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Anderson supports Campbell County in receipt of $600K grant

Anderson County is excited to know that its neighbor, Campbell County, is set to receive a Brownfields Assessment Grant from the Environmental Protection Agency that will benefit Anderson, Campbell and Scott counties on a dormant railroad line.

Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton announced receipt of the $600,000 grant last week.

Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank wrote a letter last fall in support of Campbell County’s grant application. In addition to Anderson County, Scott County is also partnering in the grant.

“This award is another example of the great things that can happen for our citizens on a regional level when local governments partner together, much like the Norris Lake Area Trail System partnership among Anderson, Campbell, and Union counties,” Frank said.

“I would like to thank Mayor Morton for leading this effort, and for the support of all three county commissions as we continue to advance our communities.

“We are very excited to be working with Campbell County and the EPA on this incredible project,” she said.

Morton thanked his team members for their hard work on the grant application to secure “Campbell County’s largest Brownfields grant to date,” he wrote in an email to Campbell County Commission Chairman Johnny Bruce.

The grant will provide Phase 1 Environmental Assessment for the 42-mile R.J. Corman Railroad line that runs through parts of Anderson, Campbell and Scott counties, and is now scheduled to be abandoned and removed.

According to Morton, “Several options exist, including an excursion rail line, bicycle trails or both. The Phase 1 assessment will help determine risk to the public in any business case.”