• Rotary Year: 2014-2015
  • Application Date: 4/15/2014
  • Club Name (Primary): Elizabethton
  • Club Name 2: Johnson City, TN Morning
  • Club Name 3: Johnson City
  • Club Name 4: Johnson City Evening
  • Project Name: Rotary Station on the Tweetsie Trail
  • Project Total Cost: $24,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $12,000.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: The four Collaborating Rotary Clubs will develop and construct “Rotary Station”, near the midpoint of the Tweetsie Trail, providing a gathering and educational destination for approximately 42,000 annual trail users. Connecting Elizabethton and Johnson City on a converted historic rail site, the trail promotes community health, recreation, economic stimulus and neighborhood revitalization. The initial trail phase spans ten miles, featuring the Rotary Station near mile marker 4, across from a quarry lake and offering a view of the Appalachian Mountains. Rotary Station is within walking distance of three public schools grades K-12 having, providing a classroom environment for environmental and geologic classes.

    The project includes an estimated 1,440 square foot covered pavilion, perimeter wall seating, bicycle parking, historical markers and landscaped grounds suitable for picnicking. See Attachment 1 for the areal site location and trial description at the building site. See Attachment 2 for the project layout, which anticipates a 24 x 60 foot pavilion, perimeter seating, landscaping and bike racks.

    The Tweetsie Trail project has generated considerable regional excitement and is fully funded with a planned Labor Day 2014 grand opening. The trail provides a positive collaborative community step towards a regional solution to healthy lifestyle. It is situated on the original site of the Eastern Tennessee/ Western North Carolina narrow gauge railway, which operated from 1882 to 1950 as the primary transportation for its Appalachian citizens. The Trail intersects the Over-Mountain Victory Trail, a Congressional Designated Route dating to the Revolutionary War, and is within sight of ten National Register of Historic Places, further described in Attachment 3. In short, the Tweetsie Trail will be beautiful and historic.

    The Collaborating Rotary Clubs will leverage this natural attraction into the featured midpoint rest stop, educational and gathering place for an estimated 42,000 annual users, in addition to 1,500 public school students. No other rest stops are currently planned for this trail segment.
  • Expected Start Date: 7/15/2014
  • Expected End Date: 9/1/2014
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 43500
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: Rotary Station will provide a gathering place for approximately 42,000 annual trail users. It will be available as an outdoor classroom for the current census 1,644 Happy Valley elementary, middle and high school students who are within walking distance of the site (see cooperation organization letter from Carter County Board of Education). Further, Rotary Station will be used by youth organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs, and Boy and Girl Scouts to satisfy fitness or merit badge requirements in hiking and bicycle. As the sole planned rest stop on the initial ten mile segment, it will be a natural stopping point featuring bike racks, seating and a covered pavilion sufficient for a weekend picnic or classroom. Rotary Station grounds will include historical markers providing education to users.
  • Expected Total Project Volunteer Hours: 300
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): The Collaborating Club Rotarians have committed 300 hours of hands on participation, particularly in project design, coordination, historical marker design and installation, picnic table construction, bike rack construction, landscaping, painting, and participating in the Rotary Station grand opening celebration. The Science Hill Interact and Johnson City Community Rotaract Clubs will participate.

    Many of the landscaping plants at Rotary Station will be grown by children at Coalition for Kids, from their on-site greenhouse funded by a 2013-14 Rotary District Grant.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: The excitement of Tweetsie Trail is evident in local news, evidenced by publicity of Rotary’s potential involvement. See Attachment 4. Publicity will continue as the trail reaches its grand opening Labor Day, 2014. Rotarians from print and media backgrounds will participate in the publicity committee. Project progress will be coordinated between Tweetsie Trail and Collaborating Clubs Facebook pages https://www.facebook.com/tweetsietrail, driving Rotary Club “likes” and membership development.

    Rotary Station will have a permanent sign with the Rotary Wheel, thus providing a permanent reminder of Rotary’s involvement in the project to future users.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: City of Johnson City Public Works Department – Design integration – Rotary Station with Tweetsie Trail Master Plan. Grounds preparation relative to site construction. Trail maintenance.
    Tweetsie Trail Steering Committee – Rotary Station Location, concept and design approval
    Carter County Sheriff’s Office – Trail security
    Carter County Work Camp – Pavilion construction
    Proximate Public School Use – Happy Valley Elementary, Middle and High Schools (Carter County Board of Education
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Rotary Station on Tweetsie Trail Co-Op Orgs 4.15.14.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget Upload.See Budget Upload
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadSee Budget Upload
  • Budget Upload: Rotary Station Project Budget 4.15.14.pdf
  • Primary Contact Name: Charlie Long
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: President, Elizabethton Club
  • Primary Contact Email: charlielong@allstate.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 423-543-7760
  • Financial Contact Name: Richard Ray, CPA
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Area 14 AG
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    685 Headtown Rd
    Jonesborough, TN 37659
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  • Financial Contact Email: rray@triafin.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 423-426-3449
  • Project Authorization Form: Area 14 Participating Club Authorizations 4.15.14.pdf
  • Supporting Uploads: Rotary Station on the Tweetsie Trail Attachments 1-4.pdf
  • Grant Number1415-C02
  • Grant Award$12,000.00