Eleventh Annual Bagels & Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour benefits Jackson State’s scholarship fund

Dr. Kent Jones and Marybeth Hopper, among others, gathered at Jackson State Community College today to present a check for $2,400 to Jackson State president, Dr. Bruce Blanding. The donation will go into Jackson States foundation fund going toward the non-traditional students scholarship fund.

The 11th Annual Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour was held at Jackson States main campus on Saturday, October 13, 2012, and included a bicycle ride, food, bluegrass music and a whole lot of fun for the entire family.

The organizers of the 11th Annual Bagels and Bluegrass Bicycle Century Tour agreed to make the Jackson State Community College (JSCC) scholarship fund the primary recipient of profits from the ride this year.

Jackson State Community College is a shining jewel in our community and it provides a necessary avenue of affordable higher education for almost 4,000 people each semester all over West Tennessee. Even so, there are still many students who want to further their education and cant because they dont have the money. With state support for higher education diminishing, colleges have no alternative but to raise tuition. Unfortunately this leaves some students at a loss to afford the education they so desperately desire, explained Bagels and Bluegrass organizers.

The Bagels and Bluegrass Ride across Southwest Tennessee is a bicycle ride featuring Southwest Tennessees State Parks and scenic roads. The 100-mile route has a total climb of greater than 7,000 feet. The ride began with a breakfast of bagels at the staging area located at Jackson State.

Featured stops included Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Area, the largest Middle Woodland Indian Complex in the Southeast, consisting of at least 15 earthen mounds; and Chickasaw State Park, near Henderson, Tennessee. The tour ended with dinner at JSCC.

A contribution was also made to Friends of Chickasaw State Park and Pinson Mounds State Parks. These two nonprofit organizations work hard throughout the year inside the parks and are a great help in making Bagels and Bluegrass a success.

Headquarters for the ride was Jackson State Community College, at 2046 N. Parkway in Jackson, Tenn.

The ride is traditionally held the second Saturday in October. For more information about upcoming rides or to learn more about this years ride, visit: http://www.bagelsandbluegrass.tn.org