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ETSU, Kingsport celebrate new downtown location

September 27th, 2013 7:49 pm by Matthew Lane

ETSU, Kingsport celebrate new downtown location

ETSU President Brian Noland, left, talks with Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips on Friday. Photo by David Grace.

KINGSPORT — One year ago, the building was a cold, dark shell. Today, the facility is alive with the heartbeats of students.

These are the words East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland used to describe the university’s newest satellite location in downtown Kingsport.

“And it’s a beautiful thing that we have the opportunity to make dreams come true for students, to have the opportunity to receive a four-year degree in Kingsport,” Noland said.

ETSU and Kingsport officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday afternoon for the university’s new satellite campus, located in the Food City shopping center in downtown Kingsport. The campus includes four classrooms (one iTV compatible) and offers morning, afternoon and evening classes Monday through Thursday.

ETSU’s expansion essentially ties in with the city’s Academic village, a five-building higher education campus in downtown.

Read more in Saturday’s print edition of the Times-News or in the expanded electronic edition.

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