3251 Poplar Ave.,
Memphis, TN 38111-3613
5983 Macon Cove
Memphis, TN 38134-7693
Union Avenue Campus
737 Union Avenue
Memphis, TN 38103-3322
901/333-STCC * www.southwest.tn.edu
DATE: January 22, 2002
CONTACT: Calvin Burns, 901/333-5338 or Marilyn Duncan, 901/333-4247
Southwest to Present Town Hall Meeting: Heightened Security in the
The recent wave of terrorism in the United States has taken more than
4,000 lives, and had a devastating impact on our economy. In addition,
individuals representing every segment of the community have expressed
their concerns about the need to heighten security in Memphis and the
These serious concerns are based on the following alarming events: the
terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001, private citizens and federal
employees have lost their lives after inhaling anthrax, public officials
are being targeted for anthrax attacks, and there have been numerous copy
cat attempts aimed at repeating September's tragedy.
In response to this community-wide concern, Southwest Tennessee Community
College will present a town hall meeting, "Heightened Security in the
Memphis Area", from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, January 31. This community
outreach initiative is set for the Macon Cove Campus, 5983 Macon Cove in
Farris Auditorium. It is free and open to the public.
Rudy Koski, an investigative reporter with WMC-TV-Action News 5, will
serve as moderator for the forum. The participating agencies for the event
are the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Marshall's Office, Office of
the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, U.S. Postal
Service, Memphis International Airport Security Office, Shelby County
Emergency Management Agency, Memphis Police Department, Shelby County
Sheriff's Department, and the Memphis City Schools.
Panelists for the town hall meeting include Tommy Thompson, chief deputy,
Memphis U.S. Marshall's Office; Phil Thomas, special agent FBI, in charge
of the Memphis Office; Bob Martin, vice president of operations and head
of airport security, Memphis International Airport; Don Wright, chief
deputy, Shelby County Sheriff's Department; and Dan Swindler, security
specialist, U.S. Postal Service.
With 13,000 students, Southwest is the fourth largest institute of higher
learning in the state. Southwest Tennessee Community College is a
comprehensive, multicultural, public, open-access college whose mission is
to anticipate and respond to the educational needs of students, employers,
and communities of Shelby and Fayette counties and the surrounding
For additional information about the town hall meeting, Heightened
Security in the Memphis Area, call the College at 901/333-4238.
Community College is a Tennessee Board of Regents institution.