Georgia Land Trust Buying 1,200 Acres At Johnson's Crook In Dade County From The Preserve Bankruptcy

Thursday, August 08, 2013

A deal has been reached for the Georgia Land Trust to buy 1,200 acres of scenic, historic property at Johnson's Crook in Dade County, Ga., officials said Thursday.

The large tract is part of the TAS bankruptcy at a failed development known as The Preserve on the side and foot of Lookout Mountain near Rising Fawn, Ga.

Trust officials said the purchase amount is $1.2 million.

He said that will pay off $600,000 owed Dade County in back taxes as well as provide some funds to several banks that lost money in the venture.

Attorney Jahn said, "This is a very beautiful, historic piece of property."

Bobby Davenport of the Georgia Land Trust said the site is important because it includes a road that was used by soldiers to cross before the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga and because it contains numerous caves and is important for the purity of the Dade County drinking water.

He also said, "Johnson's Crook is one of those special places on Lookout Mountain like Lula Lake, Sitton's Gulch and Point Park."

Mr. Davenport said several options are being studied for the land, including it being held by the land trust or transferring it to the nearby Cloudland Canyon State Park.

He said it is part of the 2,150 acres that Dr. Joe Johnson owned at the crook. After the death of Dr. Johnson, the property was auctioned and a development started.

The land trust earlier acquired other tracts from banks and now will hold over 1,700 acres. He said the trust had already assembled 440 acres at the site, including some donations from banks. 

Mr. Davenport said he wanted to thank the local philanthropic community for making the deal possible.

Attorney Jahn said the sale does not include an office and some fishing cabins.

He said Cornerstone Community Bank is owed $900,000, Community Trust $600,000 and Farm Credit $300,000. 

The property has 5-6 lakes.

Criminal charges were brought against The Preserve officials Paul Gott and Josh Dobson. They are awaiting sentencing in Federal Court.  


Many Waldens Ridge Scenes Featured In Stokes Picture Book

A number of early views of Waldens Ridge are among the rarities found in the Stokes Photo Collection. There are many photos of the roads up the mountain showing streetcars, wagons and early autos. There are scenes at Rainbow Lake, Falling Water Falls, Signal Point and other scenic spots. Several photos are included of the Signal Mountain Hotel. The more than 700 photos ... (click for more)

2 Known Meth Distributors Arrested In Catoosa County

Two have been arrested in Catoosa County on drug charges.   Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies conducted a traffic stop on Wednesday, at 7 p.m., on Highway 41 in Ringgold. During the stop, deputies seized two pounds of methamphetamine, which has an estimated street value of $30,000. Deputies arrested Jesus Humberto Lopez Deanda, 27, of Lilburn, Ga., and ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Has Lost Its Most Popular Citizen - Luther Masingill - And Response

Chattanooga has lost its most popular citizen – Luther Masingill. Although we are saddened we cherish the memories.  All of us have a Luther story.  Mine is the first time I met Luther.  This was before TV and all of Chattanooga listened to Luther on the radio.  I was 12-years-old.  Some of my buddies and I had gone to the State Theater in downtown ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Policeman’s Prayer

Every year, when the Law Enforcement Foundation of Greater Chattanooga holds its annual luncheon, it is one of the most heartening displays of what America really believes, down deep inside. The most prominent and influential leaders in the community – well over 1,000 -- gather to pay tribute and pledge their support to our heroes in blue who are unfaltering in their devotion, service ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Advances In State Volleyball

SMYRNA, Tenn. – It’s a good thing that Signal Mountain volleyball coach Jennifer Redman is a young lady because her heart might not be able to stand the pressure if she wasn’t. Redman’s Lady Eagles were thisclose to being sent to the loser’s bracket in the opening round of the State Volleyball Tournament here at Stewarts Creek High School Wednesday afternoon. Had it been ... (click for more)

Boyd-Buchanan Sweeps Loretto To Open Class A State Volleyball

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Playing what coach Alfie Dodd called a sub-par match, Boyd-Buchanan’s Lady Bucs were still good enough to sweep Loretto, 3-0, Wednesday morning in the opening match of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association’s Class A state volleyball tournament at Blackman High School. Set scores were 25-19, 25-14, 25-20. “We advance and we know we can ... (click for more)