Bluefield College dental project suspended

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BLUEFIELD, Va. (AP) — Bluefield College has announced that plans for a dental school have been put on hold because of uncertain funding.

The project was a joint venture of the college and Tazewell County, but county officials recently suspended funding and terminated the agreement. Bluefield College President David Olive says it isn't practical for the college to move forward on its own at this time.

The college hopes to receive a $19.2 million grant from the Virginia Tobacco Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission to resume the project. The commission will meet in September.

The college and the county announced plans in September 2012 to establish a school for dental students primarily from southwest Virginia, southern Virginia and Central Appalachia.

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