Senators Tracy and Ketron announce grant for Smyrna Airport

(NASHVILLE), May 15, 2013  — State Senators Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and Bill Ketron (R-Murfreesboro) said today they have been informed by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) that the Smyrna Airport will receive a $31,500 state grant.   The grant is available through TDOT’s Division of Aeronautics and totals $42,000 after a local match of $10,500 is added.  The funds will be used for emergency repairs to the electrical vault and air traffic control (ATC) systems.

“We are very pleased this grant has been made available for needed repairs,” said Senator Tracy.  “This airport is very important to Rutherford County.”
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 am very pleased that these funds will be available to help with improvements and am hopeful that we will continue to see many more grants coming into Rutherford County in the future,” Ketron concluded.###
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