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New Tazewell opens transforms airport

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NEW TAZEWELL, Tenn. (AP) - An eastern Tennessee town is celebrating a new airfield that grew out of pastureland with a tiny strip of a runway into a modern facility.

The Middleboro Daily News reported (http://bit.ly/V0RZwa ) that New Tazewell's airport routinely accommodates twin-engines to Lear jets since being renovated.

New Tazewell Mayor Jerry Beeler says the city put a good amount of "blood, sweat, tears and grant money" into transforming the airport. Beeler says the town's government used a 90-10 matching grant for $6.4 million to get the project off the ground, with the funds eventually rising to $9.6 million.

The city expects to continue renovations with the addition of 12 hangars and an Aviation Weather Avoidance Service system.

The city receives $13,000 in state grant money annually to maintain the airport.
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