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Haslam Announces 5th State Veterans Cemetery in Parkers Crossroads

Press release from the Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs; July 24, 2014:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Veterans Affairs Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder today announced the future site of the fifth state veterans cemetery will be in Parkers Crossroads.

The 132-acre Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery at Parkers Crossroads will be located at 693 Wildersville Road and will serve more than 45,000 veterans and their families within 17 counties in west Tennessee.

The Tennessee counties within a 75 mile radius of the proposed cemetery include Benton, Carroll, Chester, Crockett, Decatur, Gibson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Henry, Lewis, McNairy, Madison, Perry, Wayne, and Weakley counties.

“Right now veterans and their families in this part of the state have to drive more than two hours to the nearest state veterans cemetery,” Haslam said. “We want veterans in the more rural parts of the state to have access to these resources that also serve as a symbol of our gratitude for their service to our country.”

Haslam was also joined by state Rep. Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads), state Sen. Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville), Parkers Crossroads Mayor Kenneth Kizer, Henderson County Mayor Dan Hughes and West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery Steering Committee Chair Chris Dangler.

“We are grateful to the members of the West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery Steering Committee, the mayors of the seven counties who invested local funding and support as well as the Governor, Rep. McDaniel and Sen. Gresham who have supported this effort from the beginning,” Grinder said. “We still have several funding hurdles to jump through before this project becomes a reality, but we are excited to announce we are one step closer to opening the fifth state veterans cemetery to better serve veterans in southwest Tennessee.”

“The rich history of Parkers Crossroads is a perfect location for a future State Veterans Cemetery,” McDaniel said. “We have anxiously waited to hear this news and we welcome the opportunity to offer a reverent backdrop to this future field of honor.”

“Veterans are buried at no charge in these pristine cemeteries that offer a place of reflection and reverence,” Gresham said. “We look forward to adding another jewel to the existing four state veterans cemeteries.”

There are currently two state veterans cemeteries in Knoxville, one in Nashville and one in Memphis. Veterans and eligible dependents can pre-register for burial by visiting the State Veterans Cemetery page http://tn.gov/veteran/burial_elg.shtml.

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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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