Harriman open meeting set to discuss donating hospital to VA

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The City of Harriman is inviting veterans and everyone else to a strategic planning meeting to discuss donating a 4-story, 75-bed hospital to the Veterans Administration.

Representatives for the city , which owns the property outright, said the hospital is still in excellent condition and the facility is ready for immediate development. They added that Harriman no longer needs the facility though because a new hospital was built on the east side of town.

The new veterans hospital in Roane County would be centrally located between the ones in Nashville and the Tri-Cities and would cover a ten-county area. The new location would mean less driving for area vets, some of whom the city said have to travel around 275 miles round-trip to access a hospital.

The city estimates the new veterans hospital would create around 250 jobs directly as well as provide an ancillary boost to local businesses.

The City is offering to lease the land to the VA for $1.00 for one year, after which the VA will own the land.

The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 7, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at the American Legion, Post 53 on Morgan Ave. in Harriman.


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