The Bristol, Virginia Landfill has come under significant public scrutiny concerning potential environmental and health effects that the waste depository might be inflicting upon the city. In a city council meeting held last October, more than 150 concerned citizens attended to speak up about the issues caused the Virginia landfill. The most widely cited problem is the odor emitting from the landfill and spreading throughout the city, but many citizens also complained of multiple health issues they believe to be caused by these gases, such as nausea, headaches, nosebleeds, and upper respiratory distress.
Alexander Whitaker IV joined the King Community in 2016 as President of the University. He came to King from Berry College with more than 25 years of experience in higher education. President Whitaker has led King through many trials during his tenure, all the while staying dedicated to the education of students and the Christian values on which the university was built. So, as you finish up your final exams and projects, take a break and hear from President Whitaker as he recounts the accomplishments and milestones that our school has overcome in recent years, and explains some plans for the future.
After a one-year hiatus due to the ongoing pandemic, Help Portrait event returned this weekend to provide free pictures for families and individuals in the Bristol area. This year marked the tenth annual Help Portrait event that the Art & Design Club at King University has hosted, which took portraits of ten families, a total of twenty-seven people, and two dogs. The event was careful to follow current local covid-19 guidelines, masks were provided for any volunteer or attendee that wanted them, and the waiting area was socially distanced. Though the number of people that attended the event was less than in past years, the impact on the community was not diminished.
Kendall Morrison was elected as the President of the Student Government Association (SGA) last spring and has based a large part of her platform on bringing together the King and Bristol communities. One of the projects that she is organizing is King’s participation in an Angel Tree program this coming winter. The program anonymously gifts Christmas presents to families in need. Morrison notes, “My biggest goal is to help King become more involved in the community, rather than just being another college that brings students to town.”
Hannah Rappleye has spent over a decade working as a reporter and producer for NBC News. During her interview with Sylvia Musgrove at Memorial Chapel this past Thursday, Rappleye spoke about her career in the media and how she focuses her work on underrepresented populations around the country.
The King Institute for Regional Economic Studies (KIRES) recently released a report that found that government transfer payments were necessary to maintain a significant portion of the regional economy. This study defined transfer payments as “payments made by governments to individuals for which no current production of goods or services is performed,” which includes programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.