Westland site named for veterans nursing home in Bradley

CLEVELAND, Tenn. - A 27-acre tract on Westland Drive in south Cleveland has been selected as the site of a future Southeast Tennessee veterans nursing home.

Members of the Tennessee State Veterans Home Board voted today after inspecting three potential sites on Wednesday. The board, a part of the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs, oversees veterans homes in Tennessee.

"You know, as I do, that this is a 'win' site," said Joe Davis, Bradley County veterans service officer and a member of the state board.

Bob Tuke, chairman of the veterans home board, cautioned that the selection of a site doesn't mean that construction is imminent. He said no work can take place until the 65 percent federal funding share of the estimated $21 million cost is in place.

The property, which was donated by local families, is appraised at about $1 million, officials said today.

But Mr. Tuke said the selection means the VA's Real Property Administration can begin doing inspections, reviewing the title and looking at environmental issues.

See Friday's Times Free Press for complete coverage.