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Lakatriona ‘Bernice’ Brunson First Female Football HC in Florida

Former TSU Basketball standout Lakatriona Bernice Brunson has been named the first Female Head Coach in Miami, Florida. (Yes, Uncle Luke is the Defensive Coordinator)

Miami Jackson Senior High School announced Monday that they have hired Lakatriona “Bernice” Brunson as its new head football coach, the first female to fill that role in state history.

“As a woman, I’m ready for everyone to judge me because it’s a man’s field,” Brunson said during her introductory media appearance at the school.

Brunson, who was already a physical education teacher at the school, replaces former Miami Hurricanes star Earl Little, who resigned after two seasons at Jackson.

In one of her first moves with the program, Brunson hired rap legend Luther Campbell as an assistant coach.

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Some TSU police officers have troubling backgrounds

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After a deadly shooting on Tennessee State University’s campus, the university president vowed to make campus security a top priority.

TSU President Glenda Glover unveiled a new security plan to keep students and faculty safe.

Channel 4 took a close look at who will be implementing that plan and doing the protecting. What we found raises questions about who TSU is choosing as their police officers and how they are choosing them.

TSU has 25 commissioned officers. Channel 4 found 11 of them had troubling backgrounds.

Donald Lawman works at TSU as a police officer. He was previously indicted by a grand jury after investigators said he and his wife went to the back door of a doctor’s office, sometimes in uniform, and used fake Social Security numbers to get prescription drugs.

Lawman was also suspended from Metro police after his police department gun was stolen out of his personal vehicle.

Lawman resigned from the Metro police force. His record was eventually expunged and he no longer has a criminal record.

Christopher Brooks was caught sleeping on the job repeatedly while with Metro police. He left the department after being accused of making repeated sexual advances at women in downtown Nashville in 2008.

Brooks also works as a TSU officer.

The Peace Officers Standards and Training Commission, or P.O.S.T., took away Brooks’ certification. He appealed and won.

While that was good enough for TSU, Nashville Fraternal Order of Police President Danny Hale said the university needs to dig deeper.

“In the vetting process, it’s just better that they did in a little deeper,” Hale said.

Keith McGrapth’s Metro personnel file said he left work in his police uniform and patrol car. He then went to a club to help women onto the stage during a bikini contest.

After leaving the club, officials said he crashed his car into another car that was parked on the side of the highway.

McGrapth was also suspended for allegedly having drugs in his car and destroying them.

Metro investigators also said McGrapth back-dated forms so his coworker, James Lawrence, Jr., could work an off-duty job at the Sheraton Hotel.

Both McGrapth and Lawrence resigned. They now both work together as officers at TSU

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TSU ranked #3 in Top 10 Tennessee colleges by average starting salary


Tennessee State University is number 3 in average starting salary for graduates.

This list, provided by SmartAsset, shows the average starting salary for each of the top 10 universities in Tennessee.

1. Vanderbilt University — $52,100

2. Tennessee Technological University — $48,500

3. Tennessee State University — $48,100

4. Christian Brothers University — $44,500

5. University of Phoenix-Chattanooga — $44,000

6. University of Tennessee — $43,900

7. Union University — $42,900

8. Rhodes College — $42,800

9. University of Memphis — $42,100

10. East Tennessee State university — $41,100

State average — $40,835

Source: 2013 National Center for Educational Statistics, 2014 Payscale, 2013 CollegeInSight

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A Group of TSU Alumni Spearhead The Fatherhood Impact


Cory Beal, Dereck Hampton, Marcos Harris, Jamal Hutchinson, Johnnie King, III, Byron Turner and Damani all live in Nashville and have been friends since their college days at Tennessee State University in the early 1990s. Damani, father to a 6, 7 and 16 year old, understands how important it is to stay active with his sons. The seven men are “Uncles” to each others’ children, remaining deeply entrenched in all of the children’s lives, not just their own. They hope to spread a message that involved fathers can make a big difference in children’s lives and hopefully reframe the image of black fathers in particular that is projected to the wider community.

“Not only were the pictures taken to dispel the negative images and conversations surrounding black men and their children but we are all part of the Fatherhood Impact Movement. It is our hope that it catches on. Honestly I don’t know any men that aren’t present in the lives of their children. Our group, along with many other positive males, can impact our children’s lives in so many ways. And maybe influence men who aren’t as active as they should be,” said Damani Maynie.

Fatherhood Impact is a component of Rekindled Dreams. Their goal is to promote Fatherhood, provide resources, and encourage men to be active fathers. For more information, follow their Facebook page:

Story and Photo Credit by Keith Layden

A Tribute to Dr. James H. Hefner


TSU Family,

Dr Hefner has passed away. In honor of him 28th and Jefferson wants to collect grand memories of his time at Tennessee State University. Each entry will be added to this page.

Josh Jones:

During my time at TSU, Dr. Hefner made it a point to stop and speak to me when the opportunity presented itself.

One day during spring semester on my sophomore, Dr. Hefner stopped and asked me if I had an internship lined up for the summer.  I told him that I did not have one, but I was still looking.

Two weeks later, Dr. Hefner’s assistant calls my dorm room and asks me to come in for a meeting.

Later that day, I strolled into his office, thinking I had done something wrong (I was usually under fire for being outspoken on the campus radio station).  To my surprise, Dr. Hefner has lined-up an internship for me, in my hometown, with a well-known advertising agency.
Dr. Hefner took the time to get to know me, my plans, my dreams; his influence will be felt on the trajectory of my life until it is my time to be called home.

Please add your comments on the blog comments section or on facebook and I will add them.