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Tennessee Military Institute (TMI) would be a military academy in Sweetwater, Tennessee.

The college began as Sweetwater Military College in 1874 by J. Lynn Bachman, a Presbyterian minister, using the avowed reason for supplying a location “where youthful men might have good educational advantages under safe and wholesome influences.” The campus was initially located in a tiny building, which ceases to exist, on College Street in Sweetwater. Bachman continued to be president until 1902, as he was substituted with Col. O. C. Hulvey.

The specific school was altered to Tennessee Military Institute in 1909. It had been known with this reputation for the majority of its existence. Because of the “TMI” acronym, it had been frequently jokingly known as “Tens Of Millions Of Idiots” by locals and students alike. 1909 can also be once the school gone to live in its final campus, which eventually contained 13 structures mostly contained in one quadrangle surrounding a courtyard, and that was found on 144 acres (58 ha) on U.S. Route 11. U.S. Army officials started directing military instruction in 1911, and ROTC started in 1918 after The First World War, as Hulvey’s tenure as president ended.

Col. C.R. Endsley was TMI’s longest serving president, from 1918 to 1956. He was been successful by his boy and namesake, Col. C.R. Endsley Junior. Endsley Junior. was among the school’s longest-serving managers, becoming commandant from 1934 to 1956, as president from 1956 to 1971, so that as mind from the chemistry and physics department from 1971 to 1981. Thomas C. Dula been successful Endsley Junior. as president, serving before the school went coed in 1973, when Sanford Grey grew to become president, a job he filled before the school’s closing. Col. C.W. Cost was another from the school’s longest-serving managers, becoming vice-president from 1920 to 1966. David N. McQuiddy was another, who offered TMI from 1937 to 1981 as Latin and British headmaster, admissions director, director of testing, and special consultant towards the guidance department. TMI’s teams were known as the Eagles, as well as their colors were orange and blue.

In 1975, the college stopped as being a military academy, being a traditional schoolOruniversity preparatory school, though still a boarding school. To mirror this, the specific school was altered to TMI Academy. Curriculum began as soon as fifth grade some time, ongoing through twelfth grade. Some time a “publish-graduate” curriculum seemed to be offered. Because of financial problems, TMI finally closed permanently in 1988 after 114 many years of continuous operation. It was regardless of financial resources from actor Burt Reynolds, whose nephew attended the college.

The campus was acquired by Tennessee Meiji Gakuin Senior High School (TMG) and opened up as a result in 1989. Because of declining enrollment TMG closed in 2007. This Year, the campus was handed as a present to some group known as the Sweet Water Sustainability Institute. The validity of the transaction was later effectively challenged in the court, and possession from the property was used in Enota Institute Corporation.

The campus continues to be vacant since 2007, and also the structures have fallen into disrepair. In 2015, the campus was incorporated around the annual “Endangered Heritage” listing of the East Tennessee Upkeep Alliance being an endangered historic building and/or place. Unsurprisingly according to wear and tear, the abandoned campus has attracted the interest of devotees from the supernatural.

In April 2017, Paul Gaffney, formerly from the Harlem Globetrotters, announced plans to get the campus and open the Gaffney Athletics Prep Academy. Based on Gaffney, it might be the very first charter senior high school to mix a focus on athletics with science, technology, engineering, and math, with forecasted enrollment of 600 students. However, diets rapidly fell through.