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Published: October 26, 2020

On October 25, family members of the late Regan Marston Jones gathered at Holtsford Hall – the new Southern Tennessee Higher Education Center - to present a check to Committee Chairman Jim Cone in the amount of $25,000.

“On behalf of our family - Johnny, Jason, and Adrienne Jones, Meredith Marston Methvin, and April Marston Cothren - I am honored to represent the Regan Marston Jones Scholarship Fund today,” says Josh Jones, President. “The classrooms, labs, library, and community room are impressive and will also provide ample accommodations for persons with disabilities. My mother truly believed that education transforms lives. The family is grateful for the opportunity to continue her commitment to education. My grandmother, the late Albertine Marston, was also a Lawrence County educator and Tennessee Education Hall of Fame recipient, and strongly believed that a college education transforms dreams into realities. It is our hope that this gift will enrich the lives of local students for many generations.”

The Regan Marston Jones Scholarship fund was established by the friends of Regan M. Jones. An annual scholarship has been awarded since 1990 in memory of the former Loretto High School English teacher.

A native Lawrence Countian, Regan graduated from Leoma Elementary School in 1962 and from Loretto High School in 1966. She received her B.S. and Master’s degrees from the University of North Alabama in Florence.

Regan taught at Loretto Sacred Heart School and at St. Joseph Elementary School. She taught English at Loretto High School for 6 years and Columbia Central High School for 3 ½ years.

Regan’s life was completely involved with concern for others. She taught her subject with her heart as well as her mind. She truly cared what became of her students, her fellow teachers, her family, and her friends. Even the use of her leisure time was an extension of her caring about young people. She was a youth leader at Loretto United Methodist Church, and a board member of Loretto Little League.

As a member of Lawrenceburg’s “Little Theater” group and the Zodiac Theater in Florence, Regan gained the acting experience that enabled her to introduce young people to the Arts. Her love of children spurred her to help establish the Gingerbread Playhouse in Florence, to direct Central High School’s senior play, and Loretto High School’s Drama Club productions during her tenure there.

The Southern Tennessee Higher Education Center began in 2014 when Lawrence County began dreaming of providing an opportunity for students to earn a Bachelor’s Degree locally. A partnership was quickly formed with Columbia State Community College and Tennessee Technological University, and plans were drawn up to create a new campus. Bringing a dream to fruition in rural Tennessee, Lawrence County began constructing the Southern Tennessee Higher Education Center – the first community-owned, collaborative college campus in the state.