Governor's Office for Local Development

Press Release Date:  Thursday, May 17, 2007  
Contact Information:  Lanny Brannock
Andi Johnson
Public Information Officer

 First Lady Glenna Fletcher joined Senate President David L. Williams today at the Monroe County High School campus to present local officials with $4 million in funds for the Monroe County Wellness Center. The facility will provide citizens access to fitness activities, health education and health screenings.


The First Lady announced a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to the city of Tompkinsville and Monroe County for costs associated with constructing a wellness center. Senator Williams also presented local officials with a ceremonial check representing $3 million in state funds for the project.


“Moving Kentucky toward a more prosperous future begins with investments in the health of our citizens,” said Mrs. Fletcher. “The new wellness center provides Monroe County with a valuable tool for combating obesity and encouraging healthier lifestyles among children and adults in this community.”


Promotion of wellness, especially increased physical activity, a healthy diet and avoidance of tobacco products, are the cornerstones of Governor Ernie Fletcher’s statewide health initiative, Get Healthy Kentucky. The program is designed to educate and inspire residents of the commonwealth to lead a healthy life by using partnerships and targeted initiatives, like the Clinton County Wellness Center.


The new wellness center will be located on the school campus. It is expected to include a lobby area, cardio and aerobic facilities, indoor swimming pool, community meeting rooms and staff office space.


“The construction of a new wellness center is a priority to this community,” said Senate President David L. Williams. “This project demonstrates how local, state and federal officials are effectively working together to improve the quality of life for the citizens of Monroe County and surrounding counties.”


The First Lady also announced to local officials the Governor’s plans to recommend to federal officials that the Monroe County Wellness Center project receive $500,000 in Appalachian Regional Commission grant funds.


Kentucky’s Congressional leaders’ continued support of the CDBG program has made the funding available nationally and within the commonwealth. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development makes these funds available through the Governor’s Office for Local Development (GOLD), the state agency responsible for administering the CDBG Small Cities program.


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