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TVCC breaks ground on Ethel May & Frank Johns Tower on Athens campus

Jay Kinzer, Ph.D., Ron Day, Ken McGee, Ray Raymond, Larry Ball, Cevia Morris, Karen Biggers, Frank Johns, Jim Biggers, Kristen Bennett, Ed.D

Members of the TVCC board of trustees, foundation board, administration, faculty, and staff joined Frank Johns today in a private ceremony to break ground on a 47-foot clock tower that will be the newest addition to the Bob McDonald Plaza in 2019.

The custom designed Ethel May & Frank Johns Tower, designed and built by Verdin, will include four ornamental bell shells and an electronic carillon system providing the ability to program a variety of different chimes, tolling bells and hour strike tones.  The clock tower will have four-sided illuminated dials, allowing the time to be visible from all sides.

Johns donated $350,000 for the project that has a planned completion of fall 2019.

Johns’ wife, Ethel, passed away in May 2018 and donating to build this clock tower provides a tangible way to honor her memory.

“I hope this clock tower becomes an icon on the TVCC campus,” said Johns. “It’s going to be beautiful and Ethel would be proud.”

Posted Date:
7/16/2019 3:56:28 PM