National Running Day, Trail Day Events To Be Hosted At Dalton State

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Anne Loughren, assistant director of campus recreation, invites the community to celebrate fitness at Dalton State College by participating in National Running Day and National Trail Day activities.
Anne Loughren, assistant director of campus recreation, invites the community to celebrate fitness at Dalton State College by participating in National Running Day and National Trail Day activities.

Dalton State College Campus Recreation invites fitness and nature enthusiasts to participate in two upcoming events on the Dalton State campus. Movers and shakers are invited to walk or run around the campus track on National Running Day, Wednesday, June 4, and those who thrive in the great outdoors can hike the campus nature trails on National Trails Day, Thursday, June 5. Both events are free and open to the community.

National Running Day, a coast-to-coast celebration of fitness, is held annually on the first Wednesday of June. Starting at 2 p.m. on June 4 at the blue building next to the Dalton State track, National Running Day participants can celebrate fitness and health by running or walking at their own pace. 

“Even if you are not a runner, are new to the activity or just curious at how to begin, National Running Day is a great way to experience running or walking with others,” said Anne Loughren, assistant director of Campus Recreation.

Participants will be required to sign a waiver before starting; participants are encouraged to bring plenty of water to keep hydrated. Following the run/walk, Ms. Loughren will hold a stretch and relaxation session around 2:30 p.m. at the track.

National Trails Day, created by the American Hiking Society more than 35 years ago, is a country-wide initiative to inspire people to get outside and explore and protect nature trails. Beginning at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 5, the public is invited to hike the Dalton State trail system in the college woods on the west side of the campus.

“Dalton State has some beautiful trails that Dr. John Lugthart, with the assistance of students, faculty and staff, has given us, and what better way to enjoy these trails than by celebrating National Trails Day?” said Ms. Loughren.

Each hiker will be required to sign a waiver before participating. There will be three different trail route options consisting of 30-minute, 45-minute, or one-hour hikes. Participants will meet at the blue building next to the Dalton State track, and are advised to bring water for the hike.

“Come out and enjoy hopefully beautiful weather as we work towards making ours a healthier community!” Ms. Loughren said.

For information, contact campus recreation at 706 272-4443.


Tennessee's 2014 Dove Season Opens Labor Day; Early Canada Goose Season Also Starts

Dove season opens on Labor Day, at noon (local time), which marks the annual start of one of Tennessee’s most long-standing outdoor sports traditions. Tennessee’s 2014 season is again be divided into three segments: Sept. 1 through Sept. 28; Oct. 11 through Nov. 2; and Nov. 29 through Jan. 6, 2015. Hunting times, other than opening day, are one-half hour before sunrise until ... (click for more)

Executive Director Of Nashville's Urban Green Lab Is Nature At Noontime Presenter

Jennifer Tlumak, executive director of the Urban Green Lab in Nashville, will be the guest presenter for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Nature at Noontime. The program will be held on Thursday, Sept. 4, from noon-1 p.m. at the TWRA Region II Ray Bell Building A Nashville native, Ms. Tlumak’s experience includes work as an energy efficient analyst at the U.S. Department ... (click for more)

Bradley, 24, Charged In Death Of Boy, 3; Child Had Numerous Injuries After Left With Boyfriend; Mother Was In Workhouse

Justin Dale Bradley has been charged with criminal homicide in the death of a three-year-old child, who was rushed to the hospital on Wednesday and later died. Police said Dakota James Arndt had numerous injuries over his body. Authorities said Bradley, 24, is the boyfriend of the child's mother, Brianna Kwekel, who was in the Workhouse at the time. Ms. Kwekel was serving 48 ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (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)

Insurance Burden Should Not Fall On The Teachers

I have attended several Hamilton County School Board meetings over the past few months, including the recent special called meeting" to vote on teacher insurance changes. First, let me say I am very impressed with Superintendent Rick Smith and his staff at the Central Office.  Mr. Smith is a very dedicated public servant, working hard to provide services to our community ... (click for more)