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Airport awarded federal grant

Airport awarded federal grant

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2008 9:47 pm

Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen has announced that a $150,000 federal aeronautics grant has been approved for Everett-Stewart Regional Airport. It will be used to build a new “fuel farm” — a storage facility for aviation gas and such — at the airport. Airpart manager Jo Ann Speer expressed delight about the news. “We can certainly use it,” she said. “We’re having problems with the old one. The new fuel farm will have above-ground tanks with a capacity of about 10,000 gallons each.” Although the grant has been approved, the funds are not yet in hand. Ms. Speer said she is working with officials of the Aeronautics Division, Tennessee Department of Transportation, to try to expedite the process of transfer of funds. “We’ll have to advertise for bids to do the construction, of course, and we would like to have the project completed by next spring,” Ms. Speer said. “We need a new fuel farm.” Bredesen said airports are an integral part of the statewide community. “As our communities grow and thrive, it is increasingly important that our airports stay competitive and efficient in meeting 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.” TDOT commissioner Gerald Nicely expresses similar sentiments. “We are pleased to be able to provide millions of dollars each year for the betterment of our airports through our grant programs,” he said. TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports. Published in The Messenger 12.12.08

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