Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library License Plates to Benefit MCIL

Want to help the Marshall County Imaginary Library? There's a new way to give and to show your support. The new ‘Dolly’ plate has been approved and is now making its way to county clerks' offices across the state.

While the cost of vehicle registration varies from county to county in accordance with various taxes, this new Dolly specialty plate costs $35 (cost set by the State) in addition to the $21.50 cost of a normal state plate. A portion of the $35 goes to cover the plate production ($4.25), a portion goes to the Tennessee Arts Commission and the TN Highway Fund ($15.37) and the remaining $15.37 comes back to the Dollywood Foundation. Here is the exciting part: the Dollywood Foundation is giving it all to you! That’s right, for each Dolly plate sold in Marshall County, the foundation will contribute the full $15.37 to cover your monthly cost of Imagination Library books and mailing.

Perhaps best of all, thanks to the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation (GBBF) covering half of the monthly cost of books and mailing in Tennessee, each plate sold in Marshall County enrolls a child for one full year. So, by purchasing a plate in Marshall County, you are enrolling a child to receive a full year of Imagination Library books.

(Of the roughly $25 per year it costs to have a child enrolled in the Imagination Library, GBBF covers half of that, or about $12.50. So, the sale of a plate in Marshall County more than covers the other half.)

The State of Tennessee will likely transfer these funds to us in June each year, at the end of the state’s fiscal year. 
Be looking for more information on these plates and purchase yours to support the Marshall County Imagination Library.


Wetland Restoration at Henry Horton State Park


Wednesday, January 25, 2017

United Continues Marshall County Fiber Expansion

Future fiber construction area includes residential customers in the Stoneybrook subdivision and Polaris Drive area of Chapel Hill, TN.  

United Communications announced the launch of a new fiber pre-registration zone in Marshall County.  This latest fiber project includes approximately 225 homes in and around the Stoneybrook subdivision and Polaris Drive area located in Chapel Hill, TN. The addition of this latest Marshall County fiber pre-registration zone brings the total number of planned fiber projects to six zones across four counties in Middle Tennessee. 

Customers located in this or other fiber pre-registration zones available athttps://fiber.united.net may sign-up and share with neighbors to help drive UniFi backer registrations in each area. Each planned fiber project area has been pre-engineered for fiber service with a required fiber backer goal needed in order to begin fiber-to-the-home construction.  Once an area reaches the established UniFi backer registration goal, United will begin the process of building fiber-to-the-home connections to customers.  "At Untied, we are committed to building out fiber services across Middle Tennessee.  We want residents in the mainly rural areas we serve to understand we are working hard to deliver faster speeds and fiber services to more and more residents every day", said United President and CEO, William Bradford.   United will also continue to work in partnership with local community and business leaders toward solving broadband availability issues in rural communities across the mid-state." 

Monday, January 23, 2017

Lewisburg Receives Tourism Enhancement Grant

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced today that 29 communities will receive more than $1 million in Tourism Enhancement Grants to assist with tourism infrastructure assets. The City of Lewisburg is one of those communities receiving $50,000 to improve the stage at Rock Creek Park. 
“We want to congratulate the 29 communities that will be receiving Tourism Enhancement Grants,” Haslam said. “Tourism is an important part of our state economy, and these grants showcase how tourist development and economic development work together to make our state not only a great place to live and work, but a top tourist destination. With the assistance of these grants each community will be able to grow and enhance their local tourism assets.”
The grants help counties and cities improve local assets to increase the economic impact of tourism. This is second round of the Tourism Enhancement Grant program. In July, nearly $1 million was awarded to 29 communities during the first round of tourism grants.
“I am happy to announce the 29 communities that have been awarded Tourism Enhancement Grants,” Boyd said. “Tourist development and economic development have a great partnership with a common goal: making sure Tennessee and the communities across the state are able to succeed and grow. With these grants, each participating community has shown that they are investing in economic development and the future growth in our state.” 
The Tourism Enhancement Grants are funded through the Rural Economic Opportunity Act, which is designed to improve the economic indicators in rural communities across Tennessee. Announcements will follow this spring for Site Development Grants, Main Street Entrepreneur Grants and Asset-Enhancement Grants for distressed communities. 
“Arguably the only thing about this program more exciting than announcing the grant recipients is the opportunity it provides these communities,” Tennessee Department of Tourist Development Commissioner Kevin Triplett said. “The Tourism Enhancement Grants help enhance local tourism assets, which is an integral part of every county in Tennessee. Our partners at TNECD realize how critical these assets are in regards to tourism and economic development and I am thankful for the commitment to helping these communities grow.”
An advisory committee made up of staff from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture selected the 29 communities from a pool of 50 grant applications.

The grants awarded include:
  • Anderson County - $50,000
  • Benton County - $50,000
  • Bledsoe County - $10,000
  • Campbell County - $47,605
  • Carter County - $20,000
  • Cocke County - $20,000
  • Coffee County - $50,000
  • Dyer County, City of Dyersburg - $50,000
  • Fayette County - $10,000
  • Gibson County, City of Milan - $50,000
  • Grundy County - $20,000
  • Henry County, City of Paris - $32,900
  • Houston County - $50,000
  • Jefferson County, Town of Dandridge - $50,000
  • Lauderdale County, Town of Halls - $50,000
  • Lawrence County - $45,000
  • Marion County - $10,000
  • Marshall County, City of Lewisburg - $50,000
  • McNairy County - $50,000
  • Perry County - $20,000
  • Polk County - $20,000
  • Rhea County - $50,000
  • Sequatchie County - $10,000
  • Stewart County - $20,000
  • Sumner County - $30,000
  • Van Buren County - $50,000
  • Washington County, Town of Jonesborough - $50,000
  • Wayne County, City of Clifton - $47,500
  • White County - $50,000                                                     
Each application was supported by the community’s senator and representative in the Tennessee General Assembly.

The City of Lewisburg also received another Tourism grant from the state in order to design a print 20,000 Tourism Brochures to be distributed throughout the region. 

About the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development The mission of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is to motivate travel to and within Tennessee by inspiring enjoyment, creating memories, producing a desire to return, and establishing key long-term relationships that result in visitors becoming residents. The promise of Tennessee—the birthplace of the blues, bluegrass, country, gospel, soul, rockabilly, and rock ‘n’ roll—is to be the global music destination of choice. To deliver an unparalleled experience of beauty, history, and family adventure, infused with music that creates a vacation that is the “Soundtrack of America. Made in Tennessee.”
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community DevelopmentThe Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

UNITED FIBER CAMPAIGN GIVES RESIDENTS THE POWER TO SPEED FIBER DEPLOYMENT ACROSS MIDDLE TENNESSEE SERVICE AREA

United Communications is excited to announce the launch of a new interactive fiber campaign and website aimed at giving customers the ability to help determine when and where United will deploy fiber-to-the-home services in the future.  To date, United has invested more than $90 million in their Middle Tennessee network and deployed fiber services to more than 5,000 locations across their Middle Tennessee service area.  As a result, they can deliver high-speed Internet with speeds up to 1 GIGABIT (1,000 mbps), digital TV and crystal -clear phone services to residents across their mainly rural Middle Tennessee service area.  
The ultimate goal of United's UniFi campaign is to identify the broadband needs of residents and businesses across the mid-state.  The new United UniFi campaign website gives residents and businesses the power to pre-register to express interest in United fiber service.  All that is required to register is a name, address, and product or service selection.  The site provides customers with an interactive map broken down into 3 distinct zones: existing fiber service locations, pre-engineered fiber areas that will require an established customer backer goal to begin fiber-to-the-home construction, and general areas of fiber interest under review for future fiber deployment. Once a customer is registered as a "UniFi backer" they have the ability to easily share the information with friends and neighbors who may be interested in signing up for United fiber services.  
"We are extremely proud of what we have been able to accomplish in order to bring fiber Internet and faster speeds to customers over the last few years, and we believe this new UniFi fiber campaign is going to be a game changer for future fiber deployment in our service area, said United Communications President and CEO, William Bradford.  "As a company who is literally in the trenches of broadband deployment, we know there is an extremely high demand for bandwidth across the state and we realize the need for broadband is only going to continue to grow.  The next critical step to expanding broadband, is to give customers the power to express interest in new services and faster speeds, and then meet that demand head on. Simultaneously, while the company pushes fiber service deployment across the area, we will also continue to focus our efforts making faster Internet speeds an option where fiber service is not currently available today." 
To learn more about United Communications UniFi campaign or to become a UniFi backer, please visit https://fiber.united.net. You can also follow United Communications on Facebook or Twitter to stay up to date on fiber construction updates and information about United products and services.