By Katie Lamb,
Freelance Writer

At the annual Johnson County Commission budget meeting on Monday, August 5, 2019, the Commission agreed to grant the Johnson County Tennis Association (JCTA) with $8,500 in support of the construction for new tennis courts at the Community Center at Cunningham Park in Mountain City.
The City previously donated $8,500.
The Tennessee Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) program will match the total sum of $17,000, dollar for dollar.
The JCTA, just last month, was awarded $3,000 at the 2019 Johnson County Community Foundation (JCCF) grant reception, a sum also matched by the LPRF, to help fund this endeavor.
Paul Maulden, volunteer interim director JCTA, said “We are excited to report that the Commission has approved our request and we plan to utilize the monies for United States Tennis Association (USTA) endorsed tennis courts, as well as, improved lighting.”
While there was some concern whether or not the new Light Emitting Diode (LED) bulbs, proposed for the project, would create electromagnetic interference with the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Maulden is working diligently to resolve any and all concerns involving LED lights for the new courts.
“LED lights are very long-lasting and do not require much maintenance,” Maulden said. “As opposed to typical metal halide lighting existing at many football fields, LED lighting lasts hundreds of hours.”
Maulden also reports, “The lifetime of this project will span two generations, with proper minimal maintenance.”
“The Johnson County Tennis Association, tennis court project, has been greatly supported by locals, including, the Republican Women of Johnson County and The Newcomers Club,” said Maulden. “There will be a meeting and fundraiser in the late fall, and all are welcome.”
For more information about JCTA or to donate, please contact Paul Maulden, at (423) 727-4302 or by email prmaulden@gmail.com. For more information about the LPRF, please visit www.tn.gov.