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Heritage group gets $2,500 in grant $$$

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East Tennessee Foundation is celebrating 25 years of thoughtful giving — neighbors caring for neighbors — in 2011.

To mark the occasion and to demonstrate what it does in its 25-county service area, the Foundation has awarded a $2,500 grant to a nonprofit agency in each of the counties it serves.

The Roane County recipient of the grant is the Roane County Heritage Commission.

The Heritage Commission, established in 1974, was deeded the old historic Roane County Courthouse in Kingston at the time of its founding.

The organization’s goal is to preserve the county’s past for all future generations. One major task is to preserve and protect the large collection of court documents from over the years.  

The Foundation’s funding in 2009 helped restore the pre-Civil War courthouse that is presently used as a genealogical library and history museum.

The building will be restored to include space for a transportation museum and welcome center.

Visit www.roanetnheritage.com for details.

Support for the grant given to the Roane County Heritage Commission comes from the Marilyn L. Frank Opportunity Fund of East Tennessee Foundation.

The overall objective of the Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration is to bring greater awareness and understanding throughout East Tennessee of how East Tennessee Foundation works with donors and through nonprofits in the region and how each person in the service area can have a relationship with the Foundation.

Visit www.easttennesseefoundation.org for details.