published Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

$1.4 million grants help Southeast Tennessee counties with water projects

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NASHVILLE -- Towns, cities and counties in Southeast Tennessee are getting nearly $1.4 million in federal community development block grants to help with sewers, water and other projects, Gov. Bill Haslam announced Tuesday.

The list includes $340,000 for sewer line work in Soddy-Daisy, while Spring City in Rhea County is slated for $400,000 to help with sewer system work and New Hope in Marion County will see $200,000 for assistance with fire protection.

All told, Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty approved more than $23 million to help with infrastructure improvements across East Tennessee.

"As we work to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, the proper infrastructure must support existing and future businesses," Haslam said in a news release. "I am pleased the state of Tennessee is able to partner with our local communities to make these projects a reality."

Three towns in Polk County are getting a total of $825,000: $500,000 to assist Benton with a water system; $225,000 for Copper Hill for a sewer system and $100,000 to help Ducktown with a new fire station.

Meigs County is getting $400,000 to help with sewer system work.

The federally funded CDBG program is administered in Tennessee by the Department of Economic and Community Development. Project funding is based on local needs.

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