published Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Rhea County Fire Department seeking grants for gear

DAYTON, Tenn. — The Rhea County Fire Department is asking the County Commission for permission to apply for grants totaling almost $790,000 for a truck and equipment for firefighters.

Fire Chief Jackie Reavley presented the requests to the commission this week during a workshop. He said that, if both applications are successful, the county would be responsible for a 5 percent match, or $29,400.

With the money, Reavley said all county volunteer firefighters will have the most up-to-date equipment and will meet all safety requirements. The department also would secure a new tanker truck, he said

In other matters, commissioners were asked to consider supporting a Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament in May 2013. Dayton Councilman Gary Louallen, who recently has spearheaded efforts to secure a number of fishing tournaments, called the Bassmaster series "the biggest and best" of fishing tournaments.

Louallen asked the county to provide half the $60,000 cost of the tournament and said he would ask Dayton City Council to foot the other half. He said the event was estimated to generate more than $1 million in the local economy.

Commissioners agreed to consider the request at their meeting Tuesday.

about Tom Davis...

Tom is the director of public information at Bryan College and has been in the Dayton community for 30 years.

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