Category Archives: Outdoors

River safety top priority for this Saturday’s Spirit of the Sun Festival featuring unique fishing tournament, paddleboard races and free outdoor concert.

River safety top priority for this Saturday’s Spirit of the Sun Festival featuring unique fishing tournament, paddleboard races and free outdoor concert.

The inaugural Spirit of the Sun Festival takes over Downtown Rome and local rivers this Saturday, July 7. Among the activities includes the Kingfisher Classic fishing tournament and the Chieftain’s Challenge paddle race. And organizers say river safety is a top priority given last month’s close rescue calls during the Coosa River Basin Initiative’s Big… Read more

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Weekend/Outdoors: Latest safety updates, including on Bartow’s stretch of the Etowah River.

Weekend/Outdoors: Latest safety updates, including on Bartow’s stretch of the Etowah River.

Dwayne Jamison, deputy chief of the Bartow County Fire Department, joined us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM on Wednesday, June 20, to talk water safety on the “extremely dangerous” Etowah River.” The agency has worked seven to eight rescues involving multiple kayakers or others in recent weeks,  he says. Among the… Read more

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Outdoors: River Ratz open today; Euharlee Outfitters back on the Etowah; Cedar Creek continues normal schedule (free outdoor movie tonight).

Outdoors: River Ratz open today; Euharlee Outfitters back on the Etowah; Cedar Creek continues normal schedule (free outdoor movie tonight).

LOCAL RIVER LEVELS Etowah River near Dixon Landing/Grizzard Park off the Bypass: Latest report Oostanaula River at Turner McCall near Riverside Parkway: Latest report FROM THE OUTFITTERS River Ratz Tubing & Kayak, LLC.: Rick Dempsey says he’s open today as normal.  For more: 706-728-4160. Euharlee Creek Outfitters: (Friday afternoon) “We are open and ready to float… Read more

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The aftermath of Rome’s Big Float: Just posted — radio interview with CRBI. Plus: Meetings set to outline new safety steps on our waterways. Social media remains mostly critical although some floaters have a different take.

The aftermath of Rome’s Big Float: Just posted — radio interview with CRBI. Plus: Meetings set to outline new safety steps on our waterways. Social media remains mostly critical although some floaters have a different take.

Today from radio: Jesse Demonbreun-Chapman, executive director and riverkeeper at Coosa River Basin Initiative, joined us on Hometown Headlines Radio Edition on WRGA 98.7 FM to discuss  what happened with Saturday’s Big Float and plans to prevent it from occurring again. The complete interview is available above and lasts for more than 14 minutes. Photo courtesy of… Read more

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Make that two! Berry eagle lays second egg of the season as eaglet watch gets underway.

Make that two! Berry eagle lays second egg of the season as eaglet watch gets underway.

Make that two as the Berry eagle lays her second egg earlier today. The first egg of the 2018 season was laid Wednesday afternoon, the same day that she laid the first egg last year. So let the eaglet watch continue! Click here to watch the Facebook video of her laying the second egg. To… Read more

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Amazing photos of Orionid meteor shower, another peak viewing opportunity around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Amazing photos of Orionid meteor shower, another peak viewing opportunity around 2 a.m. Sunday.

Local photographer Mills Fitzner captured these amazing photos of the Orionid meteor shower in the wee hours of the morning. According to space.com: “The meteors that streak across the sky are some of the fastest and brightest among meteor showers, because the Earth is hitting a stream of particles almost head on. The particles come from… Read more

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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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