State Senator Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville) and Representative Kirk Haston (R-Lobelville) announced today that two Community Development Block (CDBG) Grants have been awarded in Decatur County with a combined total of $543,547.   One grant, totaling $442,002 will go to Parsons for water system improvement; while the other $101,545 grant will go to Decaturville for weather alert sirens.

 "I am pleased Parsons will receive this major grant and appreciate the excellent work by our local officials in securing the funds," said Senator Gresham, who strongly supported the application.  "Access to clean water is very important to the well-being of our citizens and adds to the economic development of our communities.  I was also pleased that a grant was awarded to assist with weather alert sirens in Decaturville which should help save lives."

Rep. Haston said, "I appreciate our local leaders for their partnership in securing these grants for Parsons and Decaturville. These improvements reflect a greater investment in the infrastructure of our community, making Decatur County a safer and better place to live and work for families that reside here."

The lawmakers made the announcement in conjunction with an announcement by Governor Bill Lee and the Department of Economic and Community Development regarding the award of CDBG grants statewide.  The funds were allocated under a procedure authorized by the Tennessee General Assembly.  ECD administers the grant program based on priorities set at the local level where community needs are best known.

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