Cave Spring economy depends on tourists Posted: Sunday, October 25, 2015 10:00 am by Doug Walker, Rome News-Tribune “Quaint” is a word that frequently comes to mind when people think of Cave Spring. Downtown Development Director Sandra Lindsey likes that — but “thriving” is the word she’d really like associated with the historic small town in southern Floyd County. “Remembering the past, improving the present, and building a strong future. Making available resources that encourage growth and prosperity while improving the quality of life,” is the DDA’s mission statement. Lindsey is the first to admit that there are still a few too many empty storefronts downtown. ThereRead More →

by Doug Walker, Rome News-Tribune Three new shade-sail rest areas have been completed along the Oostanaula River levee trail, thanks to funding from a $69,105 2011 Georgia Recreational Trails Program grant from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Two of the new shade-sail rest areas are located between the Second Avenue and Fifth Avenue bridges, and a third is located midway between the Fifth Avenue bridge and Turner McCall Boulevard bridge. All three are equipped with benches and concrete pads. Four more stations are being added to the network.  One is behind Etowah Terrace along the Kingfisher trail beside the Etowah River. One is being builtRead More →

With all the talk lately in Rome and Floyd County about trails, TRED thought it would be good to share some trail verbiage so we can all speak the same language to the WIMBY’s (Want It In My Backyard) and continue our push to make Rome and Floyd County and beyond a healthy, economically viable, recreation and tourist destination by investing in trails. http://www.railstotrails.org/build-trails/trail-building-basics/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=socnet&utm_campaign=trail-buildingRead More →

Thanks for those that braved the heat and raced in the 777 event last night at Jackson Hill!  July 7, 7pm, 7K, get it? We loved seeing both old and new faces supporting TRED.  Congratulations to Dustin Little for being the overall winner! See below for the list of winners: finalresults 2015 777 The next race in the Lucky Seven’s Race Series is Sunday, August 30 at 2pm, a 5K and 1-mile fun walk. Register online at www.itsyourrace.com, at Cycle Therapy Bike Shop, or one hour prior to race day.Read More →

History Happened Here: Sidepaths and the Persistent Dreams of Trail Building Posted 05/27/15 by James Longhurst in Building Trails, America’s Trails | Tagged with Biking, Demand for Trails An illustration of “tourists riding bicycles” by A.B. Frost, circa 1896 | Courtesy Library of Congress As we close out Bike Month, we’re pleased to run this guest blog exploring the history of bike paths in America by Dr. James Longhurst, associate history professor at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse. Right now, in the middle of the 21st-century bike boom, the rail-trail movement is the most successful way to build trails for bikers and walkers.Read More →

Story by Jeremy Stewart, RNT Rome was plagued by more than snow and ice in February. According to officials with the Rome Street Department, the amount of litter picked up off of the city’s roadways last month was more than twice the average. Department Director Chris Jenkins said litter has been increasing more and more, and his employees are trying their best to catch up. “Rome really does have a huge litter problem,” Jenkins said. “We just do a really good job of picking it up on the right-of-ways and keeping it down as much as possible.” According to Jenkins, there were 1,060 man hoursRead More →

Love art?  Love trails?  Love TRED?  Marry all of your loves by attending the opening night reception of “Paint the Trails with Art” at Rome’s ECO Center on Thursday, April 9 from 6:30-8:30 .pm. Local guest artists and students have donated their artwork in all mediums depicting trails and the outdoors and the art will be priced reasonably for you to take home several one of a kind pieces. A beautiful handmade quilt made from Coosa Valley Cycling Association ride t-shirts will be up for silent auction as well as handmade knives, ceramic crosses, and stationary. Other artists include: Cave Spring potter John Johnston, painterRead More →

Doug Walker, Rome News-Tribune More than two dozen public officials turned out Monday for the first of two workshops this week to consider a possible extension of the Silver Comet Trail from Cedartown to Cave Spring. Sandra Lindsey, director of the Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority, said she’s excited about the tourism opportunities a connection to the 61.5-mile multi-use trail would bring. Cedartown Council Chair­man Dale Tuck also was enthusiastic about extending the pathway that starts in Smyrna and runs through her city. “I think this would be a great boost to the city of Cedartown,” she said. In addition to officials from the two cities, theRead More →