Lake City one step away from changing name to Rocky Top

Lake City one step away from changing name to Rocky Top

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Leaders in the town of Lake City want to change the name to "Rocky Top." Leaders in the town of Lake City want to change the name to "Rocky Top."
By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter


LAKE CITY (WATE) - Lake City is now just one step away from being named Rocky Top, Tennessee.

A federal judge denied an injunction Wednesday that was filed by the House of Bryant, the copyright owners of the song "Rocky Top".

The group was trying to stop Lake City from changing its name, saying it would hurt their business and the Rocky Top brand.

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Lake City argued the opposite, saying the name change would help everyone involved.

"We can move on with many, many projects that can really benefit the town," said Lake City Mayor Tim Sharp.

Projects like building museums, restaurants, hotels and even an amusement park. Tim Isbell, an Anderson County Commissioner and president of Rocky Top Marketing and Manufacturing, says all of this development will only happen once Lake city is known as Rocky Top.

"Now the same area that was once used for coal underground, now on top that same ground, we can make this a fruitful community again," Isbell said.

Isbell says Lake City's economy has been going downhill for years, but this change will bring jobs and excitement back. In fact, the Rocky Top brand is already taking off here. Rocky Top Outdoors opened this spring. The owner tells 6 news he thinks the name change will be good for his business. But what do people living here think?

"It's always Lake City to me," said lifelong resident Kevin Kennedy. 

Kennedy says he doesn't want the name of his hometown to change, but says it would be worth it if it brings growth.

"I'd say the majority are for it. Everyone wants good change," Kennedy said.

For the name to officially change, city council needs to vote on it. The mayor is hoping that will be done by July 4th.

As of Wednesday night, the House of Bryant did not returned a call asking for a comment.

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