U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and U.S. Representative Lincoln Davis (D-Tenn.4th) today announced $258,320 in grant funding for the Fentress County Recycling and Solid Waste Program from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). This funding will help Fentress County expand its recycling program and provide improved service to 300 local businesses.
“Improving recycling programs like this is key to cleaning up our environment so we can preserve our Great American Outdoors for future generations,” Senator Alexander said. “This funding for Fentress County is just one example of the great things the ARC does for East Tennessee.”
“Recycling programs like this one in Fentress County reduce waste that would otherwise end up in a landfill, allowing for more sustainable development and better stewardship of our rich natural resources.” Senator Corker said. “This grant will help ensure hundreds of area businesses continue to receive reliable waste disposal service now and in the future. I appreciate the ARC for investing in the prosperity of Tennessee’s rural communities and those throughout the Appalachian region.”
“I’m proud that Fentress County has been a state leader in the reduction of solid waste the past several years,” said Congressman Davis. “The ARC grant will help expand and improve current services for many of our small businesses.”
The ARC funds, along with $70,080 from local sources, will be used to purchase new equipment for transporting recyclables and other materials from eight collection sites and one recycling center to the County’s main transfer station. Fentress County, which has consistently reduced solid waste beyond a 25 percent state target for the last four years, has entered into an eight-year contract to provide solid waste disposal services for Scott County. Expansion of the recycling program will support Fentress County’s efforts to attract sustainable growth and development while maintaining the natural beauty of the surrounding area.
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. More than 23 million people live in the 420 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 are the following: 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, Lawrence, Lewis, 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.