More Federal Money Flows into TN

Money for Dept. of Education
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee’s Education Department has been awarded a federal grant for more than $5.5 million to improve pay structures and provide greater professional opportunities to teachers in high-poverty schools.
The U.S. Department of Education announced the Teacher Incentive Fund award on Thursday. It will serve school districts in Haywood, Lincoln and Polk counties.
The money will help fund the state’s Recognizing Excellence in Rural Tennessee project. It will build on recent efforts to implement a statewide educator evaluation system that ties student outcomes to educator effectiveness ratings.
Money for Henry Home Rehab
A $500,000 Community Development Block Grant has been awarded to the City of Henry to help fund rehabilitation of several homes in the city, reports the Paris Post Intelligencer.
Gov. Bill Haslam appeared at the Henry Civic Center Wednesday afternoon to announce the awarding of the CDBG. More than 100 people greeted the governor, along with State Rep. Tim Wirgau, R-Buchanan; State Sen. Roy Herron, D-Dresden; and Henry Mayor Joe Qualls.
Haslam said he likes the CDBG program, saying it’s one that “Washington got right.”
He said this is a program where the federal government sends taxpayer money back to states, who get to decide which applications are most worthy and then “help a community do some things they may or may not be able to afford otherwise.”

Money for UT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has won a $3.5 million federal grant for a nuclear innovation project.
The award was announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of its Nuclear Energy University Programs.
The programs support complex projects to develop breakthroughs for the U.S. nuclear energy industry. The three-year research projects are led by universities working in collaboration with the nuclear industry, national laboratories and international partners.
Money for Civil War Battlefields
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Eight Civil War battlefields, including three in Kentucky and Tennessee, are receiving more than $2.4 million in grants to help with land acquisition.
The National Park Service said Thursday that the grant money will help in the permanent preservation and protection of the battlefields. This year marks the 150 year anniversary of several important Civil War battles.
The park service says the battlefield in Franklin, Tenn. is getting $112,800.
The battlefield in Perryville, Ky. is receiving $43,715, while Mill Springs, Ky. is getting $330,500.
The other battlefields getting land acquisition grant money are in North Carolina and Virginia.

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