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Governor announces $1 million in grants to Scott County

Gov. Bill Haslam presents a CDBG check to Scott County at the Scott County Office Building in Huntsville Thursday, Oct. 4. Pictured are, from left to right: Scott County Commission Chairman Pro Tem Paul Strunk, state Rep. Kelly Keisling, 1st District County Commissioner Blue Day, state Sen. Ken Yager, Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals, Gov. Haslam, 2nd District County Commissioner June Jeffers, 2nd District County Commissioner Sam Lyles, 3rd District County Commissioner Kenny Morrow and 3rd District County Commissioner Ernest Phillips. (Photos courtesy State of Tennessee Governor's Office.)

HUNTSVILLE, Tenn. — Governor Bill Haslam visited Huntsville Thursday, Oct. 4, to announce more than $1 million in awards to Scott County.

Gov. Haslam announced that Scott County was selected to receive the funding through the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

The funds including $500,000 to the Town of Huntsville for sewer plant upgrades, $235,000 to Scott County for a new ambulance purchase, and additional funds for lights and playground at the Town of Oneida's Bear Creek Sports Complex and a playground at the Town of Huntsville's Flat Creek Park.

Calling Scott County "one of the state's most beautiful areas," Gov. Haslam said that the state is striving to help rural communities across Tennessee.

While in Scott County, Gov. Haslam spoke at the Boys & Girls Club of Scott County's annual Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony in Oneida Thursday evening.

Gov. Haslam praised the local BGC, the largest in rural America, and the community for making it possible.

"A lot of places say, 'Here is our problem. Fix it,' Gov. Haslam said. "Scott County isn't one of those places. You have a long history of leaders stepping forward and saying, 'I want to fix this.'"

Gov. Haslam presents a grant check to Scott County Mayor Jeff Tibbals Thursday. Also pictured is state Rep. Kelly Keisling (left) and state Sen. Ken Yager (right).

Gov. Haslam is pictured with (from left to right) Scott County Administrator of Elections Gabe Krahn, Scott County Mayor's Office Administrative Assistant Sabrina Terry, Grace Kidd (daughter of Scott County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Stacey Kidd), and Scott County Chamber of Commerce Administrative Assistant Morgan Anderson.

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