Category Archives: Outdoors

Northwest Georgia should have a great view of the ‘Great American Eclipse’ on Aug. 21. Tellus Science Museum plans special features, viewing opportunities. Plus: How to protect your eyes.

Northwest Georgia should have a great view of the ‘Great American Eclipse’ on Aug. 21. Tellus Science Museum plans special features, viewing opportunities. Plus: How to protect your eyes.

By Natalie Simms nsimmshh@att.net It’s been nearly 100 years since the United States has experienced a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse as the sun disappears behind the moon, turning daylight into twilight. It’s an event so rare that all eyes will be watching as the next “Great American Eclipse” takes place Aug. 21, spanning from Salem,… Read more

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Paddle Georgia 2017: The 125-mile adventure along Etowah River is under way. Follow their week-long journey to Rome.

Paddle Georgia 2017: The 125-mile adventure along Etowah River is under way. Follow their week-long journey to Rome.

The 125-mile week-long canoe/kayak camping adventure Paddle Georgia is underway traveling through the north Georgia mountains to Rome along the Etowah River. The 7-day journey began Saturday near Dawsonville and will wrap Friday in downtown Rome. The annual event, organized by Georgia River Network, is billed as an environmental education adventure for the whole family, is… Read more

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Mild winter, wet spring giving way to ‘explosion’ in local tick and mosquito population; how to protect yourself.

Mild winter, wet spring giving way to ‘explosion’ in local tick and mosquito population; how to protect yourself.

  This year’s mild winter and early spring created a few problematic situations…an increase in snake activity and a surge in pesky ticks and mosquitoes. Hometown Headlines’ Natalie Simms takes a look at the situation in Northwest Georgia in this two-part series on outdoor dangers. Click here to read the first part of the series… Read more

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With a 50% increase in snake bites in Georgia this year, here’s what you need to know about protecting yourself outdoors — and what to do if bitten.

With a 50% increase in snake bites in Georgia this year, here’s what you need to know about protecting yourself outdoors — and what to do if bitten.

With this year’s mild winter and early spring, it’s created a few problematic situations…an increase in snake activity and an surge in pesky ticks and mosquitoes. Hometown Headlines’ Natalie Simms takes a look at the situation in Northwest Georgia in this two-part series on outdoor dangers. Part two posts Tuesday morning. Plus: Please join us… Read more

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With a 50% increase in snake bites in Georgia this year, here’s what you need to know about protecting yourself outdoors — and what to do if bitten.

With a 50% increase in snake bites in Georgia this year, here’s what you need to know about protecting yourself outdoors — and what to do if bitten.

With this year’s mild winter and early spring, it’s created a few problematic situations…an increase in snake activity and an surge in pesky ticks and mosquitoes. Hometown Headlines’ Natalie Simms takes a look at the situation in Northwest Georgia in this two-part series on outdoor dangers. Part two posts Tuesday morning. Plus: Please join us… Read more

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Dozens participate in Saturday’s Big Float down Etowah. Up next: Paddle Georgia with Canoe Tug-A-War in Cartersville, fish fry celebration in Rome.

Dozens participate in Saturday’s Big Float down Etowah. Up next: Paddle Georgia with Canoe Tug-A-War in Cartersville, fish fry celebration in Rome.

Beautiful skies and warm temperatures brought out dozens of participants for Saturday’s Second Annual Big Float hosted by te Coosa River Basin Initiative. The six-mile river celebration included a procession of canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, tubes, rafts and homemade rafts floating down the Etowah River. The event ended on the Coosa River at Heritage Park in… Read more

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We have an eaglet! B8 has arrived at the Berry College nest.

We have an eaglet! B8 has arrived at the Berry College nest.

From Berry Eagles Facebook page: B8 has arrived! The eaglet hatched some time in the early hours of the morning and has been staying snuggly and warm beneath Mom and Dad. We are still on pip watch for the second egg. Eagle cam Read more

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CRBI announces 2017 ‘Greenie Awards’ winners; ceremony is Aprli 6 at Hightower Falls.

CRBI announces 2017 ‘Greenie Awards’ winners; ceremony is Aprli 6 at Hightower Falls.

    Media release: A Calhoun-based textile business, a Piedmont, Ala., land protection organization, Boys and Girls Clubs in Dalton and Rome, the Chatsworth Water Works Commission and Forsyth County will be recognized April 6 with the Coosa River Basin Initiative’s Greenie Awards for their outstanding efforts to protect natural resources in the upper Coosa… Read more

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Paddle Georgia 2017 to float the Etowah River with stops including Cartersville before ending in Rome. Dates: June 17-23.

Paddle Georgia 2017 to float the Etowah River with stops including Cartersville before ending in Rome. Dates: June 17-23.

  Media release: The country’s largest week-long canoe/kayak camping adventure this year strokes through the 163-mile-long Etowah River that flows from the north Georgia mountains to Rome. Registration for Paddle Georgia, the annual event organized by Georgia River Network, opens Jan. 31 and organizers expect the 450 spaces available for the trip to go quickly.… Read more

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Coosa River Basin Initiative’s annual meeting is Jan. 31. Light dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.; free and open to all. Meet the new director and 2016 honorees.

Coosa River Basin Initiative’s annual meeting is Jan. 31. Light dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.; free and open to all. Meet the new director and 2016 honorees.

  The Coosa River Basin Initiative will formally introduce its new Executive Director and Riverkeeper to its members Tuesday, Jan. 31, during the organization’s annual membership meeting at the Rome-Floyd ECO River Education Center at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with light dinner and refreshments with the program beginning at… Read more

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Make that Solar Bear Paddle: No bitter cold to battle this year as dozens join 12th annual float down the Etowah.

Make that Solar Bear Paddle: No bitter cold to battle this year as dozens join 12th annual float down the Etowah.

  A great turnout for the 12th Annual Polar Bear Paddle on the Etowah on Saturday morning, even if the weather didn’t cooperate (we had near-record heat in the 70s). This blurb from Coosa River Basin Initiative’s Facebook page: “A few scenes from today’s Polar Bear Paddle…not too frigid but fun just the same! Jesse… Read more

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Updated: CRBI’s new Executive Director plans to ‘streamline and amplify’ organization’s efforts to promote healthy waterways

Updated: CRBI’s new Executive Director plans to ‘streamline and amplify’ organization’s efforts to promote healthy waterways

  Although he just moved to Rome last week, Coosa River Basin Initiative’s new Executive Director is no stranger to Rome. Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman officially assumed his new duties at the helm of CRBI on Wednesday. He and his family just moved to Rome last week from Savannah where he had been working as the Watershed Outreach… Read more

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More honors for the Allatoona Lake Project, including partnership with Berry College.

More honors for the Allatoona Lake Project, including partnership with Berry College.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Allatoona Lake Project has been selected as the recipient of the 2016 Chief of Engineers Natural Resource Management Project of the Year.  The award recognizes exceptional project management with emphasis on natural resources, recreation and environmental compliance management programs. Allatoona Lake was chosen for the award due to exceptional achievement… Read more

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