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Martee Buchanan prepares a meal for a homeless ministry in the Wesley Foundation kitchen with the help of student Ashley Verburg earlier this year.
Longtime campus minister reaches students through the kitchen

RADFORD, Va. -- Martee Buchanan was invited to the Wesley Foundation as an 18-year-old college freshman in 1968. She loved it so much that she didn't leave for five decades. After 48 years of serving as secretary, assistant director, and then ...

Karen and John Burleson, Bruderhof members, live in the guest house at Laycock Alumni Center on the Hiwassee College campus. As many as 250 Bruderhof members may relocate to Madisonville in the next 10 years.
Hiwassee property sold to Christian communal organization

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. -- Eighteen months after Hiwassee College was closed, the 284-acre property has been sold to Bruderhof, an international Christian communal organization. The purchase was finalized Nov. 30 for an undisclosed sum, said the Rev. ...

Leaders of Holston Conference express gratitude to Ed Harmon outside the conference room named for him in the Alcoa Conference Center. From left to right: Rev. Charles Maynard, Bishop Mary Virginia Taylor, Ed Harmon, Rev. Jason Gattis, Rick Cherry.
Holston college scholarship endowment named for Ed Harmon

Press release ALCOA, Tenn. – For years to come, students at two United Methodist colleges affiliated with the Holston Conference will know the name of William “Ed” Harmon.   An endowment providing scholarships to students at Tennessee Wesleyan ...

Hiwassee dental program acquired by Tennessee Wesleyan

   Holston Foundation gives $100,000 to support transfer ALCOA, Tenn. (May 17, 2019) -- The Holston Foundation has given $100,000 to Tennessee Wesleyan University to support its acquisition of Hiwassee College’s dental hygiene program. Tennessee ...

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Students react to turmoil after decision to close Hiwassee College

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (April 9, 2019) – The county police came to Hiwassee College on April 5. Nicole Fritz was one of several students who was not happy about that or any of the other turmoil related to the leadership's recent decision to close the ...

Hiwassee College closing in May

  March 29, 2019 (UMNS) -- Hiwassee College, a United Methodist-related college founded in 1849 to educate first-generation college students in rural Appalachia, is closing May 10 for financial reasons.  The college’s board of trustees voted this ...

Knoxville police stand on 17th Street between opposing protest groups in front of the Confederate monument on Aug. 26.
Wesley Foundation offers safe place during protest

  KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 30, 2017) – Madeline Wimmer was curled up with her textbook on a sofa at the Wesley Foundation. She was safe with her friends on a Saturday afternoon, yet a half-mile away, thousands of protesters were gathering around a ...