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State Representative John Holsclaw Announces Funding Approval For New Rocky Fork Visitor Center

House Speaker Beth Harwell strongly supported funding efforts for park upgrades

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative John Holsclaw (R–Elizabethton) today announced funding approval for a new visitor center, picnic shelters, and pedestrian bridge at Rocky Fork State Park to better serve citizens of Unicoi County and surrounding areas.

The $4 million project was officially approved today by the State Building Commission which oversees construction of all public state buildings and structures. In recent years, the Commission’s responsibility has been expanded to include authority over most improvement and demolition projects of property owned by the state.

“This is a worthwhile project for our area that will help increase access and enjoyment at one of our state’s best parks,” said Representative Holsclaw. “I am thankful to the State Building Commission and look forward to seeing this project get underway in the near future.”

Established in 2012, Rocky Fork State Park is a 2,037-acre wilderness area situated in the Blue Ridge region of the Appalachian Mountains. The park is adjacent to the Cherokee National Forest and in close proximity to the famous Appalachian Trail.

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) — a member of the State Building Commission — was a strong supporter of this critical project and encouraged the commission to approve the necessary funding.

“Projects like this are vital in preserving and increasing access to some of our state’s most precious natural resources,” said Speaker Harwell. “I am proud of my colleagues for coming together to approve this important funding, and I thank Representative Holsclaw for his dedication to serving the community.”

John Holsclaw serves as a member of the House Calendar & Rules, House Health, and House Business & Utilities Committees. He is also a member of the House Business and Utilities Subcommittee. Holsclaw lives in Elizabethton and represents House District 4, which includes Unicoi and part of Carter Counties. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or by calling (615) 741-7450.


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