NASHVILLE — A new West Tennessee TBI Crime Lab and Regional Headquarters is getting a strong show of support by receiving unanimous approval from the State Building Commission on Thursday.
Senator Ed Jackson (R-Jackson), who joined Madison County Sheriff John Mehr in championing the construction of the $24.5 million facility, is very pleased by the vote to approve the project.
“The new crime lab will be an excellent addition to Madison County and will benefit all West Tennesseans,” said Senator Jackson. “The new facility will not only provide modern resources and technology for law enforcement, but it will also bring dozens of new jobs to the 27th District.”
Funding for the new Jackson Crime Lab and Consolidated Regional TBI Headquarters was included in Governor Haslam’s 2016-2017 budget plan.
“I want to thank the Governor for recognizing the need for improved crime-fighting capabilities in West Tennessee, and I was proud to support the budget as a member of the Tennessee General Assembly,” said Senator Jackson. “I look forward to breaking ground on this important facility.”
The facility will have 46,742 square feet. The designer is expected to be selected this fall, with selection of a contractor early next year.
The State Building Commission includes Governor Bill Haslam, Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Comptroller Justin P. Wilson, Treasurer David Lillard, and Commissioner of Finance & Administration Larry Martin.