Restoration complete at William Carey after January's tornado - WDAM-TV 7-News, Weather, Sports-Hattiesburg, MS

Restoration complete at William Carey after January's tornado

School of Business.  Source: WDAM School of Business. Source: WDAM
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The President of William Carey University is focused on new construction nearly ten months after the deadly EF-3 tornado hit campus earlier this year.

"We're in all of the buildings that could be restored, so now we only lack the construction of new buildings to replace those that were totally destroyed," said Dr. Tommy King at the university's 125th Anniversary Convocation Monday morning.

The ceremony is usually held in August to start the new school year, but the university had to postpone it due to damage and ongoing repairs at the auditorium in the Thomas Fine Arts Building.  January's tornado put a holr in the roof of the auditorium, which ruined the stage and surrounding area.

"It's great," King said.  "I heard students, many of them as they were walking over say, 'well, we are back in the auditorium."

Dr. King said the auditorium is also where weekly chapel services are held, which have been suspended since the tornado.  He said those will also begin this week with the winter trimester. 

Monday also marked the first day of classes in the university's restored School of Business. Cheryl Dale, Dean of the School, said classes have been held at other buildings around campus since the storm.

"Every trimester, it seems that we've moved to a different location for classes," Dale said.  "I think this will be important, for students to have a landing place. They know that classes will be offered here this trimester, spring trimester and now on."

Dr. King said construction is underway for a new Tatum Court, two new dormitories and a new academic center.  He hopes that construction will be complete by summer of 2018. 

Dr. King also noted construction is also underway at the Tradition Campus for a new School of Pharmacy and another academic building. 

"We're just thrilled beyond description at the fact that our students have not forsaken us, our employees and faculty have been loyal and the future is bright at William Carey," King said. 

Copyright WDAM 2017. All rights reserved. 

  • Local NewsLOCALMore>>

  • Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday

    Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday

    Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 11:07 PM EST2017-11-23 04:07:25 GMT

    Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday.   Jessica Bowman stopped into a Hattiesburg store to see what all the activity was about. Roshunda Trody said, "Two turkeys, ham, dressing, greens cabbage, french beans with white potatoes and turkey butts in it." Hefty dinner menus for Thanksgiving day. Trody said, "I'm from Hattiesburg, MS, but I'm back in town to be with my family for the holidays and doing a little bit of last minute shopping." ...

    More >>

    Last minute grocery shoppers filled the aisles Wednesday.   Jessica Bowman stopped into a Hattiesburg store to see what all the activity was about. Roshunda Trody said, "Two turkeys, ham, dressing, greens cabbage, french beans with white potatoes and turkey butts in it." Hefty dinner menus for Thanksgiving day. Trody said, "I'm from Hattiesburg, MS, but I'm back in town to be with my family for the holidays and doing a little bit of last minute shopping." ...

    More >>
  • Tickets on sale for the 5A South State Championship

    Tickets on sale for the 5A South State Championship

  • Tickets on sale for the 5A South State Championship

    Tickets on sale for the 5A South State Championship

    Wednesday, November 22 2017 9:42 PM EST2017-11-23 02:42:31 GMT
    Fans in line to buy tickets to the 5A South State Championship Wednesday in Hattiesburg. Source: WDAM.Fans in line to buy tickets to the 5A South State Championship Wednesday in Hattiesburg. Source: WDAM.

    Fans were waiting in the parking lot Wednesday outside Hattiesburg High School for tickets to go on sale for the 5A South State Championship Friday night. The Tigers are hosting the Laurel Tornadoes in a I-59 showdown.  The game, a repeat of the "Lil' Brown Jug" game will give the Tornadoes the chance at revenge, after Hattiesburg won the rivalry game 20-14 in August. Tyrone King was sitting in the parking lot at 11:30 a.m., waiting for the ticket office to open it's ...

    More >>

    Fans were waiting in the parking lot Wednesday outside Hattiesburg High School for tickets to go on sale for the 5A South State Championship Friday night. The Tigers are hosting the Laurel Tornadoes in a I-59 showdown.  The game, a repeat of the "Lil' Brown Jug" game will give the Tornadoes the chance at revenge, after Hattiesburg won the rivalry game 20-14 in August. Tyrone King was sitting in the parking lot at 11:30 a.m., waiting for the ticket office to open it's ...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly