Retired Lawyer Offers Aid in 'Rocky Top' Dispute

Retired trademark attorney Raymond E. Scott of Tellico Village has offered his services pro bono to officials of Lake City in the brewing legal war over the town’s effort to change its name to Rocky Top. The City Council voted last month to rename the town in order to tie in with a proposed theme park. A lawyer for House of Bryant LLC, which holds the copyright to the state song “Rocky Top,” threatened legal action in response. Scott called House of Bryant’s claim “ridiculous,” and noted in a letter to House of Bryant’s attorneys that the name can be found all over East Tennessee on everything from bottled water to the name of a chain of convenience stores. He said he and city officials plan to make an announcement Thursday to counter the company’s claim, Knoxnews reports.