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Cocke County receives $91,894 litter grant


An anti-litter grant in the amount of $91,894 was recently awarded to Cocke
County to help remove used tires dumped in the area, expand education
about the environment in science classes; and develop an interactive Web
site for Keep Cocke County Beautiful. From left to right are litter crew
supervisors David Veridal, Roger Ball, and Jimmy Lindsey; Sheila Hill, solid
waste coordinator for Cocke County; Pam Lowe, who assists in the grant
process; Cocke County Mayor Vaughn Moore; Ginger Atkins, instruction
supervisor for Cocke County Schools; Cocke County Sheriff Armando
Fontes; Andy Tritt, deputy sheriff and litter grant coordinator; and Tim
Berkel, executive direction of KCCB. Not pictured is Mitch Loomis, grant
specialist with the East Tennessee Development District.
Published: 10:14 AM, 04/18/2013 Last updated: 10:14 AM, 04/18/2013

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Late last year, the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) made known through public notice that a special series of grants could be applied for by the counties throughout the state, with an application limit of $100,000 per recipient, to be expanded on specific programs over the period April 15, 2013 through June 30, 2016.

Cocke County took immediate advantage of the opportunity, but built on existing programs in student education in the science curriculum, the work of our crews through the sheriff's department, the volunteer work of our Remove Illegal Dumpsites (RID) participants and Keep Cocke County Beautiful (KCCB) efforts and improving our community.

The schedule for submission was tight, but the enthusiasm of the school superintendents' office, the sheriff's litter grant participants, KCCB, the county mayor's office, and the coordination efforts of the East Tennessee Development Council allowed not just for successful submission, but an award of $91,894, one of the highest awards to a county in the state.

For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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