about COVID-19. Jackson State...
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