Knox Co. forensic center to be included in 2015 budget proposal

Knox County forensic center to be included in 2015 state budget proposal

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Gov. Bill Haslam is including $4.25 million for a new Knox County Regional Forensic Center in the state's Fiscal Year 2015 budget proposal.

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett says he learned of the development Tuesday morning. He and Commission Chairman Brad Anders met with Gov. Haslam last year to request state funding for the forensic center.

"I appreciate Governor Haslam's support of this important regional facility. When it's finished, this center will serve several East Tennessee counties by providing access to forensic pathology resources and Knox County Medical Examiner Dr. Darinka Mileusnic's expertise. I look forward to having the new center up and running by the end of this year," Mayor Burchett said in a prepared release.

Dr. Mileusnic is one of a small group of just over 400 forensic pathologists in the United States.

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