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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - State business officials say the city of Sweetwater is Tennessee's newest Main Street Community.

Cities that receive Main Street designations receive technical assistance and guidance to make their downtown areas safe and appealing places where people want to shop and live.

State Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty says strong downtowns signal a healthy local economy and help attract companies.

Located in McMinn and Monroe counties, Sweetwater is the state's 27th Main Street Community.

Last year, certified Main Street Communities generated more than $82 million of public-private investment and created 604 new jobs.

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