Anderson County church holds celebration for "Rocky Top" name ch

Anderson County church holds celebration for "Rocky Top" name change

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Hundreds of people turned out for the event, decked out in none other than their Tennessee orange and white. Hundreds of people turned out for the event, decked out in none other than their Tennessee orange and white.
"We just believe that the best is yet to come,” said Tony McAfee, head pastor of Covenant Life Church. "We just believe that the best is yet to come,” said Tony McAfee, head pastor of Covenant Life Church.
The church has committed to help city leaders in any way that they can. The church has committed to help city leaders in any way that they can.
Rocky Top, TN -

 By HAYLEY HARMON

6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - As the transition continues for the Anderson County town now known as Rocky Top, one local church is throwing its support behind city leaders who decided on the name change.

City council approved the name change from Lake City to Rocky Top back at the end of June.

And now, locals say they are more ready than ever to see the positive change they expected.

It was a packed house Sunday morning at Covenant Life Church, for the first ever Rocky Top Celebration, celebrating the brand new name of the place they call home.

"We just believe that the best is yet to come,” said Tony McAfee, head pastor of Covenant Life Church.

"Just a kickoff for Rocky Top Tennessee! We're here and we're on board,” said church member Ruth Baker.

Hundreds of people turned out for the event, decked out in none other than their Tennessee orange and white.

"Now I don't know if that's going to be the Rocky Top, Tennessee colors but most likely,” said McAfee.

It's the church's way of showing its support for the city's recent somewhat controversial name change.

They believe it can do nothing but good for their town, namely bring economic growth.

"It's a big game changer for the city and for the church economically, socially, every which way. It's going to create so many more jobs,” said McAfee.

With a planned major tourist attraction to be built in Rocky Top, that means lots more jobs and lots more visitors.

"Things are going to change at such a rapid pace once they break ground on the first project, which is the motel and the water park, that people will begin to move here from all over,” said McAfee.

That’s something everyone at Covenant Life say they are ready for.

"I love it. I think it's going to be awesome! I think it's the start of something new and something great that's going to happen,” said church member Aliyah Brooks.

The church has committed to help city leaders in any way that they can.

"As the church here, we're all excited and we're willing to do whatever we can do to help the economy grow and we're just excited and happy,” said Baker.

"We celebrate with them. We are behind them and we are believing for some really positive changes,” said McAfee.

Covenant Life Church is in the middle of building a new location right now.

McAfee says once it’s complete, they are offering the use of their old facility to help with any events the city of Rocky Top would like to use it for.

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