Work begins to clear way for Knox County forensics center

Work begins to clear way for Knox County forensics center

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KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Work began Monday morning to transform a former Knox County surgical center into a new forensic pathology office.

Crews began demolishing the old surgical center building on Sullins Street near Downtown Knoxville at 8 a.m.

Knox County is expected to receive $4.25 million dollars for the new center in a state budget proposed by Gov. Bill Haslam.

Knox County officials say the project is expected to cost $5.25 million overall. The county kicked in $1 million for the property purchase.

Demolition is expected to last about three to four weeks. Officials hope to solicit bids for construction soon and begin build-out in April.

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