North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy Volunteers Clean Up Old Mill During Hixson Clean And Green Event

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Eighteen students from Emory University joined volunteers from the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy to clean up the collapsed mill on Lower Mill Road in Hixson on Saturday. Volunteers cut back vegetation around the remaining pillars, recovered wood and other items for future use, and burned the remaining debris. In addition to cleaning up the mill site, volunteers cleared a parcel of NCCC property across Lower Mill Road as a future campsite and cut trails to the creek’s edge.

The effort was part of the larger “Clean and Green” community cleanup effort sponsored by the Friends of Hixson. Volunteer Emory, a student group from Emory University, made the workday part of their Fall Break trip to Chattanooga, during which they volunteered at several sites throughout the area, including the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center.

Originally known as Rodger's Mill, the mill was built in 1905. Its wheel was underneath the building, instead of along the creek side. When TVA dammed the river in the 1940s, the changes in the water level of the Chickamauga Creek made the wheelhouse inoperable because of the placement of the wheel. Elizabeth Flanigan donated the property to the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy in late 2011. Shortly afterwards, due to years of decline, the mill structure collapsed into the creek. 

The North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy plans to use the land for preservation purposes, as well as creating an access point to the creek for paddlers. “We are excited to do anything that introduces the community to the North Chickamauga Creek,” said Rob Ellis, president of the North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy.

The North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy is a citizen-created nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides a structured, dedicated framework for constructive, pro-active citizen involvement and support in conserving the significant natural, historic, and cultural resources located within and near the watershed area of North Chickamauga Creek. NCCC's work is supported through a combination of grants from local and national foundations and contributions and volunteer services from supportive individuals, companies, and organizations. NCCC pursues its initiatives through the work of its committees and also works in partnership with other organizations and governmental entities to accomplish common conservation goals.

Fishing Report From The TWRA

Here is the fishing report from the TWRA: Center Hill Reservoir :  Reservoir Conditions :  Current water elevation is 632.5.  The water surface temperature is averaging 40 degrees.  Saturday the water was stained in the back of creeks and clearer out in the main river. Largemouth Bass :  Fishermen had few bites but when they did, they were ... (click for more)

Land Trust For Tennessee's Emily Parish To Lead March Nature @ Noontime Program

Emily Parish, director of Conservation for the Land Trust for Tennessee will be the featured speaker for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s March Nature @ Noontime. The program will be held on Thursday, March 5, at the TWRA’s Region II Ray Bell Building in the Ellington Agriculture Complex. Ms. Parish will speak about the history and programs for The Land Trust for ... (click for more)

Snow In Today's Forecast After Balmy Wednesday; Hamilton County Schools On 2-Hour Delay

Temperatures were mild on Wednesday, reaching 74 degrees, but they began dropping as the day went on - leading to a winter weather advisory. The advisory went into effect at 4 a.m. on Thursday and is to continue until 4 p.m. The forecast is for freezing rain,sleet and snow. Hamilton County Schools will be on a two-hour delay on Thursday . School officials said, "Based on ... (click for more)

Grand Jury Indicts Mark Kaylor In Alleged Beating Case; He Resigns From Red Bank Police; His Attorney Asks For Trial

A Red Bank officer was indicted on Wednesday by the Hamilton County Grand Jury on charges related to an alleged assault against a detainee. At the same time, Red Bank Police Chief Tim Christol said he had accepted the resignation of Officer Mark Kaylor. The Hamilton County District Attorney General’s Office earlier said it had reviewed the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation ... (click for more)

Women Don't Ask For Rape, They Ask For Justice

The stereotypical irrationality that women typically lie about rape has brought an enormous amount of social stigma to this population. Many like to think that rape is not a huge issue in the United States, and that the media blows it out of proportion. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that approximately 17.7 million females in America have been raped, with 108,612 ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Father Kelly’s ‘Hallelujah’

Last April, in the special way that only some older men are lucky enough to possess, the childish imp came out in Father Ray Kelly. A parish priest in Oldcastle, Ireland, he was conducting wedding vows for a handsome couple when the 62-year-old decided to surprise them with a totally-unscripted rendition of Leonard Cohen’s beautiful song, “Hallelujah.” When he did, there soon ... (click for more)