Knoxville City Council took a major step forward Tuesday night to add a new hospital in West Knoxville.
City Council members approved the plan 8-3 to rezone 100 acres off Middlebrooke Pike for a new Tennova hospital. The Metropolitan Planning Commission will still have to review the proposal to make sure a hospital is good use for the land.
The state will also have to grant Tennova a Certificate of Need before they can open a new hospital.
Opponents say they were unhappy with the vote and they plan to fight the hospital until the end
"I think 3 of the council members represented their constituents and their neighborhoods. Five of the council members didn't. Big money, power, and influence took precedence over the common good. That's what it says," said Rocky Swingle.
Opponents say they got 700 people to sign a petition saying they didn't want the hospital in their neighborhood. They said they were disappointed the city council did not listen.