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Former Tullahoma resident donates to 'Books for Binns' project at Motlow's Clayton-Glass Library

2016-07-12-books-for-binns Former Tullahoma resident Brad Scott recently donated seven college football related books to the Motlow State Community College Clayton-Glass Library as part of the 'Books for Binns' project. The project commemorates Motlow athletics and the work of Lawson Binns Jordan, who was the first radio play-by-play broadcaster of Motlow State sports in the 1970s. Pictured with the recently donated books are Scott Shasteen, Motlow athletic director, and Stuart Gaetjens, Motlow director of libraries.

LYNCHBURG, TN (July 12, 2016) — Former Tullahoma resident Brad Scott recently donated seven college football related books to the Motlow State Community College Clayton-Glass Library as part of the 'Books for Binns' project.

The project is named for Lawson Binns Jordan, who was the first radio play-by-play broadcaster of Motlow State sports in the 1970s. Jordan also worked at the Follett Bookstore on Motlow's Moore County campus for a decade, provided color commentary on Tullahoma High School football broadcasts and was co-host of the popular radio sports talk show, 'Sports Plus'. He died at the age of 67 from cancer in February 2014.

The 'Books for Binns' project was started by Motlow alumnus and former basketball star Andy Baits in 2014 with his donation of "Wooden, A Coach's Life" by Seth Davis. All 'Books for Binns' are available for checkout at the library.

Scott made the donation from his home in Port Charlotte, Fla., through his first cousin Scott Shasteen, Motlow's athletic director. He included the following letter:

"I was born in Queen City Infirmary in Tullahoma in 1952. I grew up on the Old Winchester Highway (now Westside Drive), just a stone's throw from WJIG radio station. It was there as a young boy, that I first came to know Binns Jordan as a fledging high school radio disc jockey at his father's station.

"I left Tullahoma in 1969, and over the next 45 years I lived in many states and visited many countries, finally landing here in Florida 20 years ago. Through all my moves and travels, I always managed to keep a finger on the pulse of Tullahoma.

"I followed the broadcasting careers of Binns and my cousin Scott Shasteen as they rose to become the premier sports broadcasting team in the Tullahoma area, as well as their many area sports and community involvements.

"There was one thing that Binns, Scott, and I had in common, aside from being from Tullahoma, over all these years and that was a devout love of sports; all sports. There is no single sport, however, that inflamed our passions or fueled our intensity more than that of college football, especially southern college football.

"It is with that in mind that I would like to donate the enclosed seven books, all pertaining to southern college football, to the 'Books for Binns' project at the Clayton-Glass Library in honor and memory of one of Tullahoma's most colorful and beloved personalities."

The new additions to the 'Books for Binns' project include: "The Last Coach: The Life of Paul 'Bear' Bryant" by Allen Berra, "Bowden: How Bobby Bowden Forged a Football Dynasty" by Mike Freeman, "Called to Coach: Reflections on Life, Faith, and Football" by Bobby Bowden with Mark Schlabach, "Bragging Rights: A Season Inside the SEC, College Football's Toughest Conference" by Richard Ernsberger, Jr., "Meat Market: Inside the Smash-Mouth World of College Football Recruiting" by Bruce Feldman, "Southern Fried Football: The History, Passion, and Glory of the Great Southern Game" by Tony Barnhart, and "Pigskin Warriors: 140 Years of College Football's Greatest Traditions, Games, and Stars" by Steven Travers.

"It is important that the early pioneers of Motlow State athletics be remembered," said Shasteen. "Binns Jordan was the first person to promote Motlow athletics in the media and he was synonymous with the Bucks throughout his life. He loved Motlow. We are very grateful to Brad for his generous donation and we appreciate him honoring Binns in this way."