From the Tennessee Dept. of Economic and Community Development website:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe recently approved nearly $25.5 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), which assist communities with infrastructure improvements, health and safety initiatives and façade improvements in downtown commercial districts.
“I congratulate the 66 communities receiving the CDBG funds,” Haslam said. “By investing in themselves, these communities are taking steps to create better a working and living environment for their citizens, and helping Tennessee lead in economic development, putting us one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“With the assistance of the CDBG funds, each grantee is taking the initiative to enhance their community, which will in turn create more economic development opportunities for the members of those communities,” Rolfe said. “I want to congratulate the 66 recipients on receiving these grants and look forward to seeing each of them continue to succeed.”
The allocation of CDBG funds is based on priorities set through the public meeting process at the local community level. The CDBG program is funded through HUD and administered in Tennessee by the Department of Economic and Community Development. Funds are available for water and sewer improvements and extensions, housing rehabilitation, health and safety projects as well as commercial façade improvements in Main Street and Tennessee Downtown communities. Commercial façade grants can be used for new awnings and signs, painting, building repair and other upgrades. (NOTE: Celina received a $100,000 grant in this category.)
COOKEVILLE- Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Kevin Triplett recently spoke to tourism representatives across the Upper Cumberland here about the state’s soon-to-be-unveiled Music Pathway.
Triplett said the Department of Tourism has already identified a list of iconic music locations in all 95 Tennessee counties, and may already have as many as 600 possible locations for markers on the pathway that will stretch from one end of the state to the other.
The Music Pathway will join 16 other “trails,” including the Ring of Fire, Sunny Side, Rocky Top and Top Secret road trails in Tennessee.
Triplett spoke about the rich music history in the state during his presentation, saying “nobody has the volume of music history that we have in Tennessee.”
The state is home to several different genres of music, many of them originating in the state. During his presentation here, Triplett mentioned Clay County singer/songwriter Lola Jean Dillon, who has written songs for many music greats, including Loretta Lynn.
The huge contingency of fans who went to the Indiana State – Western Kentucky basketball game on Saturday, December 16 to support former Clay County Bulldog star Tyreke Key made a huge impact in the media and on Twitter.
Hundreds of Clay Countians filled Diddle Arena in Bowling Green to cheer on Tyreke against the Hilltoppers. You can read more about it HERE.
You can also see an Indiana State basketball tweet about the Tyreke support HERE.
Big crowds for Small Business Saturday and Christmas Parade
Downtown Celina was full of shoppers for Small Business Saturday recently. Merchants had a lot of traffic and a big congratulations is in order for all concerned. It was great to see so many folks out visiting our local businesses.
Sunday’s annual Christmas was also a big success, with many floats, fire engines and horse riders participating. Spectators lined East Lake Avenue and the square area to see the many entries go by. Another hats-off to all concerned. Mrs. Wilma Nevans served as the Grand Marshall for the event.
We understand Mistletoe Market was also a big success, and we offer a third hats-off to everyone connected with that.
Don’t forget the annual Christmas Parade scheduled for Saturday, December 9. There will be a matinee performance on Sunday if ticket demand dictates it. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!