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Jenna Stahlman is Editor-in-Chief of the Royal Scribe. She is studying mass communications at Johnson University. Although she was born and raised in Northwestern Pennsylvania, her heart is in Tennessee. She enjoys spending time with her horse, hiking, photography, writing, and fishing.

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Taylor Gilpin recipient of 2019 DII Men’s Basketball Pete Maravich Award

Gilpin during a game against Kentucky Christian University during the 2017-2018 season.

The NCCAA has named Johnson University senior, Taylor Gilpin, the recipient of the Pete Maravich Memorial Award for Division II Men’s Basketball.

Gilpin, a guard from Bloomington, In., has helped the men’s basketball team on and off the court. As captain for two years, Gilpin has led the team with an average of 17.35 points and 4.01 rebounds per game. This season, he became Johnson’s all-time leading scorer record with over 2,300 career points. In 2018, he helped the Royals finish 4th at the NCCAA National Tournament and was awarded 1st Team All-Regional and 1st Team All-American honors.

Off the court, Gilpin has been a Resident Assistant for three years and has served with various organizations, while also helping JU connect with local elementary schools. He is a Business Administration major with a GPA of 3.56, which has led him to be a recognized as a NCCAA Scholar-Athlete in both 2018 and 2019.

“Taylor is a tremendous example of faith lived out in everyday life,” Head Coach Brandon Perry said. “He has set a culture of high character and academics for our team while maintaining a high level of basketball skill.”

According to the NCCAA website, “The purpose of this award is to recognize the outstanding NCCAA student-athlete in Men’s Basketball and highlights excellence in competition, skill, academics, and Christian service during his career. ‘Pistol Pete’ Maravich was known for his ball handling, shooting abilities, and creative passing. He was an NBA All-Star, named one of NBA’s 50 greatest players, and inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. He came to know Christ later in his life and spent the last years of his life pointing people to Christ. This award is sponsored by Mr. Gary Beck, manager of the Gary Beck Foundation and a former NCCAA All-American student-athlete from Greenville University, IL.”
 

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Dare to See suicide prevention event returning to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE The 2nd Annual Dare to See suicide prevention event, presented by Punk Talks, Johnson University, and Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network, will be held March 8 in Knoxville.

The event will feature music by various artists, such as Abbs Kern – a Chattanooga Indie singer-songwriter, Benjamin Donaldson – a Knoxville singer-songwriter, Shayla McDaniel – a Knoxville Jazz singer-songwriter, and Night Colors – a Knoxville Indie-Pop duo. In addition, there will also be artwork in order to reflect on suicide prevention through conversation and creative arts.

The conversation will be led by TSPN, which is a statewide organization responsible for implementing the Tennessee Strategy for Suicide Prevention as defined by the 2001 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.

“Performing at ‘Dare to See’ is very important to me because I believe it’s a way to use our music to start a conversation,” The Knoxville duo, Night Colors, said. “Mental health is dark and a constant theme throughout my writing, and it’s so amazing to be able to use that in healthy light to hopefully have an impact on people’s lives.”

The event was successful in its first event, reaching around 100 people last year. Olivia Martin, an event coordinator, has been involved since the beginning. She said the idea came about from some local high school suicides, as well as the TV show, “Thirteen Reasons Why”.

“Kind of the whole thing with the event is music, there’s conversation we have speakers that come in and kind of give a little conversation about what we can do in those really hard moments,” Martin said. “Also, we wanted to have resources from different organizations.”

Resources will be provided by TSPN, Johnson University Counseling Center, Punk Talks, and more.

The event is free, however, a $5 donation is suggested to benefit TSPN and Punk Talks.

Dare to See will be held at the Jackson Terminal, 203 W Jackson Ave., Knoxville.

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Winter Jam Tour Spectacular returning to Knoxville

KNOXVILLE     Premier Productions Winter Jam Tour Spectacular will be held Fri., Feb. 22 at the Thompson-Boling Arena. The doors will open at 6 p.m. The event starts at 7 p.m.

Winter JamKnoxville’s Winter Jam Tour stop will feature Newsboys United, Danny Gokey, Mandisa, Rend Collective, Ledger, NewSong, Hollyn, Greg Stier, Ty Brasel, Manic Drive, Dan Bremnes, and Adam Agee.

The event costs $15 or $10 with a canned food donation, which will be given to the local Rescue Mission. No tickets are required in advance as admission will be taken at the door.

More information can be found here.

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8 week beginner sign language classes to start in Knoxville

KNOXVILLE     The Tennessee School for the Deaf is offering beginner American Sign Language classes, which will be held on Mondays, beginning March 25 and ending May 13.

There will be two beginner classes. Beginner- I will be held from 5:45-6:45 p.m. Beginner-II will run from 7-8 p.m. The classes will be taught by TSD faculty and staff who are native users of ASL. The cost per person is $40.

The location for the classes is Alan J. Mealka High School Building – Library Conference Room, 2725 Island Home Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37920.

Interested parties can contact Becky Candino at (865) 579-2429 or R.candino@tsdeaf.org

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19-year-old wins Knoxville’s Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour

By  Mina Blaylock and Jenna Stahlman

KNOXVILLE     There was a full crowd for Saturday night’s Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour’s stop in Knoxville at the Thompson-Boling Arena. Dylan Smith, a 19-year-old from Ararat, Va., wrangled in his first win of the season.

45 cowboys mounted bulls and competed to move onto the short round, in which the top ten scoring riders would compete for first place. Only 17 of the 45 riders in the long round met the required time of 8 seconds    the time necessary for a qualifying ride     for which the judges then award them points.

Smith rode ‘Switch Hitter’ in the long round for a ride score of 89 points, putting him at

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Knoxville’s 2019 winner, Dylan Smith, during his 89 point ride on the bull, Switch Hitter.

the top of the leaderboard in the long round.

Smith’s ride was accompanied by the Tennessee favorite, ‘Rocky Top’. When asked what he thought about this song being played during his winning ride and if he’d seen a better crowd, Smith said he had not.

“This is the most fun I’ve had at a bull ride ever,” Smith said. “I’m just blessed to be here, for sure.”

There were no qualified rides in the short round, so the scores from the long round determined the night’s victors.

Smith left Knoxville with a check worth $6,400, as well as the opportunity to compete at one of PBR’s elite tour stops, in Los Angeles, on Feb. 22-23.

Ouncie Mitchell, a competitor from Fresno, Tx. , placed 2nd with an 88 point ride on ‘Last Chance’ . He received a check for $4,700.

Jason Mara of Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia, attained 87.5 points on ‘Blood Money’. He took home $3,000.

East Bernard, Tx. native Bryan Titman placed 4th with a ride worth 86.5 on ‘Striker’ and received a check for $2,000.

The top five winners were rounded off by Lindomar Lino of Anapolis, Brazil. He had an 86 point ride on ‘How Bout It’ and was awarded a check for $1,140.

4th place winner Bryan Titman said he enjoyed the competition in Knoxville.

“It was awesome,” Titman said. “The crowd was awesome. Y’all just filled the place in here. It’s phenomenal. It’s a blessing to be here.”

Knoxville’s hometown cowboy, Cody Clint Brewer, had a successful 82 point ride atop ‘Ring of Fire’ as his home crowd roared in the stands. He ranked 16th in the event overall.

The next stop for the PBR Pendleton Whisky Velocity Tour is in Edinburg, Tx. on Feb. 9.

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Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour returning to Knoxville

 

By Mina Blaylock and Jenna Stahlman

KNOXVILLE     Professional Bull Riders Velocity Tour will stop in Knoxville for the second year in a row, on Feb. 2, at the Thompson-Boling Arena. Bryan Titman, a bull rider in the PBR, is ready to compete in Knoxville.

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Bryan Titman, PBR competitor.

Titman, a Texas native, was raised in a bull riding family with his dad and grandpa having competed in the sport. He turned down a football scholarship to pursue bull riding instead and said that he does not regret it.

“I don’t see myself getting any bigger and I’m a pretty small guy when it comes to muscle wise, so I didn’t feel like I wanted to get hit and lift a bunch of weights every day,” Titman said. “My dream was always to ride bulls so I figured I’d follow that one. Football, I just happened to be pretty good at, but it really wasn’t what I wanted to be.”
He said the most complicated aspect of bull riding is keeping your mind clear and focused.

“The most difficult is your head,” Titman said. “You can’t get through it without your head… You’re not gonna make it very far. Your head’s a big thing in bull riding.”
Titman said he hopes to win the event in Knoxville, but he is also excited just to compete there once again.

“I mean, I’m excited to be there,” Titman said. “I just love Tennessee. Texas born – Tennessee couldn’t get any better.”
The tour’s stop in Knoxville will mark a little over two weeks since the death of Mason Lowe. Lowe was a competitor in the Velocity Tour. He was bucked off of a bull, and then stepped on, at the PBR event in Denver on January 15. He later died at the Denver Health Medical Centre due to the injuries.

Titman said that this loss does affect those who competed with and knew Lowe.
“It’s a bit rough but he wouldn’t want us to be down and low,” Titman said. “He’d always been a happy person so he’d like us to just keep spurring and doing the riding for him, so that’s what we want to continue to do and just push forward. It’s a sad day but we all know what we what we gotta do just to push on, and just thank him, and he won’t be forgotten.”

This one night event will be held at the Thompson-Boling Arena on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. The doors will open at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event can be purchased here.

 

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JUTN’s internet to be down Jan. 25 for upgrades

KNOXVILLE     Johnson University’s Tennessee campus will be down Fri, Jan. 25 from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. for internet upgrades.

During this upgrade time, there will be no access to the FL campus, internet, email, and most anything else internet related. However, there will still be access to on-campus servers such as Jenzabar EX and the Johnson Portal.

The upgrades were suppose to happen Jan. 18, however, the Internet Service Provider for the University could not add the additional circuit at that time.

The bandwidth will be doubled providing much faster internet speed. This will effect the main Johnson University and Johnson Guest wireless internet networks as well as the student’s wired networks.

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SPSU offers opportunity to march in Knoxville’s MLK Day parade

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JUTN group that participated in the 2018 MLK Day parade. (Photo by Chastedy Johnson)

 

KNOXVILLE    Johnson University’s Students Promoting Social Unity invites students to participate in the Martin Luther King Day parade in Knoxville.

The parade will be held on Jan. 21 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at Midway Chilhowee Park on E Magnolia Ave.

The parade’s purpose is to offer the community a display in tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

People interested in participating can contact Shae Pierre-Jean at Shae.Jean@johnsonu.edu.