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On hand Friday for the ribbon cutting of Motlow’s new $5.5 million Automation and Robotics Training Center are, from left, Terri Bryson, Bob Rolfs, Jimmy Haley, Janice Bowling, Michael Torrence, Flora Tydings, Paul Sherrell, Larry Flatt and Ryle Chastain.
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Pictured is a robotic welder on site at the Automation and Robotics Training Center.

Just a few short years ago, there was an overgrown field next to Tennessee College of Applied Technology.

Then the transformation began.

Under former Gov. Bill Haslam, the state announced in November 2016 Motlow College was the recipient of a $5.5 million grant, part of a Drive to 55 program aimed at increasing the number of Tennesseans with a college degree.

Then Warren County government pitched in by voting to donate that overgrown field for the purpose of building a robotics center.

Said County Commissioner Tommy Savage, "The resolution to donate the land for this facility is probably the best thing we've done in my five years on the County Court."

On Friday, the ribbon was cut and the new facility was officially unveiled. For a complete story, see Business on 1C.