Bookstore Changes Things for Fall

By Sarah Waugh

The bookstore on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga will have the help of new technology to tackle the crowds this fall.

Cheryl Buckles, Assistant Manager of the store, said they’ve had a “mini remodel.”

“We have updated our clothing area with new displays,” she said. “We’ve added some new technology with computers for sale.” Buckles also said the store will replace their old cash registers with new ones that are much faster.

Jackie Dudley, the Textbook Supervisor, said the new room for online orders will now have a window for the employees to work at instead of a counter. The boxed orders will be neatly organized there, and will no longer have to be among the trade books that were in that space before the remodel. Dudley said the boxes will be “shelved quite nicely and orderly so that hopefully the whole process is streamlined.”

Staff member Amanda Martin was enthusiastic about the new changes. The best part for her was the improved stock selection. “We have all kinds of new patterns and colors and designs,” she said.

With student enrollment remaining high, new students and returning students alike will find the quicker service at the bookstore a relief. We will all see in the fall if the predictions for speedier shopping trips are accurate.

Texas Man drowns in Smokies river

By Sarah Waugh

GATLINGBURG, Tenn. (UTC/AP) — A Texas man has drowned while swimming in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Witnesses told park rangers that Dick Chijioke of Plano, Texas, was tubing with his family Monday morning when he slipped from a rental tube in the Little River near Townsend, Tenn. The 34-year-old man didn’t resurface after disappearing in a 12-foot-deep section of the river.

A park spokeswoman said other people who were in the river tried to rescue Chijioke, but couldn’t find him in the water.

An underwater rescue team from Blount  County located his body about two hours after he disappeared. Chijioke was pronounced dead at Blount Memorial Hospital.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.