(NASHVILLE), October 2019 – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representative Kent Calfee (R-Kingston) announced today that Roane County will receive a total of $1,575,000 through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).   Yager and Calfee made the announcement after receiving the information from the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). 

The awards to Roane County include:

·         $575,000 to Harriman for water system improvements to replace water meters

·         $575,000 to Oliver Springs for water system improvements to repair and rehabilitate water lines

·         $575,000 to Rockwood for wastewater collection improvements to rehabilitate and replace wastewater collection lines and manholes

“Infrastructure is very important to the well-being of our citizens and the economic development of our county,” said Senator Yager.  “I am pleased that this money has been funded to take care of the needed projects for sewer and water treatment. We appreciate Governor Lee and Commissioner Rolfe for their assistance in acquiring this grant, as well as our local officials for their work on securing these funds. We were pleased to support it.”

“Access to clean water and proper wastewater management is vital for our communities,” said Rep. Calfee. “This important grant funding will ensure our water system is up to code and our citizens will be able to continue to use clean water. Congratulations to our local leaders for securing this competitive grant, and I will continue to support your efforts in the General Assembly.”

The funds were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly.  ECD administers the grant program based on priorities set at the local level where community needs are best known.