A Local 8 Weather Alert has been issued for Wednesday morning (the busiest travel day of the year), due to the cold rain and wet snow mix expected across East Tennessee. While it may be a cold rain in the Valley, drivers headed toward the Smokies or the Tri-Cities are more likely to encounter moderate wet snow showers. Please be advised.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge will become the 56th state park in Tennessee.
Gov. Bill Haslam recently made the announcement at the annual Legacy Parks Foundation luncheon in Knox County.
The refuge is a Knox County wildlife sanctuary that is currently managed by the Seven Islands Foundation and Knox County Parks and Recreation.
Uses for the refuge include a wildlife sanctuary, an area for hiking and observation and an educational facility for schools and other groups.
Officials say the county will transfer the 360-acre property to the state over the coming months and Tennessee State Parks will begin managing the site in July.
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