A project some say would bring a new shopping destination to East Tennessee has new backing.
It's been several years since contractors literally flattened part of a mountain to make way for Dumplin Creek Shopping Center off I-40 in Sevier County. There's since been no progress.
Now, 10News has confirmed the 200-acre development has been sold to a group called Neyland Land Associates. The City of Sevierville is also involved.
As part of the deal, the city is set to apply for grant money, which would fund radical road improvements in the area surrounding Dumplin Creek. Proposed plans include building a new exit to Sevierville along I-40.
If the city and state approve, a Dumplin Creek spokesperson says site preparation and road work could begin this fall.