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Litter Grant Applications for FY 2023

The Highway Beautification Office is now accepting applications from county partners for the Litter Grant for fiscal year 2023. Applications are due to the Highway Beautification Office by close of business on Monday, May 2nd, 2022. Applications will need to be sent to Susan.Stokes@tn.gov.
Litter Grant annual traning is Wednesday, April 20th. If you plan on attending, please register no later than Monday, April 11th. If you have any questions relating to this year's Litter Grant Training, please contact Brittany.R.Morris@tn.gov. 
TN Scenic Byways
Legislative Update
This year’s session of the Tennessee General Assembly has produced a great deal of interest in Tennessee’s litter problem. Multiple bills have been written to amend and strengthen the State’s Covered Load and Criminal Littering laws. One additional bill  elaborates the grants TDOT may offer in beautifying Tennessee. HB2194/SB2348 does not provide TDOT with additional funding for Litter Grants but does allow TDOT to offer grants for various roadway, waterway and shoreline initiatives. The bill has passed the Senate and is still being considered in the House. More information can be found at the link below. 
More Information About SB 2348

Scenic Byways Booklet

Just in time for road-trip season, TDOT has ordered 24,000 print copies of the new Scenic Byway booklets, which can be found online at the link below. These print versions have a fresh forest green cover page and have been distributed to Tennessee Welcome Centers statewide. Print editions of these flipbooks, share the unique stories and intrinsic qualities of each byway. This effort was a partnership between TDOT and the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development.

    Link to Green Book

    New Outdoor Advertising Staff Member 

    Welcome, Ms. Julie Mullins to the Region 1 Beautification team! Before joining Beautification, Julie worked with TDOT’s Construction Division at the Cookeville district office. She started with the Beautification Office last October and has enjoyed first few months on the job. “Everyone’s been very helpful in my learning about Outdoor Advertising. It’s been great getting to know our customers and to build a base of knowledge about what we do.”, said Julie. She is a resident of the Halls area of Knox County and enjoys spending time with her daughter and grandchildren. Be sure to welcome Julie as you interact with our Region 1 Beautification staff.   
    Bedford County

    New Federal Scenic Byway Grant Funding
    For the first time since 2012, Federal Highways has released new funding for the National Scenic Byway grant program. The application period for this year’s allocation, $22 million, is open through Monday, May 16th. Eligible projects include: Protection of Resources; Marketing; Byway Facility Improvements; Interpretation; Byway Route Development; Planning Documents; Access to Recreation; and Safety Improvements. Applications much be made through TDOT. For more information, reach out to Tennessee’s Scenic Roadways Coordinator, Mike McClanahan at (615) 741-0803 or michael.mcclanahan@tn.gov
    New Seabin Network on the Tennessee River 
    On World Water Day on March 22nd, TDOT joined with Keep the Tennessee River Beautiful and other partners in Chattanooga to announce a network of 18 new Seabin devices that are to be established throughout the Tennessee River watershed. TDOT has grant funded 10 of the 18 Seabin devices, as well as two years of Living Lands and Waters cleanups, to benefit the river and it’s tributaries across the state. Seabin devices are automated and act as a large pool skimmer to filter litter, gasoline, oils and microplastics from the water. One Seabin device can remove up to 3,000 lbs. of litter annually. The devices are being installed at the following locations:
      • Louisville Landing Marina - Louisville, TN
      • Volunteer Landing Marina – Knoxville, TN
      • Tennessee Aquarium – Chattanooga, TN
      • Harrison Bay State Park – Soddy Daisy, TN
      • Pickwick Landing State Park – Hardin County, TN
      • Paris Landing State Park – Henry County, TN
      • Lake Ocoee Inn & Marina – Benton, TN
      • Tellico Marina – Vonore, TN
      • Clifton RV & Marina – Clifton, TN
      • Fontana Village Resort – Fontana, NC
      • Joe Wheeler State Park - Rogersville, AL
      • Florence Harbor Marina – Florence, AL  
    This new network of automated skimming devices is the largest such network on any river system in the world. To find out more information, please click the button below.
    TN River Seabin Network
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