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Panther Creek renovations an epic failure

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:29 am

It should be the shining jewel in Hamblen County’s crown. It should be the spot people come from all over to visit, a perfect little camping spot in a perfect little park in the heart of one of the most popular tourist regions in the world. Instead the campground at Panther Creek State Park is a quagmire and the worst part is state taxpayers shelled out more than a million

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