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CLB approves seeking grant for new rafting ramp

Published: 11:23 AM, 02/20/2014 Last updated: 11:27 AM, 02/20/2014

Author: Rick Hooper
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-After a lengthy discussion, the Cocke County Legislative Body voted Tuesday 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 20 percent match from the county, which could be as much as $37,500, but 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 allegedly told Moore the Highway Department could supply rock and boulders needed for the project.Some commissioners, however, expressed concerns about the county committing money to the project.For more details, please see the Thursday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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