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Wildlife sanctuary to become new state park

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee could soon have a new state park on a 400-acre wildlife sanctuary along the French Broad River in Knox County.

The Knox County commission will consider a measure on Monday to transfer the Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge to the state. The commission is expected to approve the resolution at its next regular meeting on Sept. 23.

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation spokeswoman Tisha Calabrese-Benton told The Knoxville News Sentinel that Gov. Bill Haslam will likely announce the transfer Sept. 20 at a luncheon at the Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge hosted by the Legacy Parks Foundation, the nonprofit land trust that manages the refuge.

The Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge features eight miles of trails through a patchwork of river bottom fields providing food for quail and songbirds.

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