In a state where the Gators, Noles and Canes vie for college football supremacy, an elementary school student in Florida recently showed up to class in a homemade T-shirt design bearing his allegiances to the University of Tennessee — and he was teased because of it. Now, the boy’s hand-drawn U.T. design can be worn by fellow Volunteer fans clad in orange. When the university learned of the bullying episode, which was shared by the boy’s teacher, Laura Snyder, in a viral Facebook post, it began offering replicas of the T-shirt for sale at U.T.’s online campus store. “Now you can share in this student’s Volunteer pride by wearing his design on your shirt too,” the store website said. Proceeds from the shirt’s sale will be donated to the national group Stomp Out Bullying, according to the university, whose online campus store received so much traffic after promoting the shirt, it said, that the website crashed. A university spokeswoman … [Read more...] about A Boy Was Bullied for His Homemade T-Shirt. Now the University of Tennessee Is Selling It.
WASHINGTON—The Pew Charitable Trusts today praised Congress for passing a measure that would designate as wilderness roughly 20,000 acres of public land in Tennessee’s Cherokee National Forest. The measure, included in the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R. 2), commonly called the farm bill, was originally introduced in April 2017 as the Tennessee Wilderness Act. It would protect important watersheds and wildlife habitats in one of the world’s most biologically diverse regions. The Tennessee Wilderness Act (S. 973/H.R. 2218), sponsored by Senators Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker and Representative Phil Roe, all Tennessee Republicans, would create the Upper Bald River Wilderness Area and expand five existing wilderness areas. It also would preserve all but 200 acres of the headwaters of the Bald River, ensuring clean water for communities found in five downstream watersheds, and protect valuable habitat for numerous species, from bobcats … [Read more...] about Pew Applauds Congress for Protecting Tennessee Wilderness
Tennessee linebacker Jeremy Banks didn’t hold back after getting arrested last month on an outstanding warrant, telling a woman on a ride-along that residents in his hometown of Memphis “shoot at cops,” video shows. The footage shows the sophomore linebacker challenging cops on Sept. 15 after university police pulled him over for making an illegal U-turn roughly 13 hours after Tennessee’s 45-0 home win against Chattanooga. “I don’t like the police, bro,” Banks, 20, told an officer. “OK, I don’t take offense to that,” the cop replied. Banks then accused the officer of unfairly harassing him, leading the cop to remind him that he had an active warrant for failing to appear in court after receiving a citation in July for driving with a suspended license. “Bro, you got a warrant,” one officer replied. “We can’t do s–t about that.” Banks later tore into the officers with a profanity-laced tirade … [Read more...] about Tennessee’s Jeremy Banks during arrest: ‘Where I’m from, we shoot at cops’
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee athletic director Phillip Fulmer, who led the Vols to a national championship in 1998 as head coach, said Wednesday he has no desire to return to the sideline and that the "coaching chapter of my life is closed."Fulmer, 69, made an appearance on the syndicated Vol Calls radio program and also spoke with ESPN."We've got a good football coach, and I believe in Jeremy Pruitt totally," Fulmer said. "I have no interest in coaching again and would rather spend that time being a grandfather and doing whatever I can as athletic director in helping Jeremy get this program where we all want it to be. Any talk of me coaching again is just a bunch of rumors."The Vols are 1-3 in Pruitt's second season as coach and are a heavy underdog to No. 3 Georgia at home on Saturday. Tennessee finished 5-7 in Pruitt's first season.As the losses have mounted, the chatter that Fulmer might be poised to replace Pruitt has only increased. Fulmer told ESPN he just wanted to set the … [Read more...] about Tennessee AD Fulmer rules out return as coach
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee officials say a newly solidified partnership between Middle Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College will help address the state’s doctor shortage in rural areas. Gov. Bill Lee joined other top state leaders on Thursday to announce that six MTSU freshmen students have been selected as the first participants in a state-subsidized fast track from undergraduate to medical school. The partnership was first announced in 2017. Students will receive state-subsidized tuition and then commit to a two-year residency in a rural part of Tennessee. The students will attend three years of pre-med school at MTSU and then four years of medical schools training at Meharry. MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee says he appreciates the state funding for the first six students and hopes to later expand the program. Sign up for Daily Newsletters Copyright © 2019 The Washington Times, LLC. … [Read more...] about New partnership seeks to put more doctors in rural Tennessee