Vol State Men’s Basketball season starts

By: Nick Kieser

The 2018-19 basketball season is going to be tipping-off on Nov.2 at Snead State Community College.

With a record of 8-18 to finish last year’s season the coaching staff is preparing their players for another season.

“This year we have five guys coming back beside George Stanberry that played in about every game last year. We have Justin Goodson who is a pretty good shooter returning as well,” said head coach Rusty Melvin.

Stanberry, according to Melvin, is the best junior college basketball athlete in the nation. Scoring 726 points last year Stanberry was the men’s JUCO basketball leader in points to finish the season.

“Jordan Buchanan from Bowling Green is the most improved player from last year. He hit a shot in the tournament last year to put the game into overtime,” said Melvin.

Starting at the beginning of the school year the team reported to practices, and according to Melvin, he could not be there most of the time due to his wife having hip replacement surgery.

Having assistant coaches Ethan Abner, Ken Miller, and Neil Patel to run the practices the roster was still working out every day on a routine schedule.

“I feel good about it. This is the most enjoyable group of kids that I ever have had to coach. The assistants had them going all September while I was out on leave taking care of my wife. I have been back since the start of October and they have the tempo set already,” said Melvin.

“I need to be more vocal this year. I have last years experience to go off of, and I am still learning to be the best leader that I can be,” said Stanberry.

The 16-man roster has its first regular season game on Nov. 2 at Snead State Community College. Game one in Gallatin is Nov. 5 versus Bethel University’s junior varsity team.

“I am excited and focused. I want to win more. The more wins will equal having good opportunities this year. We have more size and role players on this roster now,” said Stanberry.

“We need to be leaders for everyone on the team. We will keep mentoring each other as well. Team chemistry will help make this team good this year,” said guard Kevin Rimmer.

Winning two games on the road last season and averaging 79 points a game is how the men’s team finished, but this year the schedule, according to Melvin, is not an easy one.

“You can just tell the way they play that they have confidence in themselves. I see them in the gym shooting and working on things. I do not have to tell them to play hard. They know what I want from them,” said Melvin.

“Work on more of my defense, and being in the right place at the right time. We are trying to put Vol State on the map. The more support the better,” said Stanberry.

Fall Activities

By: Shelby Leighton

With the weather finally chilling, and pumpkins everywhere you go – fall is slowly coming to end just as quickly as it began.

That doesn’t mean there’s still not plenty to do to stay in the spirits of fall. So, make the most of autumn with these free activities around Sumner County.

Fall Extravaganza – Hosted at Hendersonville First United Methodist Church Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The extravaganza will offer a wide variety of handcrafted gift items by over 80 craft artists. There will also be a large Bake Sale, Freezer Pleezers, Caramel Apples, plus a silent auction. This is a fundraiser that benefits missions of the United Methodist Women of HFUMC.

GracePoint Church & FBC Winchester Community Fall Festival – Hosted at the Sumner County Fairgrounds Oct. 27, from 4- 6 p.m. This festival will have bounce houses, carnival games, face painting, food, trunk or treating, and more.

Saturday Night Cruise-In and Trunk or Treat – Hosted at the Gallatin City Hall Oct. 27, from 4-8 p.m. Come to see the antique and classic cars of Gallatin while having a fun at the trunk or treat for the kids. A night filled with oldies music, door prizes and a ride of the week trophy.

Halloween In the Park – Hosted at Moss-Wright Park in Goodlettsville Oct. 27, from 1-3 p.m. Come to enjoy crafts, a pumpkin patch, games, photo booths, a DJ, dancing, and treats from local businesses and organizations.

Trunk or Treat at Newton Nissan – Hosted at Newton Nissan, Oct. 28, from 3-5 p.m. Come to join the community for fun, games, food, and of course, candy. This year Newton Nissan is adding a fun photo booth for family pictures to be taken, a nice way to remember such an event.

Harvest Festival – Hosted at Celebration of Life Church in Hendersonville Oct. 28, from 1-7 p.m. This festival includes food trucks, hayrides, face painting, live music, bounce houses, tonnes of games, and so much more. The church will also be hosting a food drive and taking donations where all proceeds will be given to Sumner County families in need during the upcoming holiday season.

Free stuff for students

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

Microsoft Office 365 is available FREE to all Vol State students.

Essentially, the same as Microsoft Office 2016, the difference between Office 2016 and Office 365 is only which of the cloud services are included.

According to the Microsoft website, both include Office 2016 Windows and Mac versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook, Publisher.

Access on up to five computers per user, as well as the Office apps on five phones and tablets per user.

To download your copy, go to https://www.volstate.edu/students where Office 365 is listed under “Tools.”

This software is free to you with your Vol State tuition.

Students wanting to get a license for Rosetta Stone software should visit the Language Center at the Learning Commons and pick up a blue Rosetta Stone language user software request card.

Fill out the card with your name, email and which language you would like to request and turn it into Suzanne Previte.

You will receive an email from Rosetta Stone with login information once you can access the program.

Vol State has a finite number of licenses for Rosetta Stone and language students will be given priority.

Previte said that due to the limited number of licenses, after 30 days of non-use, students will receive an email letting them know their license has been canceled, but it can easily be renewed again.

Adobe Products Can Be Purchased with an Educational Discount.

According to Vol State Art Faculty Chair, Nathaniel Smyth, the school has an institutional license for Adobe software for college-owned hardware and a very limited number of additional licenses for faculty.

Smyth recommends that students needing Adobe software take advantage of the educational discount offered by Adobe. Individual student licenses can be purchased beginning at $9.99 per month.

For other student discounts including the Dell Member Purchase Program Coupon, visit https://www.volstate.edu/discounts.

Story Slam

By: Yvonne Nachtigal

The Story Slam is returning for its second year, on Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018, from

11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. at Thigpen Library in the Rochelle Center.

“There are some students who we have asked to come to speak, but it will primarily be an open mic event,” said Dr. Shellie Michael.

Storytellers can present a personal Halloween story or personal story on another topic.

Stories can be 2 to 4 minutes in length.

Snacks will be provided and the winners will be voted on.

The second-place winner will receive $50 and the first-place winner will receive $75.

Dr. Michael said that last year’s event was a great success.

“We literally laughed and cried,” she said.

Students who are interested in participating can show up at the event or contact Tabitha Sherrell for more details at Sherrell@volstate.edu or 615-230-3799.

Annual security report

By: Jim Hayes

The Volunteer State Community College Police Department released the Annual Security Report, detailing campus crimes reported to the FBI and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation for 2017.

The department reported 17 crimes to the FBI and 40 to the TBI. The numbers do not match
because of differing reporting requirements between the two agencies.

In 2016, only one crime was reported to the FBI and none were reported to the TBI.

“I think the crime rate is low because of officer presence, and the fact that we don’t have dorms
here, that makes a huge difference,” said Lisa Morris, Senior administrative assistant to Police
Chief Angela Lawson.

“People are here a shorter amount of time. They go to class and then go home,” said Morris.

Only the Gallatin and Livingston campuses reported incidents to the FBI in 2017. The TBI
statistics are not broken down by individual campuses.

The Gallatin campus had 13 incidents to report to the FBI. They included three in the burglary
and drug law arrest categories, two in the domestic violence category and one each in the
aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft, stalking, weapons law violation referral and weapons law
arrest categories.

Livingston reported single occurrences of domestic violence, liquor law arrests, stalking and
weapons law arrests to the FBI.

The TBI reporting was highlighted by 13 intimidations, and 11 thefts from buildings.

The Vol State police force consists of 9 full-time officers supplemented by part-time police
officers from local law enforcement departments.

To qualify to be reported to the FBI, an incident has to meet the parameters for Uniform Crime
Reporting as set forth by the bureau.