Rocky Top celebrates Independence Day under new name

Rocky Top celebrates Independence Day under new name

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Residents in Rocky Top, which was formerly known as Lake City, are using the annual July 4 celebration to promote the name change. Residents in Rocky Top, which was formerly known as Lake City, are using the annual July 4 celebration to promote the name change.
Among American flags, barbeques and people donning red, white and blue, hang brand new signs for Rocky Top, Tenn. Among American flags, barbeques and people donning red, white and blue, hang brand new signs for Rocky Top, Tenn.
While everyone may not agree on the new name, they do have one thing in common. They're in Rocky Top to honor our country on Independence Day. While everyone may not agree on the new name, they do have one thing in common. They're in Rocky Top to honor our country on Independence Day.
By SHELBY MILLER
6 News Reporter

ROCKY TOP (WATE) - An East Tennessee town is not just honoring Independence Day on Friday, it's celebrating its brand new name.

Residents in Rocky Top, which was formerly known as Lake City, are using the annual July 4 celebration to promote the name change. 

Previous story: Lake City votes to change name to Rocky Top

Among American flags, barbeques and people donning red, white and blue, hang brand new signs for Rocky Top, Tenn.

"We're just excited about the change and this has been a long time coming and it's going to bring some great things to our community," said Danny Phillips, the pastor at Rocky Top Worship Center.

Eager people piled into Rocky Top Friday to take part in the annual Independence Day celebration and salute the city's new name.

In honor of the name change and it being July 4, the Rocky Top Middle School cheerleading team is selling Rocky Top Independence Day celebration shirts.

"If you want one you better get down here quick because they're going fast," said Sharon Templin, teacher and cheerleading coach at Rocky Top Middle School.

The town, formerly known as Lake City, officially changed its name last week. The change didn't come without controversy, but many residents say they're embracing the change.

"Of course there's been some reservation, but there's more excitement than anything and it's gaining more momentum as we go," Phillips said. 

So much momentum, they even changed the church's name, as did the owners of Rocky Top Construction. Chris Tackett calls this a brand new start for the city.

"This is more than just a name change, it's more than just changing the name of our business, it's about building our people and getting the people of this town raised up to a different level and a different mindset," Tackett said. 

However, not everyone is sold on the mindset.

"I'm kind of skeptical. I need to kind of see how things go. I'd like to see progress before all the excitement, so it's a wait and see for me," said Rocky Top resident Joe Higgs.

While everyone may not agree on the new name, they do have one thing in common. They're in Rocky Top to honor our country on Independence Day.

The Rocky Top Independence Day celebration continues 10:30 p.m. Friday with a fireworks show, which organizers say is the biggest the city's ever put on.

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