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Airport receives grant

Airport receives grant
Gov. Phil Bredesen announced this week that Aeronautics Grants totaling $14,165,498 have been approved for 11 Tennessee airports including Everett-Stewart Regional Airport in Obion County. “As our communities grow and thrive, it becomes increasingly important that our airports stay competitive and efficient at meeting the needs of travelers,” said Bredesen. “These airports are vital to area economies and travel systems, and I’m pleased to support their continued growth.” Airports receiving grants are: Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, Nashville International Airport, Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Sumner County Regional Airport, Cleveland Municipal Airport, Everett-Stewart Regional Airport in Obion County, Greeneville-Greene County Airport, Abernathy Field in Giles County, Smithville Municipal Airport in DeKalb County, Tullahoma Regional Airport in Coffee County and Upper Cumberland Regional Airport in White and Putnam Counties. The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division. “This division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee’s diverse public aviation system,” reported TDOT Commissioner Gerald Nicely. “These grant programs provide millions of dollars each year to local airports for needed improvements.” 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. TAC Chair 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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