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

New Facebook page celebrates Pellissippi’s Ducks and Geese

By. Grace Whitaker
It takes a “Fowler” to know a fowl.

The FaceBook page Pellissippi Ducks and Geese commemorates the birds oftentimes found wandering around campus.

Joseph Fowler, 24, created the page after overhearing a classmate jest about unlucky geese he encountered while driving. Fowler felt “disturbed” by the comments. “The geese and ducks are a part of the Pellissippi family,” Fowler said.

Fowler has spent time bonding with the birds. Having no pets of his own, he finds the birds to be good company. “I spend a borderline unhealthy amount of time with them anyway,” he said. Some birds allow Fowler to pet them.
Fowler said that Panther Pause, the student news bulletin found around campus, will feature the page sometime in October or November this year.

“Like the page,” Fowler said, “and don’t give the juveniles [birds] crackers. It stunts their growth.”

The page was created October 21 and has accumulated roughly 30 “likes.”

Monday, October 31st, 2016

Campus security at Pellissippi is here to help

By. Grace Whitaker

Pellissippi State’s campus security is prepared to help students and staff in any way possible.

“Our overall concern is for the safety of all those who are on our Pellissippi State campuses,” said Terry Crowe, deputy chief of police for Pellissippi. “This means that our officers and staff are looking at everything from obstructions on the walkways to successful investigations of incidents reported to our department.“

The most common crime on campuses is theft. Security encourages people to avoid leaving personal items unattended.

Police officers and campus security work together to ensure safety for everyone on campus. This is done by filing reports, as well as having scheduled emergency drills.

Security also encourages people to watch for suspicious behavior. Crowe said, “We encourage everyone that if they ‘see something’ then we would like them to ‘say something.’”

The “Text a Tip” program enables people to send anonymous information to security. Type “pstcctips” into the text, then send the information to 67283.

Students should feel free to approach any officer should he or she need assistance, or to simply get to know the officer.

Security also gives directions, unlocks vehicles, and jump-starts engines regularly.

The campus police phone number is (865) 694-6646.

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Generous donors help with education

The lives of Pellissippi State students are improved by the help of generous donors.


When Pellissippi State Community College was officially charted as a non-profit organization in 1982, the risk of keeping the school up and running became a hassle. The only way the college was guaranteed survival was by the help of generous donors.


Pellissippi State is being governed and successfully operated by a board of representatives, volutneers, donors, and community leaders. With the help of giving opportunities as one of the leading factors implemented at the college, generous people from around the community are able to give and support the school as well as the students.


The college offers 4 different types of giving opportunities all in which give back to the college. donors have the freedom to choose who and what they want their money to go to.


If a person decides to give a donation, Pellissippi State will recognize that individual in a pyramid system identified as a society. If any donations is given between July 1 – July 30th of the year, the donor will be identified as one of the following in the Pellissippi Circle depending on the amount donated: Governor $25 thousand and above; Chancellor $ 10,000 – $24,000; President $5,000 _ $9999; Dean $1,000 – $4,999; Educator $500 – $999; Scholar $100 – $499; Friend $1- $99.


As far as anybody who decides to donate $10,000 or greater, recognition will be given to those individuals’ under the Pellissippi Guild society. Regardless of the amount donated, all donors are grandly appreciated by the student body, especially  for giving them a chance to pursue an education to excel in life.

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

What’s Pellissippi’s tie to the terror attack of 9/11?

by Stephen Gyebison

As Americans looked in horror at the black smoke billowing from both towers of the World Trade Center in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, one of our own had to spring into action.

Fred Breiner, who is now the director of safety and security at Pellissippi State, was a detective captain for the New York Police Department.

“ I was sleeping when the first plane hit the World Trade Center,” he said. “I had worked late the night before. I was actually stuck on a job until  the early morning hours at a shooting where we had to gather some information for the police commissioner.”

I figured there will be mobilization because it is a major disaster in a very high-density area. I thought they will need every possible hand. I called work and found they would not mobilize.”

He said, “Initially it could have just been an accident,” he said.

Second Plane Hits

Breiner learned more when he turned on the TV. After the second plane hit, I called work again to see if we needed to be mobilized. Again they didn’t mobilize us, he said.

Two hours later, New York send out a broadcast mobilizing fire and police officers.

Knowing Those Who Died

Breiner knew some who died in the tragedy.  “I had two police officers that I worked with for a short period of time who died,” he said.  “I had actually been their supervisor. I also knew several firefighters who lost their lives.”

“Almost everybody in New York knew somebody who died,” he remembered.

Breiner worked on the scene between 40 and 100 hours. Because he worked in Brooklyn, he was kept in his assigned area just in case there was public unrest.

“Sometimes there is looting and rioting when you have something like that,” he said. 

It was almost a week before officers were assigned outside their burroughs. They went to Ground Zero, and he worked side by side with officers and supervisors. They saw body parts removed from the debris.

Health Hazards

 “I am being monitored by the World Trade Center monitoring crew for health reasons because of the smoke and possible chemicals. But I was not affected by it,” he said.

“Initially we didn’t have any kind of protection. Then they gave us dust masks, and later they gave us a respirator, which I wore all the time.”

Breiner said he could see the smoke from his house, which was 30 miles from the incident.

Different parts of the federal government were investigating events leading up the 9/11 attack, he said. But they could not put the pieces together in time to stop the attack.

“The different units were not investigating as well as they should have,” he said.

Breiner was a police officer in New York City in 1993 during the first attack on the World Trade Center. “I attended training,” he said. “Basically it was terrorist training. It was pretty serious back then.”

Breiner worked for the NYPD until 2003 when he retired because it got too stressful, he said.

“I had a great career,” he said. “It was just time to leave.”





Saturday, April 6th, 2013

Pellissippi student overcomes odds

by Stephen Gyebison

Pellissippi State student Ivan Freeman did not grow up like most kids. His humble beginning is what keeps him motivated to be where he is at right now, and not on the streets.

Ivan grew up in one of the worst parts of Knoxville. He grew in the Lonsdale Community Homes, an area full of minorities and low-income families. It is a place of gang violence, drug dealing and other activities associated with the ghetto.

“There where some days where me and my family went without food,” said Ivan.  Because of this Ivan and his friends used to steal food from a non-profit ministry called S.O.A.R. Ivan also mentioned being in countless of fights, and how he and his friend Adam Bowman, also a Pellissippi student, were chased by the cops.

Ivan had an opportunity to be adopted by a couple who where workers for the S.O.A.R ministries. “We were 12 when we left Lonsdale. Russ and Kathy Smith took us in, because our home problems where getting bad.”

Ivan and Adam are still close to Russ and Kathy. Ivan recently moved to his own apartment. He is also a shift manager at the Food City by the mall.  “ I look at some of my old friends from Lonsdale and nothing has changed; and I want more for myself. That is what keep me motivated.”

Despite his struggle he never gave up or made any excuses. “My goal  is to finish college,” he said


Friday, April 5th, 2013

Pellissippi president looks forward to master plan

by Nicole Hedger

Pellissippi State’s proposed future plans offer more than just additional educational opportunities.

President Anthony Wise said one of the things he is most looking forward to about Pellissippi’s master plan is that “not only does it focus on trying to create classroom and office space, but also space for students to gather both in the buildings and out in the courtyard.”

Wise said the main focus of the proposed new facilities is “to make sure we continue to provide the support for students in order to be successful academically and to help them achieve their goals.” Along with this goal he accented his desire to serve students by adding a series of quads and places for students to gather outside of the classroom.

The first building on the master plan will teaching labs and faculty offices to “help absorb some of the growth that has taken place over the course of the last decade,” said Wise.  With these improvements he said he desired not only  “to make the campus blend in with the community, but also make it attractive for students.”


Sunday, March 24th, 2013

Transfer Standards for the University of Tennessee

by Graham Smith

The University of Tennessee has set deadlines and admission requirements for transfer students. Potential transfer students are judged based on their academic performance at previous institutions.

According to the admissions section on UT Knoxville’s website, at least 15 credit hours are required to transfer to UT Knoxville.  For students who have more than 15 hours and less than 30 hours of transfer credit, it is necessary to have a minimum grade point average of 2.5.  If a student has more than 30 hours of transfer credit, admittance is granted for having at least a 2.0 grade point average.

Gustavo Bustamante, a current University of Tennessee student who transferred from Pellissippi this past semester, is glad he put in the time and effort necessary to transfer with these requirements.

He said, “Pellissippi is a great introduction into college.  I gradually worked my way towards transferring to UT and I’m proud of the fact that Pellissippi helped me reach my goals.”

When asked about the University of Tennessee’s transfer policies, Gustavo stated, “I believe the requirements to get into UT are very reasonable.  Anyone can transfer if they try hard enough.”

The University of Tennessee has also set their transfer deadlines.  For the fall semester of 2011, the transfer application deadline is July 1.  The spring 2012 semester’s deadline is December 1, and the deadline for the summer semester of 2012 is May 1, 2012.


Monday, April 4th, 2011

What about the cracks in the Bagwell Center?

-by Adrienne Lefebvre

Hairline fractures in the floor of the Bagwell Center for Media and Art have led some to question the building’s structural integrity.

No need, says David Walton, director of Facilities, Safety and Security.

“There is no structural concern in regards to the cracks in the concrete,” said Walton. “They are the result of leaving out the normal expansion joints that would be in a large single pour such as this.”

Walton pointed out that the floor’s stained concrete finish is “relatively new” and that the building’s architect neglected to “call for the appropriate control joints” which caused small fractures to appear as the concrete dried.

“Typically, these joints are left out and a floor like this is covered with carpet or vinyl composition tile,” said Walton. “These cracks are completely normal. You just wouldn’t normally see them.”

Walton admitted that the cracks caused “disappointment” but reiterated that the issue is only aesthetic.

“We elected to leave them as they were,” said Walton. “Removal and re-pouring of the floor would have been expensive, problematic and caused considerable delay in completion of the building.”

Thursday, February 18th, 2010

Attention Future Entrepreneurs

By Katie E. Hall

April Cox, president of Efficince, will be speaking about opportunities for small businesses in global relationships on Friday November 20.

Cox will be at the Hardin Valley Campus from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Goins Auditorium. Cox will also include motivation and rewards for the development of a division of her company in India.

Efficience is a custom software development company based in Knoxville and work with clients to formulate development and support strategies specific software needs. With their “No Bull, No-Bureaucracy” policy Efficience is saving their customers over 40 percent in development cost.

For more information about Efficience go to their website

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009