Proposed New Facility

In a bold step to build a foundation for strong economic growth in Fayette County, officials of the Town of Somerville continue to pursue their vision for the creation of the Fayette County Higher Education Center. Owned by the Town of Somerville and operated by Southwest Tennessee Community College, this state of the art center will provide unprecedented community access to educational and training opportunities offered through Southwest Tennessee Community College, University of Memphis, Tennessee Technology Center at Whiteville, and University of Tennessee at Martin.

Strategically located near the geographic center of Fayette County between Somerville and Oakland, this 26,000 square foot facility will be 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 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.

Officials are 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 accomplish great things, we must dream as well as act, and the time for action is now.


Mayor Robert Turner         Mayor Rhea Taylor
Mayor of Somerville,         Tennessee Mayor of Fayette County