Signal Mountain Women's Guild Learns About Tennessee River Gorge Trust

Friday, January 24, 2014

The Tennessee River Gorge Trust is about more than just taking care of the land in its 27,000-acre trust., according to Rick Huffman, the organization's relatively new director, who, along with Sarah Qattrochi presented an overview of the work of the organization to the January meeting of the Signal Mountain Women's Guild. The task includes protection, education, community engagement and good land stewardship practices for the 27,000 acres it either owns or has under easement. There was a lively question and answer period after his talk, illustrated with photographs. 

"There's no place like Signal Mountain," Mr. Huffman said. He brings to his job the experience of 27 years of conservation  in government service from Alaska to the Caribbean and enthusiasm for this non-profit work in embracing and expanding the Trust's success. His work is assisted by a 28-member board.

His major concern at the moment is a project funded by a grant from the Benwood Foundation for land protection and a research project in cooperation with UTChattanooga for a bird observatory for the Cerulean Warbler, which he said is facing extinction. It is a long-term project which will provide opportunities for volunteers to assist. 

All the efforts of the trust are connected to the health of the forest, he said. The need is to continue to create interest in the work and to engage volunteers.  Included in this effort is a walk planned in the spring, a luncheon and learning session in February and a party, Not Just Another Gorgeous Evening, June 5. 

Commissary Sale To Be Held Sept. 18-20

There will be a Commissary Sale held on Sept. 18 and 19, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sept. 20, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the National Guard Armory, 1801 Holtzclaw Ave. Those who are authorized include: Military members on active duty. Members of the active (drilling) National Guard or Reserve. Retired active-duty members. ... (click for more)

New Hamilton County Marriage Licenses

Here are the new marriage licenses from the County Clerk's office: JONATHAN ALEXANDER PRUITT                         KAILYN ELIZABETH SNYDER 35 OSCEOLA ... (click for more)

Rhasean Lowry, 34, Charged In Death of 3-Year-Old Girl

Rhasean Lowry, 34, was arrested for abusing a three-year-old girl, and then criminal homicide after she died. Last Tuesday, the Chattanooga Police Department was called on a suspected child abuse case. Lowry took the victim to a local hospital and he stated the victim fell down steps. Doctors advised that the victim’s injuries were the result of blunt force trauma consistent ... (click for more)

City IDB Member Who Made Motion For $9 Million Black Creek TIF Had Not Lived In City For Years

A City Industrial Development Board (IDB) member who made the motion to approve a controversial $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) had not lived in the city for years, City Attorney Wade Hinton confirmed. Chris Ramsey, a BlueCross BlueShield official, was not present at an IDB meeting on Tuesday morning. Five other board members were. Citizen Helen Burns ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)