Smyrna Motlow: Tennesssee’s Fastest growing college expanding

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Smyrna Motlow College Resident Michael Torrence, Secretary of state Tre Hargett and Representative Mike Sparks.
Smyrna Motlow College Resident Michael Torrence, Secretary of state Tre Hargett and Representative Mike Sparks.

       Smyrna Motlow Campus Tennessee’s Fastest growing College

Recently Motlow President Dr. Michael Torrence and Representative Mike Sparks hosted Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett to tour the new 80,000 square foot new building at the Smyrna Motlow Campus. The new much-needed third building is one of the largest capital projects in Smyrna.

“I am pleased to see the much-needed progress on the news building and very proud to play a small role in its fruition,” Hargett said.

Smyrna Motlow Community College Tennessee’s fastest growing college outgrows its current buildings

Smyrna Motlow Community College overall plan

 

Governor Bill Haslam is pictured with Mayor Bill Ketron, Representative. Mike Sparks Senator Mark Norris and Flora Tydings the new TBR chancellor

The additional funds will also cover the cost of increasing access to parking for students and additional renovations to existing facilities. Motlow has seen a record number of student enrollment at the Smyrna campus.

“It seems like only yesterday the late former Smyrna Mayor Bob Spivey was telling me he was going to bring Motlow College to Smyrna. Bob was always a man with a bold vision. Both his boldness and vision has touched countless lives, including my own. I just wish he was alive to see the progress we’ve all made together with the Town of Smyrna, Rutherford County and the State of Tennessee working together for the good of all,” Sparks said.

The late Smyrna Mayor Bob Spivey

The $27.2 million projects were officially approved early this year by the State Building Commission which oversees construction of all public state buildings and structures. In recent years, the Commission’s response has been expanded to include authority over most improvement and demolition projects of property owned by the state.

Many thanks to the Rutherford County Commission for the funding assistance.

Interim President Hilda Tunstill, has stated, “I was excited to break ground and I thank those who worked tirelessly to make this a reality.”

Tunstill also said this project will help to change the lives of residents across the area, and that the greatest gift Motlow can provide is access to higher education.

Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Dr. Flora Tydings was a speaker at the ceremony as well. “Motlow is the envy of colleges across the state and country,” she said.

Tennessee state representative Mike Sparks says, ” The Smyrna Motlow Tennessee Motlow State Community College Mike Sparks new building is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019 .”

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