Local Legislators Support U of M Takeover of Lambuth; Board to Meet this Morning

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JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) – Three Tennessee legislators hope beleaguered private Lambuth University in Jackson can become a campus of the University of Memphis. Jackson area state Reps. Jimmy Eldridge and Johnny Shaw and state Sen. Lowe Finney sent a letter to Lambuth officials on Monday, stating they were united in supporting a plan to have U of M absorb the private Jackson school. Finney and Shaw are Democrats and Eldridge is a Republican. University President Bill Seymour told The Commercial Appeal of Memphis that no decision has been made on anything yet but the board was meeting Thursday. Lambuth is 168 years old and is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. Budget problems have led to late payrolls at the school and its accreditation was rescinded in December, endangering student loans.

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