Telescope Planned for Alabama's Fifth Highest Peak

Telescope Planned for Alabama's Fifth Highest Peak

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October 19th, 2001, 4:53 am #1

Chimney Peak, a rugged mountain range east of JSU's campus, touted as Alabama's fifth highest peak, will soon be home to a new telescope and observatory.

An Alabama Department of Transportation road project is already underway that will allow public access up the mountain where a network of nature trails and possibly an amphitheater also will be located, said Jack Hopper, special assistant to JSU President Bill Meehan.
http://www.annistonstar.com/news/2001/a ... 0x2412.htm
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October 19th, 2001, 4:55 am #2

A Georgia man who plummeted more than 40 feet in a rappelling accident here Sunday is in guarded condition at Carraway Methodist Medical Center, a hospital spokesman said.

Dustin Williams, a 23-year-old from Villa Rica, Ga., was rappelling at Rock Gardens when part of his harness broke and he fell. According to the rescuers, Williams suffered fractures in both legs and may have seriously injured his back and pelvis.

"For a fall like that, you usually go for body retrieval," said Keith Roberts, one of the paramedics who responded.
http://www.annistonstar.com/news/2001/a ... 7v2142.htm
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October 19th, 2001, 5:16 am #3

Chimney Peak, a rugged mountain range east of JSU's campus, touted as Alabama's fifth highest peak, will soon be home to a new telescope and observatory.

An Alabama Department of Transportation road project is already underway that will allow public access up the mountain where a network of nature trails and possibly an amphitheater also will be located, said Jack Hopper, special assistant to JSU President Bill Meehan.
http://www.annistonstar.com/news/2001/a ... 0x2412.htm
I am going through some of my other news feeds and finding info on other peaks including this item from May 2001 in the Annsiston Star. I'm not sure if this is the structure at the summit (which needs repair):
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State officials agreed Wednesday to sell $110 million in bonds to rebuild a state parks system that has become more famous for its mildewed carpet than its beautiful views.

Out of the $110 million, $104 million will go for traditional state parks and $6 million for historical sites and parks.

The Legislature's State Parks Oversight Committee will have to approve the list of parks projects, but Smith said he hopes to begin with remodeling Bald Rock Lodge at Cheaha State Park near Anniston and
http://www.annistonstar.com/news/2001/a ... 310802.htm
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October 19th, 2001, 5:27 am #4

The state has already spent $2.5 million upgrading the Cheaha park’s motel, restaurant and other facilities, said former Sen. Doug Ghee, who secured the funding as chairman of the State Parks Oversight Committee in 1997 and 1998.

Cheaha State Park and Wheeler State Park have received the largest share of renovation funding of any state park in Alabama, Ghee said.

Bald Rock Lodge was built 50 years ago by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a federal job creation program sponsored by President Franklin Roosevelt.

Improvements were expected to cost $1.5 million, Martin said.

A network of stone cabins with fireplaces were also built by the Civilian Corps around the same time. Renovating them could have cost up to $1 million, Ghee said.

Another $500,000 to $1 million was needed to improve the water system in the mountain park. The system’s poor pressure and leaking pipes have forced the park to haul water up the mountain in National Guard trucks in the summer, Martin said.

http://www.annistonstar.com/news/1999/a ... 141742.htm

For my own purposes I am searching the Anniston Star on the following link (change the month)
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February 25th, 2002, 2:44 pm #5

I am going through some of my other news feeds and finding info on other peaks including this item from May 2001 in the Annsiston Star. I'm not sure if this is the structure at the summit (which needs repair):
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State officials agreed Wednesday to sell $110 million in bonds to rebuild a state parks system that has become more famous for its mildewed carpet than its beautiful views.

Out of the $110 million, $104 million will go for traditional state parks and $6 million for historical sites and parks.

The Legislature's State Parks Oversight Committee will have to approve the list of parks projects, but Smith said he hopes to begin with remodeling Bald Rock Lodge at Cheaha State Park near Anniston and
http://www.annistonstar.com/news/2001/a ... 310802.htm
From the Anniston Star:
Ominous-appearing clouds of smoke rose near Mount Cheaha in masses resembling thunderheads Saturday, causing some area residents to think about wild fire.
Mary Humphries, a dispatcher with the Talladega Ranger District, said the smoke was from a controlled burn.
Rangers began their yearly prescribed burn schedule Saturday with a 1,200-acre burn near the Kentuck ORV trail in the Talladega National Forest and a 1,500-acre prescribed burn in the Choccolocco Wildlife Management Area in the Shoal Creek Ranger District.
Such burns will continue until March 15, when they will stop for turkey hunting season. Burns will resume in the early summer, she said.
http://www.annistonstar.com/news/2002/a ... 6w0134.htm
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November 13th, 2002, 2:37 pm #6

I am going through some of my other news feeds and finding info on other peaks including this item from May 2001 in the Annsiston Star. I'm not sure if this is the structure at the summit (which needs repair):
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State officials agreed Wednesday to sell $110 million in bonds to rebuild a state parks system that has become more famous for its mildewed carpet than its beautiful views.

Out of the $110 million, $104 million will go for traditional state parks and $6 million for historical sites and parks.

The Legislature's State Parks Oversight Committee will have to approve the list of parks projects, but Smith said he hopes to begin with remodeling Bald Rock Lodge at Cheaha State Park near Anniston and
http://www.annistonstar.com/news/2001/a ... 310802.htm
[Moderator Note: The original message in this thread was from 2001. This is an article that appeared on 10/24/2002.]
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Cheaha State Park will receive $8.2 million to restore its historic forestry stone tower, cabins and Bald Rock Lodge.
The money is part of $182 million the Joint Legislative Committee on State Parks authorized Oct. 10 for improving Alabama's state parks. The money comes from a bond issue that was approved by voters in 1998 but that only took effect last May.

The tower, cabins and lodge all were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a job-creation program under President Franklin Roosevelt. Over the decades, the historic structures have fallen into serious disrepair; one of the cabins has burned down, and the lodge has been closed for more than five years.

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http://www.cleburnenews.com/news/2002/c ... 4i4559.htm
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November 13th, 2002, 2:46 pm #7

I am going through some of my other news feeds and finding info on other peaks including this item from May 2001 in the Annsiston Star. I'm not sure if this is the structure at the summit (which needs repair):
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State officials agreed Wednesday to sell $110 million in bonds to rebuild a state parks system that has become more famous for its mildewed carpet than its beautiful views.

Out of the $110 million, $104 million will go for traditional state parks and $6 million for historical sites and parks.

The Legislature's State Parks Oversight Committee will have to approve the list of parks projects, but Smith said he hopes to begin with remodeling Bald Rock Lodge at Cheaha State Park near Anniston and
http://www.annistonstar.com/news/2001/a ... 310802.htm
My news searches picked this up. I think they are referring to a Confederate General based on a web search but am not 100% certain.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=U ... k+cleburne


Anyway here's a letter in the Cleburne News:
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Prior to Aug. 25 this year, The Cleburne Room at Cheaha State Park’s restaurant was missing something–the presence of Patrick Cleburne. Now, thanks to several persistent and generous people, a print of Patrick Cleburne hangs in the room that bears his name.
Many thanks to Mary Frances Tarver for making the connection with Sanford Maner who donated the print in honor of Monica and LaShay Norton, the granddaughters of Geraldine Burford. A special thanks also to, Janet Tyson of Tyson’s Art and Frame in Anniston who framed the print at no charge. Jane Sanders of the historical society also earned a bid thank you by giving an impromptu talk about Patrick Cleburne and why our county was named for him.

Finally, thanks to Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce, Cheatwood Hardwood, and Cheaha State Park for the wonderful reception they hosted following the dedication of the print.

Deborah Mathews

Chulafinnee


http://www.cleburnenews.com/opinion/200 ... 4o0237.htm
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November 14th, 2002, 4:38 am #8

I am going through some of my other news feeds and finding info on other peaks including this item from May 2001 in the Annsiston Star. I'm not sure if this is the structure at the summit (which needs repair):
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State officials agreed Wednesday to sell $110 million in bonds to rebuild a state parks system that has become more famous for its mildewed carpet than its beautiful views.

Out of the $110 million, $104 million will go for traditional state parks and $6 million for historical sites and parks.

The Legislature's State Parks Oversight Committee will have to approve the list of parks projects, but Smith said he hopes to begin with remodeling Bald Rock Lodge at Cheaha State Park near Anniston and
http://www.annistonstar.com/news/2001/a ... 310802.htm
This item is posted in the accident section.
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November 20th, 2002, 1:54 am #9

My news searches picked this up. I think they are referring to a Confederate General based on a web search but am not 100% certain.
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=U ... k+cleburne


Anyway here's a letter in the Cleburne News:
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Prior to Aug. 25 this year, The Cleburne Room at Cheaha State Park’s restaurant was missing something–the presence of Patrick Cleburne. Now, thanks to several persistent and generous people, a print of Patrick Cleburne hangs in the room that bears his name.
Many thanks to Mary Frances Tarver for making the connection with Sanford Maner who donated the print in honor of Monica and LaShay Norton, the granddaughters of Geraldine Burford. A special thanks also to, Janet Tyson of Tyson’s Art and Frame in Anniston who framed the print at no charge. Jane Sanders of the historical society also earned a bid thank you by giving an impromptu talk about Patrick Cleburne and why our county was named for him.

Finally, thanks to Cleburne County Chamber of Commerce, Cheatwood Hardwood, and Cheaha State Park for the wonderful reception they hosted following the dedication of the print.

Deborah Mathews

Chulafinnee


http://www.cleburnenews.com/opinion/200 ... 4o0237.htm
Patrick Cleburne, Irish-born, was one of the many competent, or better than competent, generals who fought for the Confederacy. At Chattanooga his rearguard action prevented a rout from becoming a total catastrophe after Bragg's army had been driven off Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. [HP of Hamilton County, TN.]

He also saw action in the battles around Atlanta, and was killed in late 1864 leading his men in a hopeless charge against an entrenched Union position at Franklin, TN. He tried to talk his commander, Hood, out of making this futile assault, which had to be made up a long, open slope with Union soldiers at the crest. Cleburne went into action with the remark, "If we are to die, let us die like men." This was a more senseless charge than Pickett's at Gettysburg, and Confederate soldiers were mowed down wholesale, including 12 generals. Another general who was killed in this charge was a brigadier with the improbable name of States Rights Gist.

In late 1863 or early 1864, Cleburne proposed to his fellow generals that the Confederacy might try freeing some slaves, training them, putting them in uniform, and using them as soldiers. This idea never got off the ground; it was too shocking to the faithful. A year later Lee proposed essentially the same thing, but in spite of his much greater prestige and reputation, the idea went nowhere then, too. And by then nothing would have affected the outcome of the war, anyway.
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June 13th, 2003, 2:53 am #10

[Moderator Note: The original message in this thread was from 2001. This is an article that appeared on 10/24/2002.]
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Cheaha State Park will receive $8.2 million to restore its historic forestry stone tower, cabins and Bald Rock Lodge.
The money is part of $182 million the Joint Legislative Committee on State Parks authorized Oct. 10 for improving Alabama's state parks. The money comes from a bond issue that was approved by voters in 1998 but that only took effect last May.

The tower, cabins and lodge all were built in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, a job-creation program under President Franklin Roosevelt. Over the decades, the historic structures have fallen into serious disrepair; one of the cabins has burned down, and the lodge has been closed for more than five years.

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http://www.cleburnenews.com/news/2002/c ... 4i4559.htm
The ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially re-open Bald Rock Lodge is set for 1 p.m. on June 20. The public is invited to attend.
On hand for the ceremony will be Conservation Commissioner M. Barnett Lawley, State Parks Division Director Mark Easterwood, mayors and city officials from surrounding areas, as well as contractors who supervised the work. Governor Bob Riley plans to attend if his schedule permits. The CCC-era group lodge has been closed for a decade because of its unsafe condition.
“Renovating this historic building in Cheaha State Park pays tribute to the hard work of the men of the Civilian Conservation Corp,” says Commissioner Lawley. “Alabama’s State Park system began many years ago through their efforts, and I am pleased that we honor their work through this restoration effort.”
Bald Rock Lodge has been completely renovated throughout, with a commercial kitchen for onsite meal preparation or catering. The building will sleep 30 to 35 guests and has meeting space in the dining hall for over 100. The lodge is an ideal location for family reunions, weddings, receptions, corporate retreats, and small business group meetings.
Cheaha State Park is one of the 11 original state parks opened in 1933 and the oldest continuously operating Alabama State Park. Development of the park was initiated and performed by men of the Civilian Conservation Corp between 1933 and 1939. CCC construction was responsible for the roads, stone cabins, Bald Rock Group Lodge, the observation tower, picnic shelters, hiking trails, lake and beach facilities,
bathhouses and other recreational areas.
http://www.cleburnenews.com/news/2003/c ... 2p5658.htm
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