Press release from the Tennessee House Republican Caucus; May 1, 2012:
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—With the passage of the Fiscal Year 2012-13 budget for the State of Tennessee, lawmakers from Anderson and Roane Counties are touting their successful effort to secure vital funding for Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus.
Representative John Ragan (R-Oak Ridge) said that the budget includes $1 million to finish the 3rd floor of the science technology building of the Oak Ridge campus of Roane State Community College and $500,000 for a University of Tennessee at Knoxville Forensic Science Center in Oak Ridge. Ragan said the projects were a top budget priority for the local delegation to give students access to high quality science programs in Oak Ridge.
“These funds will be used to complete a much-anticipated building, opening up new academic opportunities for more students,” said Ragan. “More and more people are recognizing the value of an education from Roane State. We are also pleased to get the Forensic Science Center which is considered among the best in the nation in that field.”
Senator Randy McNally (R—Oak Ridge) stated, “The project is very important in completing the new Allied Health and Technologies Building at our Oak Ridge campus. It will assist us in meeting the demand for health science programs which are critical to many students at this campus.”
Senator Ken Yager (R—Harriman) remarked, “The additional funding will allow the health science programs to grow and enable the college to continue to provide quality educational opportunities to students. I am pleased that we were able to amend the budget to include these much needed funds.”
Representative Julia Hurley (R—Lenoir City) concluded, “Roane State continues to prove it is a high quality institution that is committed to improving its facilities and offering top-notch educational opportunities to all individuals. I am proud to see this important funding included in the budget.”