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Weekend edition April 19, 2024 | Katelyn Keenehan

State allocates $6 million to renovate historic TN buildings

The Historic Development Grant program assists in preserving and revitalizing some of Tennessee’s most historic and notable buildings.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) has announced the recipients of Tennessee Historic Development Grants, aimed at preserving and revitalizing historic buildings in the state. The program, approved by the Tennessee General Assembly in April 2021, will provide $5.7 million to renovate and preserve such buildings, encouraging job creation and commercial opportunities.

TNECD’s partnership with the Tennessee Historical Commission ensures that grant proposals maintain historical integrity. The initiative is expected to leverage over $13 million in private investment, contributing to the preservation of Tennessee’s historic landmarks and economic revitalization.

“I congratulate the communities receiving funding through the latest round of the program and thank the Tennessee Historical Commission for their partnership,” said  TNECD Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter.

Here are the communities receiving grants in East Tennessee:

  • Bingham Properties – $300,000 to rehabilitate the RC Kefauver House in Madisonville, TN
  • Clinch-Powell RC&D Council, Inc. – $150,000 to rehabilitate the Rutledge Church in Rutledge, TN
  • Hawkins County Government – $300,000 to rehabilitate the Clay-Kenner House in Rogersville, TN
  • Jamey Fillers – $300,000 to rehabilitate the Greeneville Historic District in Greeneville, TN
  • KBD LLC – $125,000 to rehabilitate the Felkner Building in Morristown, TN
  • Lakeway Holdings Co. – $300,000 to rehabilitate the Southern Bell and Telegraph Building in Morristown, TN
  • Masquerade Theatre Inc. – $68,000 to rehabilitate the Capitol Theatre in Union City, TN
  • Michael P. Johnson – $100,000 to rehabilitate 115 North Main Street in Jellico, TN
  • Rogersville/Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce – $286,650 to rehabilitate St. Mark’s Church in Rogersville, TN
  • The Sevierville Commons Association – $300,000 to rehabilitate the Sevierville Post Office in Sevierville, TN
  • Tivoli Theatre Foundation, Inc. – $300,000 to rehabilitate the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga, TN

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