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Local organization serves college students

EDITOR’S NOTE: Royal Scribe reporters visited with some of the people helping and being helped by the organizations students interacted with on K-15. This is the story of one such family.

On Sept. 30, groups of students from Johnson University set out to various Knoxville locations with a mission of spreading love to the community. One group made its way to serve at an organization which in turn meets the needs of local college students.

About three hundred feet south of the popular Cumberland Strip, Christian Student Fellowship’s campus house sits within the borders of the University of Tennessee, one of the biggest party schools in the area.

Just inside the two-level brick building, associate campus minister Patrick Willis sits at a double-tiered desk topped with various Star-Trek and movie memorabilia. He admits to having a particular affinity for superheroes, indicating the significance of each item in his collection.

“Everything on the desk that is geeky or nerdy are the things my wife wouldn’t let me display at home,” Patrick points out jokingly.

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Children of Knoxville find oasis in Water Angels

EDITOR’S NOTE: Royal Scribe reporters visited with some of the people helping and being helped by the organizations students interacted with on K-15. This is the story of one such family.

The crammed together houses in the neighborhoods of east Knoxville scream out as the forgotten child waits for his mother to come back.

The child tries to support himself without anyone’s help, but falls into the stream of inevitability of the worldly life. In the end, he is still a child that needs help.

Growing up in east Knoxville Charles Drew was in need of support in his walk of life.

His own strength was not always enough. After a recent incarceration, Drew was in need of someone to support him in the trials after his release.

Water Angels Ministry in east Knoxville was there for Drew when he needed help.

Drew was placed in the House of Grace, the men’s residence at Water Angels Ministry, where men can go through a six month rehabilitation.

Water Angels Ministry provides residents for men and women to keep each other accountable in their walk.

Drew and the other members are able to minister not only to each other, but also serve the community by feeding and clothing them. Drew said that he believes that serving them helps the people to recover from their own issues.

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Johnson Preview Days start off well at Johnson University

Johnson’s first Preview Day got off to a great start, attracting 20 high school students to view the school and learn more about it.

During a Preview Day at Johnson University, high school students take a Friday to come and visit the campus.  They see an admissions presentation, tour the campus, eat lunch with the faculty, learn about financial aid, and get to meet the multiple clubs on campus.

Students were mainly interested in the majors of teacher education, public health, and music and management.

Despite the small turnout this past Preview Day, with only 20 students and 29 non-students, the first Preview Day is always the smallest.  There are currently over 30 students registered for the next Preview Day.

The next Preview Day on the Tennessee campus will be October 9th, followed by another November 6th.  The next semester has Preview Days on February 12th and March 11th.  The Florida campus has Preview Days on November 13th, February 19th, and April 8th.

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Johnson takes steps to discourage students from quarry jumping

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The Fort Dickerson Park quarry

One popular activity for the Knoxville community, including Johnson students, is to visit the Blount Avenue quarry at Fort Dickerson Park.

The park is a major attraction in Knoxville, but the activity of cliff jumping is illegal. Although cliff jumping is illegal, public swimming is still legal at Fort Dickerson Park.

The park provides the Knoxville community with a refreshing beautiful body of water to swim in and a nice escape into nature.

On September 16th, the Student Life announced that quarry jumping is against the law in an attempt to discourage Johnson students from jumping off the cliffs and into the quarry.

In this year alone, three people have died as a result of jumping into the Blount Avenue quarry at Fort Dickerson Park. This issue brings many concerns to the community, especially at Johnson University.

The dangers of the quarry are just as real as it is fun to jump into the water. Jumping from heights that are 80 feet or more can result in serious injuries or even death if the jumper does not use extreme caution.

Some Students at Johnson feel that quarry jumping is an exciting activity to do, and they are upset that it is illegal.

“People are aware that it’s illegal, but I guess it’s just a fun thing to do for some people,” Lindsey Tenholder, a freshman at Johnson University, remarked.

Some people feel that quarry jumping should not be illegal as long as jumpers are cautious and aware of the concequences.

“I think that if it is done safely then it should be okay for people to jump,” Kelsey Nickel said.

Senior at Johnson University, Matt Flowers, thinks that quarry jumping being illegal is for the good of the community.

“It’s smart considering people have died,” Flowers said.

Due to the deep waters and unknown rocks that lie underneath, swimmers are advised to take caution even when they are just swimming in the quarry. It is best to swim at your own risk.

Two other activities that are legal for the community include hiking and biking. If you are in need of a place to park for the quarry, most people park at the Fort Dickerson Greenway parking lot at 520 Augusta St.

The Fort Dickerson Park will continue to serve the Knoxville community as a public destination to use the resources of nature responsibly.

View of the quarry's vast beauty

View of the quarry’s vast beauty

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A video look back at K-15

Students at Johnson University participated in the annual K-day on Sept. 30 throughout Knoxville. The K-15 event is an opportunity for students to reach out into the community by exemplifying Christian selflessness and participating in a plethora of different activities that impact the overall Knoxville community.