Sec. of State Hargett to Award Archival Grant to Rhea County

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(January 14, 2018) TN Secretary of State Tre Hargett presents $5,000 grant for Rhea County Archives. From Left, Secretary of State Tre Hargett, State Senator Ken Yager, Rhea County Archivist Jacob Ellis, Rhea County Historian Patricia Guffey, State Rep. Ron Travis, County Executive George Thacker. (ElmerHarris/RheaReview)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett on Tuesday will visit the Rhea County Courthouse to award an archival grant to the Rhea County Archives.

Secretary Hargett will be joined by Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston) to present a $4,900 state Archives Development Program Grant (ADP) distributed through the Tennessee State Library and Archives, a division of the Tennessee Secretary of State’s Office.

“Rhea County houses volumes of important records and documents, preserving the history of the local community and its place in Tennessee history. The Archives Development Grant is an important investment in helping to protect irreplaceable documents that are invaluable to the county and the state’s history,” Hargett said.

“I am proud of work the Tennessee Library and Archives does to administer these state and federal funds in the in the most cost-effective manner.”

The Rhea County Archives will use the grant funds for supplies to preserve endangered county records. ADP grant funds may be used for archival supplies, such as acid free folders, boxes, environmental monitoring devices, shelving, and expenses related to conserving permanently valuable, local government records.

The Tennessee General Assembly provides the funding for Archives Development Grants and they are administered by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

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