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MaryLou Apple, president of Motlow State Community College, celebrates the opening of a new Smyrna Center campus building with Rutherford County officials and business leaders during an Oct. 24, 2013, ceremony in Smyrna, Tenn. (Photo submitted)

SMYRNA, Tenn. -– Motlow State Community College recently celebrated the opening of the new science, technology, allied health building at the Smyrna Center campus by welcoming business and industry leaders, elected officials, industrial board members and education leaders at an open house held inside the new facility.

The 35,000-square-foot, two-story building provides additional classrooms, labs and offices for faculty and staff, as well as a student access center.

The building, which was completed ahead of schedule in June 2013, was designed by Thomas, Miller & Partners PLLC and built by Messer Construction.

MaryLou Apple, president of Motlow College, opened the program by welcoming invited guests and recognizing those who played a major role in the new facility moving from concept to reality, including Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed, Rutherford County Mayor Ernest Burgess, Bill Jones from the Rutherford County Industrial Development Board and Christy-Houston Foundation Executive Director Robert B. Mifflin.

“Motlow College has been serving students in Rutherford County since 1998,” Apple said. “Classes were first offered at Riverdale High School, then the Smyrna National Guard Armory, and finally in the new Motlow College Smyrna facility."

By 2008, the Smyrna campus was offering classes seven days per week to meet the demand of student needs, she said.

“Fundraising for this second Smyrna building was difficult,” she said. “It takes visionary, dedicated leaders to step up during tough times. Rutherford County is blessed to have leaders that stepped out during those tough times and believed in supporting initiatives that make Rutherford County and the state of Tennessee a great place to live.”

-- Marie Kemph, mkemph@murfreesboropost.com

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