(SMYRNA, TN) If you thought the idea of having a forensic center in Rutherford County was "dead", you "were wrong". On Wednesday (11/29/2023) morning's WGNS Action Line radio broadcast, County Mayor Joe Carr announced . . .
Carr noted that many county commissioners favor the idea, but he stressed that once the plans are in place--the entire concept must get the "green light" from this governing body.
In addition to signing a $900,000 contract with Kline Swinney Associates, the Nashville architect that will make the initial designs, a site for the facility to be constructed in Smyrna has been designated . . .
When there were earlier discussions of locating a forensic center in Rutherford County, the team of Middle Tennessee State University and Meharry Medical College appeared to be very interested in the project for teaching opportunities. WGNS News questioned Mayor Carr as to whether or not there was still interest . . .
The Rutherford County Commission has only funded preliminary architectural design plans, but the county owns suitable land in Smyrna where part of the former Sewart Air Force Base was once located--in the event the plans are approved, when do you think we will see something . . .
There are only five forensic centers in Tennessee, and the one in Nashville serves 53 counties.
If all goes as planned, Rutherford County's Forensic Center could be a reality in two-years.
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