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Lecturer will explain ‘how Leonard Bernstein invented hip-hop’

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Author and hip-hop music scholar Dr. Joseph Schloss will explain “How Leonard Bernstein Invented Hip-Hop” at a free public lecture at MTSU on Thursday, Sept. 6, in Room S-260 of the Business and Aerospace Building.
The 4:30 p.m. lecture’s complete title is “How Leonard Bernstein Invented Hip-Hop: Popular Culture, Genre Boundaries and the Mythologies of Hip-Hop Scholarship.”
Schloss is the New York-based author of two authoritative works on hip-hop music: Foundation: B-Boys, B-Girls and Hip-Hop Culture in New York (Oxford University Press: 2009) and Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop (Wesleyan University Press: 2004), which won the 2005 Book Prize from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.
He also is the co-author of Rock: Music, Culture and Business (Oxford University Press, 2012) with Christopher Waterman and Larry Starr. Schloss is an adjunct associate professor of black and Latino studies and sociology at City University of New York and a Visiting Scholar in Music at New York University.
The Boston Globe said Foundation was “the best work ever produced on b-boying,” adding that “Schloss’s insights are wide-ranging and consistently illuminating.” The Journal of Popular Music Studies reviewed Making Beats and noted that “Schloss’s consistent emphasis on artistic agency, musical processes and individual compositional proclivities make this an important study for fans, scholars, critics and anyone who needs convincing that hip-hop music, is, in fact, music.”
The lecture is co-sponsored by MTSU’s School of Music, the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Popular Music. Call the Center for Popular Music at 615-898-2449 for more information

High School Volleyball and Soccer Teams Play Tonight

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Volleyball action continues tonight as the Cannon County Lionettes Volleyball teams will travel to Livingston to play in a set of district matches against Central Magnet at 6:00 followed by a match with the host Livingston team at 7:00.  The Cannon County Lionettes Soccer team will host the Friendship Christian Lady Commanders tonight at Fred Schwartz Field at 6:00

Sue Conley Named CEO At Stones River Hospital

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Susan (Sue) Conley, FACHE, has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for DeKalb Community Hospital (DCH) and Stones River Hospital (SRH) by the Upper Cumberland Healthcare Initiatives (UCHI) Board and Capella Healthcare in consultation with the hospital’s Board of Trustees.  She begins the new position on Monday, October 1.
“With over 20 years of experience in a variety of healthcare leadership roles, Sue brings outstanding qualifications to this role,” said Mark Medley, President of Hospital Operations for Capella. “With the opportunities ahead of us I, along with the board members, believe Sue is the right leader to help these hospitals reach their fullest potential. We all have great confidence in Sue’s ability to work with all of the hospitals’ constituents to lead both organizations through the transitional years ahead.”
Conley comes to DCH and SRH from Van Buren, AR, where she has been serving as CEO of Summit Medical Center, a 103-bed acute medical/surgical hospital.  Prior to this, she served as CEO at Mesa Vista Regional Hospital in Mesquite, NV; and as COO at a number of hospitals including 492-bed Sparks Health System in Fort Smith, AR; Medical Center of South Arkansas in El Dorado, AR; and Brownwood Regional Hospital in Brownwood, TX.  She also served as an Assistant Administrator and Laboratory Supervisor after beginning her healthcare career as a Medical Technologist.
Conley earned a B.S. degree in biology (cum laude) from Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, TX; and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Trinity University, San Antonio, TX.  She has earned Fellowship status in the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE).
Conley will be moving to the area in the next month with her husband Allen.  She has two grown children, a daughter JoBeth who lives in Sacramento, California, and a son Michael who lives in London, England.  She has two grandchildren.

New Leases To Be Drawn Up For Two Industrial Tenants

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

The sporadic history of the past Cannon County Industrial Boards has created some major problems that the current Industrial Board is working toward straightening out.  Over the past eight years the Industrial Board which had been meeting quarterly only had two meetings where a quorum could be called.  Past boards conducted meetings, made decisions and continued with business as usual despite a lack of quorum.  This in itself has caused some issues with Industrial owned buildings and tenants leases.
The problems of the past were evident during last nights monthly meeting of the Cannon County Industrial Board.  The Board set up guidelines for lease agreements for two current tenants operating in Industrial owned buildings
Those guidelines will allow for a tax abatement for both tenants T.H.C. Select on Alexander Drive and P.C. Disposal on Bryant Lane.  After a cost benefit analysis was completed on both businesses by consulting firm Younger and Associates of Jackson Tennessee it was suggested from the information submitted that the rent on THC Select could be as high as $8860 a month.    THC Select hasn't paid any rent since they occupied the Alexander Drive Building in January of 2011.  Board Member Doug Bodary made the motion that with all the figures given the rent should be set at $5,500 a month.  In addition $2,000 per month will be charged to T.H.C. Select to recuperate $17,522.00 that the Industrial Board paid through the county for the electricity and water of the building while THC Select were moving their operations from Waverly to Woodbury.  The County paid the electricity and water with IDB funds from August of 2010 through Feburary of 2011.  The back rent owed to the Industrial Board from THC Select which amounts close to $51,000.00 will be waived as there was no drawn up lease agreement in effect  Rent will be due by the 10th of the month.  After the 10th a late fee of 10 percent will be tacked on.  If rent has not been paid for two consecutive months, the tenant will be subject to eviction.  P.C. Disposal's rent according to the analysis could be as high as $3612.00 a month.  However it was also suggested by Bodary that the rent should currently be set at $1500 a month.  P.C. Disposal had not paid rent in the last four months .  Their back rent was also waived because as in  the case of THC Select there was also no lease agreement in effect  The motion was passed.  Board chairman Randal Reid along with board member Dean Moore will talk with officials from both companies to make sure all are in agreement before drawing up a lease.
In other actions during the meeting which took place at Crane Interiors on Alexander Drive last night.  The Board agreed to look further into the costs and benefits of moving their account out from under the County and into their own separate fund.  This move will allow them to be responsible for their own monies and not have to rely on the County Executive's office to sign any checks.  After a tour of the Crane Interior facility hosted by Mark Scott, it was back to work on new business items on the agenda.
The only new business that was actually heard before adjournment was from Cannon County Executive Mike Gannon.  Gannon pointed out a few discrepancies on the July 2012 minutes.  When the Board discussed THC Select during that meeting it was put in the minutes that THC Select had not paid any rent or utilities to date.  THC Select has actually been taking care of the utilities since Feburary of 2011 even though the Industrial Board has yet to see a rent payment.  It was agreed that the correction will be reflected as comments in the minutes of the September meeting.  The second discrepancy that was pointed out by Gannon showed that he was named as allowing THC Select to waive personal property taxes for a five year period.  Gannon says that he had not given that authoriziation and did not know anything about the matter until recent discussions with County Property Assessor Donald Preston.  The correction will be made based on a letter THC Select had sent to the Property Assessor's office.  The third discrepancy dealt with the minutes reflecting that the THC Select deal that brought their operations to Woodbury was conducted by Executive Gannon under the term handshake deal.  Gannon maintained that any decision on bringing THC Select was in conjunction with the Industrial Board and the handshake deal was actually termed a gentlemen's agreement.  After a video on the internet was played that showed Gannon discussing a gentlemen's agreement during a previous Industrial Board Meeting, he backed off of the importance of that correction being made.  It was also noted that the meeting in question with the Industrial Board and THC Select back in 2010  was one of the meetings that due to lack of quorum that no official decisions should've been made in the first place. To help clear everything up in regards to these corrections, secretary Corey Davenport will review the tape of the meeting and make the corrections and present them at the next board meeting in October

Lack of Notice Postpones Beer Board Meeting

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

The Cannon County Beer Board had scheduled a meeting for last night during the August regular monthly meeting of the Cannon County Commissioners.  The purpose of the meeting was to consider a request to allow the Short Mountain Market to sell beer even though they are less than 300 feet from a nearby church.  However most people were confused after recently seeing the meeting date in publications as next TuesdaySeptember 11th.  Around 15-20 people gathered at the Courthouse yesterday only to be  told by Beer Board Chairman Jim Bush that the meeting had been postponed due to short notice of the meeting being called in the first place.  No one representing the Short Mountain Market was present last night.

'Painting Painters Paint' At Todd Gallery

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

MTSU’s Department of Art is celebrating the fall 2012 semester with “Painting Painters Paint,” an exhibition of the collected works of 15 innovative current artists, in the Todd Art Gallery through Thursday, Sept. 20.
Art Professor Sisavanh Houghton, who envisioned the exhibit, and fellow professors Melissa Newman, Bob Durham and Charles Clary invited colleagues from across the Midsouth to participate.
The result is an outstanding collection of style, interpretation and process, according to gallery curator Eric Snyder.
The participating artists are well-known in the region, and many also have achieved national recognition. “Painting Painters Paint” artists include Mark Bradley-Shoup, Ron Buffington, Tom Burtonwood, Gianna Commito, Jeff Danley, Joshua Dildine, Hamlett Dobbins, Greg Eltringham, Jason Hoelscher, Joshua Huyser, Mead McLean, Laura Mosquera, John Nelson, Yvonne Petkus and Craig Drennen.
Todd Gallery also plans a busy autumn with more exhibits, including:

  • the annual Graphic Design Juried Student Exhibit Sept. 25-Oct. 11, sponsored by the MTSU chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design, with an artists’ reception on Monday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m.;
  • “Forms of Expression: A Survey of Contemporary Clay” Oct. 17-Nov. 17, curated by Professor John Donovan and featuring ceramic artists Dana Chapman-Tupa, William DePauw, Lisa Elrich, John Oles, Quintin Owens and Adam Paulek, with an Oct. 22 artists’ reception;
  • the fourth annual Seasonal Scholarship exhibit Nov. 19-21, featuring work donated by MTSU art faculty, staff, students, alumni and community artists; and
  • three graduating-senior exhibits in studio art, known as the “Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibits,” scheduled Nov. 6-8, Nov. 13-15 and Nov. 27-29. The BFA exhibits feature work in painting, sculpture, clay, printmaking and letterpress and include a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. each Monday before each exhibit’s Tuesday opening.

Todd Gallery exhibitions, receptions and lectures are always free and open to the public. The Todd Gallery is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and is closed on state and university holidays.
For additional exhibit or parking information and directions, contact Snyder at 615-898-5653.


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