Outdoor Chattanooga Receives New Canoe Rack, Thanks To Eagle Scout Project

Monday, July 7, 2014

The City of Chattanooga’s Outdoor Chattanooga division received a special gift this summer when Eagle Scout Michael Monroe completed a project to rebuild a canoe storage rack on North Chickamauga Creek at Greenway Farm, in Hixson.

The old canoe rack, which stored Outdoor Chattanooga’s 10-canoe fleet, had been destroyed by high flood waters in June 2013.

“Michael’s scoutmaster, Mike Montgomery, came to us last summer, asking if we had any projects that were appropriate for Eagle Scouts,” said Outdoor Chattanooga Recreation Programs Coordinator Terri Chapin. “We had just recovered a couple of runaway canoes and what was left of our canoe rack after the flood. Mike and I both agreed that a new rack would be a perfect project, but we certainly didn’t expect the delightful extra amenities that Michael produced with his project.”

Mr. Monroe, who is a member of Boy Scot Troop 219, began the project in July 2013. The project consisted of creating a landing above the flood plain on N. Chickamauga Creek, emplacing a retaining wall, installing a large bench for seating and rebuilding and relocating the canoe rack. Mr. Monroe recorded over 600 hours of preparation and volunteer time to complete the task.

"Having our canoe fleet stored in a secure, safe location is important to the success of our programs,” said Coordinator Chapin. “Easy access to the water ensures our staff can work efficiently and that our participants have a lot more fun. We’re extremely grateful to Michael and the Boy Scouts.”

Mr. Monroe’s Eagle Scout project was done in cooperation with Lowe’s and volunteers from his troop, as well as from Eagle Scout Coordinator Skip Robinson, Scout Master Mike Montgomery, Troop Leader Darrell Burt, Troop 219 Scouts and his friends and family.


National Archery In Schools Program Subject For June Nature At Noontime

The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP), will be the subject for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s June Nature at Noontime program. The program will be held on Thursday, June 2, from noon-1 p.m. at the TWRA’s Region II Ray Bell Building located in the Ellington Agriculture Complex. Don Crawford, TWRA assistant chief for Information and Education and the ... (click for more)

TWRA Officials To Attend Meeting In Regard To Kentucky Lake Crappie Fishery

Officials from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are among those who will be attending a public meeting regarding the crappie fishery on Kentucky Lake. The meeting, requested by State Representative Tim Wirgau, will be held on Tuesday, June 14, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Enoch Building at the Henry County Fairgrounds in Paris. TWRA fisheries personnel will attend to share ... (click for more)

2 Shot On Glass Street In Drive-By Shooting Tuesday Night

Two people were shot Tuesday night in a drive-by shooting. Chattanooga Police responded at 10:34 p.m. to the 2400 block of Glass Street on the report of a shooting. They located two victims suffering from gun shot wounds. Chattanooga Police established a crime scene and facilitated first aid to the victims.  The victims were standing outside of a business when an unknown assailant ... (click for more)

Jury Chosen For Hawk Murder Trial

Twelve jurors and two alternates have been chosen for the trial of Billy Hawk.  Hawk is charged with a cold case murder from 1981 involving victim Johnny Mack Salyer, who was found in a locked steel drum in the Tennessee River. At the time of the murder, Salyer and Hawk were co-defendants in a cocaine distribution case.  Seventy-two jurors appeared for jury duty ... (click for more)

Calling Out Bad Behavior In St. Elmo - And Response (2)

I have lived in the St. Elmo community of Chattanooga for practicially all 52 years of my life. My grandmother moved to St. Elmo in 1919. My Dad was literally born in a home in St. Elmo and lived his entire 72 years in this community and my Mom has lived here 60 years of her life. I am very disappointed in what my neighborhood has become. I like people. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My Garden This June

As the month of June dawns anew, it is a fact that more marriages the world over are performed this month. So as we take our monthly walk through the garden, it is hard to remember when it has been this dry. Even so, we have a bushel of orchids and onions and don’t forget Father’s Day on the third Sunday of the month, that this is National Accordion Awareness Month, and that “Flip ... (click for more)