Two local projects are benefiting from more than $9 million in grants awarded by the USDA.

The grant recipients were announced earlier this week as part of the Community Facilities Program managed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

Projects in Prentiss and Tishomingo counties will receive some of the monies dolled out.

“These targeted investments from the USDA Rural Development program will help fund much needed equipment in communities across our state,” said U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker. “The projects will enhance quality of life and improve safety for thousands of Mississippians.”

In Tishomingo County, $50,000 will go to the Town of Tishomingo to help purchase a sewer jetter, while the town will use an additional $30,200 USDA grant to help purchase a tractor.

The Prentiss County Board of Supervisors were also awarded a grant. They will use $100,000 to help purchase two new fire trucks to be used in the county.

“These USDA Rural Development grants will help fulfill the need for vehicles, equipment, and projects required by small, rural communities to better serve their residents. These federal resources are backed with local funding, which makes these projects a welcomed collaborative effort,” said U.S. Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith, who serves on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee.

A total of $9,317,500 was awarded for 41 community improvement projects throughout Mississippi.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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