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Hopes dim for a veterans hospital in Roane County

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By Damon Lawrence

Roane County’s hope for a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital looks bleak at this point.
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander received a letter last month from John Dandridge Jr., director of the VA MidSouth Healthcare Network, explaining why the VA didn’t think Harriman’s Roane Medical Center was a suitable site.
“At this time, given what we currently know and project, there is not a feasible justification for construction or for operating a VA hospital in Harriman, Tenn.,” Dandridge said in the letter.


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