20 more acres added to park
Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 6:47 pm
By: The Associated Press
The Messenger 09.15.10
GATLINBURG (AP) — The Great Smoky Mountains National Park has grown by 20 acres.
National Park Service spokesman Bob Miller told The Knoxville News Sentinel the opportunity to buy the two 10-acre parcels came about in the last couple of weeks.
The Foothills Land Conservancy and the Friends of the Smokies provided the $775,000 to buy the land at public auction last weekend.
Miller said the purchase is important because the acreage is surrounded on three sides by park land.
Its purchase prevents further development on the land off of U.S. 321 near Pittman Center.
Park officials have not decided what to do with a 5,000-square-foot house on the property.
Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com