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Governor Haslam Announces Grants for Dresden and Martin

July 25th, 2013 - By Steve James


Governor Bill Haslam visited Weakley County Thursday afternoon to announce three grants totaling nearly $800,000 dollars for Dresden and Martin to lengthen and develop recreational trails.

The City of Dresden received two grants, one for approximately $199,000 dollars and the other for $399,000 dollars, to help with the Green Rail Trail Project. The trail will convert a former railroad line into a pedestrian and cycling trail that will connect to downtown Dresden.

Phase One of the Green Rail Trail is located south east of the Farmer’s Market and will connect to the Festival Park trail head.

Dresden’s Vice Mayor and Aldermen, Dr Gwin Anderson said city officials are currently completing the plans for the trail and are about to start construction on the Farmer’s Market building

The City of Martin received $200,000 dollars to extend the Brian Brown Memorial Greenway to downtown Martin by constructing a multi-use trail approximately 3,000 feet long and 10 feet wide.

Mayor Randy Brundige said the city is looking forward to completing the Greenway, which was built in memory of the late director of UT Martin’s Campus Recreation Program, Brian Brown, who was struck and killed by a truck in 2000 while riding his bicycle.

Brian Brown’s wife Laura, was in attendance at the announcement and said she was looking forward to seeing her late husband’s idea finally being completed for the area to enjoy

Governor Haslam said these grants do more than just create new trails and walkways, they help local residents enjoy their communities more

The Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Department of Environment and Conservation have given out more than $294 million dollars for projects like these all over the state.


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