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.

South Jackson Civic Association maintains and operates the Civic Center with a full-time Coordinator, a part-time Assistant Coordinator, a 10-member Executive Board whose job is the determine policy and finance, a 12-member Operations Committee which manages the day-to-day operations of the facility, the Mitchell Museum, and the Friends of South Jackson, a volunteer group. 

Each year the Civic Center entertains and educates with a variety of programs for the community.  Programming includes:

  • The Educational Outreach Series offers quality programming at affordable prices for schools.  Through study guides and discussions, we hope to develop critical thinking skills.

  • The Performing Arts Series offers a variety of different style shows to attract different audiences.

  • Other events are also held at the Civic Center that include a variety of different programs such as South Jackson Goes Country, various dance recitals, festivals on the grounds, and an ice cream social. 

  • The Mitchell Museum provides exhibits that pertain to city and area history.

Memberships to the South Jackson Civic Association are available a various levels. Both members and non-members can participate in the support of activities at the Civic Center by being a Friend of South Jackson.

Friends of South Jackson is a support group made up of volunteers who do various jobs at the Civic Center.  The jobs include, secretarial assistance, ushering for school shows, ticket pick-up, labeling for newsletters, and museum docents.  These volunteers are a necessary part of the Civic Center's ability to handle the needs of all those who use the facility.  If you are interested in becoming a Friend of South Jackson, call (931)455-7239.


Executive Board

Kathryn Hopkins, Chairman

Florence R. Hull, Vice Chairman

Karen Orr, Secretary

Greg Gressel, Director

Catherine Murray, Director

Debbie Renner, Director

Mark Schempp, Director

Anne Wonder, Director

Bob Rhodes, Director Emeritus

Jim Conley, Legal Advisor


Operations Board

Coleen Saunders, President

Melissa Shuran, Vice President

Juanita Ruff, Treasurer

Terri and Sean Fuller, Co-Secretaries

George Stocky, Building

Mick Shuran, Education Outreach

Janie Pack, Hospitality

Sally Rhodes, Membership

Peggy Burton, Performing Arts

Erica and Erik Petersen, PACT (Performing Arts for Children and Teens)

Blossom Merryman, Mitchell Museum

Mary Ann Allen, Friends of Mitchell Museum