Carson-Newman University celebrated its new name change from "college" to "university" with a ceremonial tree planting.
Students, professors, and university leaders planted a new oak tree on campus Monday. It's just one of 162 new trees that are going in around the region. That number marks the number of years Carson-Newman has been providing Christian higher education.
Organizers say planting the trees is a good way for the university and the community to grow closer.
"We wanted to get the trees and specifically oak trees because that's what the founding fathers of college were-- the Oak Tree Five," explained David Tuell. "The trees were to get the community involved just as much as getting the college involved. As Carson-Newman University, we want to be a part of this community."
The other trees will go on public school grounds, city and county offices, and health facilities.