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Groundbreaking for new armory Friday
Equipment is in place at the site of the new National Guard Armory in Warren County on Manchester Highway.

The Tennessee Military Department is holding a groundbreaking ceremony for a new National Guard armory in Warren County.

The new center will replace McMinnville’s current 11,200-square-foot armory that was built in 1957 and is the oldest and smallest armory in the Tennessee National Guard. Plans for a new armory have been in the works for more than a dozen years.

The new National Guard Readiness Center will be 33,000 square feet and include administrative, training, supply and storage rooms with energy-efficient features to reduce operating costs, according to the release. The center will also have a 5,600-square-foot vehicle maintenance building.

“The new facility will greatly improve our readiness, our ability to train for our federal mission, and improve our emergency response within the community during a disaster," Tennessee Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Jeff Holmes said in a news release.

Warren County government purchased the land for the armory 10 years ago. It's located next to Reddick Brown Ford and Security Federal on Manchester Highway.

The groundbreaking ceremony takes place on Feb. 11 at 10 a.m.