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County tries for $15,000 grant
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Officials are getting their ducks in a row to continue the county’s standing as a ThreeStar Community and could net $15,000 in grant money.“Because Warren County is a level three ThreeStar Community, we can get a $15,000 reimbursed grant from the program,” said Warren County Executive John Pelham, chairman of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board which met Wednesday.The ThreeStar Community program is offered by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. To be in the program, communities must establish a development board consisting of county executives, mayors, and representatives from industry, agriculture, education, etc., and submit an annual application.On Warren County’s board are Pelham, MES general manager and CEO Rodney Boyd, Morrison Mayor Sue Anderson, McMinnville Mayor Jimmy Haley, Centertown Mayor J.W. Underhill, Viola Mayor Kevin Lawrence, and representatives Dickie Hillis, Andy Putnam, Gary Martin, Teddy Jones, Bobby Cox and Jeff McCormick.Cody Huddleston, with economic and community development out of Cookeville, says once the county gets its application for the program in by March 31 and approved, the grant will be the next step.“The grant application deadline is June 30,” Huddleston said. “The money is reimbursable.