ASUN announces addition of three teams and FCS football

ASUN announces addition of three teams and FCS football

Friday morning the ASUN conference announced the arrival of three new teams, Eastern Kentucky, Central Arkansas, and Jacksonville State, as well as the addition of NCAA FCS football to the sports offered by the conference.  All three teams will join the conference in the 2021-2022 school year and will bring the total enrollment to 12 teams in the ASUN. “When a conference embarks on a mission to strengthen itself through expansion, it has to present a case for why a membership with one conference would be more beneficial to the institution than membership in its current conference,” ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart said in a release from the conference. “The ASUN spent two years examining and defining its advantages and then presenting interested candidates with the option to join. Every institution will select the best option for conference affiliation from the available options. Each institution owes it to the student body, the athletic department and the university community as a whole to do what is best for the university. The ASUN works extremely hard to build options. To know that these three institutions have evaluated their options, and knowing each had multiple choices for conference affiliation and that they chose the ASUN is a great achievement. The ASUN Presidents’ Council set this process in place years ago when the Council members challenged the conference to be a great destination, and that would attract new member interest. The plan has worked and we are thankful for the visionary leadership of our Council to prioritize the student-athlete experience and the institutional value of being a member of the ASUN.” Jacksonville State is...
Lipscomb Security officer Maurice Conner dies after brief battle with COVID-19

Lipscomb Security officer Maurice Conner dies after brief battle with COVID-19

“It is with great sadness that I share the news of another loss in the Lipscomb family,” read an email from President Randy Lowry sent out to the Lipscomb community on Thursday afternoon. President Lowry went on to explain that the Lipscomb Security veteran and minister at the 19th Avenue Church of Christ in Springfield, Tennessee, Maurice J. Conner, had died of COVID-19, marking the third loss in the Lipscomb community in the past six weeks. Maurice Conner started at Lipscomb as a student and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981. Shortly after graduating, he joined Lipscomb’s security team in 1983 and while serving the security team also earned his Master of Arts in Bible in 2000. Dr. Lowry shared how respected and loved Conner was among the Lipscomb community due to the “wisdom, compassion, and joyful nature,” that Conner brought to his job every day. “The deep and profound respect and love the security team has for Maurice was obvious as they relayed stories about shared work experiences, his humorous radio calls to dispatch to report on weather conditions during the third shift and their lively conversations about faith, theology and life,” said Lowry “In addition to being a dedicated security officer, Maurice was also a minister and mentor to his colleagues through the years.” In addition to the kind sentiments Dr. Lowry shared in his message, members of the Lipscomb Security team also expressed their admiration for Conner. “He was definitely gentle, caring, and very devout. He had clearly done a lot of his own thinking so any religious conversation you might have he...
U.S. Capitol attack ends with four Trump-boosters dead; Pence leads Congress to certify Biden electoral victory

U.S. Capitol attack ends with four Trump-boosters dead; Pence leads Congress to certify Biden electoral victory

As Congress met the afternoon of Jan. 6 to certify the victory of President-Elect Joe Biden, thousands of pro-Trump protesters stormed past barricades and police officers in a fruitless effort to stop the certification of Biden’s victory. Four protesters died during the assault on democracy. They stormed the Capitol after a “pep talk” by Trump earlier in the day that encouraged the MAGA-hat-wearing throngs to take their protest to the Capitol, where Congress and the vice president — against Trump orders — continued to do their  jobs, as defined by the Constitution. When the masses breached the Capitol by breaking windows and doors and injuring Capitol police, Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the count, was swept to a secure location alongside members of the Senate and House. Thousands of President Trump’s supporters were in D.C. for Wednesday’s “Save America” rally, objecting to Biden’s November victory. Trump, who has yet to admit that he lost by a landslide, encouraged the “faithful” to gather in Washington. He spoke to the gathering earlier in the day, his comments including attacks on Congress and on Pence, who had declined Trump’s directive to illegally invalidate votes. Nashville-Area Rep. Jim Cooper as well as Senator Marsha Blackburn and Senator-Elect Bill Hagerty reported to the media, during the melee, that they were safe.   My staff and I are currently safe. This is a dark day for America. — Jim Cooper (@repjimcooper) January 6, 2021 Senator Blackburn, a fervent supporter of Trump and Wednesday’s protests, has condemned the actions of the mob. At least 25 Capitol police were injured when trying to protect...
Authorities have identified suspect of Christmas Day Bombing in Nashville — Anthony Quinn Warner

Authorities have identified suspect of Christmas Day Bombing in Nashville — Anthony Quinn Warner

UPDATE: Authorities have identified a suspect of the bombing on Christmas Day in Nashville — Anthony Quinn Warner of Antioch, Tennessee. “There’s no indication presently that anyone else was involved,” said Metro Police Chief John Drake. Christmas in Nashville isn’t as residents expected. Many residents woke up to an explosion at 6:30 am. Police were called to check out a suspicious RV parked outside a nearby AT&T building near Second Avenue and Commerce Street before 6 a.m. The Nashville police department put out this release this morning. There have been three minor injuries reported, but no major injuries or fatalities. The FBI has now taken over the investigation. “Were putting everything we have into finding who is responsible for what’s happened here today,” said FBI Special Agent in Charge Matt Foster in the first Metro Police Department briefing. There have been an estimated 20 buildings damaged from the explosion. “MNPD, FBI, and ATF are investigating today’s intentional 6:30 a.m. explosion of an RV outside 166 2nd Avenue North downtown.  Vehicle and pedestrian traffic downtown is restricted as the investigation continues. Officers responded to shots fired call on 2nd Avenue at approximately 5:30 a.m.  The department’s Hazardous Devices Unit was called to check the RV.  As those officers were en route, the vehicle exploded outside an A-T-&-T transmission building.  Multiple buildings on 2nd Avenue were damaged, some extensively. Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 615-742-7463.” Lumination will continue to update you as more information is released. Photo courtesy of...
Nashville declares state of civil emergency, as city grasps with downtown explosion

Nashville declares state of civil emergency, as city grasps with downtown explosion

Early Christmas morning, many Nashville residents were awakened by the sound of an “intentional” explosion in the Broadway area. In the moments following, Metro Police and Nashville Fire Department attempted to piece together the source and reason for the explosion, which has since been tied to an RV parked near the AT&T Building. “It is hard to see so much glass, litter, damage and debris,” said Nashville’s Mayor John Cooper in a press conference to reporters. “It looks like a blast site, which is hard to see on one of our historic streets.” Investigations from local law enforcement found a recording, broadcasted from the RV, that warned of a bomb in the vehicle up to 15 minutes prior to the blast. The warning gave time for police to request a bomb squad and evacuate the area, sparing many lives. Three people were eventually hospitalized for non-threatening injuries, and possible human remains have now been discovered at the site, but it remains to be seen if these remains are those of a victim or a suspect. Mayor Cooper declared the city under a state of civil emergency in the areas around James Robertson Parkway, Fourth Avenue North, Broadway and the Cumberland River. This action enacts a curfew in the area that goes into effect 4:30 p.m. Friday and is set to be lifted Sunday, December 27 at 4:30 p.m. I have signed Executive Order 12 to issue a state of civil emergency proclaimed within the area bounded by James Robertson Parkway, 4th Ave north, Broadway and the Cumberland River. A curfew will start at 4:30pm, Friday Dec 25. and be...
Lipscomb mourns the loss of Haley Sue Pearson (’18)

Lipscomb mourns the loss of Haley Sue Pearson (’18)

Lipscomb mourns the loss of graduate student and administrative coordinator for Lipscomb CEA, Haley Sue Pearson, 25, who died tragically after being struck by a vehicle in Hendersonville, TN.  “She was a light to everyone she knew and always lifted people up with her words of encouragement and kind spirit,” said Mike Fernandez, dean of the College of the Entertainment and the Arts. “She was a brave soul that would rush in, without hesitation, to help whenever it was needed. “As I look back on her work in the CEA I can say that she was the glue that held my office and the college together. She had a strong motor and an intense work ethic. We are who we are today because of her.” In addition to her roles at the university, Pearson also served as an event coordinator for Lipscomb Academy’s high school football gamedays.  While an undergraduate student at Lipscomb, Pearson was involved as a member of the Pi Delta social club and a cheerleader for the Bisons.  Pi Delta shared this post in honor of her life and legacy. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ★ PI DELTA ★ (@pideltalu) Pearson is survived by her husband of three months, Nathanial (Nat) Hubert; parents, Stacy and Pam Pearson, of Franklin, Tennessee; sister, Hadley; brother, Hayden. In an email to students, Lipscomb’s Vice President of Student Life, Al Sturgeon, asked for prayers for the Pearson family and shared the following resources that Lipscomb is offering to cope during this time of loss. First, Zoom grief processing groups are available with the University Counseling Center...