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Airport work to begin soon

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By Cindy Simpson

T-hangar building construction at the Rockwood Municipal Airport may start in mid-winter next year.
“Hopefully, we’ll get the concrete slabs poured before Christmas,” said Councilwoman Peggy Evans, a staunch advocate for the municipal-owned airport she says can be an economic boon for the city.
Evans said if all goes well, actual construction can start in February, and in no time they can rent the buildings for airplanes and other storage.
“Hopefully, if we can keep this going, it will be self-supporting,” Evans said.
She envisions aviation traffic growing at the airport, particularly from business operations.
Evans said the airport’s access to Interstate 40 and its proximity to Interstate 75 make it ideal for a transportation hub for businesses like Fed Ex.
Rockwood received more than $300,000 in Tennessee Division of Aeronautics grant funds for projects at the airline.
The projects include work to raise the aviation fuel tanks at $89,939.77.
That project is near to completion.
Other planned work at the airport includes replacing the heating and air conditioning units at the terminal building and community hangar upgrades to begin soon.