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County to seek grant for new rafting ramp

Published: 7:50 AM, 02/11/2014

Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-The Finance Committee of the Cocke County Legislative Body voted Monday to apply for a $150,000 Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grant that would be used toward the establishment of a new put-in ramp on the Pigeon River for rafting companies at Waterville.The grant would require a match from the county of up to $37,500, which could be provided with in-kind donations of materials and labor.Cocke County Mayor Vaughn Moore said he has talked with Road Superintendent Kenneth Ford, who reportedly told Moore the Highway Department could supply rock and boulders needed for the project."He said his trucks won't be available until April 10 because of repair work they're doing to roads damaged by last year's storms," said Moore. "Hopefully, we can make up all of our match."County Finance Director Anne Bryant-Hurst informed committee members that, based on the information she has received, supplying the rock will meet the county's required match for the grant.For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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