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UCDD Executive Committee Okays Director To Pursue Cumberland Housing Project

The UCDD Executive Board has given Executive Director Mark Farley the go ahead to seek more information on a USDA housing project in Cumberland County. Farley said USDA has approached the district with a site development program that could bring up to 160 affordable homes. “What they have asked us to consider doing is develop the sites, work with the ... Read More »

Baxter To Begin Engineering Services For Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades

The City of Baxter will enter into a contract for engineer services for its wastewater treatment plant improvements project. Baxter was approved for $3 million through the USDA to upgrade its 30-year-old wastewater treatment facility. City Engineer Tom Bennett said that the city will receive 50 percent through grant funding and 50 percent through a low-interest loan. Bennett said that ... Read More »

USDA Money Available For Overton Home Owners Needing Repairs

Eligible residents of Overton County can get up to $50,000 of loans and grants for home repairs through a USDA housing program. Area Specialist Brittiny Smith said households that make less than $28,000 and can not obtain affordable credit can apply. “The grant funds are for health and safety hazards only,” Smith said. “So, anything handicap accessibility or to make ... Read More »

Byrdstown Hears Comprehensive Plan For $6 Million In Utility System Upgrades

The water and sewer plants of Byrdstown need some $6 million in improvements. Engineer Nathaniel Green said he recommends the town starts planning now since it will take about two years to start finalize designs. “An estimate $3 million for each,” Green said. “That’s an overall project that includes plans, constructing, engineering, all the USDA stuff that we would have ... Read More »

Spencer’s First Meat Processing Plant Opening June 14

The A&H Custom Meat and Processing plant will open on June 14 in Spencer becoming the first facility in the county. President Barry Austin said the plant will start with seven full-time employees and provide job opportunities to Van Buren County High School students interested in working this summer. Austin said they have received over 500 calls from Upper Cumberland ... Read More »

Van Buren Committee Discusses State and Federal Funding Uses

Potential uses for state and federal funding in Van Buren County were discussed during Tuesday’s Committee A meeting. Mayor Greg Wilson said that $700,000 in federal and $276,000 from the state will all come in before July 31. Wilson said that in order to find non-recurring expenses to fund the county could use the money towards grant matches. “It might ... Read More »

Agriculture Aid Available To Farmers As Costs Rise

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program has opened signups to provide Upper Cumberland farmers aid. Chad Huddleston is County Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency. Huddleston said up to $250,000 is available based on a farmers crops and the number of animals they own. “All input costs are going up,” Huddleston said. “Fuel, fertilizer, materials, everything seems to be ... Read More »

Ice Storm Damage Federal Aid Available For Putnam Farmers

Federal Assistance for Putnam County farmers is available in the aftermath of the February ice storm. Chad Huddleston is County Executive Director for the USDA Farm Service Agency. Huddleston said the Emergency Conservation Program makes Putnam farmers with at least $1,000 in debris or permanent fencing damage eligible. Huddleston said 75 percent of costs will be covered. “You don’t have ... Read More »

Clay County Applies For Grant To Upgrade Solid Waste Fleet

Clay County Commission approved a grant application for adding a new truck to the Clay County Solid Waste Department Monday night. This is a Community Facility Grant through USDA Rural Development. Mayor Dale Reagan said the county has been looking to add a vehicle to the growing department for four years. “Landfills are filling up and so I know that ... Read More »

2020 Outage Highlights Need For Sparta Senior Center Generator

The City of Sparta is addressing a need for back up power at the Sparta Senior Center by applying for federal assistance. The application is for a generator through a USDA Rural Development grant. City Administrator Brad Hennessee said the need is to keep the senior center’s Meals on Wheels program going in case of an outage. “When we talked ... Read More »