Bicycle Trails for Bikes and Hikes – Chattanooga, TN
The Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association has received a $10,000 contribution from Volkswagen to help with costs associated with their bike trails at a new park being built near the VW plant in Chattanooga, TN. So far 4 miles of track are completed at the new Enterprise South Nature Park. When the park opens on October 11, 2010 there will be 10 miles of trails ready for action. The trails will be available for hikers or bikers. VW has put a lot of money into their new venture in Chattanooga and they are known for supporting outdoor activities. VW is changing the look of the landscape, as well as the economic growth, in this area.
BradleyCounty Courthouse Takes A Leap To Safety – Cleveland, TN
Bradley County Courthouse, built in 1960, was an open and potentially unsafe building for these days and times. I was there last year and was surprised that visitors were able to roam the halls at will. In comparison, last year I was at the Freehold, New Jersey Courthouse where I was met at the door by several armed guards and metal detectors.
People laughed about our little courthouse here in Cleveland, well, laugh no more. Bradley County Courthouse will be more like the Freehold, New Jersey building. That’s good news and a sad commentary at the same time. Good in the fact that court visitors, jury members, etc. will be safer, but sad in the fact that this world is full of crazies and nut cases and we have to take these safety measures.
The courts and offices are located on the second floor of the building in downtown Cleveland, TN. According to the Timesfreepress.com, these measures are to protect the general public. Judges already have a network of security in place including body guards, aka court officers. There are panic buttons hidden in the courthouse and the annex, as well as closed circuit monitors.
To get to the second floor, visitors will now have to use the Broad Street entrance and then use the stairs or elevator. There they will be met by the metal detector. The metal detector, which has been sitting in the off position for years, will now be activated as promised by the new Sheriff, Jim Ruth. Expect more changes in security in the future due to a US Marshall’s security audit report that was done on the building for free.