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                        Lipscomb University announced on Friday that Dr. Candice McQueen, former commissioner of education for Tennessee, will serve as the school’s new president. McQueen, who previously served as the school’s dean of the university’s College of Education, will be the first woman to lead the 130-year-old institution. “I am confident that her vision, deep expertise, passion for faith-based education and love for Lipscomb will lead us boldly into a new season of greatness, exemplified by excellence, diversity and immersion in our community as together we work to transform the lives of our students,” said David Solomon, chair of the Lipscomb Board of Trustees. The former education commissioner under Governor Bill Haslam currently works as CEO of the National Institute of Excellence in Teaching, a nonprofit that assists teacher development in K-12 schools and higher education. “I am honored and humbled to be chosen to serve as the president of Lipscomb University,” said McQueen. “Lipscomb is a truly remarkable place where students grow in their faith and character while building...
    BEREA, Ohio (AP) — After so many miserable seasons, including a winless one four years ago, numerous coaching mistakes, front-office flubs and busted draft picks, Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam finally have a legitimate team. Maybe even a Super Bowl contender. They’re optimistic __ and cautious. “Listen,” Jimmy Haslam said Saturday at training camp. “With our record the previous few years, we’re realistic as to how hard it is to win in the NFL.” But Cleveland’s strong 2020, which included an 11-5 regular-season record, the team’s first playoff appearance since the 2002 season and its first postseason win since 1994, has Browns fans believing their long wait for a title could be nearing an end. The Haslams covered a wide variety of topics during their annual state-of-the-team availability. They revealed that Paul DePodesta, the team’s chief strategy officer credited with the Browns’ turnaround, signed a five-year extension last year. The team never announced the deal, which aligns him with the contracts given to coach Kevin Stefanski and general manager Andrew Berry. Stefanski was voted the AP’s top coach last...
                        Former Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam, according to an article The Atlantic published this week, “is trying to figure out how religious Republicans got so extreme.” Haslam granted an interview to Atlantic writer Emma Green. Green said “Haslam is disturbed by some aspects of the national Republican Party’s recent direction—particularly the way politicians and activists have frequently used religion as a cudgel.” “In his new book, Faithful Presence, he [Haslam] laments what he describes as a tendency among Christians to conflate politics with faith. He is one of many religious conservatives who feel unsure how to describe themselves these days. While he firmly holds evangelical theological beliefs, he told me, he doesn’t feel like he fits the political image of evangelicalism at all,” Green wrote. “Haslam is willing to challenge his fellow Christians to be more Christ-like in the way they do politics, encouraging them to turn off FOX News and be more charitable toward their political opponents, but he’s squishy about naming and blaming fellow Christian political leaders for...
    When fans tune in to watch this week's NFL draft, they'll see picturesque shots of Lake Erie, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a city climbing back after a rugged year. Stifled by the pandemic, Cleveland's getting on its feet. The Browns are already standing. Last season's playoff appearance — the first since the 2002 season — has ratcheted up expectations for the Browns, who over the past two decades have been recurring losers and therefore one of the first teams on the clock in almost every draft. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Not this year, as a 12-6 record, which included the franchise's first postseason win since 1994, has slotted Cleveland in the No. 26 spot in the first round, among the game's elite. This is new, exciting territory for owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam, who after so many bad hires, wasted draft picks and losing seasons since taking over the team in 2012, feel they've got the right coach in Kevin Stefanski, quarterback in Baker Bayfield and general manager in Andrew Berry. It...
    Growing up in the 1950s, author Gerald Haslam developed what he called a perverse pride in a taunt hurled at the people of his hardscrabble Central Valley town: Oildale Okies. The Kern County community was known for its Dust Bowl migrants, people looked down upon by other Californians who labeled them — and their neighbors — dirty and poor. The air smelled of crude oil. The heat seared. The dust devils danced in the ever-present wind. By Haslam’s account, Oildale was characterized by “a combination of conviviality and bigotry.” But for the most part, people looked out fo\r each other, worked hard, and, above all else, told good stories. His hometown, he wrote, “had plenty of warts, yet I loved it.” It was the kind of unglamorous inland rural place Haslam always called “the other California.” It was his California. Umbrellas shade farmworkers harvesting grapes on Aug. 13, 2020, in the town of Delano in California’s Central Valley.(Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) A prolific novelist and historian who wrote about life in the Central...
    It took Sheila Ford Hamp about one second to respond when asked about the potential for women in key roles in the NFL. "The sky is the limit for anything females want to do," said Hamp, the principal owner of the Detroit Lions. Echoing that statement was Dee Haslam, the Cleveland Browns' co-owner: "We’re seeing more and more women that love the sport and who want a career in sports. The door has swung wide open and I am so excited. I look forward to the moment when we don’t have to talk about how we get the door open for women and people of color, that the door is wide open." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM Those words were embraced by the 40 young women — and potential pro football employees — attending the league's fifth annual Women's Careers in Football Forum late last month. Although it was held virtually for the first time due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the forum's message came through loud and clear. No more so than when listening to Hamp, who...
    DIEGO MARADONA almost signed for Sheffield United before the Blades pulled out of an extraordinary transfer... over £40,000. And the stingy Bramall Lane board's refusal to stump up the extra cash had knock-on effects for the world of football. 3Diego Maradona could have joined Sheffield United from Argentinos Juniors in 1978 but the Blades board refused to stump up the extra £40,000Credit: Icon Sport - Getty As reported by The Guardian, United boss Harry Haslam went to Argentina on a scouting mission in 1978. His eye was caught by a 17-year-old Maradona, then on the books at Argentinos Juniors where had made his professional debut two years earlier. Haslam was so impressed that he offered £200,000 straight away to bring Maradona to Yorkshire. But then in the Second Division, the Blades decided against matching Haslam's offer. As a result, Haslam signed Maradona's compatriot Alex Sabella, a midfielder from River Plate. Ironically, Sheffield United paid £160,000 for Sabella - just £40,000 less than the fee Haslam agreed to pay Argentinos Juniors for Maradona. Sabella impressed at Bramall Lane but...
    YOU could be forgiven for thinking mum-of-five Michelle Haslam, 36, didn’t get a moment to herself. With all her kids aged 18 and under - and two living at home with her and partner Andy Tyler-Fisher, 32 - she ought to be up to her neck in dirty washing and plates.  10The couple have five children between themCredit: Michelle Haslam 10Michelle and Andy love having sex, she confessed to FabulousCredit: Michelle Haslam And she is… but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have time to have sex with fulltime gardener Andy who she hopped into the sack with on their first meeting. The randy couple are at it at least twice a day - and sometimes as often as EIGHT times a day.  As studies revealed the stress of lockdown caused couples to cut back on making love and sex drives to plummet Michelle revealed how she kept her relationship blossoming. Now (taking a break from the bedroom), she speaks to Fabulous: 10Michelle admitted her mates thought it was funny how often they were at it 10The couple pictured with...
    The Hell with Hollywood! Elle King Lists $1.7M L.A. Home After Spending Time in New Mexico California Man Pleads Guilty in $722 Million Crypto Fraud Plot Browns owner Jimmy Haslam looking to buy Minnesota Timberwolves Billionaire Minnesota Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor has put his NBA franchise on the market. It’s not necessarily too much of a surprise given the team’s lack of success under Taylor. © Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is believed to be in pursuit of the Minnesota Timberwolves. We’d also be hard-pressed to find a Wolves fan in the Twin Cities who is upset with this. Since purchasing the team from then-owners Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner for an estimated $88 million back in 1994, The Wolves have earned nine playoff appearances. That includes one trip to the postseason since the end of the 2003-04 campaign. We’re now hearing some rumors about a potential buyer, and it likely won’t make Wolves fans feel all warm inside heading into the fall. Browns owner Jimmy Haslam looking to buy the Timberwolves“Haslam is seeking to...
    If and when Baker Mayfield and other Cleveland Browns players kneel during the national anthem, team owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam will have their backs. During a Sunday video call, the pair told collected media that they believe kneeling and other avenues for protest are one of the things that makes this nation a world power, according to Tom Withers of the Associated Press. “One of the great things about this country, one of the many great things, is the ability to have freedom of speech and being able to express yourself,” Mr. Haslam said. “So we are going to support our players.” The Browns’ owners’ comments came just a few days after Mayfield made it clear he still intends to kneel during games. Earlier this summer, the quarterback had told the press he was going to be doing this particular kind of protest. He cited the things that had been going on in the country and said people needed to stand up for what they believe in. At the time, Mayfield said he didn’t care if his actions led...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam will stand in support of quarterback Baker Mayfield and any other Cleveland players who kneel during the national anthem this season. Mayfield was one of the first prominent NFL players to say he intended to take a knee as a way of protesting social injustices. The 25-year-old said before Friday’s first practice of training camp that he still intends to kneel and isn’t concerned about any fan backlash. “Right is right, and wrong is wrong,” he said. “There is a human rights issue that has been going on for a long time, and I believe in that.” On Sunday, the Haslams said they have the young QB’s back and respect any Browns players who join him. “One of the great things about this country, one of the many great things, is the ability to have freedom of speech and being able to express yourself,” Jimmy Haslam said on a Zoom call with his wife. “So we are going to support our players.” The Haslams said they are prepared for any negative...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam will stand in support of quarterback Baker Mayfield and any other Cleveland players who kneel during the national anthem this season. Mayfield was one of the first prominent NFL players to say he intended to take a knee as a way of protesting social injustices. The 25-year-old said before Friday’s first practice of training camp that he still intends to kneel and isn’t concerned about any fan backlash. “Right is right, and wrong is wrong,” he said. “There is a human rights issue that has been going on for a long time, and I believe in that.” On Sunday, the Haslams said they have the young QB’s back and respect any Browns players who join him. “One of the great things about this country, one of the many great things, is the ability to have freedom of speech and being able to express yourself,” Jimmy Haslam said on a Zoom call with his wife. “So we are going to support our players.” The Haslams said they are prepared for any negative...
    Cyntoia Brown Long, who was sentenced to life in prison for murdering a man who bought her for sex when she was just 16 years old, is celebrating one year of life as a free woman.  The 32-year-old former convict turned criminal justice reform advocate shared an Instagram post this weekend marking the anniversary of her release after she was granted clemency in January 2019.  'August 7th last year, at this time, I was walking out of prison. It feels incredible celebrating one year of freedom! God is SO good!!! Thank you everyone for all of the prayers, love, and support', she wrote on Friday.  Brown walked out of Tennessee Prison for Women last August after serving 15 years of a life sentence, following a clemency grant by then-Governor Bill Haslam.  Cyntoia Brown Long, 32, celebrated one year of life as a free woman on Friday, after she was released from a Tennessee prison last August following a clemency grant by then-Governor Bill Haslam Brown (pictured in 2018) was convicted of first-degree murder in 2006, for...
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The CEO of Pilot Company, the nation’s largest fuel retailer, announced Tuesday that he will transition to chairman of the board at the beginning of next year and chief strategy officer Shameek Konar will take the lead role at the company. Konar will be the fourth CEO at the Tennessee-based company that operates 950 retail and fuel locations across North America, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Pilot is the 10th largest private company in the U.S., according to Forbes, with 26,000 employees and revenue of about $29 billion per year. Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam told the newspaper that it's the right time for a change as both he and President Ken Parent, who will switch to an advisor role, are in their 60s and have “a lot of miles on us.” Haslam and his wife, Dee Haslam, own the NFL's Cleveland Browns. The transition will take place over the rest of 2020, with leadership roles shifting on Jan. 1. Jimmy Haslam's father, Pilot founder Jim Haslam, will move from chairman to chairman emeritus. The rest of...
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The CEO of Pilot Company, the nation’s largest fuel retailer, announced Tuesday that he will transition to chairman of the board at the beginning of next year and chief strategy officer Shameek Konar will take the lead role at the company. Konar will be the fourth CEO at the Tennessee-based company that operates 950 retail and fuel locations across North America, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. Pilot is the 10th largest private company in the U.S., according to Forbes, with 26,000 employees and revenue of about $29 billion per year. Pilot CEO Jimmy Haslam told the newspaper that it’s the right time for a change as both he and President Ken Parent, who will switch to an advisor role, are in their 60s and have “a lot of miles on us.” Haslam and his wife, Dee Haslam, own the NFL’s Cleveland Browns. The transition will take place over the rest of 2020, with leadership roles shifting on Jan. 1. Jimmy Haslam’s father, Pilot founder Jim Haslam, will move from chairman to chairman emeritus. The rest...
              I enthusiastically endorse Bill Hagerty in his bid to become Tennessee’s next U.S. Senator.  My decision is based on several factors: personal conversations with Bill, a comparison of his issue positions with those of his primary opponent Dr. Manny Sethi, who has emerged as a serious contender, and lastly, President Trump’s early endorsement of Bill.  In evaluating the candidates, I have spoken with numerous people and heard from supporters and opponents on both sides.  Who I am  Let me share a little bit about myself. I am a political scientist who has been cited three times by the U.S. Supreme Court in voting rights cases. I am also a former university professor tenured at Princeton and Vanderbilt Universities.  I am on the Advisory Board of Black Voices for Trump and the Steering Committee of the Mighty American Strike Force.   During my time at Vanderbilt, I was a faculty adviser for Christian student organizations,  and I  led the battle to keep Christian groups such as Campus Crusade, Intervarsity, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Catholics, and...
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Tennessee Republican Gov. Bill Haslam has been recommended to join a nonpartisan think tank at the Smithsonian Institution, the White House announced. The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars advises Congress and the executive branch on global issues, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported. The center was chartered in 1968 to conduct independent research and bring experts and scholars together to shape policy decisions. Haslam served as governor from 2011 to 2019. He also was Knoxville's mayor from 2003 to 2011. Before that he was president of Pilot Co. and a top executive with Saks Fifth Avenue. Last month, Haslam and his wife Crissy launched a statewide program designed to help elementary school students who are at risk of falling behind in studies due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The program's goal is to recruit at least 1,000 college students to serve as tutors during the summer months. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Tennessee
    Cleveland Browns’ owner Jimmy Haslam fell victim to the number one Zoom mishap -- forgetting to mute your microphone during a meeting. The NFL held a virtual meeting with all 32 teams’ owners last week. During roll call, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wasn’t responding despite being on the Zoom call, which prompted a member of the NFL front office to say that he was likely on mute. TOM BRADY RECALLS DREW BLEDSOE’S ‘BARNEY’ PRANK DURING ROOKIE SEASON: ‘THE PURPLE STARTED SEEPING THROUGH THE SHOES’  According to an ESPN report, that’s when Haslam joked “They should keep Jerry on permanent mute.” Everyone on the call reportedly heard Haslam’s remarks. It was unclear if Haslam was aware that he was on mute or not but the remark was likely said in jest. CLICK HERE TO GET MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM  Jones has previously said that he believes Haslam is a “top five” owner in the league and that the Browns will be “a factor as we look to the years ahead,” according to an NBC Sports report at the time.Paulina...
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