Proposed Aetna Mountain Outdoors Hub Could Boost Marion County

Reported by: James Mahon
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Updated: 4/07 7:18 pm
MARION COUNTY, TN, (WDEF)-200  acres of mountains, rivers and gorges near Raccoon Mountain owned by Jeff and Steve Perlaky could become a major outdoors hub.

Jeff Perlaky,"When you look at it from the mountains to lake Nickajack, the valleys in between, it's a beautiful county, we would love to see more people coming to the county, to get to experience everything it has to offer"

Local elected officials say the brother's application and business plan must be submitted by April 15th.

"The first step is to come to the County Commission and request that the district signified by the County Commission and if they do that, then its upto the individual business owner to petition the state and there are certain requirements, pretty strict requirements"

Mayor Graham added that previous attacks involving cyclists in Marion County were not an accurate reflection of how the outdoors and adventure sports are seen by locals.

"That was an isolated incident we don't condone that type of activity, I am not saying who was right or wrong, we want people to feel safe here, they are safe here, we want them to use our county and come and enjoy all the natural beauty that we have here"

Raccoon Mountain caverns already attract  thousands of visitors from across the US annually.

"Both Jeff and Steven Perlaky say one of their primary concerns is the environment, they hope they can get the go ahead without too much disruption wildlife"

The proposed site would be open to campers, hikers and bikers.
     The brothers added having a location to observe birds in their natural habitat could also form part of the proposal.


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