By Max Hrenda
As plans proceed for the development of what could be the biggest tourist destination in the history of Johnson County, the state is offering the county its ideological – and financial – support.
On Wednesday morning, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill presented the Doe Mountain Recreation Authority with $196,000 in grant money for the enhancement and maintenance of two trails.
With the grant money in hand, the authority – comprised of business leaders, conservationists, and members of local government – will turn its attention to expanding two of the mountain’s existing trailheads.
“We’ve come a long way since the time the board was established,” said County Mayor Larry Potter, who also serves as the authority’s chairman. “There’s still some more work to be done, but with this federal money, it will definitely help.”
The grant was facilitated by the federally funded Recreational Trails Program, which awards funds to repair, maintain, or expand on trails. Though the program receives many applications, Hill said the Doe Mountain project stood out from the competition.