News Center 22 10/17/17

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The Daily News reports
After four decades at Lincoln Memorial University in some capacity — first a student, then working in different areas — Dr. E. Clayton Hess was inaugurated as the institution’s 21st president last week.

The LMU Board of Trustees unanimously voted to appoint Hess president in November 2016, and he took office on July 1 of this year. The inaugural ceremony took place during the university’s annual homecoming weekend.

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Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) is proud to announce that it has once again been ranked by the Aspen Institute among the top 150 (10 percent) in the country. In 2011, the college was ranked in the top 10 percent, and in 2012, it was ranked in the top 10.

“We are honored to receive this distinction,” said Southeast President Vic Adams. “Our mission is to provide an accessible, affordable, quality education for all students, and to be ranked among the best is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our faculty and staff.”

Three other Kentucky colleges have also been recognized: Big Sandy Community & Technical College, Hazard Community & Technical College, and West Kentucky Community & Technical College.

The four colleges are now eligible to move into phase two of the $1 million 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The second phase narrows the field from 150 to the top 10, which will be named in May. The Aspen Institute then will conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data to determine a grand prize winner, finalist(s) with distinction and rising star(s) in spring 2019.

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The Claiborne Progress reports

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has a new addition to its Top 10 Most Wanted list: Ezekiel Lee Thompson.

Thompson, 25, is wanted by the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to face charges of felony escape, aggravated assault and reckless endangerment. Those charges stem from an incident that occurred early Thursday morning at the Cocke County Jail. Thompson, an inmate, assaulted a corrections officer and fled the jail on foot.

Thompson is a white man with blonde hair and blue eyes. He stands 6 feet 1 inch and weighs approximately 220 pounds. He has a cast on his left arm. Thompson should be considered dangerous. Anyone with information about his whereabouts should contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND. There is a reward of up to $2,500 being offered for information leading to his arrest.

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