Just before Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee State Parks head Brock Hill left their positions in state government, a groundbreaking for a new economic hub at Fall Creek Falls State Park was held.
The groundbreaking for the new inn, restaurant and conference center, that was to cost $29 million at the time it closed last April, was held on a cold January day. Hill gave a speech of praise, thanking the outgoing Governor for his “support of state parks” during his tenure.
While Haslam was not on site, his essence was every bit present. The former Governor has been at the center of controversy locally after his 2015 plan to outsource the existing state-managed Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn to a private company failed.
For more, see the May 2 issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.