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TDOT: Nearly $4.5 M in State Grants Approved for 15 TN Airports

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; March 8, 2013:

NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that state aeronautics grants totaling $4,413,873 have been approved for fifteen Tennessee airports.

Airports receiving grants include:

Athens (McMinn County) – McMinn County Airport

Lebanon (Wilson County) – Lebanon Municipal Airport
Bolivar (Hardeman County) – William L. Whitehurst Field

Morristown (Hamblen County) – Moore-Murrell Field
Clarksville (Montgomery County) – Outlaw Field

Murfreesboro (Rutherford County) – Murfreesboro Municipal Airport
Cleveland (Bradley County) – Cleveland Regional Jetport

Nashville (Davidson County) – Nashville International Airport
Greeneville (Greene County) – Greeneville – Greene County Municipal Airport

Rockwood (Roane County) – Rockwood Municipal Airport
Jacksboro (Campbell County) – Campbell County Airport

Sparta (White County) – Upper Cumberland Regional Airport
Knoxville (Knox County) – McGhee Tyson Airport

Union City (Obion County) – Everett-Stewart Regional Airport
Lafayette (Macon County) – Lafayette Municipal Airport

For more details on each of these grants visit:
http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/news/2013/AeronauticsGrantDetails.pdf

The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.
The Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system.

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state Airport System Plan. The board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.

The TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 142 heliports and 79 public/general aviation airports. The Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.

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TDOT Announces $12.2 Million in Federal, State Grants for 13 TN Airports

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; December 5, 2012:

NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $12.2 million have been approved for 13 Tennessee airports.

Airports receiving grants include:

  • Centerville (Hickman County) – Centerville Municipal Airport
  • Memphis (Shelby County) – DeWitt Spain General Aviation Airport
  • Chattanooga (Hamilton County) – Lovell Field
  • Savannah (Hardin County) – Savannah-Hardin County Airport
  • Cleveland (Bradley County) – Cleveland Municipal Airport
  • Smithville (DeKalb County) – Smithville Municipal Airport
  • Columbia (Maury County) – Maury County Regional Airport
  • Shelbyville (Bedford County) – Shelbyville Municipal Airport
  • Covington (Tipton County) – Covington Municipal Airport
  • Tri-Cities (Sullivan County) – Tri-Cities Regional Airport
  • Jackson (Madison County) – McKellar Sipes Regional Airport
  • Tullahoma (Coffee County) – Tullahoma Municipal Airport
  • Winchester (Franklin County) – Winchester Municipal Airport

For more details on each of these grants visit: http://www.tn.gov/tdot/news/2012/GrantDetails12-4-12.pdf

The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.

The Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system.

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state Airport System Plan. The board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.

TDOT The TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. The Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.

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Beacon Center: TN Policy Snapshot

Newsletter from the Beacon Center of Tennessee; July 31, 2012: 

Elvis, liquor, and your tax dollars

What do these three things have in common? For one, Tennessee’s welfare program. Our intrepid investigative reporter, Chris Butler, recently dug through nearly 140,000 transactions by Memphis welfare recipients using their cash benefits in the form of Electronic Benefit Transfer, or EBT cards. Among the purchases with no government oversight included transactions at liquor stores (one totaling $790), Greyhound bus tickets, Orpheum Theater concert tickets, and a tour of Graceland. Where else did they spend your money? Read the entire article at TennesseeWatchdog.org to find out.

Beacon calls for state-led welfare reform

As a result of Butler’s hard-hitting report, WMC-TV Channel 5 in Memphis ran an exclusive on his findings. As the station noted, Beacon is calling on state lawmakers to pass a law prohibiting the use of EBT cards to purchase alcohol and other non-essential items, and is also pushing for more state oversight of the welfare program. Beacon is further urging lawmakers to rebuff President Obama’s recent attempt to nix the work requirement in the existing welfare law. Watch the Channel 5 story, which details Beacon’s findings and our solution to the problem, at this link.

Taxi regs harm consumers, cost jobs

After it was discovered that bureaucrats with the Metro Nashville Transportation Licensing Commission were posing as police officers and targeting smaller limo and sedan companies, the commission has come under much scrutiny. In a recent article appearing in the Tennessean, Beacon research associate Steven Strausbaugh explains how the commission’s regulations are bad for consumers and for job creation in the Music City. Strausbuaugh calls for the elimination of the commission and a return to free market principles in the transportation business. Read more here.

Government gets into the airport business

Tennessee Watchdog has been hot on the trail of the situation at the Chattanooga Airport, where the government is funding a competitor to TacAir, a fixed base of operations that provides fuel and other services at the airport. Now, as Tennessee Watchdog’s Chris Butler explains, the issue has caught the attention of a national aviation group. The National Air Transportation Association has asked Gov. Bill Haslam to investigate why taxpayers are footing such a massive bill to unnecessarily compete against a private FBO. Read Butler’s entire story at TennesseeWatchdog.org.

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11 TN Airports Split $3.2 Million in Aeronautics Grants

State of Tennessee Press Release; Dec. 30, 2010:

NASHVILLE—Governor Phil Bredesen announced today that federal aeronautics grants totaling $3,202,614 have been approved for eleven Tennessee airports.

Airports receiving grants include (click on each link for details):

Cleveland Municipal Airport (.pdf)

Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport (.pdf)

Greeneville-Greene County Airport (.pdf)

Mark Anton Municipal Airport (.pdf)

McGhee-Tyson Airport (.pdf)

Millington Regional Jetport (.pdf)

Nashville International Airport (.pdf)

Savannah-Hardin County Airport (.pdf)

Sumner County Regional Airport (.pdf)

Tullahoma Regional Airport (.pdf)

Whitehurst Field (.pdf)

For more on each of these grants visit the TDOT newsroom or click on the links above.

The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.

“This division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system,” reported TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “We are pleased to continue to support Tennessee’s general aviation and commercial airports.”

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state Airport System Plan. The board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.

The TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. The Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.

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TN Airports Landing $25.9 Million in Government Grants

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Aug 12, 2010:

Grants Awarded Through TDOT’s Aeronautics Division

NASHVILLE — Governor Phil Bredesen announced $25.9 million in federal and state aeronautics grants today to fund improvements at 22 commercial and general aviation airports in Tennessee.

“From moving people to moving freight, the airports in Tennessee are vital pieces of the state’s overall economy and travel system,” said Bredesen. “Tennessee’s airports are often the front doors to our communities, welcoming visitors from across the globe, so it’s important to keep them up to date in order to stay competitive and efficient at meeting the needs of both businesses and travelers.”

[Go here to see a list of airports scheduled to receive the grants]

The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.

“This division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system,” reported TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “We are pleased to be able to provide millions of dollars each year for the betterment of our airports through these grant programs.”

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state airport system plan.

TAC Chair Fred Culbreath explained, “As Tennessee’s communities continue to grow, the airports must keep pace. These grants are vital to many airports in Tennessee and our board examines the applications carefully to ensure the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be put to good use.”

The TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. The Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.