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Pellissippi State Security Officers Get Schooled

by Shelby Verran

The students of Pellissippi State aren’t the only ones on campus seeking higher education. Campus security officers have attended or plan to attend the Police Academy to become certified officers.

In July of 2016 Pellissippi State’s Safety and Security Department became an official Police Department. Fred Breiner, Chief of Police at Pellissippi State said as of March 2017, Pellissippi has six certified armed police officers. In the next couple of months three more officers will be attending the Police Academy to become certified.

Once the next three officers have completed the academy Pellissippi will have a total of nine armed police officers. According to Breiner, Pellissippi currently hires off duty police officers to provide additional armed police coverage of the campuses. Breiner said that having certified officers, as well as the access to additional security related information and training will assist in increased security at Pellissippi State.


Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Campus Drama Club

By Olivia Eddy

Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Campus introduces students to the world of theatre with the Campus Drama Club.

The Magnolia Campus of Pellissippi State will do a table reading from Act 2 of the renowned play Inherit the Wind Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 3:30 p.m. The reading will take place at the school’s Community Room (MA109), and will be followed by a discussion about the bad arguments featured in the play.

Professor Rick Patton at Pellissippi State’s Magnolia Campus does more than just teaching English classes. He and fellow Professor Linda Streebeck have been advisors for the Magnolia Avenue Campus Drama Club for the past 11 years.

The Drama Club serves as an outlet for students who wish to view and participate in theatrical productions as well as other artistic performances.

Activities members of the Drama Club have participated in include:

• Hosting open mics
• Played improvisation games
• Performed favorite scenes from Shakespeare
• Done staged readings of plays
• Performed one-act, as well as full-length plays

For upcoming events at the Magnolia Campus, visit

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Pellissippi State’s Instrumental Department

by Olivia Eddy


Pellissippi State’s instrumental department thrives under the direction of Peggy Hinkle.


Pellissippi State Community College’s instrumental department will present their fall concert this Thursday night at the Clayton Performing Arts Center.


Music Program Coordinator and lead teacher for piano, Peggy Hinkle has helped the school’s instrumental department blossom over the past 28 years. Hinkle took over as coordinator after the school’s former coordinator lost his battle with cancer back in March of 2015. She has been the lead piano teacher for the department for 8 years now, and in the past year has hired instructors in violin, jazz, cello and guitar.


The school itself has about 70 music majors. “We have always had an abundance of voice majors,” Hinkle says, “But the number of instrumentalists is increasing.” Upcoming events for the department include the Holiday Spectacular, with a theme of “Christmas in the City.” This concert includes all of Pellissippi State’s ensembles, as well as two choirs and their Faculty/Staff choir. It will take place Dec 1 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m.


Ensembles in the department include:

  • Guitar Ensemble
  • Brass Ensemble
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Studio Orchestra
  • Bluegrass Ensemble




Monday, November 14th, 2016

Pellissippi State’s Choral Department thriving under director

by. Olivia Eddy

Pellissippi’s Choral department is preparing for its Holiday Spectacular Concert on Dec. 1. It will be at 6 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center.

The choral department has sung their way into the spotlight at Pellissippi State Community College.

With their fall concert freshly under their belt, the department is thriving under the direction of Megan Langford. Although high energy songs are her preference, the department sings a wide variety of songs, from medieval music to modern pop songs.

Pellissippi State currently has two choirs, the Concert Choral and Variation. Although Langford is officially titled as the Choral Director, she also doubles as full-time faculty and assists with administration affairs.

The entire department considers themselves a close-knit bunch, from the faculty to the students. Langford says that’s what makes Pellissippi States Choral Department special. The students range in all ages and are a diverse group, and all come together for one cause; to make music.


Monday, October 31st, 2016

Spring Choral Concert Coming to Pellissippi

By Nicholas Walker

Pellissippi State Community College will be holding its annual Spring Choral Concert on April 28.

The annual Spring Choral Concert hosted by Pellissippi is on April 28.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley Campus, at 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The choir, which consists of the Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble, is directed by Pellissippi music professor Meagan Langford, who has taught at the school for about 4 years.

  • The Spring Choral is the last of The Arts of Pellissippi and dates back to beginning of the music program itself.
  • The event will feature performances by all female and all male choirs respectively.
  • The Concert Chorale consists of a diverse group of singers.
  • The Variations Ensemble is more acapella-oriented.
  • Various genres will be performed, such as classics dating back to the 1700s, and standards from a wide variety of styles.
  • The choir will perform covers from artists such as Billy Joel and Sting, as well as renditions of spiritual songs from the late 19th century.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Student Art Exhibit Being Held at Pellissippi


By Nicholas Walker

A juried art exhibition is currently being shown at Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley Campus.

Jennifer Brickey, Pellissippi’s associate professor of Liberal Arts, says the exhibit is beneficial to students by teaching them how to prepare showings for art shows.

The campus is located on 10915 Hardin Valley Road, and it is being held in the galley of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art. The exhibit opens on March 28 and runs through April 15. The gallery is open to the public from 10 to 6:30 p.m.

The exhibit is showcasing many forms of art, including paintings, sculptures, two-dimensional and three-dimensional design and ceramics.


Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Stage Production of Mining Activist to Be Performed At Pellissippi


By Nicholas Walker

A semi-autobiographical play about the life of activist and songwriter Florence Reece called “Which Side Are You On?” will debut this weekend at Pellissippi State Community College.

The production will be performed April 15, 16, 22 and 23 at 7:30 p.m. and April 17 and 24 at 2 p.m. at the Hardin Valley campus.

The play was written by Pellissippi English professor Edward Francisco. Francisco has been Pellissippi’s Writer-in-Residence for 10 years, and he has taught at the school for 26 years.

  • The title is inspired by a protest song written by Reece, who was the daughter and wife of coal miners in Harlan County, Ky.
  • The song grew in popularity after being performed by Pete Seeger.
  • Reece was inspired to write the song when she was 12 years old after her family was shot at by thugs hired by a mining company.
  • Little is known about Reece’s life, and Francisco assembled the story from journals and news on the Harlan County War.
  • Francisco was inspired by his own family history of mine workers and alludes to this in the play.

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Jazz and Bluegrass Concert Coming to Pellissippi


By Nicholas Walker

An instrumental jazz and bluegrass concert will be held at Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley campus Thursday, March 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.

The ensemble will be performed in the Clayton Performing Arts Center. The building is located on 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The first 45 minutes will be performed by The Hardin Valley Thunder, which is led by Pellissippi’s professor of music Larry Vincent. The second half of the performance will be devoted to jazz and led by music teacher Tom Johnson.

Vincent, who has taught at Pellissippi for 20 years, began Hardin Valley Thunder in 2009. The group plays predominately contemporary bluegrass.

The jazz band will perform several forms of the genre, such as Latin groove and hard bop.

Monday, April 11th, 2016

“Because You Asked…”

Why does Pellissippi play mtvU all the time?

The program mtvU has been a rallying topic among students who will visit the cafeteria or student lounge for numerous reasons.

MtvU was voted by students. Aaron Overall, academic advisor, stated that the TV sets playing the program were placed in the cafeteria and student lounge because they are not considered designated study zones.

Viacom is the parent company of MTV that teamed up with Pellissippi for a three-year contract. It voted by the students, too. They provided the two TV sets, satellite dish, and the system for free when contract was signed in 2014, said Overall.

Overall stated that because of the contract, the TV volumes are set at a specific volume and cannot be changed. Even if someone tried to change it, a lock setting on the volume would prevent it.

“MtvU allows us to program four PSCC announcements per hour, features ABC news at the bottom of every hour, plays public service announcements specific to college students, and also features up-and-coming independent/main stream artists,” said Overall.

In an attempt to please most of the student body’s music tastes, all kinds of genres are played on mtvU. Overall said it would “entertain the listener while broadening their musical experience” by playing all kinds of music.

Saturday, November 7th, 2015

“She Kills Monsters”

by Brooke Wainwright


Pellissippi Students will be performing a play titled “She Kills Monsters” in November.


The play will be held at the Hardin Valley Campus on Nov. 13, 14, 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. as well as Nov. 15 and 22 at 2 p.m. The comedic drama written by young playwright Qui Nguyen tells the story about a girl who leaves her childhood home because of the death of her sister. She falls into an imaginary world filled with adventure after finding her sister’s Dungeons and Dragons notebook.


Pellissippi professor Charles Miller will be directing the play. “We are hoping to appeal especially to the ComicCon crowd,” stated Miller.


Tickets will be $8 for faculty, staff and students; $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students from other schools.


Wednesday, October 21st, 2015