Blount Mansion Gets Grant, Provides ‘Awareness Opportunity’ for Corker

Sen. Bob Corker paid a visit Monday to a downtown home once occupied by another U.S. senator — more than 200 years ago, the News Sentinel reports.
“It’s a great awareness opportunity for me,” said the Tennessee Republican at the Blount Mansion, 200 W. Hill Ave. “It’s a great piece of history. I’m really just here to bring attention to it.”
Anne Pittenger, secretary of the Blount Mansion Association’s board of directors, said the house was built in 1792 by William Blount, then the governor of the Southwest Territory. Blount went on to become the first U.S. senator from Tennessee.
“That’s one of the reasons we wanted Sen. Corker to visit, because William Blount was our first U.S. senator from the state,” Pittenger said.
Victor Ashe, former Knoxville mayor and U.S. ambassador to Poland, and Congressman John J. Duncan Jr., R-Knoxville, were present at the meeting.
….Because of a recent grant, the Blount Mansion Association will be able to continue their goal of education. The National Park Service awarded a $250,000 grant, titled the Save America’s Treasures Grant, to the association.
“There’s a fight for every dollar out there,” said (U.S.Rep. John J. “Jimmy” Duncan. “You wouldn’t have gotten this grant if you all weren’t doing a really good job.”
Not only will the building getnew wiring, new plumbing and a much needed state-of-the-art fire-suppressant system, but the association plans on increasing its educational reach.

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