Promises, Promises

by Ariel Hughes

Gov. Bill Haslam has recently announced that he is eliminating $12.9 million in proposed funds for higher education.

These funds are typically used to offset the cost of rising tuition at state colleges and universities. The cuts, he explained, are due to an unanticipated shortage in tax revenue. It is not yet clear whether Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program, which would offer two free years of community college to high school graduates, will be affected by the budget cuts.

In lieu of a state income tax, Tennessee boasts the highest sales tax in the nation. For this fiscal year, sales taxes are down an estimated $33 million, which Haslam attributed to a disappointing holiday shopping season and unusually cold weather in January and February.

Business franchise and excise tax collections are at twenty percent less than anticipated. Companies pay these taxes based on estimates and often claim refunds the following year for having paid too much. In the past, many companies have discovered and exploited loopholes in the policy.

In the meantime, Haslam has abandoned his proposed 2 percent pay raise for teachers to address the shortfall. “The goal hasn’t gone away,” Haslam told reporters. “But we have to deal with the realities we have.”

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

PSCC to host Reading Reception

by Harold Ridings

PSCC students will present essays inspired by NPR’s This I Believe program, which they will voice their own core values and viewpoints.

Anne Pharr, an instructor in PSCC’s english department said NPR’s This I Believe program is an international project that engages people in writing,sharing, and discussing the core values and beliefs that guide their daily lives.

This event will be hosted at PSCC’s Hardin Valley campus in Goins 225A on April 19th from 10:45 to 1:00 pm.

A group of students enrolled in PSCC’s Accelerated Writing course (DSPW 0801/ENGL 1010), will exhibit the importance of hearing, understanding, and interacting with our peers’ divergent viewpoints. Pharr stated “Pellissippi students, faculty, and staff enjoy many opportunities to encounter a broad spectrum of ideas and viewpoints. Participating in such a group affords each of us the privilege of articulating our own perspectives.”

Monday, April 11th, 2011

Now We’re Cooking

By Katie E. Hall

This coming Saturday Nov. 7, 2009 from 9 a.m. to noon, Robert W. Pelton will be on campus instructing a class about cooking during Colonial period.

Pelton will teach about early American baking and cooking as it was done before and during the War for American Independence. Pelton will cover such things as how the women of the house baked in the oven of a fireplace; how temperature was determined since no gages existed at that time; how they made yeast since no store were available as they are today; the different kinds of food that were available to the Colonists; and much more.

Pelton will share some of the various old-time recipes from some of his seven historical cook books and share facts about the families that used the recipes, customs and superstitions relating to the food in the Colonies.

Contact Cathy at (865) 539-7167 or by email for more information on the Colonial Cookery.

For more information on Pelton visit his website

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

President explains vision of PSTCC future

by Jillian Edmonds

Dr. Allen Edwards, president of Pellissippi, explained that his vision for the future of Pellissippi is based on what the public needs the college for.

“You have to take a look at what the community needs. If you can discover that…you try to put in place programs that are rigorous and relevant that will lead to productive lives,” said Dr. Edwards.

Dr. Edwards said that one of his goals is to keep the college accessible as possible. For instance, by continuing to have campuses in different areas as well as offering classes online.

There will be more diverse programs offered in the future, such as a teaching program where people could get a bachelor’s degree in education. Dr. Edwards explained the college has a responsibility to help provide teachers to the education system.

“Knox County schools hire between five to six hundred teachers a year. A lot are just to replace people that are retiring or leaving. The University of Tennessee produces one hundred new teachers a year. That is not enough to fill the gaps,” said Dr. Edwards.

Some of the programs Dr. Edwards suggested would serve the community include a bachelor’s degree program, business administration and criminal justice.

Dr. Edwards said he is first and foremost “always trying to keep things accessible.” Especially for students who did not perform well early on in their academic careers who want access to higher education.

“We should never have to be a closed-door prestigious institution,” said Dr. Edwards.

Saturday, April 25th, 2009