Senator Yager announces grant for Rhea County’s Mark Anton Airport

(NASHVILLE, TN), August 20, 2013  — State Senator Ken Yager (R-Harriman) said today he has been informed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) that a grant have been approved for Rhea County’s Mark Anton Airport in Dayton.  The $90,250 grant, when combined with the $4,486 local match, will total $94,736.  It was recommended through the Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics.

“Improving our transportation system and infrastructure in our State Senate district has been a priority of mine,” said Senator Yager.  “Infrastructure is a key component of drawing new jobs to our counties.”

The TDOT grant will be used for an updated airport layout plan.


Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state Airport System Plan. The board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.

“I appreciate the work our local officials did in helping secure this grant,” added Yager.  “Hopefully, we will see many more grants come back home to Rhea County in the future.”


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