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Haslam Announces $1 Million Grant for Greeneville
July 29, 2014

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam held a press conference at the Walters State Greeneville/Greene County Campus on July 25 to announce a $1 million grant to improve pedestrian mobility and safety at the campus.

The $1 million Tennessee Department of Transportation grant will fund the development of new walkways at the site of a new 104,000 square-foot building currently under construction at the Greeneville campus. The walkways will connect to entrances and sidewalks around the campus as well as to the Greeneville Historical Walkway.

“These types of projects strengthen our communities,” Haslam said at the press conference.

“We want Tennessee to continue to be the very best place to live, work and raise a family, and projects like these are key to making that a reality,” Haslam also said.

Grant funds will also be used to improve safety through the enhancement of crosswalks on Main and College streets; install pedestrian lighting; and add a bus stop at the campus for the NET Trans system.

“This grant will benefit not only Walters State students but also visitors to downtown Greeneville,” said Walters State president Dr. Wade McCamey.

“They will have better and safer access to the Greeneville campus and other points of interest in downtown, “ he also said.

Walters State and the Town of Greeneville were co-applicants for the grant. Local businessman and philanthropist Scott Niswonger provided the required matching funds.

“We are extremely grateful to Scott for his vision, leadership and commitment to improving this campus for our students and this community,” said McCamey.

Pictured above (from left) are Scott Niswonger, local businessman and philanthropist; Greeneville Mayor W.T. Daniels; Gov. Haslam; and Dru Weems-Miller, dean of the Walters State Greeneville/Greene County Campus.