Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Putnam Gets More Than $300K In Safety Grants

Governor Phil Bredesen and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Gerald Nicely have announced that the District Attorney’s office has been awarded a highway safety grant of more than $178,000 to support a program called B.E.S.T. -- or Better Enforcement Stopping Tragedy. It's one of five Governor's Highway Safety Office grants that came to Putnam County. The grants are awarded to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on a defined problem and statistical need. Applications are reviewed and scored by highway safety advocates, and the agencies that meet the criteria for funding received awards. In addition to the DA's grant, Tennessee Tech University was awarded $112,000 to continue its educational program featuring Ollie the Otter. The Baxter and Monterey police departments received $5,000 for high visibility enforcement campaigns, while the city of Cookeville's police department got $25,000 for its Safe Streets program.