Month: April 2019


Drinking death ruled accidental

A Sigma Alpha Epsilon alumni died of alcohol poisoning, according to toxicology report results released by the Cookeville Police Department on Friday. The official cause of Paul Hamilton Ten Eyck's death was ruled accidental by “acute ethanol toxicity” and criminal charges will not be pursued, Capt. Bobby Anderson said. The […]


Profile: Heather Call

Heather Call, owner, stands outside Outdoor Experience at 124 E. Broad St. in Cookeville. Photo by Shelby Campbell. Heather Call is the owner of Outdoor Experience, a small business which specializes in high-quality products for backpacking, climbing, hiking and paddlesports. Outdoor Experience also sells clothing and footwear and provides rental […]


Profile: Machelle Staggs and Jillian Grahm of P-Dilly’s Cupcakes

From left, Machelle Staggs, Tierra Downs and Jillian Graham work inside P-Dilly’s Cupcakes at 41 W Broad St. (Photo by Seth Jones)   Meet Machelle Staggs (Owner) and Jillian Graham (Daughter) P-Dilly’s Cupcakes is an establishment created to help and involve the community. Everything made in the shop is from […]


Debate: Should restaurants ban straws?

Photo illustration by Britney Beaty. No plastic straws and utensils Britney Beaty   Plastic straws and utensils create massive amounts of waste faster than we’re capable of managing. They should be banned or limited because it is the first step to cultivating a culture that is actively aware of the […]


Profile: Dr. Colleen Mestayer

Dr. Colleen Mestayer stands outside Henderson Hall. (Photo by Morgan Lee) Editor's Note: This profile is the full version of the story that appeared in the April 23rd edition of The Oracle. Communication professor Dr. Colleen Mestayer has had three careers over her lifetime. She offers advice to college students […]


Profile: Kelsey Rose

Kelsey Rose poses for a photo in her Oakley Hall office at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo by Taylor Curtis)     On any average day at Tennessee Tech, onlookers may spot a few activities occurring: students studying in the library, friends laughing over lunch in the cafeteria, professors furiously grading […]


Profile: Linda Frisbee, manager of Crepe and Creme

Linda Frisbee, manager of Crepe and Crème Cookeville, poses behind the front counter of the store. (Photo by: Amyia Davis) Linda Frisbee Manager of Crepe and Crème Cookeville discusses the sweet side of life.   What was the idea/ vision behind the shop? What was the goal? “We thought, ‘Well, […]


Profile: Erika “Rey Rey” Goforth

Erika Goforth, also known as Rey Rey, is pictured after her radio show. (Photo by Kailee Means) Erika Goforth, also known as Rey Rey, is a broadcast journalist for 98.5 Kiss FM. Rey Rey hosts an afternoon show for the station, but before and records commercials for the station.   […]


Profile: Hank Duvier

Hank Duvier gives his best “mean teacher face” upon request.  (Photo by Jamaal Thompson) Meet Hank Duvier Duvier has been a math professor at Tennessee Tech for 29 years.   How long have you been a teacher?             Almost 30 years.   And is that what you always wanted to do? […]


Student organization educates TTU students on opioids, addiction

Learning how to reverse certain drug overdoses is becoming increasingly important because of the prevalence of opioid abuse. Two regional overdose prevention specialists, spoke on the need for reversal training with how common opioids are today.  The Addiction and Recovery Awareness student organization at Tech sponsored opioid reversal training about […]