State Sen. Mike Bell (R-Riceville) and State Reps. Mark Cochran (R-Englewood) and Lowell Russell (R-Vonore) announced on Friday that Monroe County will receive a total of $840,000 through Community Development Block Grants (CDBG). The local lawmakers made the announcement after receiving the information from the Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD).

Tellico Plains will receive $525,000 to extend water lines to connect a minimum of 88 households, all of which are low and moderate income, along Big Creek Road and Cook Hollow Lane to the Tellico Plains Water System.

Monroe County will receive $315,000 to purchase two new ambulances to serve Monroe County.

“This is a very competitive grant program,” said Bell. “The improvements this grant will make are significant and reflect a greater investment in our community. We are very pleased that these funds have been awarded and congratulate our local officials for their successful application. We were pleased to support it.”

“This important grant funding is welcoming news for our local communities in House District 23,” added Cochran. “With this much-needed funding, our local leaders will be able to improve sewer systems, water lines and provide more resources for our first responders. Congratulations to our local elected officials and on securing this competitive grant and I will continue to provide assistance as needed.”

“The safety and security of our communities is one of my top priorities in the General Assembly,” said Russell. “This important grant funding will allow our first responders to update their equipment so they can better protect and serve our local community. It was great working with our local and state leaders to help secure this competitive grant funding.”

The funds were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly. ECD administers the grant program based on priorities set at the local level where community needs are best known.

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