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DOC Awards Big Brothers, Big Sisters $250K Grant to Break ‘Cycle of Crime’

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Corrections; July 20, 2012: 

NASHVILLE – Recognizing the importance of mentors in the lives of children of incarcerated parents, the Tennessee Department of Correction has awarded a $250,000 grant to the Big Brothers Big Sisters Amachi initiative. The program works to break the intergenerational cycle of crime and incarceration and gives an often forgotten group of children the chance to reach their highest potential.

“The Amachi initiative promotes our efforts to not only correct criminal behavior, but also to preserve families,” Commissioner Derrick D. Schofield said. “Governor Haslam and the Tennessee General Assembly recognized the need to see this important initiative succeed in helping children become productive citizens.”

“Governor Haslam’s inclusion of Big Brothers Big Sisters Tennessee Amachi into his budget is one of the best announcements that this agency and our partner agencies in Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Clarksville have received since we began this award winning program in 2004,” said Lowell Perry, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. “We are grateful for the vision of the Governor’s Office, TDOC Commissioner Schofield and the General Assembly, particularly Representative Debra Maggart, in recognizing the impact this proven evidence-based program is making in the lives of children facing adversity across Tennessee.”

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Six TN Airports Get Aeronautics Grants

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; July 18, 2012: 

NASHVILLE— The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) announced today that federal and state aeronautics grants totaling $314,077 have been approved for six Tennessee airports.

Airports receiving grants include:

  • Beech River Regional Airport (Hardeman County)
  • McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport (Madison County)
  • General DeWitt Spain Airport (Shelby County)
  • Monroe County Airport
  • Johnson County Airport
  • Wolf River Airport (Shelby County)

For more details on each of these grants visit:

http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/news/2012/PSR-PressRelease7-18-2012.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 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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State Grant Issued for Niota Train Depot Repairs

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Transportation; July 18, 2012: 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $156,800 transportation enhancement grant to the city of Niota for the Depot Restoration Project.

The Niota Depot, which was constructed in 1854, is the oldest standing train depot in the state of Tennessee and presently serves as the Niota City Hall. The Depot Restoration Project will make urgent repairs to the depot’s stone and brick foundation, and restore the baggage room doors. The project will allow Niota to promote this antebellum depot that played critical roles in East Tennessee’s railroad history, the Civil War, and late 19th and early 20th century textile industries.

“Tennessee is rich with historic landmarks such as the Niota Depot, and preserving them for future generations to enjoy and appreciate is important,” Haslam said. “The building’s restoration and adaptive reuse can create a more vibrant and economically sustainable downtown and will bring new visitors to the area each year. We are proud to support these important improvements.”

“Through Transportation Enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $270 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

State Senator Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and Representative John Forgety (R-Athens) represent McMinn County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Haslam Announces TDOT Grants for Linden, Lobelville, Milan, Parker’s Crossroads

Press releases from the Office of Governor Bill Haslam; July 12, 2012:

More than $446,000 for downtown project in Linden

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today announced the award of a $446,419 grant for Linden to replace existing storm drainage, curbing and sidewalks along a portion of Main Street.

Phase III of the Downtown Improvement Project will connect and extend west along Main Street (Highway 100/SR 412) as a continuation of the Phase II project, which is nearing the construction phase.

The project will replace existing storm drainage, curbing and sidewalks along a three-block section of Main Street. The sidewalks will feature decorative brick banding to accent the existing brick building fronts. The project also includes new landscaping and pedestrian lighting.

“This project will further Linden’s efforts to give its downtown a more vibrant, inviting appearance,” Haslam said. “When complete, the project will provide safer transportation alternatives that will increase the sense of community and help future investments in the downtown area.”

“Through transportation enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $270 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” Schroer said. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by TDOT. A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

State Sen. Roy Herron (D-Dresden) and Rep. John Tidwell (D-New Johnsonville) represent Perry County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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More than $592,000 to replace old sidewalks and add new ones, other enhancements

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today announced a $592,017 grant to Lobelville to improve the pedestrian experience in its town center.

The Downtown Improvement Project in Lobelville focuses on Main Street and within the core of downtown by replacing current curb and sidewalks and adding new sidewalks. Shade trees and decorative lighting will also be added between Fourth and Fifth Streets, connecting the City Hall with the City Fire Station.

“This project will greatly enhance the ease of pedestrian mobility in Lobelville’s town center,” Haslam said. “It is also a major step in the city’s efforts to revitalize and beautify its downtown and create a safe, welcoming environment for residents, visitors and potential businesses.”

“Through transportation enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $270 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” Schroer said. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

The grant is made possible through a federally-funded program administered by TDOT. A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

State Sen. Roy Herron (D-Dresden) and Rep. John Tidwell (D-New Johnsonville) represent Perry County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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More than $790,000 for Downtown Revitalization Project

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today announced a $793,534 grant for the second phase of Milan’s downtown revitalization project.

Located on Main Street from Southwest Front Street to Church Street, the project includes resurfacing a section of Main Street and adding new sidewalks, crosswalks, and curb and gutter.

“Tennessee’s downtown districts are an important piece of the state’s character by offering a place for the community to gather as well as providing a hometown feel for visitors,” Haslam said. “The project will provide increased and safer mobility and an economic boost to area businesses.”

The project will also feature decorative benches, trash receptacles, bicycle racks and raised stone planters. Shade and flowering trees and pedestrian lighting will be installed.

“Through transportation enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $270 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

The grant is made possible through a federally-funded program administered by TDOT.

A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

State Sen. Lowe Finney (D-Jackson) and Rep. Curtis Halford (R-Dyer) represent Gibson County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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More than $330,000 grant for three new pieces to the trail

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer today announced a $330,831 grant to complete the Battle of Parker’s Crossroads Trail Project.

The grant funds Phase II of the project, which will complete the Battle of Parker’s Crossroads Trail Project by tying into the existing trail on the southern end, constructing a trail loop in the northeast corner of the trail system, and construction of a new trail north of Interstate 40.

The nine-foot-wide asphalt trail will feature signage, photos and markers to highlight historically significant areas and new benches.

“Tennessee’s Civil War battlefields are wonderful educational destinations, and they attract thousands of visitors to the state each year,” Haslam said. “This trail system will highlight some of the rich history of this area, while also providing pedestrians with enhanced access to the entire Parker’s Crossroads Battlefield.”

“Through transportation enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $270 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” Schroer said. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”

The grant is made possible through a federally-funded program administered by TDOT.

A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds under the federal program.

State Sen. Roy Herron (D-Dresden) and Rep. Steve McDaniel (R-Parker’s Crossroads) represent Henderson County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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