(WBIR, Hartford) Governor Bill Haslam visited Cocke County Tuesday as part of the continuing effort to modernize Tennessee.
Grassy Fork Elementary School received $500,000 to install pipes that will run from Newport into the school. Before now, the school was using well water as its source, which can have pollutants in it, risking a student's heath.
Leaders say the new pipes are taking a huge load off the school's shoulders.
"When this is done, these children are going to be able to turn on that faucet, no one's gonna have to run to go check the well. We're not going to have to worry if it doesn't pass the test this morning and we can't have school. Now we're good to go, it's an exciting time for our community," said Jeremy Faison.
The grant was the final installation in a three-part $2 million fund to help improve water supplies to households in Cocke County.