Tennessee town's rocky road to becoming Rocky Top

Story highlights

  • Tennessee town looks to change name to Rocky Top
  • Investors have proposed multimillion-dollar project to transform town
  • Copyright owners of the bluegrass song sue to block name change
  • "We just want to see this happen for the community," county commissioner says
Two strangers came in with big promises and plans to save a dying town.
A multimillion-dollar water park. A 3-D interactive theater. A pirate-themed restaurant. A country music theater to draw singers. And that's not all: an athletic complex to host children's leagues and a sports museum honoring University of Tennessee athletics. A fancy hotel. And an amusement park.
Think Dollywood.
Branson, Missouri.
Disney World.
All of it can be yours, on one condition: Change your town's name.
To Rocky Top!