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Grants Awarded: Rural Development invests millions into East Tennessee


The USDA Rural Development recently presented grant monies to the Cocke County A&I
Fairgrounds, totally $85,500, which will be used to build new restroom facilities at the
fairgrounds. Pictured from left are Jeanne Birdwell, Leslie Webb, Angie Sutton, Stephanie
Maples, Ruth Murchison, Cocke County Mayor Vaughn Moore, USDA Rural Development State
Director Bobby Goode, Peggy Strange, Libby Stange, Evetta Franklin, Lana Moore
representing Senator Lamar Alexander, Jill Salyers representing Senator Bob Corker, Pam
Lowe, Joe Woody, and Allen Hawk.
Published: 9:29 PM, 08/30/2013 Last updated: 9:30 PM, 08/30/2013

Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-Cocke County residents, among others, will begin to see changes around the area thanks to grants and loans given out by the USDA Rural Development in Tennessee.

Representatives with Rural Development presented the monies to the Cocke County A&I Fair and Jefferson-Cocke County Utility District on Thursday, as well as to the Cosby Volunteer Fire Department. Rural Development also presented monies to other agencies around the area Wednesday and Thursday.

The Cocke County A&I Fair Grounds received a grant totaling $85,500, which will be used to build new restrooms.

Jefferson-Cocke County Utility District received a low-interest loan of $300,000 to extend gas lines in Jefferson and Cocke Counties, specially the current project of extending natural gas to the Caney Hollow area in the Edwina community.

The Cosby Volunteer Fire Department received a low-interest loan of $37,000 and a grant of $26,000 to purchase new gear for firefighters and to better equip the fire trucks.

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

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