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Roane State names building after Sen. Ken Yager

From members of his Sunday School class to lieutenant governors, from fellow Rockwood Civitan Club members to the chancellor of the Tennessee Board of Regents, a large crowd gathered Oct. 11 to pay tribute to a lifelong public servant.

The former Technology Building on Roane State Community College’s flagship campus in Roane County has a new name: It’s now the Yager Building, in honor of longtime state senator Ken Yager.

“This is a name that we could not be more proud to have on a building,” said Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor Flora Tydings.

“He is a true gentleman and has a genuine passion for the work we do at community and technical colleges.”

“I am humbled by and grateful for the board’s generosity of naming a building on the Roane State campus for me,” Sen. Yager said. “It is an honor I never expected but will treasure the rest of my life.”

“No one has meant more to the college than Ken Yager,” said Jim Henry, whose long career in public service has included serving as Gov. Bill Haslam’s deputy governor. “No honor could be more fitting. No honor could be more deserved.”