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Haslam Hands Out Check, Hails Fed Spending Program

Gov. Bill Haslam handed a $600,000 check to the mayor of Clarksville Thursday for construction of a “greenway” project, the latest of about 20 “enhancement grants” from federal funds distributed by the state.
While the oversized check said it was from the state Department of Transportation, Haslam credited the federal government.
“We like to beat up on Congress and say all the things they’re doing wrong, but every now and then, they get it right.”
Haslam says the federal program works because decisions on how to spend the money are made locally.
Through the enhancement grants, more than $270 million has been spent on non-traditional transportation projects in Tennessee. Many have been used to revitalize downtown areas or highlight historic attractions.

Governor Announces $423K Grant to Sevierville

News release from the governor’s office:
SEVIERVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) Commissioner John Schroer announced today a grant for the final link in a pedestrian and bicycle route between downtown Sevierville and Pigeon Forge.
The $423,833 transportation enhancement grant to the city of Sevierville is for Phase II of the Hospital to East Gate Greenway Project, which includes a 10 foot paved multi-use trail for pedestrians and bicyclists to be constructed parallel to Middle Creek.
The project also includes ornamental lighting, shade trees and other decorative features designed to enhance the scenic character of the city’s transportation system.
“Communities across the state are creating networks of greenways, trails and walkways that offer Tennesseans additional ways to commute or exercise as well as offering visitors a new way to see our state,” Haslam said. “This project will provide an essential link in Sevierville’s alternative transportation network while also promoting healthy living and pedestrian travel.”
A variety of activities such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects are eligible for grant funds made possible through a federally funded program administered by TDOT.
“Through Transportation Enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $270 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” Schroer said. “This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development.”
State Sen. Doug Overbey (R-Maryville), and state Reps. Richard Montgomery (R-Sevierville) and Art Swann (R-Maryville) represent Sevier County in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Note: Overbey and Montgomery both have contested primaries as they seek re-election this year and both have been endorsed by the governor.