The Night Dr. Levi Watkins Saved The Flash

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I am an avid watcher of the comic book films and TV shows. As we mourn the loss of Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. who died suddenly on Friday, it was a treat to be reminded of the impact of his invention, the defibrillator.

In last night Flash episode, The Flash was seriously injured by a poisonous bee. His suit contained a defibrillator which brought The Flash Back to Life!

It is great to know that Dr. Watkins Jr. can save real lives and super heroes lives! Rest In Peace Dr. Watkins!

Tennessee State Alum helps Immigrant helps others adjust to new life in Nashville

That’s where Hassan fell in love with the idea of helping other new Americans, and he went to Tennessee State University to get a degree in political science. His entire college tuition was paid for with a few grants and two part-time jobs.

Since graduating, Hassan has started a consulting company to help other new Americans, and he has purchased a coffee shop where fellow Africans gather. Hassan spends many hours outside work helping those who have recently immigrated to Nashville.

“My favorite part of coming to America – leaving a place where there were no options in life, coming to a place that is increasingly challenging and rewarding at the same time,” he said.

“Here, despite challenges, you are the driver of your destiny.”

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Tennessee State University biodiesel demonstration trailer visits Dyersburg

The Dyer County Agriculture Extension Service will be presenting biodiesel workshops on Thursday, March 26. The workshops will be held at the Dyer County Extension Auditorium in Dyersburg beginning at 6 p.m. Featured speakers from Tennessee State University’s Department of Agricultural and Environmental Services, are Dr. Jason de Koff, PhD – assistant professor Bioenergy Crop Production; Dr. Prabodh Illukpitiya – assistant professor; Alvin Wade – Extension assistant professor; and Chris Robbins – Extension agent and farm manager. They are part of Tennessee State University’s cooperative extension program that is touring the state with its biodiesel education demonstration trailer to provide an up-close look at the biodiesel production process. The trailer is also scheduled to make stops in Somerville, Sweetwater, and Winchester.

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Forum at Tennessee State University focuses on networking for success

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – More than 255 business owners and managers and representatives from as far away as Detroit, California, Florida and Indiana gathered at the Tennessee State University Avon Williams Campus today to network and collect information on federal, state and local procurement systems at the 4th Annual Small Business Forum themed “Back to Business.”

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District Small Business Office participated during the event and worked to educate business professionals about business networking, procurement processes, tools and resources, and provided information on how to get assistance on post awards, construction documents, safety and quality control.

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TSU Nursery Research Center lands coalition recognition

The Tennessee State University Otis L. Floyd Nursery Research Center has been recognized as the Tennessee Recycling Coalition’s “Recycler of the Year” in the higher education school category.

The NRC has recycled approximately 200,000 pounds of polyethylene plastic since 2010.

“It is a great honor to be recognized for this program,” Dr. Nick Gawel, superintendent of the NRC, said in a release. “TSU is proud of our partnership with the Tennessee nursery industry and the opportunity to make this industry even more green and sustainable.”

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TSU Students apart of coalition that is challenging Tennessee over voter identification law

Students challenge Tennessee over voter identification law

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A group of Tennessee college students wants a federal court to require the state to accept their school identification cards as valid voter identification.

The out-of-state students attending Fisk University and Tennessee State University say in the lawsuit filed in Nashville on Wednesday they would like to vote in Tennessee but lack proper ID. Tennessee will not accept identification cards from other states nor will it accept student identification cards from Tennessee colleges and universities.

The students say the voter ID law is unconstitutional, violating the students’ right to vote and their right to equal protection. They note Tennessee does accept college and university identification cards issued by the state to workers, just not to students. And they say that obtaining a free Tennessee identification card that is accepted at the polls is a difficult and time-consuming procedure.

According to the lawsuit, student IDs from state schools were originally included as valid identification in the voter ID bill that became law in 2011, but they were taken out after lawmakers expressed concerns that student IDs were easy to duplicate.

The lawsuit claims that lawmakers did not offer any evidence that student ID cards are more vulnerable than any other accepted form of voter ID.