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Preservation Effort: Community rallies to preserve Tanner School

Ethiel Garlington, left, Director of Preservation Field Services of Knox Heritage,
chats with, starting second from left, Newport Mayor Connie Ball, Cocke County
Mayor Vaughn Moore, and Tanner Preservation Alliance President Roland Dykes, III
following a community rally Tuesday. Approximately 100 citizens turned out in support
of a plan to preserve Tanner School.
Published: 8:48 AM, 10/24/2013 Last updated: 8:48 AM, 10/24/2013

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

 NEWPORT—Knox Heritage Director of Preservation Field Services Ethiel Garlington had high praise for Tanner Preservation Alliance’s movement to preserve Tanner School after he saw the large crowd gathered Tuesday evening for a meeting at Newport Utilities community room.

“I’ve never seen a turnout like this for anything in Knoxville,” Garlington said. “And to see elected officials here is wonderful. We can’t get anything like this in Knoxville.”

Garlington, who also directs East Tennessee Preservation Alliance, said that group’s “sole mission is to preserve historic buildings. The only way to save them is to have a viable use for them. You have seen that with Tanner. From an economics point of view, you want to save it because it is good for the community.”

Garlington called the group’s attention to Tanner’s potential connection with Cocke County’s growing tourism economy.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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