(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Tennessee State linebacker Christion Abercrombie was hospitalized over the weekend with a “serious head injury” after collapsing during Saturday’s loss to Vanderbilt. At first, things were not looking good.Abercrombie was reportedly “verbally unresponsive” in the hospital, even after swelling to relieve some of the swelling around his brain. Fortunately, he might be turning a corner.According to Abercombie’s uncle Kevin Richardson, the redshirt sophomore is “improving daily.” Richard provided the update on his nephew during a prayer vigil on the TSU campus last night.“It’s been a hard time, but we’re going to get through it,” Richardson said, via The Tennessean. “God is here with us and Christion. He knows it, and he’s going to be just fine. He is improving daily, and we’re looking forward to seeing more from him.”The TSU Family held a prayer vigil Tuesday night for football student-athlete Christion Abercrombie who was injured during Saturday’s Tennessee State-Vanderbilt game. He remains in critical condition. #PrayersForChristion #TigerFamilyInPrayer pic.twitter.com/UWhygk7SRv— Tennessee State Univ (@TSUedu) October 3, 2018TSU president Glenda Glover also addressed the group gathered to pray for Abercrombie.“First [Abercrombie) made it through the surgery,” Glover said. “And then he made it through Saturday night. Then he made it through the 24 hours. And then through 48 hours. So as each day (goes by) he continues to show just small signs of improvement. He’s fighting. Christion is a fighter and each day when we see him raise his hand or do do any little thing that shows a sign of improvement we’re grateful.”Abercrombie began his career at Illinois in 2016 and after redshirting as a freshman, he played 11 games in 2017 before transferring to Tennessee State.He recorded five tackles and a quarterback hurry before being injured on Saturday.
For the last two years, David Worth has hosted a 33-mile fun run that starts and finishes at his house near Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This year’s course was a very tough, very scenic circuit of LeConte with 9000 feet of elevation gain. They ascended LeConte via Brushy Mountain and Trillium Gap Trails and came down on Bullhead Trail. The final miles were run using Baskins Creek and Grapeyard Ridge. This section consisted of relentless ups and downs over technical terrain and was considered by many to be the toughest part of the day. 15 runners from the Knoxville area joined David on his annual adventure.
On the fifth floor of Bertram Hall, Sister Rose Anne Schultz of the Sisters of the Holy Cross recounts the stories of Saint Mary’s College that started it all. In the Heritage Rooms, Schultz gives tours and highlights the letters, artwork and religious items that belong to the sisters of the College. One such item includes the family tree of the Holy Cross. “[The family tree] starts with Father [Jacques] Dujarie,” she said. “Father Dujarie had this group of brothers called the Brothers of Saint Joseph. Father Dujarie was getting on in years and he wanted to do some advance planning, so he said to the bishop, “Help me find someone to take over the brothers and be their director after I am too old to do it.”” Schultz said this is how Blessed Basil Moreau, who was a young priest at the time, was given the task of leading the brothers in 1835. “[Moreau] said why don’t I get the priests and the brothers together to form one group … In his mind, [he] always had the vision of both men and women. He wanted priests, brothers and sisters,” she said. At this time in history, men and women were not allowed to share a religious community, Schultz said. Instead, the women in the community were called “pious girls.” Eventually, after much deliberation with Rome, the Marianites of the Holy Cross, women of prayer, were founded in 1841. “Moreau’s vision was always global. The big issues [were] to see what needs to be done and do it,” she said. “So with that, he had sent brothers off. However, when the priests and brothers got [to the U.S.], they were busy doing things and said [they needed] help.” Schultz said four young French women who had just made their vows were sent over to help the brothers. These women formed the basis of the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1844, the birth year of Saint Mary’s College. The main Heritage Room also houses boards that highlight each “Mother Superior,” or leader of the congregation, and her accomplishments during her tenure. Mother Rose Elizabeth, one of the congregation’s greatest leaders, is just one woman featured on the boards, Schultz said. “At the time, different congregations were doing their formations,” she said. “Finally, they said maybe we can get together and not change who we are, but share ideas. So, this group [headed by Mother Rose Elizabeth] became the first leadership conference of women religious that still exists today.” Along with the boards, the main heritage room features a machine used to make the tiny pleats that made up the halo-looking white habit the sisters used to wear. “This machine was invented by one of the sisters to make the habit, and it was very delicate and difficult work,” Schultz said. Along with the main room, two other rooms feature the international work the sisters have done in various countries, including India and Bangladesh, and showcase tokens of individual Sisters of the Holy Cross, including the Olympic torch Sister Maura Brannick carried through South Bend on the way to Salt Lake City. The congregation offers heritage tours for visitors Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.