On a cool Thursday morning, before sunrise, nearly 200 bass fishing boats launched from a small dock in Dayton, Tennessee.
While the anglers compete to hook the biggest bass in Chickamauga Lake, the town is cashing in. So says Dennis Tumlin, the head of the Rhea County Economic & Tourism Council.
“Our statistics show us that about $14 million came into town last year,” Tumlin told CBS News’ Dana Jacobson.
That’s $14 million in things like food, lodging, and new tax revenue. That’s a big deal for this small town of 7,200 in southeastern Tennessee.
Mayor Gary Louallen was raised in Dayton. It was, he said, “just a small country town, had little country stores” when he was growing up.
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