|Published: 8:56 AM, 08/08/2012
Author: Jessica Cross
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
TELLICO PLAINS-The owner of a favorite
Tellico Plains business has decided to not rebuild after the March
The KOA Campground in Tellico Plains,
owned by the Stokely Company, was destroyed in the March 2 tornado
that ravaged its way through the town. The campground was closed for
the season when the tornado hit and was unable to open during the
2012 season due to damage.
"After much thought, analysis,
discussion and yes, prayer, the decision has been made to not rebuild
the KOA," said Stokely Company, in a press release on Tuesday
morning. "In the final analysis, we looked at our 11 years in
operations, receiving numerous awards, having an excellent staff,
great campers, and a beautiful setting. However, with all these
working in our favor, the business was not as successful financially
as it needed to be."
The town of Tellico Plains will be
greatly affected by the decision.
"It will have an impact on our tax
revenue and will also impact the county as far as motel/hotel
revenue. The county will also feel the impact of it," said Mayor
Patrick Hawkins. "But, our direct effect will be the tourism. It'll
definitely have a negative impact there. People want to come here,
but we don't have a lot of lodging available. People spend the night
and they spend more money. It's just sad news."
See full story in the Wednesday, August 8, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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