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MCHS agriculture building going up

Construction workers begin the roof on McNairy Central High School’s new agriculture building.

Construction recently began on a new agriculture building at McNairy Central High School, located adjacent to the school’s softball field.

“The grant was passed over a year ago but there were some problems with engineering,” said Ronnie Teague, Vocational Director.

There was a question of whether an elementary school would be built on the property.

A grant of $150,000 came from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, and Rural Development gave $50,000 for equipment. The school board put in an estimated $25,000 and then the county matched that, for a total of $250,000.

The agriculture building is expected to be finished this summer, before school begins in the fall.

“Lots of school systems already have this,” Teague said. “I have tried to get it for years and couldn’t.

“Thanks to State Senator Dolores Gresham, Larry Maxwell, the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and many others, we finally got it.”

The school system will benefit from being able to house animals for show and for the community; the structure will include a kitchenette and meeting room.

“I would like to thank everyone that has helped us get where we are. We are still going to need help with getting animals,” Teague said.

Cattle will be the main focus, because of its expense. The agriculture students will be looking to lease the more costly animals for show.

Teague spoke highly of his agriculture students, who are helping with the construction. 

“They have responsibilities, learn to make wise decisions, and if there is a problem, they’ll fix it.”

The fairgrounds will be able to use the property as well, bearing a two-week lease.

The grand opening will occur shortly after school begins in August.

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