Art Bohanan got some good news on Tuesday night. The Jefferson County Board of Zoning Appeals will allow Bohanan to proceed with his plans to donate a portion of his property to Carson-Newman University for forensic research. The small-scale body farm will study the effect of decomposition on the environment.
Bohanan has emphasized that he lives closest to the planned facility and that he would never jeopardize his own family. One of the goals of the new body farm is to develop methods and equipment that would protect first responders and forensic investigators while still allowing them to do their jobs. Bohanan and several others became ill after searching through the toxic rubble at the World Trade Center site.