|Published: 9:43 PM, 10/18/2013
||Last updated: 9:43 PM, 10/18/2013
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT—The first of several public meetings to solicit public input on preserving the Tanner School Building will be held on Tuesday Oct. 22, at 6 p.m. The meeting, hosted by the Tanner Preservation Alliance, will be held at the Newport Utilities Building located at 170 Cope Blvd. Newport, Tennessee 37821. The Town Hall meeting is to introduce and encourage the community to rally around the efforts of preserving the Tanner School building. The board of directors, Chair Roland “Trey” Dykes, III, stated, “I am excited about the opportunity to give an update on the efforts of the Alliance and invite others to join in on the task at hand, preserving the school.”The City of Newport has given the Tanner Preservation Alliance the authority to act as agent and execute a needs assessment in the rehab and preservation efforts for the Tanner Rosenwald School. The history of this school conveys that in 1924, the community, both black and white, along with the Rosenwald Fund, joined forces and raised $10,000 dollars to build the school. Tanner Preservation Alliance members contend it is going to take that collaboration and joint effort of the community to meet the challenge today. Thousands of dollars back in 1924 is equivalent to millions of dollars today. Officials point out resources today are greater, the capability to reach out to more people is greater and the probability for success in restoring the Tanner Building is greater. County residents are invited to join this effort to restore the Tanner Building to continue to serve this community for generations to come. For more information, contact Carlene Robinson, 865-705-8679.
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