Sullivan County receives $10,200 grant to update historical information

J. H. Osborne • Sep 12, 2012 at 2:38 AM

BLOUNTVILLE — A $10,200 grant from the Tennessee Historical Commission will help fund an update to the National Register of Historic Places listing for the Historic Blountville District.

The purpose is to add Civil War history regarding the Battle of Blountville -- a key step necessary to make plausible any future federal or state funding for the proposed "Battle of Blountville Military State Park" or other future preservation projects.

Details of how buildings in the district are connected to that battle were not included in the Blountville Historic District information already on file -- since the 1970s -- with the U.S. Department of Interior, according to a resolution under consideration by Sullivan County commissioners this month.

The Sullivan County Commission approved seeking the grant more than a year ago, in August 2011, according to the resolution.

Grant funding of $10,200 has been awarded to the county from the Tennessee Historical Commission "to be used for professional historic preservation services," according to the resolution, and $6,800 of in-kind services will come from staff and committee for a total project not to exceed $17,000.

"The U.S. Department of Interior's National Register of Historic Places is solely an honorary listing with voluntary preservation standards," the resolution reads, in part. "However, it is a prerequisite for further federal or state support of such projects."

The resolution already is endorsed by the County Commission's Executive Committee and Administrative Committee. It will be up for possible action by the commission's Budget Committee on Thursday and could come for a vote by the full commission on Sept. 17.

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