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Lawmakers announce progress to reopen office

From Staff Reports

Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) and Representative John Holsclaw (R-Elizabethton) announced on Monday, Jan. 23, that the Departments of General Services and Human Services have been working diligently over the past several months to create a new lease space to help citizens easily access services in Unicoi County.

The lawmakers are receiving regular updates regarding the lease execution, construction of the space and the eventual opening of the office, according to a press release issued by Crowe’s office.

“We are very pleased that we are finally seeing progress to get these offices relocated in Unicoi County,” said Senator Crowe. “This will be a tremendous help to our local citizens who seek access to services through the Department of Human Services.”

The contract for the space leased was approved Monday at a meeting of the State Building Commission at Legislative Plaza in Nashville.

The lawmakers said new space plans have been designed to co-locate the Department of Human Services and the Tennessee Highway Patrol staff in Unicoi County into a renovated office space. Although this process has taken several months, state officials believe that the new office will meet the requirements of these agencies.

“We have been advised that these offices will be completed and ready to serve citizens as soon as possible,” added Rep. Holsclaw. “The state is doing all it can to minimize the timeline. I am hopeful the new office can be up and running soon.”