Programs-benefit-from-3-Star-grantsThe entire community will benefit from $10,000 worth of ThreeStar Grants awarded to Obion County programs. Grants of $5,000 each were presented to the Obion County Sheriff's Department for implementation of the TipSoft text message and email alert system and to the Obion County School System for its Back Pack Program. The Obion County Joint Economic Development Council made the application for the grants. The Governor's ThreeStar Program, administered by the Department of Economic and Community Development is designed to focus on areas identified as critical to ensuring the success of Tennessee communities. Those five pillars include jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, education and workforce development and health and welfare.

Among those who recently gathered for the presentation of the funds and a review of the 2014 Obion County ThreeStar activity plan were Chastity Homra, director of Coordinated School Health for the Obion County School System; Katie Keathley, membership director for the Obion County Chamber of Commerce; Lindsay Frilling, economic development director for the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council; Dale Hollowell, assistant director of Obion County School Systems; Chief Deputy Kent Treece of the Obion County Sheriff's Department; and Obion County Sheriff Jerry Vastbinder.

*Picture and article curtesy of the Union City Daily Messenger and staff reporter Chris Menees