Travis, Sexton Announce Fall Creek Falls State Park Improvements Are Moving Forward

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The State Building Commission has cleared another hurdle for improvements at Fall Creek Falls State Park in Bledsoe and Van Buren Counties, State Representative Ron Travis (R–Dayton) and State Representative Cameron Sexton (R–Crossville) announced Wednesday.

The approval means state leaders have given the green light to open bids and select a vendor for the construction of several park projects, which include upgrading the old wing of the park’s hotel, the addition of a geothermal HVAC system, and kitchen upgrades. Once complete, the renovation projects will represent a $9.46 million investment in the community.

“These improvements at Fall Creek Falls will provide both residents and visitors with an even better experience at one of our state’s most premier parks,” said Rep. Travis.

“In addition,” Rep. Cameron Sexton said, “these projects will provide a boost to the economy through increased tourism to Bledsoe and Van Buren Counties.”

“It is always exciting to see new projects underway at our state parks,” said House Speaker Beth Harwell (R–Nashville). “I am proud of the State Building Commission for moving forward with these projects, and I thank Representative Travis and Representative Sexton for their strong support for Fall Creek Falls.”

Rep. Travis and his wife, Laura, live in the Dayton community in Rhea County. He represents the 31st House District, which includes all of Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and a portion of Roane County.


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