PHOTO GALLERY: Traditions run deep at Texas A&M

As Texas A&M transitions to the Southeastern Conference, Aggies are eager to share what makes College Station unique.

PHOTO GALLERY: Knoxville mixes old and new along Tennessee River

Knoxville, Tenn., has spent the past decade reshaping itself.

PHOTO GALLERY: A complicated, but changing identity in South Carolina

Columbia, S.C., where the former Sen. Strom Thurmond is legend, still has traces of the old South. But attitudes and legacies are changing.

PHOTO GALLERY: Vanderbilt remains separate from Music City connections in Nashville

Vanderbilt University remains insulated from the allure of the country music industry in Nashville. Students call it the "Vander Bubble" because the campus is so connected to all the other things they need.

PHOTO GALLERY: In Baton Rouge, everything is LSU purple

In Baton Rouge, home to Louisiana State University, the town is filled with purple. Of course, mudbugs and garden produce also abound.

PHOTO GALLERY: Starkville moves beyond boring

Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss., is rumored to be the most boring of the cities with SEC schools. But a visit to this town, 563 miles from Columbia, shows something different.

PHOTO GALLERY: Stormwater drain murals across Columbia

Mike Sleadd and eight other Missouri artists, as part of a public art project sponsored by the Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ art festival, decorated nine sewer covers downtown in an effort to raise awareness about litter that winds up in the city's creeks and streams.

PHOTO GALLERY: Weekends in Oxford mean football, Faulkner

On Saturdays in the fall, the quiet Southern city of Oxford, Miss., turns into at football frenzy as Ole Miss fans descend on the town.

PHOTO GALLERY: Justin Conyers in his last year as a Rock Bridge football assistant coach

Although he will be leaving Rock Bridge for Battle High School at the end of the year, defensive coordinator Justin Conyers is putting all of his focus in to his last year with Bruins.

PHOTO GALLERY: Work begins on largest solar array in Missouri

Work on Missouri's largest solar array started Monday in northeast Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri entrepreneurs advance their businesses

MU researchers have found an increase in entrepreneurship among Americans in recent years, a trend they think could be related to the high unemployment rates.

PHOTO GALLERY: Razorbacks fan frenzy permeates Arkansas

Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas Razorbacks but the fan frenzy about the football team permeates all of Arkansas.

PHOTO GALLERY: London Olympics Closing Ceremony

Athletes and spectators enjoyed British musical acts Sunday at the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics.

PHOTO GALLERY: Sunday at the London Olympics

At Sunday's Olympics, the U.S. men's basketball team narrowly defeated Spain and American Jake Varner won gold in men's wrestling.

PHOTO GALLERY: Missouri football team holds first preseason scrimmage

The Missouri football team held it's first scrimmage of the preseason Saturday at Memorial Stadium. The defense won 16-12.

PHOTO GALLERY: Saturday at the London Olympics

Usain Bolt and the Jamaican relay team and the U.S. women's basketball team won gold medals Saturday at the Olympics, but the U.S. women's volleyball team was upset by Brazil.

PHOTO GALLERY: Punt, Pass & Kick competition

Children participated Saturday in the NFL Punt, Pass & Kick competition at Cosmopolitan Park in Columbia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Volunteers clean up East Campus neighborhood

Volunteers picked up trash Saturday in Columbia's East Campus neighborhood.

PHOTO GALLERY: U.S. men's basketball team defeats Argentina

In Friday's Olympic Games, the men's U.S. basketball team defeated Argentina 109-83.

PHOTO GALLERY: Dogs sniff out treats to learn tracking

The Columbia Canine Sports Center trains dogs to track scents in a nose work class. According to Virginia Huxley, an owner of the center, this training starts with teaching dogs to find treats from a few boxes, and the dogs will then begin to learn how to find hidden scents.