ATOKA, Tenn. — Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and Representative Debra Moody (R-Covington) joined Governor Bill Haslam in Atoka today to announce a $399,000 Tennessee Department of Transportation grant has been awarded for the Atoka Greenway project. Phase I of the four-phase project will connect Walker Park with the Edith Lane Trail Head. The project is designed to make the Town of Atoka a healthier, safer, more active and connected community.
“I know how these grants can help transform a community,” said Leader Norris. “Thanks to the foresight and support of Governor Haslam and Commissioner Schroer, we look forward to completion of the project and seeing the people of Atoka and elsewhere in Tipton County enjoy these improvements.”
Norris has worked with Mayor Daryl Walker, Vice Mayor Brett Giannini and the Town staff on this project for several years. “Providing an alternate means of accessing the parks from the surrounding residential areas will both enhance pedestrian/bicyclist safety and reduce the vehicular traffic on Walker Parkway, which is a heavily-traveled road,” wrote Norris in his support letter to the Department of Transportation.
“Our parks and greenways provide families with free, wholesome recreation opportunities,” said Representative Moody. “I want to thank everyone who worked to help secure these funds.”
Senator Norris serves as Senate Majority Leader and represents District 32, which includes Tipton and Shelby County. Representative Moody represents District 81 in Tipton County.