University of Tennessee Martin Somerville Center
For class schedule information call (901) 465-7313
Somerville native, Kara Waddell Tapp has been hired as the Director of the University of Tennessee Martin Somerville Center. Ms. Tapp's immediate goal is to recruit students for the fall of 2016, the spring of 2017 with an eye to the full class schedule which will be offered at the newly renovated University of Tennessee Martin Somerville Center in the fall of 2017. Ms. Tapp's office is currently located in City Hall at 13085 N. Main St., Somerville. Her office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Call (901) 465-7313 or (901) 489-2538 for information.
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UT Martin Somerville is currently located on the Court Square in the Career Center with two classrooms equipped with Distance Learning equipment. On July 15, 2015, Methodist Healthcare System donated the Methodist Somerville building to the Town of Somerville and in addition donated $250,000.00 in cash. The town then matched the Methodist donation by committing $250,000.00 of its own money to the project and the County Government followed that up with another $250,000 match for a total of $750,000. In addition, the UT Foundation has started to raise money and has raised another $125,000 for a total of $875,000 in local funds raised.
In response to the fund raising effort, Governor Haslam has included a match of all local funds raised to date. He put $875,000 in the State of Tennessee's Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget to match our local funds. That brings our total to $1,750,000 so far.
In order to operate the Center, UT Martin has requested that the state include an annual recurring appropriation of $250,000 which will go directly to the UT Martin Somerville operating fund. Senator Gresham led that charge to get that recurring appropriation in this year's budget. With her help and the help of many others, the State of Tennessee has included the above mentioned funds in this year's budget.
The old building will now go through a transformation this winter and be completely renovated in time for the UT Martin Somerville Center's Grand Opening in August 2017. The center will accommodate a full slate of classes with the University of Tennessee at Martin as the lead institution.