Royal receives early Christmas gift
“This has been a dream accomplishment,” says Royal fire chief Greg Hamrick. “No one ever thought a department this small would be able to afford a brand new apparatus. However, with a great deal of assistance from FEMA and our legislators, we were able to get a grant.”
The apparatus the chief speaks about is a 32-foot, 2005 model International/Ferrara Rescue Pumper that, at least for the time being, is the newest fire truck in the county. The new truck was ordered in September and arrived late in November. The Susan Moore Volunteer Fire Department has received preliminary grant approval for a new truck that should arrive sometime after the first of the year.
Tennessee River may supply region’s burgeoning water needs
Blount County has received a $500,000 federal grant to study the feasibility of building a water pipeline from the Tennessee River near Guntersville to a terminus in central Blount County.
The pipeline – delivering in the range of 50 million gallons a day initially, with up to 150 million gallons a day in reserve capacity – could meet the area’s rapidly expanding water needs for years to come. The Blount County Water Authority will contribute a roughly equivalent amount to match the federal grant.
The grant and matching funds will be used to study the environmental impact of the project, for preliminary projection of water pipeline routes and alternative routes, and for preliminary engineering design work.