Inspection changes in store for Tiger Haven

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By The Staff

Officers with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency may not be the only ones entering Tiger Haven in the future.

A bill that allows a representative from Roane County to accompany the agency on inspections passed the Tennessee House of Representatives 89-2 on Wednesday.

The Senate passed the bill 32-0 in March.

Tiger Haven is a sanctuary for big cats in East Roane County. Other species held there include lions and cougars.

Some nearby residents and county officials have been at odds with the facility for years.

Earlier this year the Roane County Commission requested a group inspection of the facility, but Tiger Haven declined.

TWRA is the state agency responsible for regulating Tiger Haven.

The bill includes an amendment that says the county executive may only designate someone from the sheriff’s office or emergency management to accompany TWRA on inspections.