Camp Jordan Hosts National Trail Day Celebration

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The City of East Ridge Parks and Recreation will join hands with the City of Chattanooga and Outdoor Chattanooga on June 7 on West Chickamauga Creek at Camp Jordan Park for a National Trail Day Celebration.

Canoeists from around the region are invited to join in for a Saturday to thank the many volunteer workers headed up by outdoor enthusiast Jim Ledbetter, who recently orchestrated the extensive clean-up of logjams to open the Camp Jordan Canoe Trail.

"Outdoor Chattanooga is making its canoes available for those who helped get the trail ready for free," Mr.

Ledbetter said.   "Come join the fun."

Terri Chapin is the Programs Coordinator for Outdoor Chattanooga which will be providing the canoes and bicycles for the National Trail Day event.

Ms. Chapin said that Outdoor Chattanooga will host canoe rides to the public for $10 per person from 1 to 4 p.m. and free use of bicycles for those who want to borrow a bike to ride the Camp Jordan Loop and/or the Brainerd Levee.

East Ridge Parks and Recreation Director Stump Martin said the Creek Launch (South) has been completed from funding provided by the Lyndhurst Foundation and Tower Construction is working on the Cherokee Launch (North) at Camp Jordan for opening sometime this summer.

"This is the first of what we hope are many outdoor events we will have at Camp Jordan Park when the canoe launch projects are completed," Mr. Martin said. "I can't say thank you enough to the Lyndhurst Foundation, Jim Ledbetter and all of those who helped clean-up the creek. When landscaper John Creasy puts his finishing touches on the project following the completion of the construction this is going to be a beautiful and special place to visit on West Chickamauga Creek."

Mr. Martin said Ms. Chapin came to him with the idea of the National Trail Day Celebration at Camp Jordan Park.

"Terri  is very enthusiastic about Outdoor Chattanooga's involvement and making this a fun day," Martin said.  "This event will again help the East Ridge Parks and Recreation to make Camp Jordan Park a destination of fitness and fun."

Mr. Ledbetter said there are a limited number of canoes available, so reservations are required, unless you have your own boat you would like to bring. 

"Our special 11 a.m. free opportunity is actually a 'Polishing Clean-up' with participants given a trash bag and grabbers to pick up any other litter that may be found along the creek," Mr. Ledbetter said.  "We would like to have a great turnout so please make your reservations by Wednesday by calling or emailing Jim Ledbetter at 423-322-3691 or 1jimled@Gmail.com.

Mr. Ledbetter said if he gets enough to sign up he will arrange a 10 a.m. launch time also. "We will meet at the new canoe launch (Creek Launch) beside the big gravel parking lot at Camp Jordan," he said.






Record Field Expected For Bassmaster High School Southern Open On Chickamauga

Big things just keep happening at Chickamauga Lake.   Last week, the 36,240-acre Tennessee River impoundment hosted a Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Southern Open, with John Cox winning the pro division and Darrell Davis landing an 11-pound, 5-ounce largemouth that ranks as the biggest bass caught in a B.A.S.S. event this year.   Now the lake is about to play ... (click for more)

TVA Asks Public Not To Disturb Archaeological Sites

Now that spring weather has arrived, TVA’s Natural Resources employees are seeing an uptick in activity by artifact hunters and others who disturb significant and protected archaeological sites on TVA-managed lands. Recent incidents include the invasion of a cave in which looters damaged a protective gate across the entrance and disturbed items found inside. “When people dig ... (click for more)

Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Predatory Law Firm Targeting Grieving Families

Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III on Wednelsday announced the filing of a lawsuit against a Texas law firm, its sole attorney, and two investigators working for the firm, in connection with the tragic Woodmore Elementary bus crash. The civil enforcement action, filed in Hamilton County Chancery Court, alleges that the Witherspoon Law Group PLLC, based in Dallas, ... (click for more)

Multi-Agency Drug Bust Leads To 1 Of The Largest Meth Seizures In Hamilton County

Agents with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics and Special Operations Division, along with personnel from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Chattanooga Police Department and the DEA, arrested Mathew Turner, of Chattanooga, in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express in Tiftonia on Tuesday night.     A search of Turner’s vehicle revealed approximately ... (click for more)

Don't Clog Up The Last Remaining Semi-Unobstructed Route Into Town From North Of The River - And Response (2)

The proposal to turn Hixson Pike in Riverview into a more pedestrian friendly street is more than absurd.   Let's be honest. This is the last semi-unobstructed route into town from north of the river, due to I-27 construction and the bike lane/parking lot that is North Market Street.  So, now the businesses in Riverview would like parking on this main artery? ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A One-Sided Opportunity

State education commissioner Candace McQueen has apparently fallen and hit her head. She most certainly needs to be examined after she came to Chattanooga on Monday and told the Times-Free Press about an exciting “partnership.” Are you kidding me? Despite the newspaper’s editors actually touting the venture as “promising,” the lady is clearly dancing by herself. With her Achievement ... (click for more)