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Lake Winnie Breaks Ground on Waterpark
Lake Winnepesaukah officials broke ground Wednesday on SoakYa, a 5-acre water entertainment complex scheduled to open during the Summer 2013 season.
The waterpark is the first major expansion of the 88-year-old amusement park since the 1960s, when the park doubled in size and added two signature attractions: the antique wooden Carrousel and the world-famous wooden Cannon Ball Roller Coaster.
"Lake Winnepesaukah has a hard to say and even harder to spell name,” said Talley Green, Public Relations Director, “but through the years that name has become synonymous with family fun in our region. That’s why we chose SoakYa, a spirited play on our name, for the waterpark that is a perfect complement to our amusement complex.”
Today’s groundbreaking signals the start of an aggressive five-month construction schedule that calls for completion of the waterpark attraction in time for a Memorial Day weekend debut, two months after the amusement park opens for the 2013 season. Aquatic Builders Ltd., a division of master plan design and engineering firm Aquatic Development Group, will lead the park’s construction along with locally-based contractors. The development will create 100 temporary construction jobs and up to 60 new seasonal positions upon completion.
The multi-million dollar waterpark will feature a lazy river and wave lagoon. Clusters of flume body slides and enclosed tubes – some for single riders, some for multiple riders – will dot the landscape. A multi-lane racer slide will send dueling riders on a refreshing plunge into a pool while toddlers will be entertained in a shallow splash park with pint-sized slides and water play equipment. Covered and uncovered lounge seating, retail shops, concessions and a changing facility with lockers will allow families to enjoy a day-long stay at the park.
“The beginning of the year also marks a new beginning for Lake Winnie,” explains Chris Jones, Architect. “The owners have committed themselves to building a first class waterpark and ‘doing it right’! With the start of construction, a dream is on its way to reality. A former parking lot will soon be transformed into a colorful array of exciting water rides, water features, man-made hills and lush landscaping creating an oasis of fun and laughter. Did I mention water? Lots of water!”
The first phase of the multi-million dollar SoakYa waterpark will be developed on the West side of the amusement park between the Cannon Ball Roller Coaster and the lake. The 5-acre vacant tract of land has recently served as overflow parking for concerts and other major events. Subsequent waterpark expansions could triple the water entertainment complex’s size in years to come.
Lake Winnepesaukah will open the 2013 season with a $26 general admission rate ($10 for children two and under and senior citizens), which is consistent with 2012 ticket prices. During the summer months, guests will enjoy two parks for one admission price. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, general admission will be $31.95 ($15.95 for children two and under and senior citizens). General admission will revert back to the $26 rate for the remainder of the 2013 season when SoakYa closes for the season in early fall. SoakYa will be accessible through the main park entrance only.
The facility was designed by architect Christopher M. Jones of North Palm Beach, Florida and Aquatic Development Group of Cahoes, New York, both of which have extensive waterpark development experience. The park will feature “Made in the USA” slides and other water play equipment designed, engineered and manufactured by North Carolina-based AquaBlue International. Chattanooga-based CapitalMark Bank & Trust will finance the expansion.
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"NON-STOP" - JULIANNE MOORE
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Here's something you may not have known about Julianne Moore: she's scared of the devil -- or as she puts it, "VERY scared of the devil." Moore says really good movies will play on fears like that, which is how her latest movie, "Non-Stop," works. It's about an air marshal who is trying to stay one step ahead of a killer on an airplane. Moore says the film's makers have turned ordinary circumstances and turned it into something Hitchcockian. Moore says "Non-Stop" reminds her of the classic disaster movies like "The Poseidon Adventure" or "Towering Inferno" that she loved as a kid.
Julianne Moore says the director of "Non-Stop" made a film that had what she used to love about watching movies.
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Julianne Moore says she found "Non-Stop" appealing because the characters had layers to them.
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Julianne Moore says when she gets recognized in an airport, she doesn't try to hide.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Only four slots are left on this season of "The Voice." Each of the coaches has just a single opening to fill on their teams as the blind auditions continue tonight. Last night, Team Adam picked up Josh Kaufman, a soulful college prep tutor from Indianapolis. He had three of the coaches turning their chairs. But Adam Levine didn't stand a chance with the country duo Alaska and Madi. They're from Blake Shelton's home state of Oklahoma. They also won the same state singing competition that started Shelton on his career. Shelton says they were just meant to be together.
Adam Levine knows he has no chance, when he learns that Alaska and Madi are from Blake Shelton's home state. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Blake Shelton tells Alaska and Madi they have common roots in a singing competition in their home state. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Josh Kaufman, performing "One More Try"
Josh Kaufman, performing "One More Try." COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Josh Kaufman
The coaches give Josh high marks on a difficult song. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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The coaches and Josh Kaufman
Adam Levine has a convincing argument for Josh. COURTESY: NBC ((mandatory on-air credit))
"THE BACHELOR" FINALE
UNDATED (AP) -- There was no ring and no proposal on last night's finale of "The Bachelor." Juan Pablo told Nikki he had a ring, but wasn't going to give it to her. He gave her the final rose instead. Nikki says she loves Juan Pablo but all he would say is that he likes her a lot and didn't want to let her go. Earlier Juan Pablo told Clare she wasn't the one. Clare fired back that she had no respect for Juan Pablo. She said she would never want her children to have a father like Juan Pablo.
Clare tells Juan Pablo she has no respect for him. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Juan Pablo Galavis
Juan Pablo Galavis tells Nikki he won't propose. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Juan Pablo Galavis and Nikki Ferrell
Juan Pablo won't say that he loves Nikki. ((note length of cut)) COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
"THE BACHELOR"-LIVE REUNION
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- So, does Juan Pablo love Nikki? We still don't know. Last night, on "The Bachelor" live reunion show host Chris Harrison pressed Juan Pablo on his feelings toward Nikki. Juan Pablo said he wouldn't answer the question. Nikki says she loves Juan Pablo but isn't sure how he feels about her. They both say they're happy they can continue their relationship in public now the season is over.
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Clare says Juan Pablo played her. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Nikki Ferrell and Chris Harrison
Nikki tells host Chris Harrison she's happy her relationship with Juan Pablo can now be out in the open. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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Juan Pablo Galavis and Chris Harrison
Juan Pablo won't say if he loves Nikki. COURTESY: ABC ((mandatory on-air credit))
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