Future library, resource center takes root

On January 1, 2012, in News 2012, by Mark Norris

By Jane Pate, Special to My Life, Commercial Appeal
January 1, 2012

Community leaders, state officials, members of the Tennessee Board of Regents and the Dyersburg State Community College administration, student body, faculty and staff recently gathered at the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center in Tipton County to celebrate the ground breaking of the new Learning Resource Center/Student Center and Tipton County Public Library.

Before breaking ground, state Rep. and Speaker Emeritus Jimmy Naifeh, Tennessee Board of Regents chancellor John Morgan, state Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, state Rep. Minority Leader Craig Fitzhugh, state Sen. Roy Herron, Tipton County executive Jeff Huffman, Covington Mayor David Gordon, DSCC president Karen Bowyer and DSCC Foundation Board immediate past chairman David Hayes each spoke on the history and the importance of the project.

Bowyer said, “It will provide much-needed space for our students. This new space includes computer classrooms and labs, an enhanced student tutoring lab, study rooms, an activities space with table tennis, pool and Wii exercise programs. It will also house Student Government offices.”

After their remarks, 26 representatives from the state legislature, the Tennessee Board of Regents, local government, the community, college and library board broke ground.

Special participants were Ryan, Micah, Parker, Isaac and Ethan Brown. Altogether these children checked out 8,670 books from the Tipton library.

The project is a special collaboration between Tipton County government and DSCC. By sharing library and learning resource center facilities, the college and the community will underscore the importance of lifelong learning. As a part of the planning, representatives from Dyersburg State did extensive research by contacting 12 joint-use libraries across the country to learn how this type of facility has been successfully executed in design, operations and programming.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring, and the building is expected to be completed in the fall of 2013. Jim Boggan of the firm McGehee, Nicholson, Burke is the project architect.

Jane Pate is director of public information for Dyersburg State Community College.

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