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Students involved in fatal accident

MILLIGAN COLLEGE, TN (August 22, 2002, 11:30 a.m.) – The Milligan College campus was saddened this morning to learn of a two-car accident that claimed the life of one student and injured another. Michael A. Adkins, 34, of Bristol, Va., died in the crash. Andrew C. Baxter, 21, of Kingsport, was transported to Johnson City Medical Center. He is listed in stable condition with a broken pelvis and shattered foot.

The accident occurred around 2 a.m. on interstate 181 in Johnson City, approximately 10 miles from campus. The Johnson City Police Bureau’s Traffic Homicide Team is investigating the accident.

Adkins was a junior communications major. Baxter is a junior fine arts and theatre major who has appeared in several Milligan theatre productions.

“We are very saddened at this loss to the Milligan community,” said Milligan president Don Jeanes, who requested prayers for the Milligan campus and students’ families. “We are thankful that Andrew’s injuries are not life-threatening but very saddened and in shock over Michael’s death. Our thoughts and prayers are with both families. Our campus is a close community, and it is not easy to lose part of that community.”

The campus was notified this morning by the academic dean’s office and campus minister. Several administrators and faculty members immediately went to be with the families of both students. Classes have not been canceled, but instead the faculty has been encouraged to use the class sessions to help students discuss and deal with the news. Counseling services for students will be available through the Student Development Office. President Don Jeanes plans to address the student body about the accident at the college’s matriculation service this evening.

More information will be released as available. All media inquiries should be directed to the Public Relations Office at 423.461.8719 or 423.341.4611.

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MILLIGAN UNIVERSITY is a Christian liberal arts university in Northeast Tennessee whose vision is to change lives and shape culture through a commitment to servant leadership. The university offers more than 100 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in a variety of fields, along with graduate and adult degree completion programs.  To learn more about Milligan University, visit www.milligan.edu or call 800-262-8337.

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