A screenshot of the Marion County website as seen on May 13, 2021.

KNOXVILLE — During their Tuesday morning meeting, the Marion County Board of Supervisors approved a contract with Veit and Company, Inc. for the demolition of the Veterans Affairs campus.

The conversation of working on the campus has gone on for three years, according to Board Supervisor Chair Mark Raymie. The board discussed the contract at great length during their last meeting.

“I’m very excited about the bid that was received,” Raymie said. “Now with the approval and authorization of issuing and financing, we can finally approve the contract for demolition. It’s a big day.”

Board Supervisor Steve McCombs also shared his excitement for the project.

“I’d just like to personally thank everyone that was involved in this process,” McCombs said. “I'm excited to see what it’s in store for Marion County now. I’m looking forward to getting this thing started.”

Around the end of the meeting, Board Supervisor Kisha Jahner announced the Marion County Board of Supervisors will have a new website. The new county website will be up on Monday, May 17.

The new website was designed to be more user-friendly, along with containing drone footage. Jahner said she was very impressed with the turn-around time of completing the project.

“It’s very exciting, I hope you guys will visit it,” Jahner said. “We’ve started talking about this just a couple months ago, and we were able to get it going. It’s much needed.”

Additionally, the board also approved a request from the Henry Knox Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution to place a marker. The women from the chapter wanted to place them to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the American Revolution.

The next meeting will be on May 25, beginning at 9 a.m.

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