August 29th , 2013 10:00 am Leave a comment

Loan arranger comes to volunteer firefighters’ aid

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Thanks to federal loans, two Carter County volunteer fire departments now have an opportunity to expand both their fleets and their effectiveness.

Photo by Danny DavisOfficials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Division were on hand Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the awarding of loan money to the Stoney Creek and West Carter County volunteer fire departments. From left, SCVFD firefighter Matt Williams, SCVFD Chief Jason Shaw, State Director of USDA-Rural Development Bobby Goode, USDA-Rural Development Area Specialist Louis Trivette, WCCVFD board member Duard Walker, WCCVFD board member Keith Hart, WCCVFD President Bill Gwaltney, WCCVFD Chief Conley Jones, WCCVFD board member Wayne Laws, Maggie Howland, WCCVFD board member Lt. David Howland, WCCVFD board member Jack Roddy, WCCVFD board member Lt. Robert Cochran, and Acting Area Director for USDA-Rural Development’s Greeneville office Joe Woody.

Photo by Danny Davis
Officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Division were on hand Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the awarding of loan money to the Stoney Creek and West Carter County volunteer fire departments. From left, SCVFD firefighter Matt Williams, SCVFD Chief Jason Shaw, State Director of USDA-Rural Development Bobby Goode, USDA-Rural Development Area Specialist Louis Trivette, WCCVFD board member Duard Walker, WCCVFD board member Keith Hart, WCCVFD President Bill Gwaltney, WCCVFD Chief Conley Jones, WCCVFD board member Wayne Laws, Maggie Howland, WCCVFD board member Lt. David Howland, WCCVFD board member Jack Roddy, WCCVFD board member Lt. Robert Cochran, and Acting Area Director for USDA-Rural Development’s Greeneville office Joe Woody.

On Wednesday afternoon, the West Carter County Volunteer Fire Department and the Stoney Creek Volunteer Fire Department each received loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development division for the purchase of new vehicles.

Each applied for the loans through Rural Development’s Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program, which provides money through grants or loans for public services such as education, transportation, and public safety.

Despite the program’s title, according to Bobby Goode, Tennessee’s state director of USDA-Rural Development, most of the funding is awarded through loans.

“We don’t get as much grant as we used to,” Goode said. “But we will invest close to $1 billion in rural Tennessee; we do no urban (areas). With that, about 96 percent will be a loan, because a very small part is grant.”

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