Lewis County Herald - Serving Hohenwald, Lewis County Tennessee Since 1898

By Becky Jane Newbold
Managing Editor 

Failed vote for airport runway puts $2.4 million in jeopardy

State Aeronautics grant plus USDA funding would cover 95.75% of cost to reconstruct runway


August 20, 2020

Pete Noblin

Lewis County Mayor Jonah Keltner appeared stunned when it became apparent the vote was failing during a vote Monday evening.

Members of the Lewis County Commission voted down a 4.25 percent match to a $2,576,477 airport runway reconstruction project Monday night.

All commissioners were present with the exception of Commissioner Connie Sharp. Newly elected Commissioner Kyle Bobo was in attendance as a non-voting participant. He is to be sworn-in in September.

Asphalt at Lewis County Airport, John A. Baker Field, is the oldest in the state of Tennessee. A collapsed pipe under the runway as well as divots and cracks contributed to the county's eligibility to receive $2,079,528.15 in state funding. An additional $...

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