U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Representative Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.4th) today announced $268,000 in funding for the Chanute-Pall Mall Utility District and $136,000 in funding for the Pickett and Fentress counties water supply awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC).
“I’m glad to see that this funding will extend water distribution in Fentress and Pickett counties,” Sen. Lamar Alexander said. “ARC’s continued investment in our rural communities is bringing a better way of life to many East Tennesseans.”
“These significant infrastructure improvements will enhance the quality of life for Pickett and Fentress county residents, providing them with access to public water service for the first time,” Sen. Bob Corker said. “I thank the ARC for its continued investment in the future of East Tennessee and all of Appalachia.”
“I thank the ARC for continuing to invest in Tennessee’s rural areas,” said Congressman Lincoln Davis.
The Chanute-Pall Mall Utility District will use these funds to extend its water distribution system along Delk Creek Road in Fentress County. The ARC funds, along with $67,000 from local sources, will provide first-time public water service to 15 households. These residents do not currently have access to clean, safe, reliable sources of water and must haul water for personal consumption and household use. Along the Delk Creek Road, 3.7 miles of water line will be installed to connect them with the public water distribution system.
This funding will also help Pickett and Fentress counties coordinate to extend water distribution along Dry Creek Road. The ARC funds, along with $34,000 from local sources, will provide first-time public water service to eight households. These residents do not currently have access to clean, safe, reliable sources of water and must haul water for personal consumption and household use. The project will install about 2 miles of water line and connect two sections of water lines, enabling better circulation and improving water quality.
The ARC is a federal-state partnership that supports economic development and improved quality of life in Appalachia. Appalachia, as defined in the legislation from which the ARC derives its authority, is a 200,000-square-mile region that follows the spine of the Appalachian Mountains from southern New York to northern Mississippi. It includes all of West Virginia and parts of 12 other states: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. About 23 million people live in the 410 counties of the Appalachian Region; 42 percent of the Region's population is rural, compared with 20 percent of the national population.
The Tennessee counties included as part of the ARC include: Anderson, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Campbell, Cannon, Carter, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland, De Kalb, Fentress, Franklin, Grainger, Greene, Grundy, Hamblen, Hamilton, Hancock, Hawkins, Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Knox, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Marion, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Overton, Pickett, Polk, Putnam, Rhea, Roane, Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Sullivan, Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, and White.