Visitors Center Again Seeking New Downtown Home; Former Bijou Site Gets Major Tenant

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Chattanooga Visitors Center is once again seeking a new home.

This time the move is necessitated by the fact that the former Bijou Theatre site at Shuttle Park South is getting a major new tenant - reportedly a climbing gym. River City Company officials said they would announce the new tenant next Thursday at 11 a.m.

Bob Doak, who heads the Convention and Visitors Center, said he was told the tenant will take up much of the 25,000 square feet at the former downtown cinema. The visitors center uses just 4,000 square feet.

Mr. Doak said the center had an 18-month lease, "but we were always aware that if River City found a major tenant that we would need to move."

He said the visitors center will probably have to relocate by the end of the year.

Mr. Doak said a search is underway to find a highly visible downtown site in the general vicinity.

The visitors center moved to the present location two years ago after a number of years near the Tennessee Aquarium above Friday's restaurant.

That move was brought on by the fact that the Chattanooga History Center was taking that place.

Renovations have long been underway for the History Center, but it has still not opened to the public at the new location.    


10 East Ridge Establishments Sell Beer To Minor In Compliance Check

The East Ridge Police Department last Friday assisted agents from the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission with an operation aimed at checking East Ridge establishments for compliance in regard to checking identification and alcohol sales to underage patrons. The joint operation checked 36 businesses in East Ridge. Ten received misdemeanor citations for selling alcohol to ... (click for more)

Latest Hamilton County Jail Booking Report - And Mug Shots

Here is the latest jail booking report from Hamilton County: ALLEN, KIMBERLY M 2744 6TH AVE CHATTANOOGA, 37407 26 Chattanooga ASSAULT ALVEREZ-CRUZ, LISANDRO 7102 SHEPHERD VIEW CIRCLE CHATTANOOGA, 37421 19 Chattanooga SPEEDING DRIVING ON SUSPENDED LICENSE ANGLAND, JOSHUA JAMES 1843 BAYHILL DRIVE HIXSON, 37343 29 Hamilton County VANDALISM/MALICIOUS ... (click for more)

Thanks For Publishing The Stokes Photo Book

I pre-ordered the Stokes Photo Book and picked it up Wednesday . The covers and content are very high quality and contain photos you will not see anywhere else.  This book of photos is worth much more than $35.  I have seen many historic photos of my hometown Chattanooga, but this collection is amazing. My favorites are National Cemetery, Confederate Cemetery near ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saban: ‘Ratings Don’t Matter’

When the first College Football Playoff rankings were released earlier this week, Alabama football coach Nick Saban got it right on the button when he shrugged, “I don't even care, to be honest with you." "To me, none of it matters, What does it matter?” he laughed at the Tide’s No. 6 ranking. “I mean, it only matters where you end up at the end. So what matters to us is how ... (click for more)

Owls Beat McMinn, 30-12, To Complete Unbeaten Regular Season

Undefeated. Sounds nice, huh. After a sluggish first half that produced only three points on a Laszlo Toser field goa., third-ranked Ooltewah came to life in the third quarter, riddled McMinn County’s defense with three Kelvin Leon touchdown passes in the third quarter and went on to beat the Cherokees, 30-12, at James N. Monroe Stadium to secure the school’s third unbeaten ... (click for more)

Notre Dame Clobbers Grundy Co. For 7-AA Title

Notre Dame coach Charles Fant is always hoping that his Fighting Irish football team can get off to a fast start. He never thought it would be as quick as what he saw Thursday night at Jim Eberle Field. With a District 7-AA championship on the line on an evening when they honored all of the fall senior athletes, a football game turned into a track meet and eventually a victory ... (click for more)