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Town, Storytelling Center could receive $770,000 in grants

Jonesborough’s wastewater treatment plant and the International Storytelling Center both have been recommended by Gov. Phil Bredesen to receive Appalachian Regional Commission grants to help with infrastructure improvements.
Bredesen put forth 17 different grant recommendations for local projects throughout the state, for nonprofits, local governments, agencies and governing boards.
The grant for the Jonesborough Wastewater Treatment Plant is for $500,000.
The money would help fund a $2.5 million project to correct design capacity and discharge standard failures of the town’s wastewater treatment plant.
The grant was recommended following an application from Jonesborough officials.
The International Storytelling Center grant, which is worth $270,000, would be used to construct an outdoor pavilion that will accomodate 300 people for hosting entertainment and educational activities.
According to a press release, the project will benefit the area with 116 jobs, catering to 40,000 visitors annually. The total project cost is estimated at $540,000.
Bredesen said he is “confident these funds will contribute to a foundation for long-term economic growth in the region.”
Allocation of ARC funds is based on priorities set at local levels. The recommended projects will now be forwarded to Washington for review and approval.