Industrial Technology Program Honored With Innovation Award

Jackson State was the recipient of The Southwest Tennessee Development District’s (SWTDD) Innovation Award at the organization’s annual board meeting on Monday, September 29. Every year, SWTDD recognizes a project within the district that has had a significant impact on the community, demonstrates a cost savings or cost effectiveness for the community, incorporates a creative use of existing resources and positions the community for a positive long-term impact.

The Advanced Maintenance Technician (AMT) program, just launched by JSCC, was recognized by SWTDD as ‘…making a big dent in the gap between employee skills and employer needs.’

The AMT program is a unique project that connects students with manufactures through a work study cooperative. Jackson State Community College has created a consortium with 17 area manufacturing companies. These corporations allow students to take classes and work for them at the same time. This initiative was a grassroots effort that was spearheaded on the industrial side by Jason Bates at TOYOTA Bodine. Jackson State embraced this effort and is making great strides to fulfill the needs for a qualified workforce in West Tennessee.

SWTDD recognized the goal of this program as pure and simple. It is to create a pipeline of highly skilled talent in the industrial maintenance field. The benefits of the program are:

  • Students benefit from building a career with highly-relevant work experience

  • Manufacturers benefit through direct input and first-hand experience with today’s students in the program

  • Our communities, region and State benefit in the economic development realm by tangibly showcasing the type of labor pool and building a specialized, trained employee base that is available to help manufacturers succeed in West Tennessee

Dr. Bruce Blanding, president of JSCC, accepted the award on behalf of the college. Other JSCC representatives in attendance were Dr. Larry Bailey, VP of Academic Affairs, Catherine Roberts, Career Program Retention Specialist, and Shaw Hinson, AMT student. Jason Bates of TOYOTA Bodine was also in attendance on behalf of JSCC.

JSCC Student to Compete in Miss Tennessee Pageant

Jackson State student Madison Hurst won the title of Miss Jackson on Sept. 20 at Madison Academic. She will go on to compete in the Miss Tennessee pageant at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in June 2015.

Madison, a sophomore from Henderson, is currently taking general studies. Her ultimate plan is to eventually study occupational therapy.

Madison is 19 years old and has been competing in Miss Tennessee preliminaries for three years. Now Madison will go on to compete for the title and crown of Miss Tennessee. Since winning the Miss Jackson crown, Madison has made several appearances including joining in the prayer for the City of Jackson with the new Sheriff John Mehr, police chief Captain Gill Kendrick and other city representatives. She has also been to a benefit for WRAP which supports women who are victims of domestic abuse.

Madison is being supervised and managed by Beth Murley who schedules appearances and goes to events with her. Murley will also serve as her coach and assist with talent and wardrobe selections.

Madison is the first JSCC student going to the Miss Tennessee Pageant since 2002 when Rachel Phillips went. Jackson State was once hosted a preliminary pageant to Miss Tennessee. The last Miss Jackson State was Kathy Hosea in 1993.

Martha Scott to be Honored at WTH Gala

At the West Tennessee Healthcare Gala this year, the Dr. A. Barnett Scott Service Award will be presented to Martha Jo Scott. This award will honor her efforts over the past decade with the Chyanne Scott Fund. Mrs. Scott currently works in the Academic Assistance Center at Jackson State Community College.

In 2003, three-year-old Chyanne Scott passed away from this life after a long and challenging struggle with muscular dystrophy and a neuroblastoma. It was at this time that the family made a decision to honor the life and memory of Chyanne by helping other families who are facing similar challenges and difficulties. This is when Chyannes grandmother, Martha Scott, set up a fund through the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation.

According to Martha, the purpose of the fund is actually twofold. Assistance is provided to families help them during the treatment of their child and also to help them with funeral and burial expenses, she explains. Continuing, The medical support staff during these times of trial is so crucial to helping families cope. For this reason, the fund also provides assistance to those entering the medical field.

Since its inception, the Chyanne Scott Fund has given over $23,000 in scholarships to students entering into the medical field. Sadly, they have assisted families in laying eight children to rest. They have also helped countless other families in their times of need by assisting with bills and helping provide the necessities while the family is traveling for treatments. The fund has also orchestrated trips for terminally ill children, as well as children who are suffering through disease and disability.

When asked about the mission of the fund, Martha says, People often dont know Gods plan. After Chyannes death, we felt we could not continue life, but God helped us through and guided us to help make it a little easier for others to deal with such pain. Martha talks about the importance of making certain that 100 percent of the funds raised go to help families. It is important that the memory of Chyanne is honored and lives on through the families that are blessed through this fund, she says.

Jackson State thanks Mrs. Scott for her selfless service to others through this fund. Donations can be made to the Chyanne Scott Fund at the West Tennessee Healthcare Foundation. 620 Skyline Drive, Jackson, Tenn. or by visiting

Constitution Day Commemorated at JSCC

Constitution Day was commemorated Sept. 17 at Jackson State Community College. Approximately 25 students and a number of faculty and staff gathered in the Student Union Building to hear Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist and State Representative Lowe Finney give their thoughts about important aspects of our countrys constitution.

Mayor Gist spoke most specifically about the provision for states rights in the constitution. He mentioned how the first three articles pertain to the powers of the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government and how they are to work together to determine the law of the land. He then mentioned how the fourth article speaks to the rights of individual states and how they interact with the federal government. Gist stated the importance of having this system of checks and balances and having the provision to govern at the local level.

Representative Finney expressed the importance of due process. Finney used the example of review processes utilized by many organizations such as JSCC, the judicial system and other businesses that give individuals the right to appeal charges that may have been made against them. Such charges might be a speeding ticket or circumstances that lead them to being suspended or losing a job. The idea of due process is provided for in our constitution, he stated.

Both Gist and Finney spoke to how the constitution has evolved and how we are still figuring it out as Finney put it. They both answered a number of questions ranging from things such as what constitutional provisions they would like to see in place to threats they perceive to our individual liberties and the potential future of our constitution.

At the end of the program, Mayor Gist read a proclamation from the city and county mayors that proclaimed the week of Sept. 15, 2014 a time that a number of things would be done to ensure the observance of the federally recognized Constitution Day. The proclamation was presented to and accepted by associate professor, Abby Lackey, co-organizer for the event.

Bagels and Bluegrass Set for October 18 at Jackson State Community College

The 13th Anniversary of the Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour is set for Saturday, Oct. 18 at Jackson State Community College. The event includes bicycle road tours varying in length from 14 to 100 miles. Proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jackson State scholarship fund and Friends of Chickasaw and Pinson Mounds State Parks.

The routes on the Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour are designed for beginners to advanced riders. There is a 14-mile family fun ride, 32-mile, 62-mile and 100-mile routes. The 100-mile century route will take cyclists through Chickasaw and Pinson Mounds State Parks. For completing this route, cyclists will receive a commemorative patch.

Registration begins at 6 a.m. in the lobby of the Gymnasium at Jackson State. There will be a welcome ceremony beginning at 7:45 a.m. and cyclists will begin the tour at 8 a.m. The fee for the ride is $25 in advance and $30 the day of the event. Families can participate together on the 14-mile family fun ride for $35 per family. The registration fee includes a bagel breakfast, lunch from Chik-Fil-A, t-shirt and goody bag. Registration form, maps and more details are available at

For more information about the Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour event go to or call 731-616-7474.

Tennessee’s Community Colleges Host Scholarship Saturday, Sept. 20, To Encourage Students To Sign Up For Tennessee Promise

Jackson State Community College will open up its computer lab from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 20, for area high school seniors to sign up for Tennessee Promise and fill out their college applications as part of a statewide Scholarship Saturday.

The event is designed to encourage students to enroll in Tennessee Promise, the states new program that provides two years of community college or technical school tuition-free for any student graduating from a Tennessee high school. It includes a mentoring component, as well as a last-dollar scholarship to cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship or TSAA funds. Students may use the scholarship at any of the states 13 community colleges, 27 colleges of applied technology or other eligible institution offering an associates degree program. The Class of 2015 will be the first eligible to take advantage of the program, which is part of the Drive to 55 initiative to increase the number of Tennesseans with some form of post-secondary credential.

During Scholarship Saturday, students may come to the Student Union Building on JSCCs main campus located at 2046 North Parkway and use the colleges computers to sign up online. There will be information sessions for both students and parents to answer questions about the program. Free refreshments will also be on hand for anyone signing up. The colleges usual application fee of $10 will be waived for any student who also completes his or her college application during the event.

Tennessee Promise is such an incredible opportunity for students to pursue their dreams after high school, said Bobby Smith, VP of Student Services. We want to make signing up for the Promise a celebration for the students and also give them an opportunity to get their application to college in at the same time. This puts them well on their way down the path to a degree or certificate.

Tennessee Promise Director Mike Krause said he hoped many Tennessee students would attend the event nearest them. The Nov. 1 deadline to register for Tennessee Promise will be here soon, so we encourage students to sign up early, Krause said. The Scholarship Saturday event is a great opportunity for students to sign up at and enjoy getting a look at their possible future campus.