Ok I think I'm picking up what you're putting down.,
But we cannot break the forums down further.
I'll explain. We originally started with a main tab on the first page for regionals.
Clay wanted sub forums under each region so in order to do that we had to put all 8 regions on the front page. I don't like the look but it accomplished the goal.
So in other words we can only go 3 deep. So whatever you want done with it we cannot go any deeper than what we have without altering the front page and with the amount of trails that could turn ugly.
We can do it by sticky. Or we can add an announcement.
Am I on track with what you are thinking at all?