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Majors to spark BHS $750,000 grid fieldhouse effort

Tennessee football legend Johnny Majors might become a Bearden High School football fund-raising legend if Bulldog brass see big dollars going toward a special project.

Majors will be featured speaker at the inaugural Bearden Bash, a fund-raising dinner beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, April 11, in The Foundry intended to jump-start funding for a Bulldog football fieldhouse.

Estimated cost is around $750,000 for a roughly 10,000-square-foot cinderblock building according to BHS head coach Brad Taylor.

“That’s not a lot of frills involved, it’s just [the cost] of the building,” excluding such costs as new lockers and flooring, Taylor said. “It would be a locker room that would house both our varsity and our freshmen, and then offices, a meeting room and a weight room, storage and a training room.

“That’s what we’ve submitted to the school board.”

As for money on hand, “Right now I think we’ve raised about $15,000,” Taylor said, adding he hopes the Majors-led Bearden Bash can raise “around $35,000.”

The coach said county officials informed BHS, “You’ve got to have it all accounted for before you can move the first piece of dirt. We’ve got to raise it all ourselves.

“You don’t necessarily have to have all that money in the bank,” Taylor added. “People willing to donate work, that counts toward your bottom line, too. … We’re probably going to need $3[00,000], $400,000.”

The fieldhouse would be located on the north side of the football practice field “in a wooded area” embankment leading up to the gymnasium/school.

Completion? “To have this done within a couple of years,” Taylor said. “It’s a big need. We need a little more room, and some updating.” BHS reportedly is only one of two county programs without a fieldhouse or “updated facilites.”

Taylor credited the late Bill Wilson, former BHS head coach, for giving new life to the project.

“When coach Wilson was here last winter after the 2006 season, that was one of his main goals, before he leaves Bearden, ‘get Bearden a fieldhouse,’” he said.


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