The South Jackson Civic Association was formed in 1977 to "Save South Jackson", a grass-roots effort to halt the destruction of the South Jackson School. Nestled in the core of the building is Tullahoma's first public school built in 1886. We opened our doors as the South Jackson Civic Center in January, 1979 with our first performance. South Jackson Civic Association has operated for the past thirty years as a presenting organization, museum, and community resource serving the Middle Tennessee counties of Coffee, Moore, Franklin, Bedford, and Warren. The Civic Center contains rehearsal facilities, conference and meeting rooms, a 400-seat auditorium, full stage with proscenium arch and a local history museum.

This website funded in part with a Technical Support grant through the Tennessee Arts Commission.

The Community Foundation's The Big Payback May 6, 2014

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The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee's The Big Payback is a new, 24-hour, online giving event to increase philanthropy in the 40 counties we serve. The goal is simple – inspire Middle Tennesseans to come together, show their pride in their community, and contribute to the life-changing work of local nonprofit organizations. This event will shine a spotlight on LOCAL giving and will help create a new sense of energy around philanthropy. It will touch the lives of virtually every person in Middle Tennessee, be they recipients of services/programs or those who work in providing them through work/leadership in the nonprofit sector. There will be bonuses and incentive prizes to generate excitement throughout the 24-hour event given to nonprofits garnering the most gifts to this effort in a given time period or to those who meet other benchmarks. A leaderboard will help nonprofits and their supporters track their progress in real time!


The Big Payback is from 6AM on Tuesday, May 6, 2014 to 6AM on Wednesday, May 7. Donations will be accepted in a 24-hour period through our secure website; through authorized, secure giving forms on participating nonprofits' websites; and partnering sponsor websites.


As the name implies, the idea behind The Big Payback is two-fold: 1) to encourage people who can help to invest in the organizations that do help, and 2) to help our community understand that there will be a palpable, measurable, local return on investment from their support of this effort. Every gift will benefit our community and will be amplified with bonuses and incentive prizes for participating nonprofits. The Community Foundation is seeking local sponsorships to participate in the incentives and/or matching funds for nonprofits.

  • To improve the auditorium with new lighting, stage curtains, stage surface, and sound equipment
  • To upgrade the courtyard and develop an outdoor stage area and outdoor classroom
  • To renovate the reception area by moving the concession stand and opening up the space as one large area
  • To add a more functional kitchen area to assist with events
  • To develop a space for a Black Box Theatre
  • To renovate existing bathrooms on south hall to allow public use
  • To add and upgrade window treatments throughout the building
  • To improve exterior with paint, landscaping, and art
  • To add more lighting in the parking areas
  • To develop a new user-friendly website for promoting our programming and online ticket purchasing
  • To develop a new marketing campaign to brand our name and bring in new audiences for our programming

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South Jackson Civic Center

404 South Jackson Street,
Tullahoma, Tennessee

The SJCC Association Office
Located on the south side of the building. Go around the front of the building, pass the cabin and continue toward the back. Watch for a flag flying; the office door is located by the flag.