The town of Jonesborough has been awarded a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant for a $1.4 million wastewater improvement project that will move discharge from the town’s wastewater treatment plant out of Little Limestone Creek and into the Nolichucky River.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced the award Thursday along with CDBG grants totalling more than $7.5 million for infrastructure improvements in 14 communities across the state. The grants include $500,000 for water systems improvements in Rogersville, $421,200 for a waterline extension in Greene County and $321,687 for water system improvements in Baileyton.
In Jonesborough, the CDBG funding is designated for phase two of a water treatment expansion project that will allow the town to extend outfall lines from its treatment plant on Britt Drive about six miles beyond the creek to the river, which Town Administrator Bob Browning said is a much larger and better receiving stream.
“Our town is growing and our treatment stream is growing. This is the state telling that as our treatment stream increases, we have to get it out of Little Limestone Creek,” Browning said.
Extension of the lines is planned as phase two of a major expansion of the plant that got under way in May and is expected to be completed next spring.
The $5.5 million project includes the construction of two 500,000-gallon wastewater treatment basins that Mayor Kelly Wolfe said will triple capacity for growth of the county industrial park in Telford. The project is being funded through a combination of $2.2 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development, $1.5 million in Rural Development loans and a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission
In announcing the awards Thursday, Haslam said, “Community Development Block Grants allow communities to complete projects that will ultimately lay the groundwork for future economic development opportunities. I am pleased the state of Tennessee is able to partner with our local communities to make these projects a reality. Having the proper infrastructure in place can lead to additional jobs and investments for a community and enhance the quality of life for its residents.”
According to the governor’s office, additional CDBG grant awards will be announced throughout October.