Category Archives: Outdoors

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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Floyd County to consider burn ban ordinance as ‘exceptional drought’ conditions increasing fire risk.

Floyd County to consider burn ban ordinance as ‘exceptional drought’ conditions increasing fire risk.

Most of Northwest Georgia including Floyd County are in an ‘exceptional drought’ according to the latest Drought Monitor from the National Weather Service. These very dry conditions along with the minimum relative humidity are creating dangerous fire conditions. According to the NWS, outdoor burning of any kind is strongly discouraged. Many counties have instituted burn… Read more

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The Berry College eagles have returned to town and with some unexpected company.

The Berry College eagles have returned to town and with some unexpected company.

“As the Nest Turns”…it seems we may have an eagle soap opera brewing at Berry. Many watchers of Berry’s Eagle Cam have seen lots of activity over the last week. It seems Dad Berry has been visiting frequently, but in the company of an unknown female eagle. According to Berry College Eagles Facebook page: “This year, we… Read more

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Outdoors: River Revelry returns to downtown Rome on Aug. 27. Plus: Outdoors calendar.

Outdoors: River Revelry returns to downtown Rome on Aug. 27. Plus: Outdoors calendar.

Media release: River Revelry-A Biodiversity Bash, the Coosa River Basin Initiative’s annual end-of-summer party, returns to the banks of the Coosa River in Rome Aug. 27 with a lip-sync showdown between local celebrities. The annual bash will also feature live music from Jerry on the Moon, boat rides on the river, silent and live auctions, beer… Read more

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More than 40 take to the Oostanaula to beat the heat Sunday for CRBI’s Water Float celebration.

More than 40 take to the Oostanaula to beat the heat Sunday for CRBI’s Water Float celebration.

  Coosa River Basin Initiative hosted the Third Annual Swimmable Water Float, a 1.5-mile tube and pool raft float from Ridge Ferry Park to Heritage Park in Rome on Sunday. The above photos are from CRBI’s Joe Cook. From Facebook: “More than 40 people hit the water today for CRBI’s Swimmable Water Day celebration on the Oostanaula… Read more

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Outdoors: Bass Pro opens tonight in East Ridge just over Georgia line

Outdoors: Bass Pro opens tonight in East Ridge just over Georgia line

  Bass Pro Shops’ East Ridge Outpost opens later today with an “evening for conservation” but it might as well be an evening for conversation as well. From football legend Johnny Majors to a host of outdoors experts, the company is launching the store with a party tonight followed by special giveaways throughout the weekend. Full… Read more

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Outdoors: River Ratz Tubing and Kayak riding the ‘wave of interest’ in Rome’s waterways

Outdoors: River Ratz Tubing and Kayak riding the ‘wave of interest’ in Rome’s waterways

By Sarah O’Carroll, For Hometown Headlines Each weekend upwards of 50 people per day stream into a small building near the Hop-N-Shop off North Broad eager to hit Rome’s rivers. River Ratz Tubing and Kayak, a seasonal business at 105 Callahan St., is riding the wave of interest in Rome’s riverways. Owner Rick Dempsey says… Read more

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Honoring the Purple Hearts: Exchange Club of Rome and local military officials working to properly identify graves of soldiers

Honoring the Purple Hearts: Exchange Club of Rome and local military officials working to properly identify graves of soldiers

  By Sarah O’Carroll for Hometown Headlines The long-overlooked grave of Charles Jackson, the first man of color from Floyd County to die in World War II, now includes an official marker denoting his Purple Heart, awarded only last year. This important recognition is only part of a growing effort to find, clear and properly… Read more

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Outdoors: Registration open for Paddle Georgia’s Fall Float on the Flint, Plus: latest outdoors calendar.

Outdoors: Registration open for Paddle Georgia’s Fall Float on the Flint, Plus: latest outdoors calendar.

Media release: This fall, river lovers will have the opportunity to explore Southwest Georgia’s scenic Flint River during Georgia River Network’s (GRN) Paddle Georgia Fall Float on the Flint, a three-day, 56-mile canoe and kayak journey set for Oct. 8-10.  This will be the third year that the statewide river advocacy group has offered this trip… Read more

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Outdoors: Fact or fiction — panthers and peacocks in Maplewood, gators prowling in Northwest Georgia? Answers will surprise you.

Outdoors: Fact or fiction — panthers and peacocks in Maplewood, gators prowling in Northwest Georgia? Answers will surprise you.

  Panthers on the prowl? A dazzling peacock on the run? A gator sunning itself on the banks of the Coosa? Welcome to Wild Kingdom: Northwest Georgia or maybe a local edition of Myth Busters. We put those questions to Ben Winkelman and Jason Hosford of the E.C.O. Center in Rome during Tuesday’s Hometown Headlines… Read more

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