(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), January 19, 2017 – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today that Rhea County will receive a $50,000 Tourism Enhancement Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The grant will be used to restore the roof at the historic Rhea County Courthouse.
The Tourism Enhancement Grants are funded through the Rural Economic Opportunity Act, co-sponsored by Yager, which is designed to improve the economic indicators in rural communities across Tennessee.
“The historic court house is important to Rhea County and there is a lot of potential to bring in more tourism that will boost our economy,” said Senator Yager. “I am very pleased that these funds will help in these efforts and also congratulate our local officials for their role in securing this grant.”
Constructed in 1891, the courthouse is on the National Historic Register and is the location of the Scopes Trial reenactments, which brings more than 2,000 visitors annually.
An advisory committee made up of staff from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture selected the 29 communities from a pool of 50 grant applications.