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UTM Addenda, June 30

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Letter from the Fayette County Higher Education Executive Committee

Somerville Mayor Robert Turner, Fayette County Mayor Rhea “Skip” Taylor, and the University of Tennessee at Martin 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 facility locally designed and specifically built to provide our populace with the special skills and training needed to successfully take advantage of career opportunities in the Mid- South.

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 seven acre site on Highway 64 providing easy access to Highway 385, I-40, I-69, 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, serve as a tool for new industry recruitment, and provide training and support for the existing industry and business base.

UT Martin is currently offering a variety of classes in the Career Center on the Somerville Court House Square, utilizing distance learning equipment provided by the Town of Somerville Board of Mayor and Aldermen and the Fayette County Commission. The UT Foundation, along with the Fayette County Higher Education Executive Committee and Advisory Board, 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 dream of scaling the heights of excellence by being bold enough to take the initiatives others before us have envisioned, determined 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 Executive Committee Richard Rucker, Chairman
Fayette County Mayor Rhea “Skip” Taylor
Somerville Mayor Robert Turner

Fayette County Commissioner Steve Reeves Marlin Mosby
Joe Rimstidt