Bebe Heiskell Open To Selling County's 285 Acres At McLemore Cove

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Walker County Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell said she is open to selling the 285 acres the county owns in McLemore Cove.

But she said it would not be to a developer, saying the property was bought to preserve the beautiful cove where Lookout and Pigeon mountains merge.

She said she had five inquiries in the last week since the idea was broached.

Ms. Heiskell said, "If I had the right offer, I'd be glad to sell it."

She said one prospective buyer wanted to build a house there, but he wanted 800 acres to go with it.

The state owns some 16,000 adjacent acres and still holds title to the rodeo barn and the air strip.

The county has been losing money trying to operate a store, restaurant and lodging at the site. Recently, a private firm was brought in to manage it. The restaurant is in a portion of the old cove mansion.

Ms. Heiskell said the firm plans to put a manager onsite.

She said the restaurant has been doing better. "There was a line until 9 o'clock one night recently. A lot of people from LaFayette go there." 

A fall festival is planned there. She said a similar inaugural event recently in Chattooga County went well, drawing up to 12,000 people.

Over 2,400 cyclists are set to descend on the Cove for the upcoming Ironman event based in Chattanooga.

She said she would look for a buyer with similar aims as the county - to preserve the scenic property and to provide a draw for tourists and locals.

The commissioner said she does not believe the state wants the property to go out of government hands.


Fleischmann Comments On Passage Of Government Funding Legislation

The House of Representatives passed a Continuing Resolution which will keep the government open until the end of the fiscal year and maintain funding for significant government operations. Representative Chuck Fleischmann responded, saying, “Today, I am happy to announce that the House of Representatives has passed a responsible and fiscally sound funding measure, which will ... (click for more)

Crime Stoppers: Burglary On Gunbarrel Road

Crime Stoppers and the Chattanooga Police Department are seeking information on a burglary that occurred at 1906 Gunbarrel Road on Sept. 5.  Chattanooga Police received an alarm call at Cell Phone Repair at 1906 Gunbarrel Road. Officers arrived and found the front glass of the business shattered. Surveillance video captured the suspects as they entered the store. ... (click for more)

Why So Much For A Rail Study?

From the things that make you go hmm department. Ok, so the feds are giving us $400k and the city is kicking in another $300k for a total of $700k to do a study on having in town rail service. Why so much for a study? Don't get me wrong, I'm totally down with Chattanooga having some passenger trains running around. I get that. It's awesome. We've needed it for a long time. I ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I’m Certainly No Expert

Sometime on Monday night, after I had written a piece on getting swatted with a switch as a kid, I got an email from ESPN Canada asking if I would be a televised guest on “Off the Record,” the most watched daily sports show in Canada. The subject: corporal punishment in America. Are you kidding me? I am hardly an expert. All weekend my world of sports and its excitement was warped ... (click for more)

Lookouts and Minnesota Twins Sign 4-Year Agreement

In a fast-paced, high stakes game of musical chairs with the three players from Major League Baseball - Minnesota, Arizona and Colorado - vying for one chair (Chattanooga Lookouts), the Twins from Minneapolis came up the winner Wednesday. Officials from the Minnesota ball club flew to Chattanooga Tuesday and signed contract papers for a four year player development ... (click for more)

Lady Mocs Volleyball Team Set To Host Scenic City Showdown

The Chattanooga Mocs returns to action Friday and Saturday at Maclallan Gym is they host the Scenic City Showdown – Presented by Hampton Inn & Suites.  Its second three-team tournament of the season, Chattanooga welcomes UT Martin, Stetson and South Carolina State to Downtown. “This is another great opportunity for us to display our city, campus and facilities ... (click for more)