Federal loans to help 3 Tennessee community projects

Published 10:38 am Wednesday, November 20, 2019

MEMPHIS (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced loans for critical projects in three Tennessee communities.

Department officials said last week that communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico will receive $394 million in direct loans to improve critical community facilities.

In Tennessee, officials say Clay County will receive a $7.5 million loan to build a new 22,000 square-foot facility housing the sheriff’s office and new jail facility. Officials say the project will expand jail capacity from 14 beds to 100 beds.

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The west Tennessee city of Lakeland plans to use a $60 million loan to build a high school and refinance middle school debt. The Johnson County Emergency & Rescue Squad will receive a $110,000 loan and a $50,000 grant to buy a much-needed new ambulance.