UT Extension unveiling new home in West Knoxville

UT Extension unveiling new home in West Knoxville

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The new UT Extension Eastern Region offices. (Source: University of Tennessee) The new UT Extension Eastern Region offices. (Source: University of Tennessee)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The University of Tennessee Extension has a newer and bigger home in West Knoxville.

The new office for the Eastern Region of UT Extension will officially open its doors Friday on Downtown West Boulevard at an open house from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

The building is a 10,500 square foot facility that holds 21 offices, a large meeting room, and a smaller meeting room.

Eastern Region administrators, program leaders in agriculture, 4-H youth development, and family and consumer sciences will all have offices in the building. In addition, some FCS state specialists will also have offices in the facility.

"This new facility will enable us to better serve community members as well as our own staff in the eastern region," said Dr. Tim Cross, dean of UT Extension. "With a meeting room that will accommodate up to 100 people, we anticipate many uses related to our agriculture, family and youth programs."

The new facility was a gift to the university from Bill and Donna Cobble of Friendsville, who previously used the building for their temporary staffing business.

The Eastern Region Office was previously located in facilities on Alcoa Highway next to the UT's East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center.

Those facilities, which total less than 2,000 square feet, were originally built as part of the 1982 World's Fair. UT AgResearch will continue to use these buildings.

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