(NASHVILLE, TN), August 9, 2012 — State Senators Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) and Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) said today they have been informed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) that a $97,305 federal/state grant has been approved for the Smyrna Airport. The grant will be combined with a $2,495 local match.
The grant was recommended through the Department of Transportation’s Division of Aeronautics. It will be used for airport maintenance equipment.
“This is good news for the Smyrna Airport,” said Senator Ketron. “This grant should greatly assist airport maintenance efforts.”
“The Smyrna Airport is very important to many cities in Middle Tennessee,” added Senator Tracy. “We are very pleased that they will receive these funds.”
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.