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Lake City Council votes for Rocky Top name change

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By Dwane Wilder

Lake City is one step closer toward becoming Rocky Top, but there’s a potential stumbling block along the way. During today’s council meeting, in which the board voted to go ahead with the name change, it was disclosed that heirs of Boudleaux and Felice Bryant, who wrote the popular country/bluegrass song, had informed the board of potential copyright violations. Rep. John Ragan, of Tennessee's 33rd Congressional District, volunteered to sponsor the bill during the next Tennessee General Assembly, which begins in January. If passed by the state and signed by the governor, the name change would be made official by a final vote of the Lake City Council sometime this spring. Until then, Mayor Tim Sharp said the city’s legal counsel would meet with the Bryant heirs to work something out on any copyright infringement. See the full story by Dwane Wilder in the next print edition of the LaFollette Press.