Whitewater paddlers consider the best approach to a Class IV rapid just downstream from the confluence of New River and Clear Fork River on the Big South Fork. (Independent Herald file photo)
Whitewater paddlers consider the best approach to a Class IV rapid just downstream from the confluence of New River and Clear Fork River on the Big South Fork. (Independent Herald file photo)

State assistance for Scott County’s fledgling adventure tourism industry could be on the way — but will require action from local officials.

The Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development and the Department of Revenue announced last week that applications will begin being accepted from communities to become certified as adventure tourism districts.

That is a long-awaited implementation of the Tennessee Adventure Tourism and Rural Development Act of 2011. Passed with broad support in the state legislature,  the bill was authored by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, with Scott County in mind.

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