Posted on November 22, 2004
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Bill Frist (R-TN) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) today announced that the Fiscal Year (FY) 2005 Omnibus Conference Report, which the Senate passed late Saturday, includes nearly $13 million for Tennessee health and education projects. The conference report will now go to the President for his signature. "The projects included in this bill support valuable research, enhance our children's educational opportunities, and drive economic growth throughout the state," said Frist. "In addition, these projects will promote job creation and give Tennesseans the resources they need to live, work and raise a family." "This bill invests in vital health care and cultural programs across the state as well as K-12 and Higher Education institutions," said Alexander. "From funding for the Museum of Appalachia and East Tennessee Historical Society, to the Schools of Nursing at Tennessee Tech and MTSU, to the Benjamin Hooks Institute at the University of Memphis, I am proud that Congress voted to support Tennessee priorities." The Labors/HHS/Education Appropriations Bill was passed as part of the FY 2005 Omnibus Conference Report. The Tennessee funding in the bill includes: WEST TENNESSEE $2.5 million for the Memphis Biotech Foundation to establish a new biotechnology center in Memphis. $500,000 for the Memphis Zoo to expand educational programs for Memphis area school children and to develop international programs in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. $750,000 for the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to support the Delta Health Partnership. The program is a multi-state consortium to provide community-based educational programs for primary health care providers within the lower Mississippi Delta Region. $250,000 for the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis to expand research, curriculum development, and public outreach programs that emphasize the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement. $1 million for the Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center to construct an additional cardiovascular heart catheterization lab and to purchase state of the art equipment for the Cardiovascular Care Center. $500,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to establish a research facility the will focus on treating brain tumors in children. $500,000 for the Following the Leaders education project to help underachieving students throughout Tennessee improve their skills. $250,000 for the Rhodes College Learning Corridor project to expand a math and science program in a partnership between the University and the Shelby County public school system. $250,000 for the LEAP program to promote literacy among at-risk students in under-performing schools. $150,000 to support the KIPP Foundation to support expanding education programs statewide. $250,000 for the City of Jackson-Madison County Public Library to support technology upgrades. $100,000 for Bethel College to improve science facilities and to purchase equipment. MIDDLE TENNESSEE $750,000 for Middle Tennessee State University School of Nursing to support nurse training and education facilities. $500,000 for Saint Thomas Health Services for construction, renovation and equipment. $250,000 to support the Nurses for Newborns program at the Vanderbilt Children=s Hospital. $500,000 to expand Tennessee Technological University School of Nursing to address the region's nursing shortage. $50,000 for the Putnam County Library to improve exhibits and purchase technology upgrades. $750,000 for Belmont University Health Sciences Building for construction, renovation, and equipment. $500,000 for Meharry Medical College for construction, renovation, and equipment. EAST TENNESSEE $250,000 for the University of Tennessee Medical Center High Risk Newborn Services Expansion Project. $500,000 for the East Tennessee Historical Society to expand and develop exhibits that teach the culture and history of East Tennessee. $500,000 for the Museum of Appalachia to preserve and restore the collection of Appalachian pioneer artifacts. $600,000 for the Children's Hospital at Johnson City Medical Center for construction, renovation, and equipment. $500,000 for the Hancock County Municipal Government Critical Access Hospital for construction, renovation, and equipment. $150,000 for the Maryville College Center for Effective Communities.