UT To Attempt World Record Live On The Today Show On March 29

Monday, March 20, 2017

The nation's eyes will focus on the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, on Wednesday, March 29, as the campus attempts to break the Guinness World Record for the world's largest human letter by forming an enormous Power T in Neyland Stadium.

The feat will be broadcast live from 7 to 9 a.m. on NBC's Today show, with weatherman Al Roker doing his weather reports from the stadium. The event is part of Rokerthon, Roker's annual trek across the country to break world records.

UT is attempting to bring out 4,000 students, faculty, staff and alumni to break the record. Guinness representatives will be on site to certify the record.

UT Chancellor Beverly Davenport said the event is a unique way for students, faculty, staff and alumni to share their Volunteer spirit.

"Standing together in Neyland Stadium with 4,000 members of our Volunteer family will be a shared memory that will last a lifetime," Ms. Davenport said. 

Queen's University in Kingston, Canada, currently holds the record. The university earned the record in September 2016 with 3,373 participants. 

Mr. Roker is visiting five universities during the week, with UT being his third stop. The Daily Beacon, UT's editorially independent student newspaper, created the entry video that helped bring Rokerthon to UT.

Guinness rules require that the T be formed only by students, faculty, staff and alumni. Therefore, entry to the stadium will be restricted to those participants. 

To register, visit http://tiny.utk.edu/WorldRecord. 


UTC Offering Regional Tuition Rate To Freshman And Sophomore Students

Freshman and sophomore students from six counties in North Georgia and one in Alabama can now save thousands of dollars when they attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga through the advantage of UTC’s regional tuition rate. Participating students pay in-state tuition plus 25 percent of the out-of-state tuition. The new regional tuition rate for freshmen and sophomores ... (click for more)

Dalton State Continues American Chestnut Conservation Efforts

Dalton State is the home to 10 new American chestnut trees after volunteers planted them along College Drive this week.  For several years, employees at Dalton State have been involved in efforts to reintroduce a blight-resistant American chestnut tree to the area. The American chestnut was once an important resource for people in Appalachian regions – giving them food ... (click for more)

3 More People Shot In Latest Wave Of Chattanooga Gang Violence; 16-Year-Old Girl Killed

Three more people were shot overnight as a wave of Chattanooga gang violence continued. A 16-year-old girl was killed. The Chattanooga Police Department was called to respond to a person shot in the 3500 block of Clio Avenue early Thursday morning (1:26 a.m.) Two victims were found at the scene, including the young girl who was decease inside a vehiclefrom ... (click for more)

Autopsy Report Says 19-Year-Old Jalen Little Was Shot 14 Times In The Driveway Of His Home After Drug Deal Went Bad

An autopsy report says 19-year old Jalen Little was shot an estimated 14 times in a drug deal gone bad in Hixson on Feb. 12. The teen died after being rushed from his driveway to a local hospital. Zachary Adam Chadwick - the name given by the victim to police just before he died  - with criminal homicide and especially aggravated robbery. Chadwick, also 19, said it ... (click for more)

Slaxxon Regret - And Response

Back in the seventies my three oldest brothers had a buddy named Steve Slack. “Slack” was a star soccer player at Baylor and he grew up on Lookout Mountain, which is where I grew up. He and Jimmy, Henry and Bill went to the University of Virginia where they were roommates in an old, beat up house that was painted pink. Naturally, the place became known as the “Pink Palace” but lest ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Two Catchers & ‘Shaq’

Kids whose parents are active members in the military were special guests of the New York Yankees when they played the Tampa Bay Rays in an exhibition game last Sunday in Tampa. The Yankees had even arranged for taped videos so some of the kids could watch with the rest of the crowd as their parents told how much they missed them on the Jumbotron. Both the kids and the fans ate ... (click for more)