What makes Lookout Mountain home

What's on your summer bucket list? A hike to Glen Falls? A mountain bike ride on the Cloudland Connector Trail? Or maybe a road trip to Nashville to see Alan Shuptrine's new watercolor exhibit?

The season has already kicked off with Community Movie Night. There's another in August and here's 5 reasons you can't miss it. Get ready for the fun, because summers on Lookout are anything but lazy!

Camp Invention Returns to LMS in June

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Think your little one is the next Steve Jobs? Sign him or her up for Camp Invention, and give them the tools to make that happen. Even if they’re not dissecting computers in your garage, any rising first through sixth grader can benefit from this nationally acclaimed summer camp.

In our ever-changing economy, the most important thing we can teach our children is how to be innovators,” says LMS third grade teacher Bryan Mann.

Created by the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the late ‘90s, Camp Invention fosters 21st century skills such as creativity, problem solving and the spirit of invention. Schools across the country each year partner with the program, providing physical space as well as local, certified teachers to lead the cutting-edge curriculum.

Mann has served as camp director for two years, drawn to the project because of the open creativity and self-exploration students get to embrace in every lesson. With a different focus each summer, this year’s “Illuminate” program was developed by some of the nation’s most brilliant minds. Campers will construct their own racing cart, build a prototype from scratch and create a physical video game model in the 3rd dimension.

As always, campers will be exposed to the real-world challenges every inventor faces. They will receive personalized video challenges from National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, have to create business pitches and gather feedback on their inventions.

Camp Invention is truly unlike any other camp I’ve been involved with,” says Mann. “It doesn’t just entertain or educate your child; it unlocks their potential.

This year’s camp will be held June 1-5, 9:00 until 3:30 p.m., at Lookout Elementary School. The cost is $220 for the week.

Why I Love Lookout: Melissa and Tim Youngblood

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Tim and Melissa Youngblood had moved 10 times when they finally settled in Norcross, GA in 2006. It was Melissa’s hometown, and her parents lived four houses down – always available to help when the couple welcomed twins in 2008. They both thought “we’re never moving again.”

And then…Tim drove up Lookout Mountain.

I had a client at the time living on Lookout,” he recalls. “I think it was the second time I’d visited, I called Melissa on the way down the mountain and said, ‘What do you think about moving to Lookout Mountain?’

Once Melissa saw it for herself, it was not as hard a sell as you might imagine. “It was definitely hard to leave family and friends, but in my heart I knew we needed a wonderful place to raise our family,” she says. “I knew the minute we traveled around the mountain it was the perfect place for us.”

I knew the minute we traveled around the mountain it was the perfect place for us.

The quiet, charming streets and strong schools appealed to both. But Lookout Mountain’s outdoor offerings particularly spoke to Tim. Growing up in Branson, MO he was accustomed to easy access to trails and rivers. He’d been an urbanite for over a decade and was tired of not living close to nature.

But it was in that urban setting where both launched fascinating careers. Tim has worked in the tech industry since the mid 90’s, starting several successful companies. Melissa enjoyed a 17-year career in cosmetic sales for such fashion power houses as Burberry, Chanel and Christian Dior.

In fact one of her positions – VP of Sales for Puig Prestige Beauty – meant relocating to New York’s Upper West Side. The timing was perfect. Tim had just sold his Atlanta tech company, Magnet Communications, and knew he could capitalize on his skills just as the World Wide Web was exploding. He signed on with a dynamic company called Blue Wolf, who was launching salesforce.com at the time.

Their lifestyle was glamorous, if albeit transient. “It was larger than life in so many ways, but it also felt very temporary,” says Tim. “Life in New York is like dog years – one equals seven.”

After two and a half years, the couple returned to Atlanta, where they had lived 10 years prior to the Manhattan move. Melissa had just settled into a VP position with a prestige intimate apparel company Eveden when she learned she was pregnant…with twins.

After a precarious first trimester, Melissa decided to do something she’d never done before – quit working. Tim also reevaluated his career path, determining the best thing for his family was to go out on his own, launching Code Science.

Those important life decisions ultimately led them to Lookout Mountain. Tim’s new company gave him ultimate flexibility – he could live anywhere in the world with internet access. Melissa’s exit from the professional world meant she could make the decision solely on quality of life, not career opportunities.

Not under any sort of time crunch, the couple took their time finding their perfect home. They fell in love with a secluded property on the Tennessee side, and waited almost a year for it to come on the market. All told, their home search took two years.

“We strongly considered both Georgia and Tennessee, but our house happened to fall on the Tennessee side,” recalls Melissa. “But the Georgia state line crosses through our property, so whenever I’m feeling homesick I just go in the back yard.”

Both Tim and Melissa know they found a jewel when they happened upon Lookout Mountain. They love the close-knit community, saying it’s both private but open.

We could live anywhere,” says Tim. “But this is where we chose.

Top 5 Ways to Celebrate Mother's Day on the Mountain

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Credit: Rock City Gardens

1. Enter Mother’s Day Essay Contest at Mountain Escape Spa (Deadline May 8)

If you’ve been saving your allowance for a gift, don’t miss your chance to score one for free! Anyone 14 and under can enter – all you have to do is write about “My Favorite Memory with Mom.” The top essay will win a “Queen for the Day” spa package, and everyone that enters will receive a special thank you gift for their mom AND themselves. Your mama didn’t raise no fool…get your essays in by THIS FRIDAY, MAY 8 by either mailing or dropping off at Mountain Escape Spa.

2. “Spring On Lookout” Block Party (Saturday May 9, 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.)

Treat Mom to a day of Blooms, Buys, Burgers and Beauty at the first ever Lookout Mountain Block Party! She can enjoy an in-store makeup demonstration at Mountain Escape Spa while you pick up a last minute gift at Yessick’s (everything in store is 20 percent off, Saturday only). Wrap up the day enjoying live music at Talus’ outdoor tables and gnoshing on their new burger, debuting this weekend. Held in the Tennessee Business District’s parking lot, the all-day affair will also feature pet adoptions, craft vendors and plant sale. Sponsored by Talus New American Bistro, Mountain Escape Spa and Yessick’s Design Center.

3. King of the Mountain Road Race (May 9, 8:15 a.m. for 4-mile; 9 a.m. for Fun Run)

Sporty moms always enjoy running for a cause, especially when it benefits kiddos! Run the 11th annual King of the Mountain Road Race with your mother, and feel great knowing all proceeds go toward Good Shepherd School – the only full-time preschool program on the mountain. Race dollars specifically benefit GSS’s scholarship fund, which provides tuition assistance for families who otherwise may not be able to attend.
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4. Southern Blooms at Rock City (May 9, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.)

Flowers in a vase last a week, but memories of a beautiful walk through Rock City can last a lifetime. The attraction’s Southern Blooms Festival, held Saturday and Sunday, honors Rock City’s co-founder and original gardener, Frieda Utermoehlen Carter. Enjoy garden tours by the horticultural team, free gardening advice, rain barrel and planting demonstrations and other kid-friendly activities like Southern Belle Makeovers and character photo ops.
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5. Moccasin Bend Bike Ride/Hike

The National Park Service touts Moccasin Bend as one of the most unique units found in the entire National Park Service system. Learn more about what makes this little curve in the river so unique with a bike tour of its Archeological District, where archeologists have found evidence of human habitation dating back 12,000 years. The whole family will get outdoors, and Mom will be proud you scheduled something educational.
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King of the Mountain Road Race Next Weekend

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Next weekend, Good Shepherd School hosts its 11th annual King of the Mountain road race. And while the fastest runner will be named “King” (or “Queen”) everyone’s a winner at this kid-friendly event. That’s because virtually every penny raised goes toward GSS’s scholarship fund, providing tuition assistance for families who otherwise may not be able to attend.

As a Christian school, we talk about being part of the community and helping others – the scholarship fund gives us another way to ‘walk the walk,’” explains Director Sandy Skorput.

Last year the Episcopal preschool hosted a record breaking 200 runners and 135 walkers, grossing upwards of $20,000. The entire community supports the event including teachers, parents and students –many “running” before they can walk.

It’s a great family activity, and an important part of Good Shepherd’s fundraising,” says Grace Nielsen, GSS mom and parent representative to the GSS board. “Thanks to an army of parent volunteers and long hours from the front office staff, all proceeds stay within the school.

If you haven’t registered yet, don’t delay! Entry fees increase after Monday, May 4. Plus, pre-registrants receive a t-shirt and fabulous goodie bag. It’s only $25 for the 4-mile race ($30 after May 4) and $15 for the 1-mile Fun Run ($20 after May 4). Good Shepherd students are only $10 for the 1-mile race until Friday, May 1.

Forms are available at Good Shepherd School or you can register online at Active.com. For more information, call GSS at 423-821-0044 or Race Director James Williams at 423-785-8244.

King of the Mountain Road Race
Saturday, May 9 at 8:15 a.m. (4-mile) and 9:00 a.m. (Fun Run)
Lookout Mountain Town Commons

Packet pick-ups begin May 8, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Good Shepherd School or onsite Saturday beginning at 6:30 a.m. Award ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m., followed by door prize giveaway.

7 Tips for Making the Most of Fairyland Festival

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Fairyland Festival is THIS Thursday, April 30. If you haven’t lived on Lookout Mountain long, you may wonder what all the fuss is about. For nearly 60 years, the afternoon extravaganza has been THE spring event for anyone under 11.

It also raises a significant amount of money for Fairyland Elementary ($20,000 is this year’s goal) to fund such things as additional staff positions, a fine arts and music program, technology upgrades and other school equipment.

If this is your first festival, don’t worry. We gathered 7 tips from veteran parents such as PTO president Caroline Williams and Festival co-chairs Dawn Pettway and Kim Brock.

1. WEAR SUNBLOCK

Don’t get burned your first time around. Slather on the sunscreen – your kids won’t realize they’re picking up a nasty burn while rocking the “Topple the Teacher” booth or raining silly string on their friends.

2. HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE

Summer’s heat hasn’t set in yet, but make frequent trips to the Coke Truck for Dasani water or PowerAde. All your family’s favorites are also available like Coke, Diet Coke and Sprite. Don’t worry; the sugar and caffeine will burn off while your child takes their 20th turn at one of the bouncy houses.

3. TICKETS, GET YOUR TICKETS!

You can either buy your tickets beforehand (contact Kelly Paschall for details) or buy at the gate. Just bring LOTS of cash. Your kids will run through tickets faster than Jackie Joyner on race day. But each 50 cent ticket is money well spent when you get home with kiddos who have been fed and are begging to go to bed. You too will sleep well knowing you supported a great cause.

4. ALLOW FOR CLEAN UP TIME

Face paint and green hairspray stains can be tough to get off pillowcases and sheets. Factor in a little extra time for a quick dunk in the bathtub after the Festival. Vaseline or baby wipes work well to remove face paint, and fake casts can be cut off (carefully) with regular scissors.

5. GET THERE EARLY

Your kids will be itching to get there, and popular items such as silly string and blow-up swords go fast at the Emporium. Plus, an early arrival could help your case with an early(ish) departure (then again…don’t count on it).

6. DON'T MISS THE MINI-AUCTION

While Fairyland's main auction moved to August, Class Baskets and Class Projects will still be available to the highest bidder. The joint art projects from each grade level will be treasured forever, and the baskets are aimed at your summer survival. Each grade has donated goodies with a certain theme, such as “Beach Time” from fourth grade or “Family Movie Night” from Kindergarten. There are only seven baskets this year, so they will go fast!

7. COME HUNGRY

One of the best perks of the Festival is the amazing smorgasbord of delicious food! Mr. T’s Pizza and Bones Famous BBQ always generously donate, and dads take turns on the grill flipping hamburgers and hot dogs.

Mountain Spotlight: Lee Burns

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When Headmaster Kirk Walker of the McCallie School announced his retirement, the 112-year-old school had some pretty big shoes to fill. They launched a nationwide search in January 2013, interviewing some of the country’s top names in education. As fate would have it, one of those candidates hit close to home – McCallie alum and Lookout Mountain native, A. Lee Burns III.

I’m so excited to be back at McCallie – it feels like coming home again,” says Burns. “Sometimes I have to pinch myself.

As his first school year as headmaster comes to a close, Burns looks forward to steering McCallie into its next 100 years. In the upcoming school year he will engage the entire school community in a strategic planning process.

I see our biggest challenge moving forward is finding the balance between tradition and innovation,” he says. “McCallie enjoys a strong heritage and tradition. To preserve that, I think we must adopt a new mindset that’s anchored to the past yet nimble enough to adapt to our rapidly changing world.

Burns seems just the man to do it. Before McCallie he spent 14 years as headmaster of Presbyterian Day School in Memphis, transforming it into a school of national prominence. Under his leadership, he initiated a school-wide one-to-one laptop program and created an on-campus design and arts center that rivals a design room at Google, complete with 3-D printers and walls painted with white IdeaPaint™ for writing on the walls.

Impressive accomplishments for any school, it’s perhaps more notable that the all-boys school serves grades Pre-K through sixth. His impact at PDS is undeniable. They even named a street in his honor – Lee Burns Boulevard.

But while accolades have their place, Burns’ focus as an educator is as much on a student’s character as their academic performance. His dynamic leadership, combined with his deep love and appreciation for McCallie, promise great things on the horizon for the all-boys school.

I’m forever grateful and indebted to McCallie,” says Burns. “The opportunity to come serve alongside the teachers and educators that left such an imprint on my life is an honor, and serious responsibility that I approach with humility and awe.

Long before Burns set foot on campus as a student in the early ‘80s, he spent endless hours at McCallie’s summer camps and sporting events with his grandfather, Maj. Arthur Lee Burns (’20). “Maj” is engrained into McCallie’s culture, serving as a school administrator from 1925 to 1972, and even helping write the school’s alma mater.

McCallie has had a profound impact on my life,” he says. “It was tough to leave PDS. We loved our friends, our kids’ schools, neighborhood, church – we had planted some pretty deep roots. McCallie was the only thing I would have left for.

Another community close to his heart is Lookout Mountain, where he grew up as one of seven (all two years apart). Two of his siblings still live on Lookout, as well as his mother, Graham, a beloved member of the community and longtime realtor. While his position requires Burns to live on campus with his wife, Sarah, and their three kids, Lookout remains his “home away from home.”

I feel so blessed to have grown up there – Lookout Mountain is a magical place,” he says. “It’s such a beautiful and special community. I maybe appreciate it more now than I did as a boy.

Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding Gives the World Wings

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Spring has arrived, and that means thousands of hikers, bikers, cavers and rock climbers will flock to Lookout Mountain. But as pretty as our mountain is on the ground, it’s absolutely breathtaking from above.

If you think you could never try hang gliding, think again says Matt Masters, Hang 3 Certified Instructor at the Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding School. He’s entering his second season with Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding, but the School has been teaching ground dwellers the thrill of flying for nearly 40 years, graduating five times as many pilots as any other school in the country.

“People see hang gliding as unrealistic, but it’s really one of the easiest sports you can do – easier sometimes than riding a bike,” he says. “We’ve flown with folks aged 4 to 94.”

When the winds are right, you’ll see a gaggle of gliders lined up at the School’s mountainside launch ramp, located off Scenic Highway. There, certified hang gliding pilots run right off the brow…then soar above it like a bird.

While Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding is best known for these “foot launches,” first timers begin much lower at the Landing Zone – an expansive grassy field in Wildwood, Georgia. Here you’ll find cabins for overnight stays and a club house with pool, fire pit and volleyball court. The School’s 65- and 125-foot training hills are a short drive away.

The Landing Zone, or the LZ, is also where most of the staff hangs their gliders at the end of the day. A unique microcosm of hang gliding culture, pilots from all over the world now call the LZ home. The tightknit group celebrates holidays together and hosts weekly cookouts during warmer months. Anyone is welcome to join, whether they’ve just completed their first tandem or working on their Hang 4 certification (the highest level).

“There’s no hang gliding community like this in the US,” says Masters. “When I leave here on right day I can fly to my house.”

The fastest way to get airborne is to fly tandem with an instructor. The School offers several packages, which all begin at the LZ. You’re pulled to altitude by ultralight aircraft (much like a boat pulling up a skier) and can opt to soar either 1,500 or 3,000 feet above Lookout Valley. If you complete the School’s Introductory Experience, they’ll even let you steer a while.

More involved training is required for launching off Lookout Mountain. The process can take anywhere from six to 10 days depending on how in-depth an experience you want and whether you want to fly solo or tandem.

You must complete up to 50 flights on the training hills, and the School highly recommends doing them in consecutive days when possible. There are numerous lodging options at the LZ, ranging from cozy cabins to bunk houses.

No matter which option you choose, Masters encourages folks to try something, even if it’s just coming out to watch a foot launch. Just be warned, many curious bystanders end up strapping into a glider eventually.

“A lot of launch-time lookers end up signing up for a tandem,” he says. “But we really try to encourage folks to become pilots. Once they see how easy and attainable it is and they have that first experience, they’re pretty pumped. It’s not a hard sell.”

Masters is also reaching out to the Lookout Mountain and Chattanooga community, working to embed hang gliding into our already thriving outdoor culture. He’s helped set up a program through University of Tennessee Chattanooga that provides class credit for becoming hang gliding certified.

“Hopefully next year we’ll open it up to several more schools in area,” he says. “Hang gliding is a niche sport, but we want to open it up to more people. I’m super enthusiastic to give the world wings.”

I’m super enthusiastic to give the world wings.

Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding
7201 Scenic Hwy 189
Rising Fawn, GA 30738
(706) 398-9546
www.hanglide.com

Heavy Rains Cause Flooding and Put Damper on Weekend Activities

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Exceptionally heavy rainfall in the area has caused flooding on Scenic Highway, particularly at the intersection of Ruby Falls and Cummings Highway. Commuters were caught in the surprise downpour earlier this afternoon, which swept water, rocks, trees and other debris into the road.

The wet week has also put a damper on the annual Baseball Parade and first annual community block party, planned for the area in front of Tennessee stores. Soggy fields have made the game impossible according to Coach Rick Dockery, Tennessee Director of Parks and Playgrounds.

“This is disappointing but our goal is focus on trying to get the fields ready for the first of next week,” he writes in an email. “We will try to have the parade next weekend, but if for some reason we cannot get it in on the 25th we will have to cancel so we can concentrate on the games.”

Keep checking back to LivingOnLookout.com or our Facebook page for updates.

The block party – “April on Lookout” – will definitely happen next weekend says organizer Erick Wood, chef/owner of Talus Restaurant. The all day celebration, originally planned for April 18, will be held April 25 from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m.

Sponsored by Talus, Yessick’s Design Center and Mountain Escape Spa, the outdoor festival will feature a plant sale, pet adoptions, live music and family entertainment. Native plants will come from Reflection Riding, and proceeds will benefit DART (Dade Animal Rescue Team).

The parking lot in front of the stores will be cordoned off, featuring craft vendors selling everything from handmade bird houses to jewelry. Yessicks will offer 20% off everything in the store (except bedding plants and hanging baskets).

Mountain Escape Spa will offer 10% off all products and gift certificates. You can also enjoy an in-store makeup demonstration while the kids take advantage of the video game truck just outside.

Talus will set up tables and chairs in front of their restaurant, offering live music by Courtney Daily and a keg truck featuring local brews. They will also debut a new gourmet burger featuring ground pork belly.

“It’s a great excuse to get people out of the house,” says Wood. “We’ve all been stuck inside for months with snow and rain. I think we’re more than ready to celebrate warmer weather.”

Why I Love Lookout: Sanna and Lee Danley

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When Sanna and Lee Danley first moved to Chattanooga, living on Lookout Mountain was the furthest thing from their mind. Not only were they used to their fast-paced lives in Nashville, Sanna gets severe motion sickness. They rented a house on the Northshore for a year before house hunting.

We looked everywhere but the mountains,” she recalls. “But I really wanted a cottage and we couldn’t find exactly what we were looking for. Northshore was wonderful and fun, but we never felt part of a community.

When their agent convinced them to look on Signal Mountain, Sanna realized she could handle windy roads after all. They decided to give Lookout a chance…and the rest is history.

“We immediately fell in love,” she recalls. “Being from Dalton, I was used to a town where everybody knew everybody. Even though we don’t have any family here, we immediately felt at home.”

Even though we don’t have any family here, we immediately felt at home.

Working in all aspects of the music business – from promotion to touring with artists – Sanna never imagined leaving Nashville. She and Lee met in the Music City when he was a law student. But when he got offered a position as in-house counsel with the Chattanooga Housing Authority, it meant starting a new chapter in the Scenic City.

Things moved quickly for the couple - marrying in May 2012 and moving in June. Happily, they both fell quickly in love with Chattanooga. Sanna found a job with WDEF Radio (Sunny 92.3 and Hits 96.5) as an account executive. She also does voice over work and jingles for a local ad agency.

While Chattanooga felt like home, it wasn’t until moving to Lookout Mountain in 2013 that they truly set down roots. They found their dream cottage and completely renovated it, adding personal touches such as restored 1960’s pastel appliances.

“We love our house – it feels like a bed and breakfast to us,” smiles Sanna. “We both have pretty stressful jobs so this feels like a getaway even though you’re about 10 minutes from downtown.”

Lee agrees. “I love the feeling of safety,” he adds. “There’s such a peace of mind, especially being from a big city like Memphis.”

I love the feeling of safety..there's such peace of mind.

Working as an intern for Disney, Sanna is immediately drawn to charm and character – one of the main attractions she has to Lookout Mountain. While she never expected to give up the glamour of Nashville’s music industry, she and Lee both feel certain the move was the right choice.

I’m a big believer in fairy tales and happy endings,” she says. “That’s what I felt when I came up here – it felt like a fairy tale to me.

Mountain Update: News from March Town Council Meetings

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SOCIAL

We’re one step closer to improved cell phone reception. At the Tennessee commissioners meeting this month, town consultant Dwight Montague stated the first draft of a lease – including drawing of the facility and a request for proposal – has been sent to the two companies competing for the contract, Crafton Communication and Wireless Properties. After a review period in which both companies can suggest modifications, the town expects sealed bids to be opened July 1 with the contract awarded the following day.

The annual parade celebrating baseball and softball season will be held April 18, followed by a community block party from about noon to 6:00 or 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by all businesses on the mountain, “Spring-fest” will take place at the shopping area on Scenic Highway. Parking areas and sidewalks will be blocked off, allowing for outdoor food and beverage service as well as activities for children. Vendors will set up booths, selling everything from honey and fresh fruit to jewelry and art.

Brooke Pippinger, TN commissioner of parks and playgrounds, gave a friendly reminder to observe the rules surrounding use of the LMS gym, or “skating rink.” The area is open to anyone by checking out a key at TN Town Hall, but parents are required to supervise children while there. Failure to follow this rule could result in losing the privilege of using the gym as a community center.

SAFETY

The ice may be gone, but residents are urged to slow it down on the roads! Due to a large number of speeding vehicles, Lookout Mountain police departments on both the Tennessee and Georgia side will be dedicating extra resources to enforcing the mountain’s 25 mph speed limit. Lookout Mountain, TN has received $5,000 from the Governor’s Highway Grant program and plans to purchase movable, unmanned radar that can be attached to different speed limit signs. The Georgia council approved the purchase of a new police vehicle out of allotted SPLOST funds. Also be aware of increased enforcement of parking restrictions around the Sunset Rock lot.

Tennessee Police Chief Randy Bowden reported in the commissioner’s meeting that his department will be participating in advanced training classes this month, including leadership development, training for dealing with the elderly, and in mercy vehicle operations. They will also receive additional education in tactical firearms training and child sexual abuse.

The Public Works departments were lauded in both the Georgia and Tennessee meetings for their exceptional work keeping roads clear during last month’s snow and ice storms. Both departments now turn their attention to cleaning up brush piles, and the Georgia side is excited to announce the arrival of their new leaf machine. Paving on Bartram Road will be completed when the weather allows, and the dumpster at Tennessee’s public works will be available April 3.

SERENITY

The beloved Lookout Mountain hemlocks may be in serious trouble. The Hemlock Wooly Adelgid – a pest that has decimated old-growth trees in the Great Smoky Mountains– has been found on Lookout Mountain. Local experts have been concerned about the threat for several years, but the confirmation of the pest has doubled efforts. It is treatable, and landscape architect Jimmy Stewart is organizing a plan to help people identify and develop a treatment strategy. If left untreated, the hemlocks will die in as little as two to five years. Stewart recommended hiring a licensed contractor or calling the county Cooperative Extension Agent if you want to do the work yourselves.

While mountain gardeners work to save one species, another they could do without is kudzu. A “Kudzu Coalition” has been formed and will undertake a spraying plan expected to take three years. In further beautification efforts, the Laurelwood Garden Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary by planting 50 trees on the mountain. They are currently asking for suggestions from residents for locations.

SCHOOLS

Last month’s “Night Out for Lookout” was a success, raising $47,000 for Lookout Mountain School according to TN Commissioner of Schools Don Stinnett. The entire community supported the event including LMS parents, grandparents, alumni and community members from both Georgia and Tennessee. Another recent LMS fundraiser, the PTA’s White Elephant Sale, netted over $3,000.

The electrical system for a new security door has been installed at LMS and the school is waiting for the door to arrive. Principal Ruth White thanked the TN police and fire department for conducting training sessions at the school.

At Fairyland Elementary they’re gearing up for their annual Fairyland Festival April 30 and the Art Show April 9. Students and teachers are also preparing for the Georgia Milestones Standardized tests in April. The last day of school is May 15 for Fairyland, and May 20 at LMS.

Upcoming Meetings:
Tennessee Commission Meeting, April 14, 5 p.m.

Georgia Town Council Meeting, April 16, 5:30 p.m.

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