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Market Street in downtown Dayton, TN.

The city of Dayton is getting a nearly half-million dollar Community Development Block grant for improving its sewer system, state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston and Rep. Ron Travis, R-Dayton, announced today.

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 The $449,596 federal grant is allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly. State Economic and Community Development officials, who administer the grant program, award grants based on priorities set at the local level where community needs are best known, according to the lawmakers.

 "These funds will assist in vital sewer and water projects which improve the public health and quality of life for the citizens," Yager said in a news release. "This kind of infrastructure is very important to the well-being of our citizens and to the overall economic development of our county. Infrastructure is a key component of job creation."

 Travis said "quality and sound infrastructure is essential to our community as we work to create an environment in our area that is attractive for new businesses to locate here.

"These grants serve a vital role in the economic development of rural areas across Tennessee and I am grateful for the state's commitment to seeing Rhea County succeed."

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