Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam made a stop in Bledsoe county to present two grants Wednesday afternoon.
They're to help the community, and they total more than five hundred thousand dollars. Governor Haslam, Tennessee Governor said, "This is a very competitive process, to be awarded one of these grants, and so Bledsoe county and the city of Pikeville made great applications." Not only one grant, but 2 grants were presented in front of the Bledsoe County Courthouse. One for the county for 500-thousand dollars, and the other to the city of Pikeville for 25-thousand dollars.
Bobby Collier, Bledsoe County Mayor said, "The first one is a CDBG grant which is for infrastructure and water lines. We are going to expand the water line." This project will serve 64 households and more than 170 people. It will provide safe water along three county roads. Collier said, "We are tickled with that one because its getting water to people thats had dry wells and things of that nature."
The city of Pikeville will use the other grant funds for downtown repairs. It will repair store front awnings, signs as well as painting and surface restoration work. Collier said, "Well with Main Street of course you always have someone in town, going through and enhance the retail opportunities for people to decorate it up, and make it attractive. And that also gives prospect for business or industry, you always like to take them downtown." Construction of the projects are set to start next year.
A third announcement was also made for a 50-thousand dollar grant to revitalize the downtown with a farmers market and community kitchen.