On Friday, April 1st King University hosted the 28th annual Blue Ridge Undergraduate Research Conference. Originally called the Southeastern Undergraduate Research Conference, this conference attracts widespread regional interest every year. It provides an opportunity for students to present their research in an exciting setting. Undergraduate students from institutions throughout the Southern Appalachian region are chosen to present their research projects in a professional setting surrounded by other researchers and faculty. This year’s conference was a one-day event, with sessions that started mid-morning. There was also a poster session and a reception for all participants and faculty.
The deaths of four women have been linked to one perpetrator, nicknamed the Shopping Cart Killer because of how he leaves his victims in or around shopping carts. The police have arrested suspect Anthony Robinson of Washington D.C., and have charged him with the deaths of the four women found at two separate locations in Virginia. Police also believe that he is responsible for a fifth victim as well.
As of Tuesday, January 25th, the Biden Administration formally withdrew the vaccine mandate for private businesses. The vaccination mandate was originally proposed last November, as a part of President Biden’s Covid-19 action plan, Path Out of the Pandemic. It was to be put into effect on January 4th and executed by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, ETSU’s ROTC Buc Battalion partnered with the Stop Soldier Suicide organization to raise money to help service members in need. The event was hosted by VetFest, an annual festival held in Whitehall Delaware that is filled with music, food, and laughter, where all the proceeds collected from VetFest go directly to Stop Soldier Suicide. ETSU ROTC had over 110 participants and raised a total of $4,300 for the Stop Soldier Suicide charity.
Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion is an annual music festival celebrating Bristol’s country music heritage stemming from the 1927 Bristol Sessions, the origin of country music. This year marked the festival’s 20th anniversary of bringing together a wide range of music lovers to enjoy genres from Americana to Bluegrass to Indie and Folk and everything in between.
Rotherwood Mansion, located in Kingsport, TN, was built in 1818, and through its history has accumulated an interesting and supernatural history. The tales of the mansion are riddled with heartbreaking accounts of slavery, a legend of a hound from hell, and many lost souls wandering the grounds even in the afterlife.