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Lights, camera, action?
Tourism Board discusses option of being featured on TV show
Ben Newman
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Warren County may be featured on the History Channel TV show “It’s How You Get There.”

“It’s about transportation,” explained Mandy Eller during Tuesday’s Tourism Development Board meeting. “What they do is try to highlight the natural beauty wherever they’re going but they talk about the modes of transportation and how to get there and they try to find things that are made locally.”

According to Eller, the discussion led to possibly featuring companies like Jackson Kayak and Bridgestone tires.

“We talked about maybe taking a truck through Viola or Harrison Ferry Mountain or driving through the cave,” said Eller to the Tourism Board. “However, right off the bat, they are looking for us to have some skin in the game. We would have all the licensing rights but the sponsorship is between $30,000 and $50,000.”

“So they do their show and hope the community pays for their production?” asked Mayor Ben Newman.

Answered Eller, “Well, production cost is actually around $500,000 so they hope to recoup somewhere around 10 percent.”

Asked TDB member John Partin, “Would the proposed entities be willing to go in on this?”

After further discussion, TDB member Michael Griffith suggested the possibility of partnering with other counties including White, Van Buren, Grundy and DeKalb for a regional tourism project.

“Immediately what draws into my mind, if we could authorize Mandy to go back to some of your peers in the Upper Cumberland that might want to do a concerted effort on this because I don’t know if there is enough for them to do, for the cost, specifically for McMinnville,” said Griffith.

Eller said the show is available through Amazon Prime and episodes air Sundays at 9 a.m.

The measure was discussion only. No decision about the proposal has been made.