Hixson Community Center Opens Thursday

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

According to studies conducted by the National Recreation and Parks Association, recreation programs provide places for health and well-being that are accessible by persons of all ages and abilities and recreation opportunities have been strongly linked to reductions in crime and juvenile delinquency and prove to be a tangible reflection of the quality of life in a community. The city of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Department will open the doors to their 17th community center in the city of Chattanooga, just in time for the official start to summer. 

The doors will open to the public in a celebration held Thursday at 5 p.m., at 5400 School Dr., site of the former Hixson Middle School. The public will be greeted with activities, games, program information for all ages and more.  

“This is one more step in completing our commitment to all communities in Chattanooga” said Eric Jelinski, assistant director of recreation. “Residents in the Hixson community will be pleasantly surprised at the quality of programs for all ages and the reconstruction of an old middle school into a quality community center for all ages and abilities.” 

Chattanooga Parks and Recreation has been in the process of turning the old Hixson Middle school into a community center for several months including demolition of a major section of the old school and removal of existing paved areas for a new green space. Staff from the Recreation Department and Hixson Community Center, have also gathered input from citizens of all ages, concerning programs and activities desired.  

The nearly 25,000 square foot Hixson Community Center, will feature a conversion of several classrooms into an art studio, game room, multimedia room, senior activities room, multi-purpose room and the largest gym within the recreation facilities.  

District 3 Councilwoman Pam Ladd, Parks and Recreation Administrator Larry Zehnder and Recreation Director Greta Hayes will address the public before officially opening the doors to one of the largest community centers in the city of Chattanooga. The public is invited to take tours of the community center, learn about programs, activities, and facility reservations and offer input for future program ideas.  

In addition to the opening activities, a 3 on 3 basketball tournament will be held earlier in the afternoon and local artist Jerry Allen will feature an art exhibit for the public. Registration for the free 3 on 3 basketball tournament will take place at 2 p.m. on site or by calling 280-7277.

Operating hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights, the Hixson Community Center will be open till 9 p.m., serving as a teen center, full of activities and programs, targeting teens in the Hixson community. Teen programs will be conducted by the Prevention and Youth Development Department ranging from grilling and fitness to education and media production. 


Shirley Keyes Named 2014 Signal Mountain Woman Of The Year

Mrs. Shirley Keyes of Signal Mountain was named at the 2014 Signal Mountain Woman of the Year Wednesday at the annual Signal Mountain Community Guild Dogwood Luncheon.  "This year's recipient was selected because she is an example of volunteerism," said Lara Buchheit, chairman of the Woman of the Year selection committee, as she made the announcement, which is the highlight ... (click for more)

Jenkins Road And Center Street Closed Wednesday And Thursday

The 1400 block of Jenkins Road will be narrowed to one lane for a sewer rehabilitation project.  Flagmen will be onsite to control traffic flow.   Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. until  4 p.m. on both Wednesday and Thursday.  Flagmen will be onsite to control traffic flow.      The 2300 block of Center Street will ... (click for more)

Catoosa Man Convicted Of Sexual Abuse Of 5 Young Girls Gets Life Plus 250 Years

A Catoosa County man convicted of the sexual abuse of five young girls and possession of child pornography has been sentenced to life plus 250 years. James Martin Ferris, 34, was found guilty after a recent trial. The day after his conviction, Judge Ralph Van Pelt set the sentence. Ferris on June 5, 2013, was indicted by the Catoosa County Grand Jury on 46 counts.   ... (click for more)

Rev. Jesse Jackson To Be Guest Speaker At City-Wide Peace And Love Rally On Friday

Rev. Jesse Jackson will be the speaker at the City Wide Peace and Love Rally at Olivet Baptist Church, 740 East ML King Blvd.,  on Friday, from 5:15-7 p.m. Rev. Jackson is the founder and president of Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Cedric Pendleton, actor and humanitarian with Have and Have Nots/House of Payne/Fantasia Story, will be the special guest. (click for more)

Use The Current Rail System Already In Place - And Response

Why spend $20 million or more on an unproven system to run from the Southside of Chattanooga when we already have the beginnings of a system?  The question apparently has surfaced of why the Choo Choo City doesn't have a rail line. We do have a rail line with the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and their hardware. And they already make runs from the Southside to close to Enterprise ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UAW Voices In Detroit

Today we are going to eavesdrop on somewhat of an open conversation that was held far to the north after the United Auto Workers surprisingly dropped a legal challenge with the National Labor Relations Board in Chattanooga the first thing on Monday morning. The NLRB judge certified the VW workers’ February vote to turn away the UAW at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen manufacturing plant ... (click for more)