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Clarksville makes case for new veterans' home

By The Associated Press

This article was published December 9, 2013 at 8:43 a.m.

CLARKSVILLE — Clarksville leaders have approved the potential purchase of 20 acres of land in hopes of luring the new state veterans' home to the area.

The Southwest Times Record reported Monday that Clarksville is one of 20 locations under consideration for the home, which is expected to create 100 to 125 jobs with an annual payroll of about $3 million.

The state is searching for a new location for a veterans home after the previous facility in Little Rock closed because of health and building inspection violations. This year, the Legislature approved $7.5 million for a new facility and the federal government is providing a $14 million match.

"We submitted our application to be considered a month ago and are far enough in the process to know that we might be able to get it," Clarksville Mayor Billy Helms said. "The location is 20 acres and is a quarter of a mile from the hospital. It would be the perfect spot for the home."

The Clarksville City Council recently approved a potential $160,000 purchase for the privately owned land on East Poplar Street.

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