Carter County schools receive grant

From Staff Reports

   State Representative Ralph Cole (R-Elizabethton) and Senator Rusty Crowe (R-Johnson City) announced Thursday that Carter County schools will receive almost $450,000 in state and federal grants for renovations. The local lawmakers made the announcement after talking with officials in the Department of Education's finance division.
   "We are very grateful that this grant has been approved and appreciate all the hard work that our local school officials have done in helping to bring these needed improvements to our area. This funding is very important to the Carter County School System and I am so pleased that it is for renovations," Rep. Cole said. "I really appreciate Gov. Sundquist's help with this."
   Sen. Crowe stated that he and Rep. Cole worked together to get the grant for the county. "Ralph and I are so proud of our local school officials who have worked so hard to try to access the money during a time when there is not a lot of money to go around," Sen. Crow said. "The improvements this money will be used for will mean a great deal to the children of our county, and they mean everything to our future."
   The grant is 100 percent federally funded. Only 26 school systems across the state were awarded the grants, which are available through a highly competitive process. The funds are targeted for rural schools under the federal guidelines that govern grants.