(NASHVILLE), October 2019 – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Representatives Kelly Keisling (R-Byrdstown) and John Mark Windle (D-Livingston) announced today that Fentress County will receive a total of $788,120 in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).   The lawmakers made the announcement after receiving the information from the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). 

The City of Jamestown will receive $525,000 to repair and rehabilitate sewer lines and manholes, and Fentress County will receive $263,120 to purchase one new pumper tanker fire truck and at least 16 sets of turn out gear for the County Central Fire Station.    

“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 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.”

“I am pleased that our Department of Economic and Community Development is making this important investment in our growing community,” said Rep. Keisling. “These funds will address community needs and improve the quality of life for our citizens. Congratulations to our local leaders for securing this funding. It was an honor to support their efforts.”

“I am very appreciative for this grant to upgrade the sewer systems in Jamestown,” said Rep. Windle.  “The health and welfare of Tennesseans is of upmost importance.  This is much needed and I applaud the great work from our local officials, the Governor’s office and ECD.”

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.