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Everett-Stewart Regional Airport gains grant

Everett-Stewart Regional Airport gains grant
Everett-Stewart Regional Airport in Obion County has been approved for a $50,000 aeronautics grant, Gov. Phil Bredesen announced Friday. “As our communities grow and thrive, it is increasingly important that our airports stay competitive and efficient at meeting the needs of travelers,” he said. “Everett-Stewart Regional Airport is vital to this region’s economy and travel system. I’m pleased to support its continued growth.” Funds from this aeronautics grant will be used to install new security fencing, lighting and cameras. State Sen. Roy Herron of Dresden and House Transportation Committee chairman Phillip Pinion of Union City helped secure these funds for the airport. Aeronautics grants totaling $1,941,727 have been approved for 17 Tennessee airports through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division. Other airports receiving grants are McGhee Tyson Airport, Nashville International Airport, Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Centerville Municipal Airport, Covington Municipal Airport, Crossville Memorial Airport, Dyersburg Regional Airport, Fayette County Airport, Henry County Airport, McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport, Livingston Municipal Airport, Charles W. Baker Field, Millington Regional Jetport, Portland Municipal Air-port, Gatlinburg-Pigeon Forge Airport and Tullahoma Regional Airport. “This division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system,” said TDOT commissioner Gerald Nicely. “We are pleased to be able to provide millions of dollars each year for the betterment of our airports through our grant programs.” Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission, which is a five-member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state airport system plan. Ron Cooper, owner of Southern Machinery Repair in Union City, is a member of the board. TAC chairman Larry Mullins explained, “Our board examines the applications carefully to ensure that 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.

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