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To date, the Town of Somerville has raised almost $2.1 million in public and private donations of the anticipated $2.5 million it will cost to renovate the Methodist Hospital building for the UT Martin Somerville Center and the remaining cost of the renovations will be paid for with a combination of donations and rent paid by UT Martin.
There is a signed agreement with the University of Tennessee that was approved by the State Building Commission, which states that the University of Tennessee Martin will pay rent to Somerville to fully fund the renovation. Somerville will also receive an additional $675,000 in rent over the next ten years, starting at the completion of the renovation, to offset any expenses the town might incur from maintaining the building. The agreement has been approved by the University of Tennessee, UT Martin, the State Building Commission and the Town of Somerville and has the financial support of Governor Haslam and the State Legislature which includes an annual recurring appropriation of $250,000.
The Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Somerville has been working diligently on this project for over five years. They have taken steps to ensure that the tax payers of Somerville will not be burdened with the cost of this project.
By August 2017, the UT Martin Somerville Center will be operating as a state of the art facility. It will house a community room, conference rooms, a complete biology and chemistry lab, a computer lab, two distance learning centers and many classrooms.
This Center will help Governor Haslam’s “Drive to 55” initiative. This program’s goal is to have 55% of the working age Tennesseans attain a college degree or certificate by the year 2025. This Center will provide citizens of Fayette County, and surrounding counties, the opportunity to receive a quality education at a reasonable price, right here in your own back yard.
Classes are being held right now in the Career Center on the square. If you would like any information about the Center, please call the UT Martin Somerville Center’s Director, Kara Tapp at (901) 465-7313.