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Sevier County has opened the county's first four year college degree school with East Tennessee State University.
Sevierville and Sevier County joined together to find a location and recruit new higher education options for students graduating high school. The end result means many could actually get a free four-year education.
"We think there's going to be a lot of opportunity for people to get their degree, that wouldn't be able to except for coming here and going through with a scholarship program," said County Mayor Larry Waters.
A scholarship program that was developed and when the criteria is met, will mean free college.
Spencer McCroskey is one of the first who won a scholarship.
"Planned on going to UT and then when I heard this was jump started, I jumped on this very quickly and I'm very thankful for ETSU and Sevier County also," said McCroskey. "It's going to save me a lot of money, so I'm thankful for that. I can keep my job, still work and go to school."
ETSU plans to offer 12 degree programs that build on programs already offered by Walters State University in Sevierville. Also, Tennessee College of Applied Technology will develop additional training that current and future businesses need for skilled workers.