South Fulton, Samburg awarded state grants

South Fulton, Samburg awarded state grants
South Fulton, Samburg awarded state grants | South Fulton, Samburg awarded state grants
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Gov. Bill Haslam delivered good news Tuesday of more than $3.6 million in state grants to benefit northwest Tennessee communities.
Among the communities awarded grants Tuesday were to South Fulton and Samburg.
South Fulton received a $250,000 Local Park and Recreation Fund grant that will be used for what will be the city’s first park facility. The state funds will be used to develop a walking trail, a pond, playground picnic pavilion and stage.
“These funds allow communities to invest in their future,” Haslam stated in a news release. “I am pleased the grants will go toward important projects, including emergency services in this area.”
South Fulton Mayor David Crocker accepted the state’s $250,000 check from the governor in Martin.
State officials also announced Tuesday that 15 projects in the region have been approved for CDBG funding. Among the communities to receive CDBG funds is Samburg, which has been approved for a $500,000 housing rehabilitation grant.
Other communities in the region to receive Com-munity Development Block Grants were located across Weakley and Carroll counties.
“These grants help bolster quality of life in our communities,” the governor stated in his news release. “They keep our cities vibrant and are worthy investments for our state.”
According to the news release, the grants were supported by state Sen. Roy Herron, state Reps. Andy Holt and Bill Sanderson, Crocker, and a several key Weakley and Carroll county officials. U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, as well as U.S. Rep. Stephen Fincher, also aided in securing the CDBG funds, according to a news release.
Haslam and TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau will be announcing $6.9 million in LPRF grants in the coming weeks, benefiting 50 projects across the state, according to Meg Lockhart with the state Department of Environment and Conservation.
The Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant program was established by the state Legislature in 1991 to provide local governments with fund to purchase land for parks, natural areas, greenways and recreational facilities. The funds may be used for the development of trails and projects in parks, natural areas or greenways and all LPRF grants require a 50 percent local match, according to Ms. Lockhart.
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Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 10.17.12

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