The Trump Administration announced Tuesday, Oct. 13 that United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $60 million to assist more than 78,000 rural Tennessee residents access essential community services in rural Tennessee.

“Supporting essential services in our rural communities is vital to improve the quality of life for its residents,” said State Director Jim Tracy. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA has been working tirelessly to be a strong partner to rural Tennessee in building stronger and healthier communities, because we know when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

Overton County will use a $203,000 loan and $105,000 grant to purchase two new ambulances to replace the two highest mileage units in service for the county. This will allow the county to provide more efficient and timely response to all emergency calls, as well as reduce maintenance costs on the ambulance fleet.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements, business development, housing, community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care, and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information visit www.rd.usda.gov/tn.