Regional News Roundup: Southeast Tennessee projects get funding

Regional News Roundup: Southeast Tennessee projects get funding

March 21st, 2018 by Staff and Wire Reports in Local Regional News

The Rhea County Courthouse is seen on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2016, in Dayton, Tenn. Tennessee Rep. Ron Travis is hoping to secure $200,000 in funds from the state for a new roof for the aging historic landmark which was the site of the 1925 Scopes trial.

Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.

Southeast Tennessee projects get funding

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam's proposed changes to his recommended $37.5 billion budget includes $3.5 million for two Southeast Tennessee projects.

The governor is asking for a one-time capital expenditure for the estimated $70 million Cleveland Veterans Home project.

Haslam is also asking for another $500,000 for restoration work on the historic Rhea County Courthouse project.

Other recommendations include an additional $10 million for the Aeronautics Development Fund, which provides money for local airports. That would bring the total proposed funding for airports to $20 million.

The funding comes after the state slashed aviation fuel taxes, which helped pay for projects, because of concerns Memphis-based FedEx would begin moving some of its operations to more tax-friendly states.


Man dies at Mohawk Industries

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — A man has died after an incident at Mohawk Industries in Chatsworth, Ga., Tuesday, officials said.

Emergency personnel found Roy Glenn Bass, 59, had been struck by a large roller. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to a news release from the Chatsworth Police Department.

The cause of the incident remains unknown, a spokeswoman for Mohawk Industries said.

"The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) was notified of the incident, and the company will cooperate fully during the agency's investigation," a company statement said.

The Murray County Coroner's investigation is still open, pending autopsy results.

Bass had worked for Mohawk Industries for six years.


Aquarium creating shark habitat

ATLANTA — The Georgia Aquarium announced it's adding a new shark exhibit featuring a viewing gallery to give visitors a close-up view of the animals. It's set to open in 2020, and the aquarium said it wants to showcase the role sharks serve in oceans.

The aquarium made the announcement Tuesday. Plans call for the saltwater exhibit to feature floor-to-ceiling windows, and the aquarium said potential species being considered include hammerheads, sand tiger sharks and sandbar sharks.

The aquarium also announced it will extend its main entrance out into a plaza area as part of its overall expansion plans.

Construction is set to begin in April.


Birmingham's stadium tax passes House

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — A bill to raise car rental taxes to build a new stadium in Birmingham passed a final vote and will move to the governor's office to be signed into law.

The bill passed 14-3 Tuesday after two hours of debate. The tax revenue will be used to build a $175 million football stadium for the University of Alabama- Birmingham.