Monday, September 20, 2010

Foundation Trying To Purchase Cummins Falls

The Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation is trying to raise more than $1 million to buy Tennessee's largest privately owned waterfall and its director hopes the falls will eventually become the centerpiece of a new state park. The Cookeville Herald-Citizen reports the foundation has the one-time option to purchase 186 acres at Cummins Falls, just northwest of Cookeville in Jackson County. Kathleen Williams, executive director of the Tennessee Parks and Greenways Foundation, called the falls "fabulous" and "wonderfully beautiful." She said she cried when told there was a plan to develop the property. When that project fell through, a supporter of the foundation purchased it on the organization's behalf for a little more than $1 million. The foundation has until June 16 of next year to pay him back.