The Tennessee General Assembly has overwhelmingly approved a measure that preserves and promotes Reelfoot Lake's Tennessee Heritage.

House Bill 1067 designates Reelfoot Lake as the state's first Tennessee Heritage Site. This designation is based upon the lake's geological history, natural resources, and other unique characteristics.

Under this initiative, state departments and agencies can use the Tennessee Heritage Site designation for purposes of publications, advertising, marketing, and other communications.

Located in the northwest corner of Tennessee, Reelfoot Lake is a popular fishing, boating and wildlife attraction. The 15,000 acre lake was created by a series of strong earthquakes in 1811-1812 that caused the Mississippi River to flow backwards for a brief period of time, which created the lake.

"Reelfoot Lake is a real Tennessee treasure, and this distinguished designation will increase its profile as a national destination for tourism," said Chairman Sanderson. "We are blessed to have this lake in our own backyard, and our local economy will benefit tremendously from the passage of this legislation."

House Bill 1067 now awaits action by the Senate. For more information on the bill, please click here.