Harrison Bay State Park To Host Holiday At The Bay On Sunday

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The year 2012 marks Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary, and to help commemorate this important milestone, Harrison Bay State Park will host Holiday at the Bay on Sunday, from 6-10 p.m.

Celebrating the spirit of Christmas and wintertime fun, along with 75 years of state parks, visitors can enjoy old-time games, a historical timeline of Harrison Bay, ranger programs, an indoor snowball fight, chestnuts roasting over an open fire, a chili and dessert contest, and hot chocolate and cider.

“We are very excited to celebrate Tennessee State Parks’ 75th Anniversary this year,” said Park Manager Don Campbell.  "Holiday at the Bay is a great event to learn about the history of the area, while heralding in the holidays.”

Also making an appearance will be Tennessee State Parks’ new traveling anniversary exhibit, which hit the road this year to tour state parks and various communities – sharing Tennessee State Parks’ rich and storied history. Enclosed in a colorful trailer emblazoned with various images and logos, the exhibit interprets the origins and heritage of Tennessee’s state park system.

The Tennessee State Parks system was established through legislation in 1937, and those laws – with modifications and additions over the years – remain the framework for park operations today.  As in most states, Tennessee began in cooperation with federal programs that instigated individual parks. Later, Depression era recovery programs gave a boost to the idea and the possibility of creating parks. The Civilian Conservation Corps and Works Progress Administration worked on land conservation, but also delved further into the actual planning and construction of what would become the first of 54 Tennessee State Parks.

Today, there is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee.  A 2009 University of Tennessee study highlights the positive economic impacts that state parks provide local communities, particularly in rural areas of the state.  The study found that for every dollar spent on trips to Tennessee State Parks, an additional $1.11 of economic activity was generated throughout the state.  When the direct and indirect expenditures were combined, the impact of Tennessee State Parks to the state’s economy was $1.5 billion in total industry output, supporting more than 18,600 jobs.

“Our vision statement highlights the inherent value of our natural environment, along with the value of the many physical reminders of Tennessee’s past,” said Deputy Commissioner Brock Hill. “Tennessee’s state parks have played such an important role in our history, and they play a critical role in our health and quality of life, which will benefit Tennesseans well into the future.”

Tennessee’s state parks deliver a rich fabric of natural landscapes, wild places, preserved ecologies, outdoor recreational opportunities and protected historic scenes and resources – together representing the heritage of Tennessee in the landscape.

Tennessee's 54 state parks and 82 state natural areas offer diverse natural, recreational and cultural experiences for individuals, families or business and professional groups.  State park features range from pristine natural areas to 18-hole championship golf courses.  For a free brochure about Tennessee State Parks, call toll free at 888 867-2757. For upcoming events in connection with the 75th Anniversary of Tennessee State Parks, please visit the state parks website at www.tnstateparks.com.

In commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Tennessee State Parks, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation launched an innovative new microsite at www.tnstateparks75.com. Established in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the microsite displays Tennessee State Parks’ rich heritage and showcases the many outdoor adventures awaiting state park visitors through rich media and dynamic content.

Harrison Bay State Park covers 1,200 acres, with approximately 40 miles of Chickamauga Lake shoreline. Harrison Bay was originally developed as a Tennessee Valley Authority recreation demonstration area in the 1930s. The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was responsible for the initial construction of Harrison Bay State Park and it was the first park owned by the state of Tennessee. This beautiful wooded park is a haven for campers, boaters and fishermen, as well as picnickers and other day-use visitors from Chattanooga and the surrounding area.


2016 Vacation Tours Available At Tennessee State Parks

Tennessee State Parks is offering nine vacation packages in 2016 to suit all types of outdoor enthusiasts and skill levels. Guests can experience guided tours through eight state parks across Tennessee and several natural areas and wildlife refuges. The year’s tours begin with a Winter Waterfall Tour at Fall Creek Falls and South Cumberland State Park on  Feb. 22-24 ... (click for more)

38th Annual Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show In Knoxville Set For Feb. 12-14

HGTV personalities are Knoxville-bound for the 2016 Dogwood Arts House & Garden Show.  Matt Blashaw, licensed contractor and host of HGTV’s Vacation House for Free and featured carpenter on season 2 of Ellen’s Design Challenge, and Tiffany Brooks, designer and host of HGTV Smart Home 2016, are coming to Knoxville to share their expertise on house renovation, real estate ... (click for more)

County School Board Considers "Best Practices Audit" On Compliance With Board Policies

The County School Board is considering carrying out a "Best Practices Audit" to determine if board policies are filtering down to the school level. Board member Greg Martin said members of the Superintendent's Student Leadership Council told him that only a fraction of students are familiar with board policies on bullying and other topics. Steve Highlander, another board member, ... (click for more)

Several Central City Schools Overcrowded, School Board Is Told

All the county school overcrowding is not out in the fast-growing East Brainerd and Ooltewah sections, school board members were told Thursday. Several central city schools are far above capacity. East Lake Elementary - with 655 students and a capacity of 493 students - is at 133 percent occupancy. Calvin Donaldson, Orchard Knob Elementary and East Side Elementary also are ... (click for more)

Innocent Until Proven Guilty, Even Athletes

From reading Randy Smith's column on the lawsuit against UT it is pretty evident that he never took a legal course in his life. I was under the impression that in this country one was innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. It appears this no longer applies to athletes(particularly black athletes) in the U.S. in 2016. I have always said that if I am picked for jury duty ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘Chatt2.org’ Needs You Now

A diverse yet powerful panel of community leaders in Nashville delivered a letter to the Metro Nashville Board of Education last week. It was signed by some top men and women who represent a wide-ranking cross section of Tennessee’s largest city and includes education, business, religious and diversity superstars. You need to understand the urgency behind the letter. Davidson County ... (click for more)