After years of uncertainty, Friendsville is finally moving forward with plans to construct a city-wide sewer system.

It could not have done so without money from U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration they were awarded Sept. 15. City officials worked hard independently and then with Representative Tim Burchett to secure a 50/50 grant.

The city will pay for the other half of the $865,000 project while the grant secured them just under $450,000.

Work is set to begin late fall, early winter and may wrap during the spring of 2020.

The new system will serve 65 to 70 buildings and while much of the focus has been on the historic need for the local elementary school to have sewer services, Mayor Andy Lawhorn said it will also pave the way for future development on U.S. 321.

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