NASHVILLE — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) made the following statement regarding the announcement that LaFollette will receive a $366,210 Transportation Alternative Grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).  The grant will fund Phase 3 of construction of sidewalks along the west side of SR-9 (Indiana Avenue) from N. Tennessee Avenue to Beech Street.  Projects includes ADA compliance, brick stamp pavers, striping, pedestrian lighting and pedestrian amenities.

“This is a very sizable grant and I was very pleased to support it,” said Senator Yager, “This will make downtown LaFollette more accessible for pedestrians and a beautiful attraction for local citizens and visitors to enjoy.  These improvements will help area businesses and the future impact on our community’s economic development is undeniable.  I appreciate TDOT for recognizing the local need and congratulate our local officials who helped secure the grant.”

The release from the TDOT is copied below:

Governor Lee Announces Transportation Alternatives Grants Statewide

Nashville, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Clay Bright announced today the award of $13,669,998 Transportation Alternatives Grants statewide in Tennessee.

“Tennessee is committed to continuing to develop safe infrastructure across our states,” Lee said. “These grants will help us reach our goal of being a healthier state and will enhance the lives of Tennesseans by making our communities more accessible and livable.”

The transportation alternatives grant is made possible through a federally funded program and is administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

“Through these grants, TDOT has funded $386 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” said TDOT Commissioner Clay Bright.  “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 list of this year’s grantees can be found on the following page.

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.  For more information on TDOT’s Transportation Alternatives Program, please visit TDOT’s website at https://www.tn.gov/tdot/program-development-and-administration-home/local-programs/tap.html

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NASHVILLE – Anne Pope, Executive Director of the Tennessee Arts Commission, will be among a host of speakers at State Senator Ken Yager’s (R-Kingston) upcoming Grants Conference.  Pope and other key officials from various departments and agencies of the state and federal government will offer expert advice to participants regarding how to submit a competitive application.  The Arts Commission awards approximately $6.5 million in grants each year to eligible applicants which include 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations; individuals; and entities of local governments like libraries, public schools, and municipalities.

“We have so many fabulous art organizations, libraries and schools in our district that could greatly benefit from these grants,” said Sen. Yager.  “These arts funds have a direct positive impact on our communities, enhancing and preserving our distinctive culture.  I want to see more of these grants awarded locally.”

In addition, the conference will feature a session on how to help participants tap into broadband grants which are available in Tennessee.

The Grants Conference is set for Wednesday, September 18 at Roane State Community College from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. EST.  It is free of charge but participants must register by email at www.kenyager.com<http://www.kenyager.com>.  Yager said there is limited space and that registration will be closing on Monday, September 16.

“The goal of this conference is to never let a grant opportunity pass by without local governments, community groups and nonprofits knowing how to tap into it,” Yager added.  “This conference is filling up fast with limited space.  I would urge all who want to attend to register immediately.”
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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Jeff Smith, Deputy for Operations at Oak Ridge National Labs (ORNL), will visit the Historic Postmark LaFollette post office at 4:30 p.m. EST on Friday, August 30th, 2019, for a grant presentation from ORNL in the amount of $10,000.  The grant is given to Postmark LaFollette to fund important refurbishment of the historic building.

Who: State Senator Ken Yager and Jeff Smith, ORNL Deputy for Operations

What: Grant presentation to Historic Postmark LaFollette

When: Friday, August 30, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. EST

Where: Historic Postmark LaFollette, 225 N First Street, LaFollette, TN 37766

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NASHVILLE — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) said today that he has a solid lineup of expert speakers for his annual Grants Conference set for September 18.  He said many of the speakers are involved in the grant decision-making process and are very knowledgeable about the mechanics of how to construct a successful application.

“We are fortunate to have a host of state grant decision makers who will offer expert advice on how to submit a competitive and successful application,” said Sen. Yager.  “We just want to remind individuals from our non-profit organizations and local government employees to register as soon as possible for the free conference and let them know about the powerful line-up of speakers we have coming this year to help them access available grant funds.”

Key officials from the Tennessee Departments of Economic and Community Development, Environment and Conservation, Transportation, Health, and Mental Health and Substance Abuse will make presentations and be available to interact with participants.  Among federal presenters is U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Director for Tennessee Jim Tracy.

The conference will also include a session on securing broadband grant funding.

“Broadband is critical to commerce and the quality of life of every Tennessean,” added Senator Yager.  “It is also essential for our current and future education and economic initiatives.  We want to make sure that we are maximizing our potential and that we receive grants to widen broadband connectivity.  The speakers will help inform participants of the best resources and methods in securing these grants.”

The conference will be held on Wednesday, September 18 at Roane State Community College from 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. EST.  It is free of charge but participants must register by email at www.kenyager.com


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(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) will attend Charter Communications’ presentation of laptops to Spring City Elementary School on Monday, August 19th at 9:00 a.m. Tammy Boles, principal of Spring City Elementary School, will also be in attendance. Fifty laptops will be presented to the school and a discussion about Spectrum Internet Assist for eligible families and seniors will also take place. The event will be held at Spring City Elementary School located at 270 East Jackson Ave. in Spring City.

Who: State Senator Ken Yager, Spring City Elementary School Principal Tammy Boles, and Charter Communications

What: Laptop Donation and Spectrum Internet Assist Discussion

When: Monday, August 19th at 9:00 a.m.

Where: Spring City Elementary School located at 270 East Jackson Ave. in Spring City.

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