NASHVILLE, TN (WRCB) -- Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and TDOT Commissioner John Schroer on Wednesday announced  the award of a $156,800 transportation enhancement grant to the city of Niota for the Depot Restoration Project.

The Niota Depot, which was constructed in 1854, is the oldest standing train depot in the state of Tennessee and presently serves as the Niota City Hall. The Depot Restoration Project will make urgent repairs to the depot's stone and brick foundation, and restore the baggage room doors.

The project will allow Niota to promote this antebellum depot that played critical roles in East Tennessee's railroad history, the Civil War, and late 19th and early 20th century textile industries.

"Tennessee is rich with historic landmarks such as the Niota Depot, and preserving them for future generations to enjoy and appreciate is important," Haslam said. "The building's restoration and adaptive reuse can create a more vibrant and economically sustainable downtown and will bring new visitors to the area each year. We are proud to support these important improvements."