An immigrants rights group is asking the Department of Homeland Security to stop allowing the Knox County Sheriff’s Office to detain immigrants, saying the former sheriff wasn’t authorized to enter into the deal in the first place. Allies of Knoxville’s Immigrant Neighbors, commonly known as AKIN, say former Sheriff Jimmy “J.J.” Jones never got proper approval to participate in the federal program…. “We are hoping for a swift termination to a program that has for years targeted and terrorized communities of color in Knox County,” said Meghan Conley, a University of Tennessee professor and member of AKIN.
Amy Mundorff was New York City’s first full-time forensic anthropologist when she was sent to the site of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, to assess the situation after the second plane struck the South Tower. Within an hour she was buried underneath the debris when the tower fell, suffering compression fractures in her neck, a brain injury and a disease in her lungs from the ash and rubble that filled them as she fought to escape. “I was in so much pain,” said Mundorff, now an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. “And I couldn’t process what I saw. The sounds of the collapse. The chaos.”
Dr. Bill Larson, who passed away on Tuesday, August 7, served as an educator at the University of Tennessee for 31 years. Dr. Larson, a renowned professor of English and Cinema, impacted students along his journey through education. “He never forgot a name, he never forgot a face,” said Joe Edwin, a former student of Dr. Larson.