Tennessee Greenways And Trails Forum Registration Is Now Open

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Greenways and Trails program will hold a forum at Montgomery Bell State Park April 24-26, which will be hosted by the department’s Recreation Educational Services Division and the Commissioner’s Council on Greenways and Trails.

The 2013 Tennessee Greenways and Trails Forum is a three-day educational workshop and networking conference, designed for parks and recreational professionals, planners and city and county officials.  This year’s theme is “Walk, Ride and Float! What’s Your Favorite Trail Type?” and forum sessions will highlight the impact of greenways and trails in Tennessee’s communities, such as improving health and combating obesity, promoting economic development and tourism, providing alternative transportation opportunities and connecting people to nature.

Charles A. “Chuck” Flink, president of Greenways/Alta Planning, will serve as the keynote speaker on April 25. Widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading greenway planners, Mr. Flink has completed comprehensive greenway and open space plans for more than 225 communities in 35 states and is an award-winning author.

Carol Evans, executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation, will also be a featured speaker.  With more than 20 years in marketing, public relations and event management, Ms. Evans’ experience includes establishing corporate marketing initiatives for the Scripps Networks and developing marketing and fundraising campaigns for multiple clients. Ms. Evans served as the first marketing director for the University of Tennessee’s Lady Vols. During her tenure, the program set national attendance records in several sports, including basketball.

“The Tennessee Greenways and Trails Forum is a great opportunity for parks and recreation professionals to learn the latest trends in greenways and trails, make new contacts and strengthen existing relationships,” said Bob Richards, Greenways and Trails coordinator. “The forum will feature expert presenters in addition to a variety of diverse field trips and educational sessions.”

Advanced registration received prior to April 6 is $75. Registration received after April 6 is $100. Interested students will receive a special $25 rate. Registration fees include access to the event, educational sessions, networking events, workshops, field trips and lunch and dinner on Thursday. For hotel accommodations, conference attendees will receive a rate of $77 (excluding tax) at Montgomery Bell State Park Inn by calling 615 797-3101 by March 14, and mentioning Tennessee Greenways and Trails.

The Tennessee Greenways and Trails program encourages communities to save their special green spaces, promote the volunteer spirit of Tennesseans and work to preserve and conserve the natural and cultural resources that make each community in the state special.

More information on the 2013 Tennessee Greenways and Trails Forum, including a list of speakers, an official event brochure, event sponsors and online registration can be found at http://www.tn.gov/environment/recreation/.    

 


TWRA Highway 92 Access Area In Dandridge To Be Closed Again On Friday

The TWRA Highway 92 Access Area on Douglas Lake in Dandridge will be closed again this  Friday,  to help facilitate design work for the new bridge construction.    Construction crews will be removing barges and drilling equipment following the collection of lake-bottom core samples.     The closure will begin at 1 a.m. on Friday ... (click for more)

First Right Whales Of Season Sighted Off Georgia Coast

The season’s first sighting of North Atlantic right whales on the Georgia coast underscores the fact that Georgia and north Florida are the only known calving grounds for these endangered whales. A Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission survey plane spotted a right whale mother and her new calf 16 miles off Cumberland Island  Saturday . The mom, cataloged ... (click for more)

Investor Group Plans $31 Million Hotel In Chattanooga Bank Building

An investor group announced that it is planning the development of an upscale 150-room hotel in the historic Chattanooga Bank Building. MCA is comprised of 20 EB-5 investors as limited partners with Red Leaf Development, managed by David Roos, as the general partner. Long-time partner PHG is involved in the development of the hotel and will be responsible for its management ... (click for more)

Police Say Texts From Slain Minister Detailed Drug Deals

An investigator testified Thursday that a minister who was beaten to death during an apparent drug deal had texts on his phone dealing with similar exchanges of illegal drugs. The minister's wife said he had gone out that night as part of a church counseling program to women. General Sessions Court Judge Clarence Shattuck bound charges of felony murder and especially aggravated ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: God Bless Cathy & Co.

The secret to the whole thing is not getting caught but somebody at the Toys R Us store in Framingham, Mass., had a camera when Cathy O’Grady was very quietly paying off all the layaway balances at the popular location last week. The picture snaked its way onto social media sites and her friends quickly recognized the area’s most famous “layaway angel.” Then somebody in nearby ... (click for more)