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Fisk University women's gymnastics team set to make history again at meet on MLK Day

NORTH NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Last winter, the Fisk University gymnastics team took the sport by storm. They are set to do it again this competition season.

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan.15, 2024, the Fisk University Bulldogs will compete against five other teams coached by Black women.

Roughly a year ago, the team became the first squad at a historically Black college and university. Their team has a special bond that only shows on camera — you can see it in the player above.

"I think that one event could have the potential to have a ripple effect that a lot of other institutions that may have thought about it, now they'll think about it a little more," said Valencia Jordan, the university's athletic director.

Fisk coach Corrinne Tarver said the five other coaches didn't hesitate when she invited their teams to participate.

"Every single one of them immediately said 'I'm in,'" said Tarver. "So it is going to be historic... we're going to embrace and celebrate what we have, and show how we need more."

Holiday Lights at Cheekwood returns with millions of lights
Cheekwood has plenty of lights again this year. The holiday lights display opens on Friday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) - A Middle Tennessee staple holiday tradition will be returning this year.

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville will be hosting “Holiday Lights at Cheekwood” from Nov. 18 to Jan. 7.

The estate and gardens will feature a one-mile path with light displays featuring more than 1,000,000 lights.

Throughout the gardens and estates, people can stop at the many kiosks for hot cocoa and smores kits. They can also visit the Holiday Marketplace at the Frist Learning Center Great Hall with a nine-foot garden-themed ornament wall and a wide range of gifts and décor.

Pearl-Cohn High School football team wins state championship game

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – One Nashville high school is celebrating a big win after its football team was crowned state champions this weekend.

The mighty Pearl-Cohn Firebirds faced Upperman High School at Finley Stadium for the 2023 TSSAA Class 4A State Championship game on Saturday, Dec. 2.

This game was personal for the Firebirds. In 2022, the Nashville team made it to the championships, but came four points shy to the trophy, losing to Anderson County High School in a 34-30 nail biting game.

However, the Firebirds brought the heat this weekend beating Upperman 36-27 for the Class 4A State Championship.

According to Metro Nashville Public Schools, the Firebirds are the first football team in the school system to win the BlueCross Bowl since 2008.

Head coach Tony Brunetti told News 2 that the win was all thanks to a big team effort.

State and health leaders talk obesity, diabetes, and health disparity in TN Black communities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Sunday night, state and health officials gathered at Lee Chapel AME Church in Nashville to talk about the state of Black health in Tennessee.

How do we lessen the racial gap when it comes to health, and how do we help our younger generations live longer, healthier lives?

Those are questions experts from Shelby County, Tennessee State University, Fisk University and the National Black Caucus of State Legislators Pubic Policy Research Institute tackled.

The town hall, the first of several discussions part of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators conference, particularly addressed the issue of obesity and diabetes in our Black communities and how we could make our future generations healthier.

"We're not trending in a good trajectory," explained Tennessee State Representative Sam McKenzie. "I'm a father and grandfather, and it's my goal to have my children and grandchildren do better than I did."

2022 data from the CDC shows Tennessee's prevalence of obesity is almost 38.9%. That's the fifth highest in the United States.

TSU Featured in Coca-Cola TV Spot

NASHVILLE, TN (TSU News Service) – If you’re a college football fan you might have seen Tennessee State University featured in the “Scream,” Coke Zero Sugar television commercial. The national spot highlights passionate fans cheering for their respective college teams. TSU is the only historically Black institution (HBCU) in the beverage advertisement.

“The Tennessee State University family is proud to have been selected for the Coca-Cola commercial, allowing us to be showcased in households, across the country and around the world on a national platform,” said TSU President Glenda Glover.

“We are honored that this corporate giant included TSU in the campaign and for the attention it is bringing our institution. We have been committed to elevating our brand, and being a part of the commercial continues that effort.”

The TSU scene has five students gathered in a dorm room displaying the University’s athletics logo, while watching the game from a laptop wearing TSU gear and face paint. Coca-Cola said the concept was to show that being an active fan is hard work. 

The 60-second spot can be seen during nationally televised collegiate games and shows fans watching their college teams live in the stands, on television, livestreaming, or listening on the radio. 

Nashville Civil Rights Movement Documentation Project – Public Gathering on December 14

The Metro Historical Commission, will hold  a public gathering at First Baptist Church, Capitol Hill on Thursday, December 14th from 5:00-7:00pm,to  present findings from the two-year-long Nashville Civil Rights Movement Documentation Project. The project documented over 120 historic buildings and places associated with the local movement through field survey and public engagement via an online survey and interviews with veterans of the Nashville Student Movement. This work was funded in part by an African American Civil Rights grant from the Historic Preservation Fund, administered by the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

Attendees of the public gathering will learn more about the Nashville Civil Rights Documentation Project and can provide feedback on the places, people, and stories that should be documented. The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided, and free parking is available at the church and in the adjacent state employee lot. The core part of the program will begin at 5:30pm and will include remarks from Rev. Kelly Miller Smith, Jr., Linda Wynn (Tennessee Historical Commission), and other speakers, followed by a presentation from Natalie Bell and Robbie D. Jones from Richard Grubb & Associates.

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