(NASHVILLE) –Senate State and Local Government Committee Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Senate Transportation and Safety Committee Chairman Paul Bailey (R-Sparta) today announced the inclusion of $600,000 in Governor Bill Haslam’s supplemental budget amendment to purchase property for the Upper Cumberland Veterans Cemetery. The amendment was recommended by the two lawmakers when Department of Veterans Affairs Many-Bears Grinder presented the department’s budget to the State and Local Government Committee for approval earlier this month.
“We are delighted that the amendment proposed by Chairman Yager and myself to provide funds for a veterans cemetery in the Upper Cumberland area was added to Governor Haslam’s supplemental budget appropriation,” said Sen. Bailey. “This is a tremendous boost in getting this project off the ground to ensure our veterans have a proper resting place.”
“This is a very important issue that needed to be addressed,” added Chairman Yager. “The courageous men and women of the Upper Cumberland who have served our country so well deserve to have a dignified final resting place. I am very pleased that Governor Haslam approved this amendment and placed it in his supplemental budget proposal.”
Veterans in the Upper Cumberland area of Tennessee have been working for several years to fund a veterans cemetery for this region. If the state commits $600,000 towards the purchase of a veterans cemetery in the Upper Cumberland, local communities will be responsible for the remaining costs of the $1 million project. Currently, Tennessee has four state veterans cemeteries – one in Nashville, one in Memphis, two in Knoxville, and one in Parkers Crossroads, the state’s first rural veterans cemetery.
The supplemental proposal will be voted on during the coming weeks as the budget is considered for passage by the Finance, Ways and Means Committees of the Senate and House of Representatives, and then the full General Assembly for a final vote.