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A group of former students and friends of the building will meet with the Members of the Board of the Fourth Fractional Township at 3:00 PM on Saturday July 5th, at the site of the building.

Newspapers in the Polk County, TN area have published many articles about the Kimsey Junior College building that was constructed in 1933 by the Fourth Fractional Township, near Ducktown.  Although the building was never used as a Junior College, it has played an important role in the education of thousands of children from Ducktown and the surrounding area.  Due to age and the fact that the building has been vacant for several years, it is showing signs of disrepair that could result in a no recovery state if something isn’t done soon.

A group of former students and friends of the building will meet with the Members of the Board of the Fourth Fractional Township at 3:00 PM on Saturday July 5th, at the site of the building.  The purpose of the meeting is to hear from the Board Members and show support for preserving and finding an appropriate use for the building. School Board Members, elected officials and those seeking office are encouraged to be present for this event.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and has in recent years been listed as one of the top ten endangered historic structures in the state of Tennessee.  

“It would be a shame to allow the only building of its architectural design and significance, in that area of Tennessee, to deteriorate to the point that it could never be recovered,” said David Talley, an organizer of the meeting.

Talley was in the first class to start 1st grade at the school, and went through 12 years in the building. He said he was contacted several months ago by some of his classmates who wanted information on how to preserve the building and arranged the meeting.


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