published Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Tennessee Temple University preps for dorm renovations

Tennessee Temple University cleared an administrative hurdle Monday, paving the way for expansion of the school's dorms.

Portions of the 32-acre Highland Park campus were rezoned, allowing renovation of now-empty dorms to housing for faculty, older students and families. Instead of the typical bed, desk and shared bathroom, the dorms will function more like apartments, officials said

But renovations are still a ways off, according to Eric Lovett, the school's chief operating officer.

"The goal is to grow," he said. "We've got to get that growth going first."

The university, which has tripled its enrollment on campus and online from 400 to 1,200 in the past three years, had been looking to sell its unused dorms. On-campus admission numbers have hovered around 300 for years, far below dorm capacity and the school's peak enrollment decades ago.

Lovett said the school is no longer trying to sell the dorms and assured the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency that the rezoned buildings would be for school use only.

Lovett said the school has upped its online enrollment but would like to see more students on its physical campus, particularly juniors, seniors and graduate students. If the school's recruitment efforts are successful, housing can be readily available.

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dwarfbeard said...

That's the St. Andrew's Center in the picture. They are not affiliated with Tennessee Temple at all. Chattanooga State has offices there. And they've done more good in the community than Temple ever dreamed of doing.

December 13, 2011 at 6:29 a.m.
blindmouses said...

Chattanooga State has offices there correct. It's also not affiliated with Tennessee Temple in any way correct.

This building is located within the immediate campus of Tennessee Temple. Although the building serves no purpose, neither does your comment. Your comment is irrelevant to the actual text of this story. Tennessee Temple has done plenty of good in the community. I am one to vouch for this school as it has brought many blessings throughout the community.

Two great schools. Two great missions. Two different skill sets.

Why such haste on your part?

December 13, 2011 at 9 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Stimulous money? Tax money? We are in a recession, and the dorms are going to be redone?

Thank you dwarfbeard for the information. I think your point was quite relevant. Wonder if they used the same picture in their proposal for funding.

Blindmouses, you might want to work on your communication skills. Telling someone what they have to say is irrelevant or serves no purpose, (that you can see), doesn't sound like very "temply" to me and sounds quite authoritarian. Since living in Chattanooga 55 years, I have not heard of anything that this school does other than not allow women or girls to wear pants. And with Dwarfbeard's comment, you missed your opportunity to tell me and everyone else reading this just what good they are doing. But instead, you got defensive and missed the purpose!

December 13, 2011 at 12:49 p.m.
dwarfbeard said...

The St. Andrew's Center building, the former St. Andrew's United Methodist Church, serves many purposes in support of Highland Park and offers many services which were not available until it opened. As a lifelong resident of the area, I remember Highland Park in the 80s and 90s. I remember Tennessee Temple being one of the biggest landlords in the area. And I remember how those properties looked. I remember Temple being called "The Death Star" by local residents.

I respect what Temple is trying to do. Anything that improves this community is wonderful. But they also have missed many opportunities through the years that might have slowed, if not stopped the decline of a beautiful neighborhood.

And since the picture that started this has been removed, my original reason for posting has now been rendered moot.

December 13, 2011 at 1:02 p.m.
blindmouses said...

I knew the picture was going to be taken down myself.

But what I don't know is why two people would take so much time out of their day to put down a good school with a good mission.

When I stated that your comment was irrelevant I was right. You right out attacked the doings of the school without backing your information.

To JustOneWoman. Also please back your information you give with some kind of factual relevance. You think the only thing the school does is not allow women to wear pants? Please! That is completely uncalled for.

Dwarfbeard, also you need to not go along with what you hear from the 80's and 90's. Someone calling Temple the "Death Star" doesn't mean you should continue to bash a good school's program.

Of course many will jump to conclusion as these two have about Temple. If you're not involved in the school or just like to rant and rave about what you remember people were saying in the 80's, then you have no need to post on here.

Temple could spend countless hours recording amounts of time and valuable resources they have added to this community.

December 14, 2011 at 12:17 a.m.
dwarfbeard said...

"You right out attacked the doings of the school without backing your information."

You outright attack us without listening to what we are saying. I didn't just "hear" about things that went on in the 80s and 90s, I lived them. But you would know that if you read what I said.

"Temple could spend countless hours recording amounts of time and valuable resources they have added to this community."

So why can't you give us ten minutes and list a few of the things you know about? I'd like to hear about them. They have been missed by the news outlets I use. It might help me have a better view of what this fine school (I never once said it was a bad school, I said they missed opportunities) has done for the community it inhabits.

"If you're not involved in the school or just like to rant and rave about what you remember people were saying in the 80's, then you have no need to post on here."

WOW! I'm speaking to one of the fabled moderators!?! It's such an honor to be told what I can and can not say or think or have opinions about! As long as I don't break the TFP's rules for posting, I'll keep posting what I want to say thank you very much.

As I said, Tennessee Temple is a good school. I know many graduates who are fine people and are a credit to this area and the school itself. It is fulfilling it's mission, which is on their website here: (See blindmouses, it isn't that hard) every day. I just said they missed opportunities to do more. If I am in error, prove it to me. Don't tell me to hush. It makes me and the rest of the people reading this not take you seriously.

December 14, 2011 at 7:02 a.m.
JustOneWoman said...

blindmouses,....... I did not attack the school. I said you missed an opportunity to tell me good things the school was doing, because all I ever knew about the school was that it is oppresive to women. Enlighten me. Again, you are missing opportunities. Why should I back up anything? I am telling you what I have come to know living in Chattanooga. I gave you my opinion. But you want me to back up my opinion about your school that you obviously do not want to shed light on. Sheesh, are you even reading these ops? Who do you think you are telling people what they need or need to do? What they can post or not is not up to you. I have some news for you. You are on planet Earth, in the United States of America. We get to say what we want, how we want, in the way we want, about any school or blogger writing an opinion. Get over yourself!

December 14, 2011 at 8:52 a.m.
chet123 said...

Tennessee Temple???...Tennessee Temple????...are they still affiliated with SOUTHERN BAPTIST...AND FOX NEWS!!! this the College that had Lester Maddox as guest speaker in the height of the civil right movement(1964)..this invitation was extended to Lester Maddox from Tennessee Temple after Maddox definancly refuse to allow black people eat at his restaurant on Georgia Tech Campus... Lester Maddox was threatening black people with ax handles and a hand-gun if they dare enter his restaurant......ha ha ha ha

AS a reward Tennessee Temple invited Maddox at their Church as Guest Speakers.....ha ha ha...and southern baptist wander why they changing their name HA HA HA...they need to change their hearts.....HOW IS THAT FOR FAMILY VALUE ha ha ha

December 14, 2011 at 3:06 p.m.
chet123 said...

Hmmmm..thought no-one remember your deeds????

December 14, 2011 at 3:07 p.m.
JustOneWoman said...

Now enlightening.

December 15, 2011 at 11:19 a.m.
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