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Congressman Blackburn Talks Jobs, Announces Grant

By Mallory Cooke
By mcooke@wbbjtv.com

HENDERSON, Tenn. - Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) talked jobs in Chester County, Wednesday.

People packed the parking lot at the Southwest Human Resource Agency in Henderson, while Blackburn talked about employment inside. “We’re talking about jobs, jobs growth, jobs retention,” she said.

The Southwest Human Resource Agency is a non-profit group that assists low income individuals, senior citizens, and provides job assistance. “It’s about making sure that individuals know there is a place to go right here at home,” Blackburn said.

Blackburn announced Wednesday the agency will receive a $1.1 million grant. Executive Director Mike Smith says the money will help replace damaged rental property.

“The investment that we’re making in people’s lives are returning to the tax base, to the overall economy here,” Smith said. “There’s cutbacks that are happening daily and so our focus here today was to try to impress upon our congressional leaders that the dollars that we’re getting are being returned.”

Blackburn seemed optimistic. “We certainly hope the economy is going to come out of this prolonged recession and be ready, set, go when that happens,” she said.

Money from the grant will help low income families and people with special needs. The grant gives the agency enough money to work on four houses in Madison County, and duplexes in Hardin and McNairy Counties.