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Church Lends Inn To University

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JACKSON, Tenn. - Union University students will soon make their way back to class, two weeks after a tornado severely damaged the school.

Two residence halls were demolished, displacing hundreds of students.

About 360 students will move into nearby Old English Inn.

A tornado destroyed their dorms on Feb. 5 when storms ripped across the state, killing 32 people.

Englewood Baptist Church in Jackson owns the inn. Church members agreed to convert the property for students at the Southern Baptist university.

"This is a great opportunity. I definitely see God working in a tremendous way," said one student.

Classes resume Wednesday.

"The fact that we're able to resume classes two weeks after this tornado, I think, is a testament to the work and the dedication of the faculty, staff, students and the community in Jackson," said Tim Ellsworth, university spokesman.

About 360 students will live on campus in housing not damaged by the storm and more than 300 other students will live in off-campus housing.

Only about a half a dozen classrooms were damaged when the tornadoes hit. The university found space for those classrooms on campus.

The university has the inn rent-free until December.

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