(NASHVILLE), March 9, 2018 – Senator Ed Jackson (R-Jackson) applauded action taken by the State Building Commission today to approve two new multi-million dollar projects in Madison County. A New Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab and Regional Headquarters – a $24.5 million dollar project – received approval for the early design phase. In addition, the construction of a new Tennessee Highway Patrol District Headquarters in Jackson – an $8.3 million dollar project – received approval for a utility grant.
Both projects received a strong show of support by not only being funded in the Governor’s 2016-2017 budget, but also receiving unanimous approval by the commission.
“I was pleased with the commission’s vote today on these major projects,” said Senator Jackson. “The new crime lab will benefit all West Tennesseans by providing modern resources and technology for law enforcement, as well as bring dozens of new jobs to the 27th District. The new Tennessee Highway Patrol District Headquarters will provide a much needed improvement to the workspace of our Highway Patrol officers who work hard to keep our roads and citizens safe.”
The TBI Crime Lab is expected to be completed in July 2020. It will be named as the Special Agent De’Greaun ReShun Frazier TBI Crime Lab and Regional Headquarters in memory of TBI Special Agent Frazier who was shot and killed during an undercover drug operation in Jackson, Tennessee.
“Agent Frazier was a hero. The naming of this building will keep that fact ever-present in our minds for generations to come.”
The Tennessee Highway Patrol District Headquarters is expected to be completed in October 2019.
The State Building Commission includes Governor Bill Haslam, Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Comptroller Justin P. Wilson, Treasurer David Lillard, and Commissioner of Finance & Administration Larry Martin.