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In the News: Dairy farms, Joe Biden, Rogers Tavern...

In the News: Dairy farms, Joe Biden, Rogers Tavern, women in music, prayer in schools and more

National and international media outlets benefitted from the knowledge and expertise of MTSU faculty in recent articles, television reports and online postings.


Sandra Connell Jones, adjunct professor, psychology

Sandra Connell Jones

Dr Tony Johnston, School of Agriculture

Dr. Tony Johnston

Sandra Connell Jones, an adjunct instructor of psychology and member of the Positive Aging Consortium, addressed the issue of knowing when an aged loved one needs memory care for an Oct. 7 article in U.S. News and World Report. Her comments can be read here.

Dr. Tony Johnston, a professor of agriculture, discussed fermentation and the development of craft beer for a video and an Oct. 7 article in The Tennessean. The video and story are available here.

Dr. Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand, an associate professor of religious studies, explained the history of the fight over prayer in public schools for an Oct. 7 article in The Tennessean. Her views can be accessed here.

Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand

Dr. Jenna Gray-Hildenbrand

Dr. Carroll Van West, director, Center for Historic Preservation

Dr. Carroll Van West

Dr. Carroll Van West, a professor of history and director of the Center for Historic Preservation, submitted a report on the prospects for restoring Rogers Tavern that was excerpted for an Oct. 9 story in the Kingsport Times-News. His comments can be read here.


Dr. Andrei Korobkov, professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations

Dr. Andrei Korobkov

Beverly Keel, chair, Department of Recording Industry

Beverly Keel

Dr. Andrei Korobkov, a professor of political science and international relations, explained that the Ukraine phone call scandal that has prompted an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s administration also has been devastating to former Vice President Joe Biden’s image. His views, which were stated in an Oct. 9 story by the Russian news agency TASS, can be read here.

Beverly Keel, chair of the Department of Recording Industry, hailed Janet Fleenor’s nomination for Country Music Association Musician of the Year as a “benchmark nomination for women” in an Oct. 9 story at www.womenwantmore.com. Her comments are available here.

Dr. Dave Whitaker, School of Agriculture, Horse Science Program

Dr. Dave Whitaker

Matthew Wade, MTSU Farm Laboratories Director

Matthew Wade

Matthew Wade, director of MTSU’s Guy James Farm, talked about the relative absence of dairy farms in Tennessee today for an Oct. 15 report by WZTV-TV in Nashville. The video can be viewed here.

Dr. David Whitaker, a professor emeritus of horse science, commented on a horse’s keen sense of smell for an Oct. 16 story at www.primehemp.ca. The article is available here.


Kevin Overall, adjunct, Concrete and Construction Management, CIM lab director

Kevin Overall

Kevin Overall, an adjunct professor in the Department of Concrete and Construction Management and manager of the concrete industry labs, described “ready to work” programs for an Oct. 17 story by WKRN-TV in Nashville. See the video report here.

Zada Law, director of MTSU’s Geospatial Research Center, explained the importance of the Fort Negley archaeological site in Nashville for an Oct. 18 story by Nashville Public Radio. Her comments can be accessed here.

Zada Law, director of MTSU’s Geospatial Research Center

Zada Law

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Sekou Franklin

Dr. Sekou Franklin, an associate professor of political science and international relations, commented on Black Voters Matter, an activist group organized to rally African-American voters, for an Oct. 20 story at www.nbcnews.com. The article is available here.

Reporters seeking expertise from MTSU personnel, as well as members of the campus community with expertise for media, may contact Gina Logue in the Office of News and Media Relations at 615-898-5081 or via email at gina.logue@mtsu.edu.


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