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UT Mural Campaign Gains a Canvas in Oak Ridge

KNOXVILLE – For 14 years, passers-by on Oak Ridge Turnpike were likely unaware that the unassuming beige-gray building on Oak Ridge Turnpike has been home to one of the premier law enforcement training academies in the country. However, the former A&P grocery store is soon to have more of a presence on the block.

The facility that houses the Law Enforcement Innovation Center, an agency of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service will soon be a canvas for the 24th Everywhere you Look, UT mural. Painting on the mural is expected to start on Dec. 20. The mural campaign, an initiative of the UT System, launched in 2018, and the goal is to have one painted in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties by 2030. The campaign demonstrates UT’s impact across the Volunteer State.

“We’re excited and we welcome the opportunity to be a part of this mural campaign,” LEIC Executive Director Rick Scarbrough said. “The Law Enforcement Innovation Center instructs officers from around the country and some from other countries. We have an impact on law enforcement training and with this mural, we’ll be able to increase our exposure. We’re grateful to be a part of the University of Tennessee and want to demonstrate that by increasing visibility.”

This building was donated to the university by the late Guilford Glazer, who was known as a developer in East Tennessee before heading west and settling in Beverly Hills, California. The Knoxville native studied engineering at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. before joining the Navy in World War II. After the war, he returned home and opened his late father’s welding business before expanding into building and real estate development. After building Knoxville’s first high-rise apartment building, Shelbourne Towers, he was recruited by the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission to build the Oak Ridge Shopping Center and other facilities, including the A&P grocery store.

“Before the generosity of Guilford and Diane Glazer our Law Enforcement Innovation Center was sharing space with the Knoxville Police Department,” IPS Vice President Herb Byrd III said. “We’ve been able to develop a first-class training center in Oak Ridge and when the mural is painted more people will be aware of our presence there.”

 To learn more about the campaign and its locations, or to nominate a canvas, visit https://everywhere.tennessee.edu/murals/.

The University of Tennessee is a statewide system of higher education with campuses in Knoxville, Chattanooga, Pulaski, Martin and Memphis; the UT Space Institute in Tullahoma; the UT Institute of Agriculture with a presence in every Tennessee county; and the statewide Institute for Public Service. The UT system manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory through its UT-Battelle partnership; enrolls about 50,000 students statewide; produces about 11,000 new graduates every year; and represents more than 400,000 alumni around the world.

Melissa Tindell, 865-974-0741, mtindell@tennessee.edu, P267 Andy Holt Tower, 1331 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN 37996

Jennifer Sicking, 865-974-5179, jsicking@tennessee.edu, P265 Andy Holt Tower, 1331 Circle Park, Knoxville, TN 37996