Caryville, Jellico, and La Follette will benefit from Community Development Block Grants.

  State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced Wednesday that Senate District 12 will be receiving over $2.2 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). These grants are designed to assist cities and counties with infrastructure needs.

“I am pleased to announce that Senate District 12 will receive these major grants that will help improve infrastructure and increase economic development,” said Senator Yager. “Only 50 percent of applicants in this round were successful, and I congratulate the local officials for their professional and competitive applications.”

The grants include:

·         $279,752 to Caryville for fire service improvements (funds will be used to purchase a new pumper fire engine that is NFPA compliant);

·         $525,000 to Dayton for I&I improvements (funds will be used for the primary connection between the town and municipal waste water treatment plant);

·         $261,856 to Graysville for water pressure improvements (funds will be used to replace an aging water line to address water pressure issues in the water distribution system);

·         $525,000 to Jellico for water system improvements (funds will be used to replace old, deficient municipal water mains, services and related system appurtenances along the 5th Street corridor);

·         $525,000 to La Follette for wastewater treatment plant improvements (funds will be used for upgrades to the influent pumping, process control, and laboratory testing facilities at the wastewater treatment plant);

·         $110,000 to Pickett County for emergency services project (funds will be used to respond to emergencies and for additional fire equipment to better prepare the EMS department for emergency disaster calls).

“These funds will assist with vital services that improve public health and quality of life for citizens. I appreciate Governor Haslam and Commissioner Rolfe for this investment and their support of our local communities,” added Yager. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/12/2018-6AM)

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