Lipscomb’s Bison Block Party lights up the night for 15th time

Lipscomb’s Bison Block Party lights up the night for 15th time

Lipscomb closed out the Summer Celebration conference with the music and fireworks of the  15th annual Bison Block Party. Summer Celebration, previously known as the “Lipscomb Lectures,” is when Lipscomb opens the campus for guest speakers and hundreds of visitors from the community. The celebration started over 90 years ago and is one of Lipscomb’s oldest traditions. Each year since about 2003 Lipscomb has celebrated Independence Day by hosting the free, grand finale Bison Block Party in the Allen Arena Mall. This year’s big finale was June 28. The block party kicks off the Independence Week celebrations by offering the community an evening of food vendors, live music and fun. Lipscomb alumni bands Arcadian Wild, Dave’s Highway, and S. Grant Parker performed as did the Faculty Brass Quintet with Ben Blasko. The full evening was hosted by retired long-time WSMV-TV sports anchor and Christian inspirational speaker Rudy Kalis. The night ended with a free fireworks show set to music from the Faculty Brass Quintet. Check out the following photo gallery from Mckenzi Harris and video from Kathryn Farris.  ...
Tennessee Supreme Court hears firearms, personal injury arguments at Lipscomb

Tennessee Supreme Court hears firearms, personal injury arguments at Lipscomb

Tennessee Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments involving felons possessing firearms and personal injury  judgments Thursday morning while officially holding court in Collins Alumni Auditorium. Lipscomb hosted the session as part of the American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State, which according to its website is a “nonpartisan program, centered on citizenship, teamwork, and fostering a love of God and country.” Oral arguments have been heard by Girls State participants since 2011, as part of the Supreme Court Advancing Legal Education for Students. According to the Tennessee Supreme Court website, this SCALES program is “designed to educate students about the judicial branch of government” and allow them to watch the Supreme Court in action. Supreme Court justices Jeffrey S. Bivins, Cornelia A. Clark, Holly Kirby, Sharon G. Lee and Rodger A. Page convened for the first case hearing at 8:30 a.m. The first case involved a ruling regarding felons in possession of a firearm. According to the Tennessee Supreme Court Website, the court “has asked the parties to address whether the trial court erred in denying Mr. Cole-Pugh’s [the defendent] oral request for a necessity instruction” regarding exception to the law.  The Court also reviewed a personal injury case in which the defendant’s insurance company sought a declaratory judgment, asking the Supreme Court to determine “whether persons asserting claims against the insured are considered indispensable parties under Tennessee law and whether non-joinder of parties asserting claims against an insured deprives the trial court of subject matter jurisdiction.” After hearing the oral arguments from both the prosecuting attorney and the defense attorney, the court held a recess and opened up the floor to questions from citizens and Girls State participants to...