CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) – The Town of Caryville took a step forward last night toward a new fire station. The fire house will be the second for the town, and the new one will be located at Exit 141 of I-75.  Mitch Loomis, Community Development Manager with the East Tennessee Development District (ETDD), attended last night’s meeting to discuss options for Community Development Block Grants.

Three options were presented, housing grant, water or sewer upgrades and community livability grants. Loomis explained the community livability grant was a catch all grant for the town.

The board of mayor and aldermen opened a discussion about a second fire station for Caryville. Loomis said the grant could be used for the proposed new fire station. The maximum grant award amount is $420,000 with the town matching $57,723. Applications for the grant are due by Feb. 26, 2021, and applicants will be approved in September. If the town is awarded a grant, construction could begin by Spring 2022. Mayor Bobby Stooksbury said, “The area is growing. This will make the area more attractive to potential businesses.”

The board approved a resolution to apply for the fire protection improvement program. That is the first step in the grant application process.

The annual Christmas Light Contest will be held again this year in the Town of Caryville. Anyone who wishes to participate must call the municipal building and give their name and address. First prize will receive $300, second prize is $200, and third prize is $100.

Recently elected Mayor Bobby Stooksbury, Aldermen Lloyd Lawson, Eric Jones and Patrick Pebley were sworn in before the meeting began. The four ran unopposed for reelection in last week’s election. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/10/2020-6AM)