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Dr. Tommy Cates will be available at the Somerville Career Center each Thursday through the month of August.  

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UT Martin- Welcome to Somerville, TN

The University of Tennessee at Martin officially became a part of the community Saturday, July 12th, as Somerville and Fayette County hosted UT Martin Day on the courthouse square in Somerville. The day-long celebration featured live radio broadcasts from Q107.5 and performances by the drum corps at Fayette Ware High School. UT Martin financial and academic advisors were kept busy throughout the day addressing individual needs and concerns of prospective students as UT Martin has scheduled 8 classes to be offered at the Somerville Career Center starting August 25 for the 2014 Fall Semester. Several $500 scholarships were also awarded to students enrolling in classes at UT Martin Somerville this fall.

The Fayette County Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony which highlighted several local officials. Somerville Mayor Bob Turner led the ceremony and remarked that the addition of UT Martin as a part of our community has been the objective of many local officials and volunteers for a number of years and will result in the local availability of higher education for our citizens. Kara Tapp, Communications Director with the Fayette County Public Schools, introduced the Fayette Ware Band and highlighted their many recent awards and encouraged everyone to support the Fayette Ware Band’s efforts at completing funding necessary to send the band members to band camp this summer in Alabama. State Senator Dolores Gresham told the crowd that the addition of UT Martin into the community is the first step toward eventual establishment of the Fayette County Higher Education Center, which will consist of a partnership with UT Martin, a community college component, and a technical institute component, and this effort fits perfectly with Governor Haslam’s higher education initiatives currently being enacted throughout Tennessee. UT Martin Chancellor Dr. Tom Rakes was on hand and told the crowd that UT Martin is excited to be a part of the future of our community and will continue to provide higher education opportunities for local citizens throughout the future.

Festivities continued throughout the day and refreshments were available through several vendors, including Somerville Police Chief Ricky Hoskins’ famous Bar-B-Q. UT Martin Assistant Vice Chancellor Charley Deal, along with UT Martin Off Campus Studies Executive Director Tommy Cates, held the inaugural meeting of the Fayette County Higher Education Advisory Board in the Fayette County Courthouse. Both Charley Deal and Tommy Cates are becoming well known in the community and were available to discuss plans for the future along with providing an ample supply of “Orange Crush” soft drinks to further show that the “Big Orange” has arrived in Somerville.


Letter from the Executive Committee:

Somerville Mayor Robert Turner and Fayette County Mayor Rhea “Skip” Taylor have undertaken a bold initiative in a joint effort to provide quality post-secondary educational opportunities within the local community by pursuing the vision of a higher education consortium within one facility with the capability of offering technical training along with community college and university-level curricula within Fayette County.

Strategically located near the geographic center of Fayette County between Somerville and Oakland, the proposed 26,000 square foot facility will be administered by the University of Tennessee at Martin and built on a 7 acre site on Highway 64 providing easy access to Highway 385 and the growing communities in the area. Designed to meet the needs of the participating educational institutions and students, this center will ensure the on-going development of an educated workforce, will serve as a tool for new industry recruitment, and will provide training and support for the existing industry and business base.

UT Martin will begin offering classes in the Career Center on the Somerville Courthouse Square during the 2014 Fall Semester and UT Martin, along with local officials and volunteers, is currently seeking funding for this project through various sources that include grants, foundations, and corporate and individual contributions. This project will bring years of prosperity to the Town of Somerville, Fayette County, and the surrounding area, providing a brighter future for our children and more opportunities for every citizen.

To achieve true prosperity, we must dream of scaling the heights of excellence, be bold enough to take the initiatives others before us have envisioned, and be willing to build upon the foundations of advancement already initiated by our predecessors for the continued successful development of our children and all future generations.


The Fayette County Higher Education Center Executive Committee

Richard Rucker, Chairman

Somerville Mayor Robert Turner

Fayette County Mayor Rhea “Skip” Taylor

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Reeves

Marlin Mosby

Joe Rimstidt


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MARTIN, Tenn. —

The classes scheduled to be offered this fall include: English 100, Mathematics 100, Geology 110, Geography 151, Political Science 220, History 475 and two agriculture courses to be chosen from among International Food and Fiber Systems 295, Behavior of Farm and Companion Animals 260, Farm Animal Health 320 or Introduction to Natural Resources Management 100.

Fall semester classes begin Aug. 25 and will meet four nights per week from 6-9 p.m. in the career center’s two classrooms. More information about UT Martin academic programs is available at


UTM Addenda, June 30th.