Rocky Fork park to grow tourism in Northeast Tennessee
Last month, Governor Haslam and I visited Rocky Fork to announce that 2,000 acres of the Rocky Fork tract will become the state’s 55th state park. This new state park, which will serve as Tennessee’s “Gateway to the Appalachian Trail,” will attract anyone who enjoys the Great American Outdoors to come have a good time, and spend some money to build up the tax base. We have seen this happen in Maryville, Sevierville and Asheville, and there is no reason it can't happen in Unicoi County.
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Emperor’s Award is for all Tennesseans
I was honored last month with the government of Japan’s “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star,” a national decoration conferred by the Emperor of Japan. I accepted the award on behalf of the people of Tennessee, whose friendship with the Japanese has been a great source of enjoyment to us over the last 30 years and has helped raise our family incomes more than any other event in our state’s recent history.
This is home for me
I sat down with Knoxville's WBIR recently for an interview for its "Homegrown" series, which shares the stories of people born and raised in East Tennessee. I told reporter Beth Haynes that “I’m not a senator from Tennessee, I’m a senator of Tennessee.”
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