TTU alumnus John Teeple donates carved wooden eagle to university

Tennessee Tech University alumnus and local woodcarver John Teeple, right, presents President Bob Bell with an eagle carved of golden maple wood taken from the yard of his mother Emogene. He said he chose that type of wood in carving a representation of TTU’s golden eagle mascot specifically because its color will intensify as it ages. A resident of Crossville, Teeple recently carved a nativity scene for the town’s courthouse square. Although he has been carving wood for only a couple of months, he and his family have a long history of attending TTU. Teeple is a 1981 agriculture graduate, while his wife, Ilene, is a 1982 nursing graduate who works in surgery at Crossville’s Cumberland Medical Center. His mother earned her master’s in educational administration from TTU. (Photo: TTU)