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Lack of funding delays Boys & Girls Club opening

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COVINGTON, TN -

(WMC-TV) - Boys & Girls Club of the Hatchie River Region was set to open its doors in Covington in August. Instead, that opening was delayed due to a lack of funding.

Club leaders are renovating the old Frazier High School gymnasium, but it is costing more than they anticipated.

People who live nearby are looking forward to having Boys & Girls Club in the neighborhood, and organizers are hoping it can be opened by November. But they need your help.

"I can't wait for it to open. It's brilliant. It's gonna be great for everyone," said Mitchell Greer, who lives in Covington.

It has been years since Mitchell Greer walked the halls of Frazier High School, which is now being turned into a place where young people will be able to go before and after school.

For years, local leaders have worked to raise money to convert the school into a new Boys & Girls Club. After nearly $1 million in renovations, it is almost ready to open.

"We had to do HVAC, insulation, fixtures, doors, paint," said Boys & Girls Club board member Joey Caldwell.

But, the future home for the future of Tipton County still needs additional funds for operating costs.

Board members hope to have at least 100 kids registered when the doors open December 2.

"It'll stop a lot of the violence and stuff in the street. It's a positive place for children to come and come together and get to know each other," said Greer.

On Sunday, a woman was shot while sitting in her Covington home. Greer says violence like that needs to stop.

He believes places like the new Boys & Girls club will help in that anti-violence effort.

"Now days, children don't have anything to do and they're getting in trouble and this will be a place they can come to keep them occupied," Greer said.

The new club will house a wellness center, day care, and will provide tutoring for school-aged kids.

"We know children will find things to do, so if they're left unattended without a place to go, then they do things that may not be in their best interest," agreed Children and Family Services Director Mary Jones.

A Boys & Girls Club fundraiser will be held Thursday, September 19 at Marlo's Down Under Restaurant in Covington from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information about how you can help donate to the Boy's and Girls Club here in Covington, click here: http://bgchrr.org/

To follow the group on Facebook, click here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boys-Girls-Club-of-the-Hatchie-River-Region-Covington/474072719294071

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