Unfinished Reelfoot Lake State Park center could be torn down

Unfinished Reelfoot Lake State Park center could be torn down

August 22nd, 2017 by The Commercial Appeal in Politics State

Homer and Elaine Tackett, of Monroe, Wis., look at some of the Cypress trees that grow at Reelfoot Lake in Samburg, Tenn., in this 2003 photo.

Photo by Associated Press /Times Free Press.

TIPTONVILLE, Tenn. — Photos from the February 2016 event show a typically convivial groundbreaking ceremony, with smiling dignitaries ready to scoop the initial shovelfuls of dirt for a nearly $2 million Reelfoot Lake State Park interpretive visitors center designed to showcase Tennessee's largest natural lake.

But 18 months and up to $700,000 in taxpayer funds later, it's doubtful the visitors center will ever host any visitors.

The partially completed structure stands vacant and sheathed in weather-resistant house wrap. Construction ground to a halt months ago.

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