July 19 open house scheduled for newly renovated RMS field house

Jeff Bobo • Jul 3, 2015 at 5:44 PM

ROGERSVILLE — The community will get a chance to see the newly renovated Rogersville Middle School football field house during an open house later this month, shortly before football practice for the 2015 season begins and that familiar locker room odor sets in again.

The open house is scheduled for Sunday, July 19 from 3-5 p.m., with a special dedication ceremony to begin at 3:30 p.m.

RMS principal Jim Ailshie said the ceremony will give him an opportunity out recognize the many people who contributed to this renovation project.

This was the first time the field house has been renovated since construction was completed in 1959 back when the campus served as a high school.

After construction of Cherokee High School in 1980 Rogersville High School was converted into the middle school.

Ailshie said he wanted to open the field house to the public prior to the first day of football practice, which begins July 27.

Among the groups to be recognized are the Cherokee High School Alumni Football Association, the Rogersville High School alumni Association — both of which made financial contributions.

The Cherokee High School Alumni Football association donated $870 raised at last year’s Hawkins County alumni football game.

After a Times-News article ran about the renovation in April the Rogersville High School alumni made a cash contribution as well.

Ailshie also credits RMS football coach Steve Taylor, who was the renovation project manager.

Taylor got a good deal on lumber from Home Depot, and that pallet of lumber was delivered Robert Fultz of Fultz Custom Cabinet Co.

Fultz construct 35 cubicles for the field house that were modeled after the University of Tennessee Volunteer Football locker room cubicles.

Others whose made labor contributions to the project will be recognized include the county school maintenance department; and the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office jail work crew program, which did the painting.

Ailshie also expressed appreciation to director of schools Steve Starnes who has supported the project from the outset.

Prior to the renovation there was a lot of junk stored it he field house that had to be cleared out before work could begin.

Other repairs included electrical wiring, a roof leak, plumbing, painting and installation of new sinks and commodes.

“We’re excited now that the field house will provide our football players with an appropriately place to change, but more importantly will provide a healthier and clean environment our Rogersville Middle School student athletes,” Aishie said. “I believe by enhancing our facilities we instill pride in our students, which increases their self esteem, and can carry over academically in the classroom.”

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