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East Tennessee counties included in latest round of historic preservation grants

June 10, 2014

By Morgan Simmons, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, Tenn.

June 10--East Tennessee is well-represented among the counties across the state selected to receive the latest round of federal grants for historic preservation.

This year's Historic Preservation Fund grants will provide more than $600,000 for 37 projects historic and archeological restoration projects across Tennessee. In awarding the grants, the Tennessee Historical Commission reviewed 63 applications with funding requests totaling approximately $1.9 million.

Sixty-percent of the funding comes from the federal Historic Preservation Fund and 40 percent is matched by the grantee.

This year's selection included a broad range of projects such as archeological surveys, design guidelines for historic districts, restoration of historic buildings, and brochures related to historic tourism. One of the grant priorities is any project considered Certified Local Governments, a program that enables communities to participate closely in the federal program of historic preservation.

The grant recipients in East Tennessee include:

Knox County -- $6,000 awarded to Knox Heritage to restore windows in the National Register-listed Westwood.

Claiborne County -- $12,000 to the Claiborne County Historical Society for the brick-and-mortar restoration of the National Register-listed Claiborne County Jail.

Carter County -- $12,000 to restore windows in the National Register-listed Carter County courthouse.

Greene County -- $10,000 to restore windows in the National Register-listed Dixon-Williams Mansion.

Jefferson County -- $9,000 to restore the exterior of the National Register-listed Hickman Tavern/Dandridge Town Hall in the town of Dandridge.

Monroe County -- $12,000 to restore the brickwork on the National Register-listed Monroe County courthouse.

Pickett County -- $15,000 to fund a multidisciplinary study of prehistoric archeological sites in Pickett State Forest.

Roane County -- $12,000 to the city of Harriman to fund design guidelines for the National Register-listed and locally designated historic districts.

This year's multicounty grants include $50,000 to the Upper Cumberland Development District to fund a preservation staff position, and $7,200 to the Southeast Tennessee Tourism Association to fund a driving trail, rack cards and digital information for historic mining resources in southeast Tennessee.


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