CLINTON, Tenn. (AP) — There is a renewed effort to establish a coal miners' museum in Lake City.
Initial plans had been dormant for years, but the Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/14xxk06 ) reported a scaled-down version could be placed in the former Bank of America building on Main Street.
The 4,319-square-foot building is appraised at nearly $300,000, but the asking price is $100,000.
The operations committee of the Anderson County Commission has signed off on the plan, advancing it for full commission consideration.
"The museum would ignite the spark to our downtown development and would bring tourism into our county," Lake City Mayor Timothy L. Sharp stated in a letter to county officials.
The museum would include relics from the era when coal mining was the area's economic mainstay. Lake City was formerly called Coal Creek. Some artifacts are now displayed at the Lake City Recreation Center. Others are privately owned.
Among boosters of the project are the city council of Lake City, the city Chamber of Commerce and the Coal Creek Watershed Foundation. The latter is a nonprofit group dedicated to improving the environment and the living standard of people who live in the mountainous area near Lake City.