Ben Smith PARIS TN: State awards $100,000 grant to help develop former kitty litter site

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Henry County has received word that it officially has been awarded a $100,000 site development grant from the state to pay for preparing the former American Colloid location for a possible future owner.

County Mayor Brent Greer said Monday night that the grant goes to the Paris-Henry County Industrial Committee, which agreed to buy the 400-acre tract owned by Mineral Technologies, Inc. in mid-September. The industrial board has a three-year option to buy the site for $1 million.

The grant is termed a due diligence grant by the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

The site, on Russell Street in Paris, is the former location of American Colloid, a kitty litter manufacturer that had previously been known as Southern Clay. American Colloid shut down he

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