(NASHVILLE) – State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced today he is pleased Scott County will receive a $35,000 Tourism Enhancement Grant from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. The grant will be used for directional signage to Big South Fork National River and Recreational Area, which attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists each year to Scott County.

The Tourism Enhancement Grants are funded through the Rural Economic Opportunity Act, co-sponsored by Yager, which is designed to improve the economic indicators in rural communities across Tennessee. 

“Big South Fork is one the most breathtaking natural beauties in the country. With a diverse ecosystem, whitewater rivers, and hiking and equestrian trails, there is much to explore in Big South Fork in Scott County,” said Yager. “I am glad this grant will go to add directional signs to Big South Fork to help visitors find the park and enjoy all that it has to offer.” 

“I appreciate the work of local officials in Scott County for their successful application and was happy to co-sponsor the legislation to create this grant,” added Yager.

For more information on the Tourism Enhancement Grant, see the Tennessee Department of Tourism release linked here