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Utility district in jeopardy of losing $500,000 grant
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The West Warren-Viola Utility District is in danger of losing a federal Community Development Block Grant for $500,000 that was awarded nearly three years ago for building a water storage tank. The grant may be lost due to land acquisition problems, although the county is attempting a last-minute effort to acquire the needed property.Economic and Agriculture Development Committee members met Monday to discuss the situation. At the meeting were Commissioners Les Trotman, Wayne Copeland and Ronnie Lee, as well as County Executive John Pelham.“West Warren is still working to secure appropriate property, but our time is going to expire on us,” said Pelham.The grant application was written by the Upper Cumberland Development District in cooperation with Warren County and administered through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.The grant was given in November 2011 for an estimated $3.7 million project which would have included a 1-million-gallon holding tank to guarantee adequate water supply to Morrison School and future expansion at Mountain View Industrial Park.