Music publisher suing over Lake City's proposed name change

Music publisher suing over Lake City's proposed name change

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House of Bryant Publications has filed suit against the city of Lake City over its proposed name change to "Rocky Top." House of Bryant Publications has filed suit against the city of Lake City over its proposed name change to "Rocky Top."

LAKE CITY (WATE) - House of Bryant Publications has filed suit against the city of Lake City over its proposed name change to "Rocky Top."

Rocky Top Tennessee Marketing and other individuals are also named in the suit.

House of Bryant filed a complaint in federal district court in Knoxville seeking an injunction preventing the name change, saying it is an attempt to "unfairly exploit the fame and goodwill" of its intellectual property.

The small publisher says recent actions by the Tennessee General Assembly left them with no choice but to file suit.

House of Bryant owns multiple "Rocky Top" trademarks and the copyright to the popular "Rocky Top" song.

Lake City leaders voted in November 2013 to change the town's name to "Rocky Top."

The idea for the name change started when city leaders voted to turn a former bank into a coal mining museum. That caught the eye of the owners of Rocky Top Bottling, based in Knoxville. Now, they want to develop this area into an amusement complex with a water park, restaurant and theaters.


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