Last updated: June 27. 2014 5:47PM - 247 Views
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Members of the Bell County Tourism Commission met recently at Ryan’s Steakhouse in Middlesboro.


Pine Mountain State Park recently signed an agreement to construct a canopy tour throughout the woods at the park. The canopy tour will include educational platforms as well as zip lines to entice adventurous tourists to the area. The canopy tour is set to begin in spring 2015.


The park’s dining room and kitchen area sustained significant water damage due to pipes freezing during cold winter months. Renovations were recently completed and the grand re-opening of the dining area is set for mid-July.


The park is now also able to serve alcohol in the dining room and meeting rooms. They received an alcohol license in December.


Pine Mountain will celebrate its 90th anniversary on Aug. 9 with a movie about the building of the park and a guest speaker.


More information regarding the event will be available later.


Bell County Adventure Tourism will pair with the National Guard Armory for the Our Hometown for Our Heroes 5K Walk/Run for Independence today. The event will also include an ATV ride beginning at Southeast at 11 a.m.


This event will raise money for local heroes through a concert, concessions and inflatables.


“Hopefully the event brings attention to our veterans who continue the fight back home with trying to adjust to normal life, trying to cope with their injuries — both visual and the ones you can’t see such as PTSD which takes the life of a veteran every hour of every day,” said event organizer Todd Smith.


The tourism commission recently applied for a grant from TOURSEKY to assist with advertising monies through the fall.


Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.

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