More than $55,000 in state grants given to sheriff, police departments

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Law-enforcement agencies in Roane County are the recipients of grants totaling $55,600 to be disbursed through the Governor’s Highway Safety Office to promote public safety on Tennessee roads and curb drunk driving.

Roane County Sheriff’s Office will receive a $15,000 network coordinator grant and $25,600 to administer A Safer Roane County.

Grants of $5,000 each were awarded to police departments in Harriman, Kingston and Oliver Springs for high visibility law-enforcement campaigns.

“These awards are very important to our local law enforcement agencies,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

“They will be put to good use
in keeping our roads safer. The funds are essential in helping us curb drunk driving,” the senator added.

“The grants should have a great impact in reducing the number of alcohol-related crashes.”

Yager said the grants are provided to agencies that successfully applied for funding based on problem and statistical need.

Applications were reviewed and scored by the Governor’s Highway Safety Office and external highway safety advocates.