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Haslam Announces $587K in Grants for Waynesboro, Wayne Co

Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; July 17, 2014:

WAYNESBORO – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced two grants totaling more than $587,000 for downtown revitalization in Wayne County and energy efficiency improvements at the Green River Surface Water Treatment Plant in Waynesboro.

“These types of projects are critical to strengthening our communities,” Haslam said. “Increasing energy efficiencies saves taxpayer dollars and reduces air emissions and creating a more pedestrian-oriented environment improves our cities’ and towns’ livability and quality of life for Tennesseans.”

A $23,600 Clean Tennessee Energy Grant to the City of Waynesboro from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) will support energy efficiency improvements at the Green River Surface Water Treatment Plant. This project will upgrade the control of four existing pump motors to allow more uniform pumping into the distribution system due to the large swing in day-to-day demands on the system. These improvements to the plant’s pump motors will create annual savings on the city’s power bill, and decreased electricity demand will also improve air quality by reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, and carbon dioxide at the power generation stations.

“We are pleased to help the City of Waynesboro become more energy efficient,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said. “We continue to look for ways to promote environmental awareness and energy efficiency within state government and within Tennessee’s communities.”

A $563,992 transportation alternative grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will fund Phase I of the Downtown Revitalization Project in Wayne County. The project includes replacing existing curbing, sidewalks, and pedestrian lighting and is located along the perimeter of the Wayne County Courthouse on US 64. The entrances and exits to the square parking area will also be relocated, creating a much safer crossing for pedestrians, and new landscaping and trees will be planted throughout the project area.

The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement, and is administered by TDOT.

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $306 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” TDOT Commissioner John 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.”

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. Joey Hensley (R-Hohenwald) and Rep. Vance Dennis (R-Savannah) represent Wayne County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Waynesboro Man Charged with Child Rape After 14 Years

Press release from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation; September 21, 2012: 

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office yesterday arrested and charged a Wayne County, Tenn. man with rape of a child after the victim, who currently lives out of state, cooperated with authorities regarding the crime committed against her more than 14 years ago.

Johnnie James Gray, 45, of Hurricane Creek Road, Waynesboro, Tenn. admitted to authorities he had a sexual relationship with the then 12-year-old victim while living in Wayne County in 1998. Soon after the incident occurred the victim moved out of state and the crime was reported to local authorities in her new home town. Last week, the TBI contacted the victim and she traveled back to Tennessee to cooperate with law enforcement in the investigation. Yesterday, Gray was booked into the Wayne County Jail on $150,000 bond. The 22nd Judicial District Attorney General’s Office requested the investigation.