Workers sign last piece of steel for new Pigeon Forge venue

Workers sign last piece of steel for new Pigeon Forge venue


PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (AP) - Construction of the LeConte Center in Pigeon Forge reaches a milestone with a "signing of the steel" ceremony.

The last piece of structural steel for the $45 million project will be signed with the names of people involved in the project before being hoisted into place.

The ceremony at 3 p.m. Wednesday will be attended by Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Susan Whittaker, local officials and the entire board of the National Quartet Convention. The group announced earlier this month it would bring its 2014 and 2015 weeklong gospel music events to the new center.

Tourism officials said the project is under budget and on schedule for completion in September 2013.

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