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Knox County looking into $5 million office

Published On: Oct 16 2013 07:49:28 AM CDT
Updated On: Oct 16 2013 04:56:26 PM CDT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -

Knox County could spend up to $5 million purchasing and renovating a building to replace the Knox County Medical Examiner's Office.

Mayor Tom Burchett told the Knoxville News Sentinel that state funding would help the county renovate the 1,800-square foot facility, which would be purchased for $1 million with $3 million to $4 million in renovations expected.

The future location of the state-required office has been in question since county officials learned recently they must find a new location and move out of the University of Tennessee Medical Center before December 2014.

The medical examiner's regional office handles a 22-county area. In September, Burchett and Knox County Finance Director Chris Caldwell met with Gov. Bill Haslam in Nashville to ask for up to $10 million for a regional office.