New forensic center to serve 22 counties

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- U.T. Medical Center and Knox County agreed to end their forensic center partnership last year. That leaves several counties wondering where the money's going to come from for a new center.

Now they have their answer, courtesy of Governor Bill Haslam.

Part of his 2015 budget includes more than 4-million dollars for Knox County to build a new facility. That will go a long way serving 22 counties and 3-thousand forensic cases they look at each year, and saving the taxpayer's money.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says, "Overall -- we were able to save the taxpayer around 6 million dollars through the government's investment. It's going to be more than enough for us and the 20 plus surrounding counties."

Rennovations on the existing building the county will convert begins this week, so it should be completed well before the county's contract with U.T runs out at the end of the year.

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