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Tourism funds increase

November 24, 2015

During Tuesday’s regular meeting of the Bell County Tourism Commission, director Judy Barton announced that the income received from the room tax was the highest recorded from October 2015. This means more hotel rooms were filled during this month than ever before.

Money generated from this will go to further future local tourism projects.

Main Street Pineville Director Jacob Roan announced that renovations to the Bell Theater are coming along, however plans for a new projector have been put on hold. This funding will now benefit continued renovation projects.

“We’ve tried to be as frugal as we could be. I just went though a lot of this this morning and we’re not throwing money into a pit down there. We’re making money on our rentals and having parties and things look really good,” said Roan.

The tourism commission originally voted to give funding for a state-of-the-art projector, however Roan feels this money would be better put to use for LED lighting and a sound system which will make the theater more desirable for party rentals.

“People are calling to book that place like crazy right now and that’s good for the amount of marketing we’ve done to get the word out, but that’s coming,” said Roan.

An update on the Pine Mountain Canopy Tour and Zipline was given by Rita Edmondson, park manager. Currently, work is being completed in sections and the project is scheduled to be finished in April.

Plans for the PMSRP lighted highway sign are continuing.

An agreement will need to be signed between the tourism commission and Kentucky State Parks to ensure the upkeep of the sign falls to the state. Construction will proceed when the agreement is drafted and signed, according to Edmondson.

For more information regarding the zipline project, search for Pine Mountain Zipline Canopy Tour on Facebook.

Reach Kelsey Gerhardt at 606-302-9093 or on Twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.


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