The View 38002 August 2016

**************ECRWSS**** PRSRT STD ECRWSS U.S. POSTAGE PAID EDDM RETAIL LOCAL POSTAL CUSTOMER inform. educate. connect. Arlington & Lakeland’s Community Newspaper theview .com August 2016 It’s Official: Site of Future West Tennessee State Veterans Home Announced Ceremony Marks Transfer of Deed for Former Arlington Developmental Center Site Special to THE VIEW 38002 On June 29, Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder, Department of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Debra Payne and Department of General Services Deputy Commissioner John Hull in partnership with Tennessee State Veterans Home Executive Director Ed Harries formally announced the site of the future West Tennessee State Veterans Home at 11293 Memphis Arlington Road in Arlington. Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and Representative Ron Lollar (RBartlett) support the milestone announcement made in their district. “More than 214,000 Tennessee Veterans are over the age of 65 years old, which is 42 percent of our state’s Veteran population,” Grinder said. “We are fortunate to have four existing Tennessee State Veterans Homes, but we know more of these Tennessee Department of Veterans Services Commissioner ManyBears Grinder spoke about the need for a state Veterans Home in the Memphis area. According to the West Tennessee Veterans Home, Inc., over 70,000 veterans live in Shelby, Tipton, and Fayette Counties. Photo by Jim Larkin. high-quality resources are needed to serve our aging Veteran population. Shelby County has the largest Veteran population in the state which exceeds 56,000 Veterans.” On Monday, June 27, Governor Bill Haslam signed the Transfer of Jurisdiction for 28.65 acres from the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities to the Department of Veterans Services for the purpose of Standing before the future site of the West Tennessee Veterans Home are (left to right) establishing the Arlington Mayor Mike Wissman, Commissioner West Tennessee Many-Bears Grinder, TN Dept. of Veterans State Veterans Services, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris, Home. The Commissioner Debra Payne, TN Dept of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, transfer included Executive Director Ed Harries, TN State Veterans an Homes and Deputy Commissioner John M. Hull TN interdepartmental Dept. of General Services. Photo by Jim Larkin. payment of $380,000 for the parcel previously used for a portion of the former Arlington Developmental Center. “This transfer is a win-win both for Tennessee’s veterans and people with disabilities,” Payne said. “The proceeds from this transfer will go into a trust fund that will benefit West Tennesseans with intellectual disabilities, further supporting them to pursue fulfilling and rewarding lives.” The future facility is planned to include 144 beds and is expected to cost $70,000,000. Construction of the project is contingent on the availability of federal funding from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) State Home Construction Grants Program. Federal funding is required to pay for 65 percent of construction costs with the remaining 35 percent coming from combined state and local funds. “The State of Tennessee is committed to establish a State Veterans Home in West Tennessee,” Norris said. “Local support Continued on page 5 Inside this edition... Happenings, p.2 New Retail Development in Arlington, p. 4 Season’s Square Phase 1, architectural rendering School News, starts on p. 6 View from 38002, p. 12