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Tennessee doles out $185 million in pandemic small business aid

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/AP)  --  State officials have distributed $185 million in pandemic relief aid to Tennessee businesses, but Gov. Bill Lee’s Administration has declined to provide details.

Officials will say that some 25,000 companies received Tennessee Small Business Relief Program assistance. Seventy percent of the funding reportedly went to companies with annual gross sales of half-a-million dollars or less.

However, when the Associated Press asked the state Department of Revenue for a list of each business included and how much they received, the request was denied.

The relief effort ended this week, but Gov. Lee says he plans to allocate another $50 million to small business relief later this year.

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