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CARES Act Money Could Improve Crossville Airport

Crossville Memorial Airport is getting $30,000 dollars through the CARES Act to offset losses from COVID.

City Manager Greg Wood said he has multiple ideas for improving the airport, but hopes he can use the extra money to bolster the city’s reputation.

“My pet project and hopefully we’ll get that to happen in conjunction with Fairfield Glade, is since we are the golf capitol of Tennessee, we actually want to put a putting green out there to kind of emphasize that point when people fly in that they’ll see that when they come into Crossville.”

Wood said other improvement ideas include updating the terminal furniture and LED lighting for hangars. Spending the CARES Act money on these improvements still needs Crossville City Council approval.

“Once we get in the money I just need to make sure I can go to council and get the blessing,” Wood said. “To use all or part of that money at the airport and have them okay my projects and then we’ll start picking them off.”

Wood said improvements like upgrading furniture and a putting green are about first impressions. Since the Crossville Memorial Airport could be a visitors first destination.

“The airport is really a gateway to the city, Wood said. “We want to put our best foot forward.”

The CARES Act is a federal stimulus package to help with the economic fall out of COVID-19. Wood said the drop in flight training and jet fueling led to revenue losses for the airport.

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