The first time Bebe Heiskell went to the "spring barn" at McLemore Cove was in 1966 to see singer Loretta Lynn, who went on to be a country music legend.

"She sat on a bale of hay and sang 'How Great Thou Art,' and then she cried," Heiskell said.

Heiskell has gone on to become the sole commissioner of Walker County, Ga., and she's worked out intergovernmental agreements with the state to lease for 100 years -- at no charge -- the spring barn and a small airplane runway at Mountain Cove Farms, 1,839 state- and county-owned acres in McLemore Cove where Lookout and Pigeon mountains meet.

"We told them that we want to preserve the spring barn because it's about to fall in," Heiskell said. "We want to use the runway for the county fair that we're having."

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