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Chattanooga Zoo Offering Camel Rides Beginning Saturday 5/26/12

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Chattanooga Zoo Offering Camel Rides Beginning Saturday, May 26, 2012

Thursday, May 24, 2012

A new attraction is coming to the Chattanooga Zoo Memorial Day weekend. The “best little Zoo in America” recently announced that it will now offer camel rides to visitors beginning Saturday. 

The Zoo’s two camels, Sydney and Frank, have been thoroughly trained on giving rides by professional trainers out of Indiana. The Zoo announced that both camels are fully trained and prepared to take patrons of all ages around their new track. 

Local construction company Collier Construction volunteered to build the 250-foot track. “I have two young children, and I think they are more excited than I am about the new camel track,” said Ethan Collier, president and CEO of Collier Construction. “I grew up in Chattanooga, and it’s been amazing to see the significant progress the Zoo has made in a short period of time. I’m honored that Collier Construction could partner with this local organization to bring such a fun, hands-on experience to our area.”

Chattanooga Zoo Executive Director Darde Long says being able to offer camel rides at the Zoo is something that they have always wanted to be able to offer its guests. “The addition of camel rides is just another example of how the Zoo is continuing to grow and progress. We want to thank Collier Construction for building such a wonderful track for the camels."

Camel rides are $5 per ride. Rides are dependent on weather, staff availability and the moods of the camels. For more information, call 697-1319.

Building a pondless water feature

by Paul Bianchina. Inman News. [email protected]

There's nothing quite like the sound of water bubbling in your backyard. A water feature can become an eye-catching landscaping feature, or a cool and tranquil backdrop that also helps block unwanted traffic or neighborhood noise.

A water feature can also be a great do-it-yourself project that just about anyone can tackle.

The term "water feature" can mean different things to different people. But if you want a stunning, low-maintenance option that's customized to your yard and your style, consider going "pondless."

Also known as a "disappearing pond," pondless water features eliminate the open pond that requires periodic maintenance to prevent algae and other problems, along with potential safety issues for small children. Instead, they use a water reservoir, a recirculating pump, and some type of rock or other feature that the water flows out of. The water filters down through a rock base over the reservoir and disappears, to be recycled endlessly.

The basic components

Pondless water features can be large or small, simple or elaborate. Their design is pretty much limited only by your imagination, ambition and budget. But they all share the same four basic design elements:

1. The reservoir: This is simply a big, relatively shallow round or square box made of a tough, high-impact resin. The box is solid on the bottom and sides to retain the water, and is perforated or slotted on the top to hold the rock while allowing the water to drain through. The top also has a removable plate to access the pump. Reservoirs come in a few different sizes, depending on how much water you want the system to process.

2. The pump: This is a submersible, 110-volt electric pump specifically designed for these applications. It sits inside the reservoir, with a filter on the inlet side to filter out impurities, and a hose on the outlet side that's routed to wherever you want the water to come out. There are several different sizes available, depending on the amount of flow desired.

3. The water outlet: The water coming from the pump exits through some type of visible outlet, and this is where your creativity can have free reign. Many water features utilize a natural piece of basalt as the center piece of the design, which is drilled to receive the hose coming from the pump. You can find basalt in many sizes and shapes, and you can use one piece alone or a grouping of several pieces with the water tumbling over all of them. Other options include decorative jugs, vases of any size or shape, actual water fountains, cherubs and other garden statues, pieces of discarded masonry, and many other objects.

4. Base rock: Finally, you'll want to cover the reservoir with a layer of rock that the water flows over and disappears into. There are many different types, sizes and colors of rock to choose from, depending on your personal preferences. You can mix and match sizes and colors, as well as incorporating pieces of natural wood, metal sculptures and other objects you might like.

Putting it all together

Select an area for the water feature, and lay out the general size and shape you want. Remember that the overall size of the rock base can be the same size as the reservoir, or it can be substantially larger.

Next, you'll need to excavate a hole for the reservoir itself. The hole should be a little wider and a littler deeper than the reservoir, to allow for leveling and backfilling. Place a layer of sand in the bottom of the hole, which will make it easier to level the unit, and also protects it from rocks. Check the level in all directions; pack some additional sand into the hole around the base to stabilize it; and then backfill up to the level of the top lip.

If you're installing a heavy water feature such as a piece of basalt, it's typically installed next, directly on top of the reservoir for stability. Be sure you have adequate help for lifting this into place; some larger pieces will even require a forklift or other machinery. Route the hose through the hole in the rock, and seal it with an approved sealant.

Install the pump in the reservoir and connect the hose. Route the wire from the pump to an exterior-approved, GFCI-protected electrical outlet, but don't plug the pump yet. Make sure the inside of the reservoir is clean, then fill it with clean water. Activate the pump and test all the connections and the flow rate. If everything looks good, install the access door on the top of the reservoir, then cover the top of the reservoir with the base rock.


You can sometimes find small water feature kits, with a reservoir, pump and all the other components, at home centers, warehouse stores and other retailers. For larger pump and reservoir equipment, check with any local retailer that handles landscaping supplies, including nurseries or sprinkler dealers. They'll either have the materials you need in stock or they can easily order them for you. They can also work with you on the proper sizing of the pump. You can also find what you need online; start with a search for "disappearing water features," and go from there.

For basalt and other rock, check with any local retailer of rock supplies. They can also drill rock for you if you find a specific piece that you like, and can assist you with delivery and placement. As far as the electrical wiring's concerned, consult with a licensed electrician to have the proper GFCI outlet installed near the water feature's location.

Soddy Daisy – Waterfront Home - $425,000.

by Paula McDaniel, Chattanooga Realtor.

FIRST TIME OFFERED! Escape to this stunning custom designed, lake front home. As you enter the foyer, you will notice the great room with soaring ceilings, gas fireplace, and hardwood flooring. The great room also opens to the spacious kitchen with tile backsplash, bar, tile flooring, and plenty of counter and cabinet space. From the dining area, French doors will lead you to the oversized screen porch with hot tub. The master bedroom is on the main level with his and her closets. The master bath has a jetted tub and separate shower. The upper level has a loft or den area with French doors that lead to sundeck that overlooks the lake. There are also 2 bedrooms plus a bonus room or 3rd bedroom. Lower level is a full daylight/walkout basement that has a den with gas fireplace, rec room, and an unfinished area. You will love the waterfall and fish pond. There is a utility garage, two driveways and a main level two car garage. The dock and out building remain. This home is tastefully decorated and has neutral colors to fit any style. Approx. 4,065+/- sq.ft. 

 MLS# 1178820. Virtual Tour:

Paula McDaniel
Cell: 423-355-0311  

[email protected]


Office: 423-899-5943
An independently owned and operated broker member of Prudential Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. Equal Housing Opportunity. Licensed in TN & GA. 

Open House 5/6/12 2-4pm. Soddy Daisy $389,900

by Paula McDaniel, Chattanooga Realtor.

Soddy Daisy – The Cove at Pine Harbor
11179 Captain’s Cove Drive.
$389,900. 4 Bedrooms and 4 Baths. Open floor plan and generous moldings throughout this home. Built by George Luttrell in the only quality he knows. Two story foyer, formal dining, spacious kitchen with granite counter tops, stainless appliances, and pantry. Master suite is on the main level with hardwood flooring. The guest suite or office with a full bathroom is also located on the main level. There are also three spacious bedrooms on the upper level as well as an extra large bonus room for all your needs. Walk out storage area. All baths have granite counter tops. There is a large screen porch and patio over looking your private backyard. Walk to the lake, restaurant, and marina. According to the subsurface sewage disposal system permit issued for this property, this property is permitted for three bedrooms. Owner/agent. MLS# 1172202 Virtual Tour:

Paula McDaniel
Cell: 423-355-0311 Fax: 423-598-7277
[email protected]
Prudential 7522 E. Brainerd Rd. Chattanooga, TN 37421
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Contact Information

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Paula McDaniel
6043 Shallowford Road, Suite 101
Chattanooga TN 37421
Cell: 423-667-2997
Office: 423-362-8333
Office Direct: 423-661-3975
Fax: 423-362-8334

The Paula McDaniel Group
Cell: 423-667-2997 Email: [email protected]
Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC.
Office: 423-362-8333

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