Kingston mayor Troy Beets (left) and Loudon County mayor Estelle Herron present Scott County mayor Jeff Tibbals with recognition for the purchase of new emergency vehicles.
NORRIS, Tenn. — The East Tennessee Development District (ETDD) held their Annual Award Banquet on June 5, at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris.
Each year the East Tennessee Development District recognizes local governments and other agencies for the completion of projects that have special local or regional significance.
ETDD recognized Scott County for the purchase of new emergency vehicles. Few things in recent Scott County history were as devastating as the closure of its local hospital. Local residents were faced with the prospect of traveling up to 60 miles in order to receive hospital care. Urgent care was an even bigger problem – patients in need of emergency care simply could not find transportation to a treatment facility. In order to address this need, Scott County was able to secure a Community Development Block Grant and provide matching funds in order to secure three ambulances that could transport patients to nearby hospitals. The total project cost was more than $300,000.
Kingston City Mayor Troy Beets, vice-chairman, and Loudon County Mayor Estelle Herron, chairperson, serve on the Executive Committee for the East Tennessee Development District.