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This item originally appeared in the November 11, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.

By Brittany Wall

Staff Writer

After 17 years of service and dedication to the students and faculty at Tech, Tommy Jenkins, a Tech electrician, has decided to retire.

Jenkins, who will retire Nov. 16, has been in charge of lighting and sound for events such as the Miss Tech Pageant, basketball games, football games, concerts and the Nurses Organizations.

"I do sound for all the events," Jenkins said. "I'm there to make sure everything is running and working."

Jenkins has also received many awards for his service such as a plaque from the Tech Band and the Nursing Organization, an award from the School of Performing Arts, and he was made an honorary orientation student leader.

But Jenkins, who will be turning 60 Monday, said he feels like it is time for him to stop working and let some other people get a chance to be in his position.

"I just felt like it was time for me to retire," Jenkins said. "I'm getting older and I want to enjoy some of it before I get too old. I also want to let some of the younger guys get a chance to move up in the ranks."

Jenkins said he wants to retire to focus on his new business venture which is named Homequest L.L.C.

"I will be going into my own real estate business when I leave here," Jenkins said. "I work with two other partners, and we buy property and fix it up. We've been doing it for about a year and we've been successful."

Yet, many of the faculty members say they will certainly miss having Jenkins around.

"I'm going to really miss him," Doug Emory, an assistant electrician to Jenkins, said. "He is a big part of the Tech family and I just wish him the best of luck in retirement."

Students who have worked around Jenkins, who they affectionately call Mr. Tommy, are also saddened by his upcoming retirement.

"We are very sad that he is retiring," Mandy Anderson, a sophomore speech pathology major and a student worker in the athletic department, said.

"He does all the audio for all our events. He is always smiling, and he can cheer you up when you're sad. He comes in the office even when he's not working, and he is always real friendly."

Jenkins said he is sad, but excited about retiring and working more with his business.

"I'll miss a lot of people around campus and some of the work and people I meet through my job," Jenkins said.

"But I just feel like it's time to let someone else take it over. It may be hard to do, but I still feel like I have a lot of challenges ahead of me. I'm starting a new era in my life."

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