FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 15, 2001
CONTACT: Paul Ladd, (615) 313-4707
Joe McBee, (615) 741-4921, ext. 222


WORK BEGINS ON NEW REHABILITATION SERVICES FACILITY

Gallatin- Ground was broken today for a new facility for Gallatin Rehabilitation Services. The new 12,000 square foot building, off Dobbins Pike, is being built to expand the center's current array of services.

"We're pleased that this new facility is being built," said Carl Brown, Assistant Commissioner for Vocational Rehabilitation with the Tennessee Department of Human Services. "When it's finished, Gallatin Rehabilitation Services will be able to provide more services to its customers, and also serve more people."

A number of local officials and business leaders attended the ceremony, including state Rep. Mike McDonald, Gallatin Mayor Don Wright, Sumner County Commissioner William Black, Department of Human Services Area Manager Carolyn Rush, and local advisory board members Luther Bratton and Joyce Portela.

Gallatin Rehabilitation Services opened in 1968 as the Tennessee Vocational Training Center. It is one of 18 centers located in rural areas of the state that provides vocational evaluation and job placement services for individuals who live with disabilities. The Gallatin center serves customers in Sumner, Trousdale and Wilson counties.

The new facility is scheduled for completion in October 2001.