The City of Knoxville will pay $1.4 million for 68 acres off East John Sevier Highway in Knox County and trade it with the State of Tennessee for state-owned land in Northshore Park.
The Knoxville City Council unanimously approved both the land purchase and land swap Tuesday night.
The state is now waiting for the title and deed for the 68 acres of land before designing the new East Tennessee Veterans Cemetery on the site.
Three veterans asked council members to either postpone the vote or vote no to the property purchase due to concerns over a rock quarry located near the proposed cemetery site.
"If you've never been out there, it is a beautiful piece of property but not for a veterans cemetery. It's in an industrial park," Dick Morgan said.
"I'm here today to not ask that this project be disapproved, but to ask the city council to slow the process down. In 30 days there are potentially things we [veterans] can do to satisfy the concerns of the veterans in our community," said Ken Irvine.
"Some of us will go to that company and say, 'give us one blast'. Let us feel. Let us see," Harold Woods added.
Another veteran supported the council's decision.
"We ask the city to go ahead with this while it's fresh on the boards," Charlie Stanley added.
The commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs attended the city council meeting. His office believes rock quarry blasts will not effect the cemetery.
The state's finance director said the State of Tennessee has completely approved the land swap.