Vol State Financial Aid director Sue Pedigo retires after 48 years

Sue Pedigo

By Katelyn Marshall

Financial Aid Director Sue Pedigo is this week’s faculty spotlight.

Pedigo has been a charter member of the first employees at Vol State and has been in the Financial Aid office for the entire 48 years that she has been at Vol State.

Pedigo is a Vol State graduate. She is married, has two children and six grandchildren. Continue reading

Vol State Students Win in Statewide Job Skills Competition Conference through SkillsUSA from

The Vol State competitors, left to right. Front row:  Jarissa Woolbright, Cookeville, Gold Medal, Restaurant Service; Preston Carr, Cookeville, Gold Medal, Culinary Arts; Hannah Foley, Cookeville, Gold Medal, Commercial Baking; and Delenn Strong of Gainsboro. 
2nd row:  Tim Dean, Mechatronics program director; BobbiJo Andrews, Cookeville, Gold Medal, Extemporaneous Speech; Melody Montgomery, Livingston, Bronze Medal, Prepared Speech; Pam Davis, Cookeville; Jarrett Talbott, Cookeville, Bronze Medal, Motorcycle Repair; Nicholas Drake, Cookeville; and Cindy Thrasher, assistant professor of Communication.
3rd row:  Josiah Watson, Celina; Miguel Ortiz, Baxter, Silver Medal, Technical Computer Applications; Tallen Gooch, Sparta, Bronze Medal, Team Mechatronics; and Samuel Griffin, Sparta, Bronze Medal, Team Mechatronics.

By Allyson Oakley

Students from Volunteer State Community College competed in the State Leadership and Skills Conference through SkillsUSA from March 31 – April 3.
The students competed at the local level, according to the SkillsUSA website. From there, students can advance to the state and national levels.

Cindy Thrasher, assistant professor of communication, was quoted in an email saying, “We are excited that our students have such a broad spectrum of areas of expertise. They competed not only in technical areas, but also in Leadership areas like Public Speaking and Interviewing.”

Overall, thirteen VSCC students competed, out of which 8 brought home medals. Continue reading

Vol State to host tribute to Albert Brumley


By Katelyn Marshall

Volunteer State Community College will present a tribute concert for music composer Albert Brumley Tuesday, April 16 at 7-9 p.m., in the Wemyss Auditorium in Caudill Hall. The tribute is free and open to everyone. No tickets are required. Jackson Brumley, the son of Albert Brumley, will be a special guest.

Brumley was born in Spiro, Oklahoma in 1905, in what was then Oklahoma Territory. According to Jackson Brumley, at a young age Albert Brumley attended the Hartford School of Music and went on to teach music throughout the south.

Jackson Brumley said his father, Albert Brumley, first got the idea of what is perhaps his most famous song, “I’ll Fly Away,” while picking cotton in an Oklahoma cotton patch, and it was first published in 1932. Continue reading

Plant sale to raise money for scholarships


Hailey Bossert

Volunteer State Professor Jeff Kent will be hosting an annual plant sale Thursday, April 18, to fundraise for student scholarships.
For those who cannot make it to the first sale, a second one will be held April 26 at the greenhouse.

All proceeds from the plant sale will go into the Math and Science Division Watlington Scholarship fund, given in honor of Joseph Conrad Watlington, according to the Volunteer State website.

At least two students per year are awarded scholarships from the profits of the sale. Continue reading

To the ones who showed up

Regardless of our religious beliefs, Easter / springtime is a time to celebrate newness of life, a time of hope, and at the very least, a time to look forward to a break from studying.

This week in our Man on the Street report, we looked at how we see dwindling class sizes and students who are simply missing in action as we near the end of the semester. Our survey brought several ideas about what the causes of this are.

In contrast, on our front page this week we have the story of Sue Pedigo, a woman who showed up, weathered the storms, faced the adversity and never stopped trying for 48 long years. Continue reading