NASHVILLE — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) said today that he is very pleased that funding he proposed for the Henry / Stafford Agricultural Exposition Center at Roane State Community College (RSCC) is in the proposed supplemental budget amendment submitted by Governor Bill Haslam today. The amendment provides $300,000 to complete the center which plays host to a wide variety of livestock and agricultural-related events every year.
“This is great news,” said Sen. Yager, who filed an appropriations amendment in the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee asking for funds to be provided for this purpose. “This will allow us to complete the center which is a tremendous asset to this region.”
Phase I of the 72,000 square foot main arena project was first constructed in 1988. The building houses a 120’ x 240’ heated indoor show ring (complete with indoor holding area, roping chutes, cattle pens and return alley), a climate-controlled show office and conference room, concession stand, restrooms, and a large mezzanine area. The proposed funds, which will complete the project, will be used for stadium seating and a covering for outdoor pens.
“Our farm communities are a vital part of this region of Tennessee,” Yager added. “I appreciate Governor Haslam for including these funds in his supplemental appropriation and am thrilled this this project will be completed to the benefit of Roane State Community College, its programs and our students.”