Join Friends Of The Smokies For A Half-Day Holiday Hike In Sugarlands

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 - by Holly Scott
Get in the holiday spirit with Friends of the Smokies’ final Classic Hike in 2013. Join renowned hiking author and guide, Danny Bernstein, December 17 on Old Sugarlands Trail for a short day-hike to Sugarlands Cemetery and last-minute holiday shopping trip at Sugarlands Visitors Center.
 
Participants will enjoy a five-mile hike along Little Pigeon River in Great Smoky Mountains National Park (GSMNP). This hike is easy in difficulty with a total elevation gain of 800 feet.
     
 
Hikers will visit historic homesites, Sugarlands Cemetery and nearby Cataract Falls. Afterwards, they will warm up inside Sugarlands Visitor Center while enjoying the newly refurbished natural history exhibits. Participants can cross the last few items off their holiday shopping list in the Great Smoky Mountains Association bookstore and shop where Friends members enjoy 15% off their purchases.
 
In honor of Friends of the Smokies’ twentieth anniversary, the Sugarlands Visitor Center natural history museum will be featured on the guided hike; donations to Friends of the Smokies have helped renovate this space and improve visitor services in GSMNP.
 
This Classic Hike is $10 for current Friends of the Smokies members and $35 for non-members, who will receive a complimentary membership. Members who bring a friend hike for free.  All registration donations are tax-deductible and benefit the Smokies Trails Forever program. Meeting locations for the hike will be in Asheville, Maggie Valley, and the Sugarlands Visitor Center. 
 
To register for this final 2013 Classic Hike of the Smokies, contact outreach.nc@friendsofthesmokies.org or 828 452-0720. Information about support for trail improvements in GSMNP may be found at smokiestrailsforever.org.
 

USDA Seeks Help In Testing Wildlife For Rabies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services is asking for the public’s help as it works to determine the frequency of rabies in southeastern Tennessee raccoons.  Anyone who encounters a raccoon that is sick-acting or behaving unusually is asked to report the animal. No raccoons in Tennessee have tested positive for the raccoon variant, or variety, of rabies ... (click for more)

Tennessee State Parks Celebrate National Public Lands Day

In recognition of National Public Lands Day, Tennessee State Parks, along with Friends Groups, invite the public to take part in hikes and volunteer activities across the state on   Saturday, Sept. 27 . This year’s theme is “Helping Hands for America’s Lands.” Each of the 55 Tennessee State Parks will have scheduled hikes and volunteer opportunities. For each park’s ... (click for more)

EPB Says "Close To A Wash" On City Street Light Billing

EPB President Harold DePriest denied Wednesday that EPB owes the city over $1 million on street light billing. He stated,  “EPB has never said that we owe the city $1.2 million. When all the facts are taken into account, the financial difference is close to a wash.” Mr. DePriest said, "I regret that this complicated issue has been oversimplified in some reports. As we’ve ... (click for more)

New Red Bank Zoning Ordinance Is Ready For Review

The new Red Bank zoning ordinance is ready for review, City Manager Randall Smith said Tuesday night. It can be seen on www.redbanktn.gov and the link to zoning regulations. The new ordinance will replace one that was created 30 years ago.    The plan will encompass both residential and commercial development and is intended to direct ... (click for more)

Why So Much For A Rail Study?

From the things that make you go hmm department. Ok, so the feds are giving us $400k and the city is kicking in another $300k for a total of $700k to do a study on having in town rail service. Why so much for a study? Don't get me wrong, I'm totally down with Chattanooga having some passenger trains running around. I get that. It's awesome. We've needed it for a long time. I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I’m Certainly No Expert

Sometime on Monday night, after I had written a piece on getting swatted with a switch as a kid, I got an email from ESPN Canada asking if I would be a televised guest on “Off the Record,” the most watched daily sports show in Canada. The subject: corporal punishment in America. Are you kidding me? I am hardly an expert. All weekend my world of sports and its excitement was warped ... (click for more)