Nashville, Tennessee – (May 7, 2015) – Secretary of State Tre Hargett along with Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) presented Tennessee State Library and Archives (TSLA) grants in Morgan and Fentress Counties on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.
“These investments promote reading and education, which will pay Tennesseans back for generations,” said Secretary of State Tre Hargett.
The Fentress County Public Library received $100,000 to add an additional 2,250 square feet of space to create a new children’s area as well as new staff workspace. The expansion means the current space will offer librarians more shelf space to expand book and audio visual collections as well as add two new computer workstations.
The Morgan County Archives also received $3,000 to purchase archival storage supplies.
“Many area citizens utilize the archives to research their heritage and to look at the historical identity of our communities,” said Sen. Yager. “I congratulate our local officials for their work on helping to secure these funds and Secretary Hargett for his help in this matter. I am very pleased that this grant has been awarded.”
“I am so thankful TSLA chose Fentress County to receive such an important grant that I know will be used to better the lives of every person who uses the library,” said Rep. Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown).
TSLA is awarding the $100,000 grant to the Fentress County Public Library to fund a portion of the estimated $355,800 project. The balance will come from Fentress County as well as a substantial donation from the estate of the late Wilma Pinckley.
“This money could have gone to any Tennessee county, which is why I truly appreciate Secretary Hargett ensuring that the people of Fentress County have a library that fosters learning and offers increased access to precious public resources,” said Rep. John Mark Windle (D-Livingston).