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June 26, 2017

President’s Memorial Garden Completed at Johnson University

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Johnson University has served East Tennessee for over 100 years. Recently, the university announced the completion of its Memorial Garden.

Started in January of this year, the university enlisted Alcoa-based general contractor Hickory Construction to complete the revitalization of the Garden.

The improvements include additional walkways, stairways, site lighting, a patio, a new area for future presidents and a columbarium. The school’s historic “Prayer Oak” has been made more accessible and visible, as well.

In its nearly 125-year history, the university has had only six presidents, and of the six, four are buried in the Memorial Garden, which is located across from the Old Main Building.

Hickory Construction’s Ron Dorsey served as project manager for the Memorial Garden.

“We’re flattered Johnson University selected Hickory Construction for this special project,” said Dorsey. “The Garden not only adds a beautiful element to the campus, but it’s a wonderful way for students to remember the presidents who served and gave their time to the college.”

“The completed Memorial Garden is a valuable asset to our university” said Johnson University Director of Operations Kevin O’Brien. “Our presidents are highly regarded and respected. We look forward to having the Memorial Garden as a place of reflection and remembrance.”

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