TVA Employees Volunteer For National Trail Day Enhancements

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Several groups of TVA employees are extending their professional commitment to environmental stewardship by volunteering their personal time this weekend to work on trail enhancement projects to celebrate National Trail Day, officially commemorated on Saturday.

As part of the 293,000 acres of public land it manages, TVA is responsible for 137 miles of trails. Covering a variety of terrains and difficulty levels, details about each trail can be found on TVA’s website at http://www.tva.gov/river/recreation/dispersed/trail-table_hold.htm 

“Maintaining our trail systems is part of the TVA’s daily operations, but many of our team members have a personal passion about ensuring that our natural areas are not only available but easily accessed by the public,” said Tiffany Foster, outreach specialist with TVA’s Natural Resources group. “Our active participation in National Trails Day allows us to combine our efforts with other volunteers across the Valley to encourage everyone to take the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of our area.” 

The public is welcome to join any of the five activities planned this weekend: 

TVA Whites Creek Small Wild Area Trail, Watts Bar Reservoir
Friday, June 6, 9 a.m. to Noon EDT

TVA Songbird Trail, Norris Dam Reservoir
Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT

TVA Emmitt Tailwater Trail, South Holston Reservoir
Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to Noon EDT

Leeman Field, Pennington Gap, Virginia
Saturday, June 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. EDT

Raccoon Mountain at the Laurel Point parking area, Nickajack Reservoir Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT 

Volunteers are encouraged to bring water, snacks, insect repellent, sun protection, gloves, closed-toe shoes and long pants. Work will be performed over a variety of terrain. 

National Trails Day, a registered trademark of the American Hiking Society, is a nationally recognized trail awareness program that occurs annually on the first Saturday of June and inspires the public to discover, learn about, and celebrate trails while participating in outdoor activities, clinics and trail stewardship projects. 


Clean Stream Grants Application Period Extended

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the application period for grant dollars for stream clean-up projects and planting projects has been extended through July 11.  The availability of the grant dollars are to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, etc., with stream clean-up projects ... (click for more)

Eighth Annual Operation Dry Water Weekend Starts Friday

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency will be participating in Operation Dry Water, Friday-Sunday. Operation Dry Water is a national weekend of Boating Under the Influence awareness and enforcement campaign directed toward reducing alcohol and drug-related accidents and fatalities.  Operation Dry Water is held the weekend prior to the Independence Day (July 4) holiday ... (click for more)

Fire Destroys Highway 58 BBQ

A fire destroyed a barbeque restaurant on Highway 58 on Friday afternoon.   Chattanooga firefighters were dispatched to the Highway 58 BBQ around 6 p.m. The business is located at 4921 Highway 58. Though the business was housed in a small building, the flames and smoke could be seen from a long distance away.  Captain Teri Rose with Quint 6 said the ... (click for more)

2nd Independent Candidate May Be On Walker County Ballot

A second Independent candidate may be on the ballot for sole commissioner of Walker County in the election on Nov. 8. Perry D. Lamb, Jr. has been working toward collecting the necessary 1,640 signatures of registered voters on a petition. His campaign said he is close to the goal. Incumbent Bebe Heiskell is running an an Independent. Election officials said since she was ... (click for more)

Improvements Needed At Entrance To Wilcox Tunnel

I am writing this letter to bring to your attention to a city traffic issue that needs to be addressed immediately, the sooner the better. I can see no large cost factor.   Recently, while as a concerned citizen, removing trash and litter from the entry/exit area of the Wilcox Tunnel on the side that runs into Chamberlain Avenue, I fully realized that this area could ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Looking For A Wife

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, is a really cool place. I tried to buy a huge mounted buffalo head in an antique store there one time until I found out the shipping charges were four times what the head was worth. But suddenly my rapt attention is riveted on Coeur d'Alene again because a dazzling social experiment is taking place this very moment at a plush resort in north Idaho. Several ... (click for more)