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A new theme park proposed for Lake City could prove to be an economic boon but before anything can happen, the developer wants the city to change its name.
Proposed is a $20 million project that includes a brewery and distillery, interactive kids’ theater, and an outdoor amphitheater, an indoor/outdoor water park and resort with a restaurant that looks like a shipwreck and seats 700, and a Rocky Top-themed sports museum, as well as a 100-bed lodge and several other attractions.
In addition to the theme park, they also want to change the name of the city to Rocky Top. Lake City used to be called Coal Creek, and then when Norris Dam was built, they renamed it Lake City. The man behind the idea, also the owner of Rocky Top Bottling, wants to change the name of Lake City to Rocky Top. Officials say many of the people they’ve spoken with are supportive of the idea.
The brewery, theme park, and theater could create as many as 200 jobs and bring in an estimated $50 million a year. The Lake City Town Council will hold a public meeting to talk about changing the city’s name before any vote would be taken.
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