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“As Sarah Palin would probably say: ‘You can see Farragut from here,’” said Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill as he welcomed South College to “the Farragut community” with that line at a grand opening ceremony for the college’s Parkside Drive campus Thursday, March 31.

South College is opening its new west campus at the former Goody’s corporate office headquarters off Parkside Drive. The campus will house the elementary education, pharmacology, nursing and physician assistant programs.

“This is not technically in Farragut corporate limits,” McGill told an audience of about 100; “Farragut is about 700 feet away.”

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett chimed in from the dais, “And we plan to keep it that way.”

“You stole my line,” McGill said.

Goody’s former corporate offices technically are located in Knoxville city limits, but McGill said he was proud to welcome South College to the Farragut community.

“Our goal is for everyone to adopt the philosophy that we’re all on the same team. ... This community is very grateful to have you here,” McGill said.

Burchett also congratulated school officials on South College’s new campus.

“This is one business that has thrived ... it has been great for Knox County,” he said.

South College president Steve South said the 85,000 square foot new campus features state-of-the-art classrooms and technology.

He said South College was in the process of becoming accredited for its first doctoral program, which would be in pharmacology, and which would be housed in the new campus.

South said he hoped that program would begin its inaugural classes in July.

Another feature of the college is a 180-seat theater with laptop connections and audio-visual technology.

“Thank you for supporting our new dreams and direction,” South said.


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