Athens is one of 30 communities to receive a grant from Tennessee's Historic Preservation Fund.  The grants are awarded annually to community and civic groups for projects that support the preservation of historic and archaeological resources. 

The city received $18,000 to fund design guidelines for historic districts. 

This year’s selection included archaeological surveys, design guidelines for historic districts, rehabilitation of historic buildings, posters highlighting the state’s archaeology, National Register nominations.

One of the grant priorities is for projects that are in Certified Local Governments (CLG), a program that allows communities to participate closely in the federal program of historic preservation.  Eleven CLG communities were awarded grants this year. Additional priorities include those that meet the goals and objectives of the office’s plan for historic preservation.  Properties that use the restoration grants must be listed in the National Register.

The grant recipients, project, and location of the projects are:

Bedford County

Town of Bell Buckle (CLG)

$7,200 to fund the preparation of design guidelines for the downtown.

Davidson County

Metropolitan Historical Commission (CLG)

$24,000 to fund the preparation of a pattern book for outbuildings in historic overlay districts.

Greene County

East Tennessee State University

$10,000 to fund an archeological survey of David Crockett Birthplace State Park

Hardeman County

City of Bolivar (CLG)

$29,543 to fund restoration brickwork and windows on the National Register-listed Hardeman County Courthouse.

Hawkins County

Rogersville Main Street

$15,000 to fund restoration of the roof and tower of the National Register-listed former St. Mark’s Presbyterian Church.

Jackson County

Town of Gainesboro (CLG)

$17,550 to fund restoration of the exterior of the National Register-listed Jackson County Historical Museum.

Lawrence County

City of Lawrenceburg (CLG)

$15,000 to fund the restoration of the National Register-listed Crockett statue in the courthouse square.

City of Ethridge

$9,269 to fund the roof restoration of the National Register-listed former Farmers and Merchants Bank 

Overton County

American Legion Bohannon Post #4

$7,532 to fund the restoration of the National Register-listed American Legion building.

Roane County

Roane County Heritage Commission

$25,000 to fund masonry restoration on the National Register-listed former Roane County Courthouse.

Sevier County

New Salem Baptist Church Renovation Task Force

$33,416 to fund masonry restoration on the National Register-listed former church building.

Shelby County

City of Memphis (CLG)

$42,612 to fund restoration of the tower on the National Register-listed Clayborn Temple.

Sullivan County

City of Kingsport (CLG)

$12,060 to fund the preparation of design guidelines for historic overlay districts.

Washington County

City of Johnson City (CLG)

$12,000 to fund a survey and National Register nomination for the Gump Addition residential area.

White County

Tennessee Division of Archaeology

$5,4000 for an archaeological survey of Burgess Falls State Park.

Williamson County

City of Franklin (CLG)

$6,000 to fund the update the Hincheyville National Register District.

$22,200 to fund restoration of the windows on the National Register-listed Hayes House

Wilson County

Cumberland University

$25,000 to fund masonry restoration of the National Register-listed Memorial Hall.

Multi-County Grants

Middle Tennessee State University, Department of Sociology and Anthropology

$3,614 for posters for Tennessee Archaeology Week.

Middle Tennessee State University, Fullerton Laboratory for Spatial Technology

$50,000 to digitize data for historic / architectural survey files and for survey data entry for computerization of survey files.

East Tennessee Development District

$36,000 to fund a preservation specialist staff position for the East Tennessee Development District.

First Tennessee Development District

$30,000 to fund a preservation specialist staff position for the First Tennessee Development District. 

Greater Nashville Regional Council

$25,000 to fund a preservation specialist staff position for the Greater Nashville Regional Council.

Memphis Area Association of Governments

$25,000 to fund a preservation specialist staff position for the Memphis Area Association of Governments.

Northwest Tennessee Development District

$36,000 to fund a preservation specialist staff position for the Northwest Tennessee Development District.

South Central Tennessee Development District

$50,000 to fund a preservation specialist staff position for the South Central Tennessee Development District.

Southeast Tennessee Development District

$54,000 to fund a preservation specialist staff position for the Southeast Tennessee Development District.

Southwest Tennessee Development District

$40,000 to fund a preservation specialist staff position for the Southwest Tennessee Development District.

Upper Cumberland Development District

$40,000 to fund a preservation specialist staff position for the Upper Cumberland Development District.