TBI report shows decrease in overall campus crime, rise in sexual assaults

Wed Apr 16, 2014 03:00 a.m.

Perplexing trends in campus crime emerged as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation published its annual "Crime on Campus" study for 2013 on April 4.

Although the study shows that crime reported by Tennessee's colleges and universities decreased overall by 11.6 percent from 2012 to 2013, the individual category of "Sex Offenses — Forcible" crimes reported showed a 25 percent increase.

"It's really hard to say why we see what we see," said Josh Devine, public relations officer for TBI. "But that's just the story for this year. ... We haven't seen any exponential increase over the years."

Ashley Blamey, director of the Safety, Environment and Education Center at UT, said she is oddly reassured by 2013's results, citing the rise in sexual offenses reported as an indication of increased willingness to seek help from authorities.

"We want to see a rise in reporting, and we see that as the outreach efforts working," Blamey said. "Students are becoming more aware of options in reporting. ... That's one of the challenges, your statistics will grow with reporting."

Arts & Culture

Local jazz aficionado takes over new radio segment

Wed Apr 16, 2014 03:00 a.m.

One of Knoxville's prominent jazz musicians has taken a new gig just in time for April's Jazz Appreciation Month.

Kelle Jolly, a musician and entertainer, is the host of WUOT's new Friday night segment: Jazz Jams.

The previous holder of the 8 p.m. slot was nationally-aired Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz," but after McPartland passed away last July, NPR kept running reruns of the well-known host's shows. Todd Steed, jazz coordinator at WUOT, said the staff decided they wanted a segment that was more current as well as one that would bring in a local host.

"I had Kelle and her husband Will Boyd on 'Improvisations' as guests," Steed said. "Ten minutes into that interview, I knew Kelle would be a natural to host a show."

Jolly certainly has the history. While in high school, she started singing jazz because she didn't have a gospel or pop voice, and she ended up falling in love.

"Pop singers have popularity for a certain time period. But jazz singers sing until they die," Jolly said. "I felt like jazz fit my voice stylistically, and the topics of the songs, the poetry of the lyrics were attractive to me."

Jolly became well-practiced in jazz during high school, where her experience studying jazz led her band director to create a new senior recognition for her: the Billie Holiday Award. After studying at South Carolina State University and being inducted into their Jazz Hall of Fame, she and her fellow-musician husband moved to Knoxville in 2006.


Cuonzo Martin leaves Tennessee to take job at California

Wed Apr 16, 2014 03:00 a.m.

Tennessee men's basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin has left Knoxville after three seasons to take the same position at the University of California.

UT Athletic Director Dave Hart announced the news in a Tuesday afternoon press conference.

"We had a great run through the (NCAA) tournament," Hart said, "and I want to again recognize the job Cuonzo Martin did as our head basketball coach and that his staff did in making the contributions in order for us to end with a very memorable basketball season.

"I know I, and everybody connected in our athletics department and university, wish him nothing but success at Cal."

Hart met with the Tennessee players around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday to inform them of the news. Martin was not in attendance.

Martin met with Marquette officials regarding its then-vacant head coaching job days after the Vols were bounced from the NCAA tournament Sweet 16 on March 28. But on April 1, joint statements from Hart and Martin announced he would remain to coach the Vols in 2014-15 with a contract extension coming.


Rocky Tops and Bottoms

Wed Apr 16, 2014 03:00 a.m.

Rising: Football fever

The Vols won – albeit, against themselves. But what really mattered in Saturday's Orange and White game was not the number on the scoreboard but rather the numbers in the seats. Vol Nation showed up in full ...