February 26, 2014 - The Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) Circle at Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) will host local artist Jimmy Rose on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 1 p.m. in the Tex Turner Arena on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn.

Rose, a native of Pineville, Ky., gained the national spotlight in Fall 2013 when he became a finalist on the NBC television program “America’s Got Talent.” Rose, a Marine veteran and former coal miner, became known for the original song “Coal Keeps the Lights On,” which he performed on the show. Rose finished in third place on the show.

Rose will speak to the audience at 1 p.m. on March 12, and will finish his presentation by performing several songs. Rose’s appearance is funded by a Maurice A. Clay Leadership Development Initiative Grant from the national Omicron Delta Kappa Foundation. The presentation is free and open to the public. Local middle and high school educators are encouraged to bring their students to this event. Schools wishing to attend the event may contact Robert Sabbatini, dean of students, at 423-869-6849 or

ODK, the National Leadership Honor Society, was founded December 3, 1914, at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., by 15 student and faculty leaders. The founders formulated the idea that leadership of exceptional quality and versatility in college should be recognized, that representatives in all phases of college life should cooperate in worthwhile endeavors, and that outstanding students, faculty and administrators should meet on a basis of mutual interest, understanding, and helpfulness. ODK was the first college honor society of a national scope to give recognition and honor for meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage development of general campus citizenship. Since its founding, Omicron Delta Kappa has initiated over 300,000 members. The Society recognizes achievement in the following five areas: scholarship; athletics, campus or community service, social or religious activities and campus government; journalism, speech and the mass media; and creative and performing arts.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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