CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Fifty people, many of them veterans, engaged in a sometimes heated discussion with state officials this week over concerns about a donated 28-acre South Cleveland site earmarked for the proposed Cleveland/Bradley State Veterans Home.

One result of the meeting of the Southeast Tennessee Veterans Home Council, which included representatives from the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs and State of Tennessee Real Estate and Asset Management, is that all parties said they are committed to working more closely to make the veterans home a reality.

"I think this moves our relationship more from one that is contentious to one that is collaborative," said Peter Heimbach, executive director of building commission relations for the real estate and asset management organization.

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