Building Commission moves forward on Elizabethton Hatchery and ETSU / Johnson City Downtown Clinic

October 9, 2009

Building Commission moves forward on Elizabethton
Hatchery and ETSU / Johnson City Downtown Clinic

(NASHVILLE, TN), October 9, 2009 – State Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) and House Speaker Kent Williams (R-Elizabethton) said today the Tennessee State Building Commission has granted approval of the preplanning phase of the Fish Hatchery Facility in Elizabethton.  The action taken by the Commission on Thursday will keep the project moving forward.  As House Speaker, Williams is a member of the Commission.

 “This project is a very good thing for Carter County,” stated Sen. Crowe.  “I appreciate the excellent work of Speaker Williams, Lt. Governor Ramsey and the other members of the State Building Commission and I look forward to working with them on other projects.”

The General Assembly allocated $800,000 for the project in the state’s 2009-10 budget.

 “I believe that this project will be extremely beneficial to Carter County, as well as the surrounding areas,” said Speaker Williams. “Studies show that we have a need for this project.  I am pleased that this action puts us one step closer to having a hatchery in Carter County.”

The project was recommended in a statewide hatchery evaluation study completed in 2004 and revised in 2009.  The approval is contingent upon final closing of property.

The Commission also moved forward on the selection of a designer to design and supervise the Johnson City Downtown Clinic at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.  The $6.9 million project will be funded through a federal Health Resource Service Administration (HRSA) Grant.  The project includes constructing a clinic on Innovation Park property.

Senator Crowe represents District 3 consisting of Carter and Washington Counties in the State Senate.  Speaker Williams represents House District 4 which consists of Carter County.

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