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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Dolores Gresham is number one ...

on the list of Fayette County recipients receiving state-funded agriculture grants, according to the Commercial Appeal. The State Senate candidate's husband, James, received almost $27,000 from the program and is on track to receive an additional $9040.

James Gresham was approved for cost-sharing grants totaling $35,890 to help pay for improvements on the cattle farm east of Somerville he owns with his wife. She sits on the House Agriculture Committee and in the legislature that funded the program.

Rep. Gresham, R-Somerville, spoke in favor of the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program in the committee on Feb. 6, 2007, when Agriculture Commissioner Ken Givens reviewed its first year. She said the program "is obviously an investment in our future. It's an economic development tool."

That it is.

Although she didn't mention it at any point during the legislative session that approved the funds, she's not required to. She didn't break any laws or violate any regulations.

I wonder whether this item gets highlighted in next year's beef, er, um, Pork Report from the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

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