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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.

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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