PROJECT IN LIMBO — The economical optimism surrounding a new, updated visitors center at Reelfoot Lake State Park was halted along with the progress at the project’s construction site after the Tennessee Department of Transportation conducted an audit that revealed the Mississippi River Corridor-Tennessee, a now disbanded, non profit group in charge of the project, had not followed proper protocol when advertising for bids to design the project and found current design plans did not meet state seismic safety codes. Originally, TDOT officials studied tearing down the already-constructed portion of the center, built with at least half of a $1,500,000 TDOT grant, and selling the scrap materials. Now, however, they are investigating ways to save the project that so many of the local residents hoped would provide a much-needed tourism boost to the Reelfoot Lake area.

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