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by Erin Hudson
of The Daily Times Staff
U.S. Rep. John J. Duncan Jr. will be in Blount County today to announce federal loan approval for a Townsend museum.
Duncan is scheduled to make the announcement at 11:30 a.m. at the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, said Rob Haralson, Duncan's press secretary.
The cultural development $414,000 loan will be distributed through the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the Smoky Mountain Cultural Center, which will be building the Tuckaleechee Heritage Museum and Community Center, Haralson said.
The community facility direct loan is being distributed through the rural development program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
The plan for the Tuckaleechee Heritage Museum is to showcase the history of transportation and its role in the Tuckaleechee Cove area.
The museum will be designed as a rustic barn and be built on East Lamar Alexander Parkway, just west of the entrance to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
In November 2001, the museum received confirmation it would get a $487,080 TEA-21 grant from the Tennessee Department of Transportation. TEA-21 stands for the federal Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century funding program.
The museum recently agreed to house the artifacts uncovered beside East Lamar Alexander Parkway by TDOT archaeologists during the road expansion.
For more information about the museum and the Smoky Mountain Cultural Center, visit smokymtculturalcenter.com on the internet.
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