NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – The supplemental amendment to the state budget presented by Governor Bill Haslam on Monday includes another $500,000 to fully fund laboratories and classrooms at the Campbell County Higher Education Center in Lafollette according to Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Rep. Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro).  The amendment follows the original budget proposal in February which included $600,000, or almost half of the funds needed to complete the project.  The laboratories and 4,000 square feet of classroom space will support classes in General Biology I & II and Anatomy and Physiology I & II.

“This funding will ensure that students will no longer have to drive thirty miles from the Center in Lafollette to either the Huntsville or Oak Ridge off-campus site of Roane State Community College for lab work,” said Sen. Yager.  “Most of these students work full or part-time.  It is difficult enough for them to go to college, much less have to drive an extra hour or two to do their lab work.  I am very pleased that the governor has placed these additional funds in the budget and will work to support this amendment as it goes through the Senate.”

“I just couldn’t be more pleased that we were able to get full funding full funding for this project which is one of my legislative priorities,” added Rep. Powers.  “We expect to see an increase in the number of local students who fulfill the dream of a college education at the Center.  These funds were greatly needed to fulfill the requirements in the sciences here and I am very pleased that the governor saw this need.”

The classrooms will be added to the backside of the existing building under the plan.   The new labs would allow Campbell County students to stay at home to get any one of many degrees requiring Biology or Anatomy & Physiology offered at the Center.  The cost of the project is estimated at $1.1 million.

The supplemental amendment will be discussed in both the Senate and the House of Representatives this week.  A vote is expected within the next two weeks as the legislature is looking toward adjournment in mid-to-late April.