Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

January 23, 2013

Rockwood Airport awarded TDOT grant


CROSSVILLE — The Rockwood Airport is one of eight airports across the state receiving a Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)  aeronautics grants totaling $446,436. The Rockwood Airport grant of $89,100 will be matched by $4,950 from the state and $4,950 in local funds and will be used to install an above ground fuel tank.

The Rockwood Airport lies in Cumberland and Roane counties in the northeast section of the Westel community.

Other airports across the state receiving grants include air fields in Elizabethton, Halls, Jasper, Knoxville, Lebanon, Oneida and Tullahoma.

The grants are made available through the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Aeronautics Division.

The Division administers federal and state funding to assist in the location, design, construction and maintenance of Tennessee's diverse public aviation system.

Except for routine expenditures, grant applications are reviewed by the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission (TAC), which is a five member board charged with policy planning and with regulating changes in the state Airport System Plan. The board carefully reviews all applications for grants to ensure that the proper state and local matching funds are in place and that the grants will be used for needed improvements.

The TDOT Aeronautics Division has the responsibility of inspecting and licensing the state’s 126 heliports and 75 public/general aviation airports.  The Division also provides aircraft and related services for state government and staffing for the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission.