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From the Chattanooga Times Free Press…
Seven Southeast Tennessee communities got a portion of more than $27.6 million in Community Development Block Grant funding for infrastructure updates that include new water lines and system updates, sewer system improvements, housing rehabilitation and fire protection.
In the seven communities in Southeast Tennessee, the block grants total almost $4 million.
Athens Utility Board general manager Eric Newberry said the $630,000 grant will pay for renovations to pump stations that are 40 years old or more.
Newberry said the grant will go toward the roughly $2.5 million project cost for renovations.
Officials in the towns of Benton in Polk County and Gruetli-Laager in Grundy County couldn’t be reached for comment. According to grant information supplied by Jones, Benton’s $630,000 grant will pay for water system improvements to address water loss while Gruetli-Laager’s $414,880 will be used for housing rehabilitation.
Niota, another town in McMinn County, also got a $630,000 grant that Mayor Lois Preece said will be used on aging sewer system infrastructure.
Niota is under state order to update the aerators, Preece said.
McMinn County got $630,000 in grant money that will be spent on water system improvements in the south end of the county, county Mayor John Gentry said.
Rhea County Executive George Thacker said the county’s $630,000 grant will be used in the Watts Bar Utility District in the north end of the county.
From WRCB Channel 3…
Tennessee officials said revenues for August came in $115.1 million higher than state projections amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Tennessee Department Finance & Administration said last month’s revenues of $1.2 billion also topped the state’s August 2019 performance by $22 million.
Finance Commissioner Butch Eley said the August sales tax receipts reflect consumer activity for July, which continued to outperform expectations, with federal stimulus money playing a big part.
August marked the first month on an accrual basis of a new fiscal year for Tennessee. The new budget year officially began in July.
In news today…
On Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Education released graduation rates for the graduating class of 2020. Bradley County Director of Schools Dr. Linda Cash was proud to announce the graduation rate for the 2019-2020 school year is 95%. This marks the seventh consecutive year the system has had a graduation rate of 91% or higher. This year the graduation rate increased from 93.8% to 95%, which is above the state graduation rate of 89.6% and is the second highest graduation rate in the Southeast Core Region.