Fentress County will become at least the fourth Upper Cumberland community to apply for a Tourism Enhancement Grant this year.
County Executive Jimmy Johnson said the grant would allow the county to create a tourism hub near Sergeant York Park.
“We first thought it would be good for a market but we didn’t want it to turn into like a flea market,” Johnson said. “So it will be a venue where people can have get-togethers and have weddings. Different type of things might happen in that area because there is not one available at this time.”
The Tennessee Department of Tourism Development will award up to 30 grants across the state.
Johnson said the grant application would be the first step in constructing the venue.
“We will have to put out for bids of course. We will have to bid it out and our part would be five percent of the total grant which is $75,000 something like that,” Johnson said. “I believe the county’s part would be about $34,000.”
The County Commission authorized the application during the Monday meeting. Sparta, Monterey, and Overton County have each applied for similar grant funding already.