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City receives state tourism grant
Warmth and joy were in the air Thursday at Sallys Alley as state officials presented the city of McMinnville with a ceremonial $28,500 check. Pictured, front row, from left, are Darlin Dawg, Pat Bigbee, Jody Sliger, Wally Bigbee, Matt Feno, Mandy Eller and Sara Beth Urban. Back row, Scott McCord, Trevor Galligan, Kevin Dunlap, and Scot MacDonald.
The city of McMinnville is one of 29 communities across Tennessee selected to receive a grant as part of a first-year program to enhance tourism.State officials allocated $1 million to be given away, with McMinnville’s check written for $28,500.Local and state representatives gathered Thursday afternoon at Sallys Alley for a ceremonial check presentation near the Barren Fork River. Sallys Alley is a remote park being established by the city, in conjunction with volunteers, to provide another access point to the river. It’s located off Beersheba Street near E-Z Money Pawn.“We developed this grant from listening sessions we had around the state about the best ways we can help communities,” said Jody Sliger, ThreeStar director for Tennessee.