Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, January 8, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson
Take a minute to fill out a survey about Chattanooga's urban coyotes and our Winter Workshops begin this week with a free climbing clinic
 
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Rapid Learning Roll Practice Resumes Jan. 9

The Rapid Learning Whitewater Program will resume weekly kayak roll practice on Wednesday, Jan. 9, with two sessions: 6-7 and 7-8 p.m. at the Brainerd Recreation Community Center's indoor pool, at 1010 North Moore Rd. The program costs $50 per year for individuals, $75 for families and gives members access to full instruction and all kayaking equipment. Kayakers will all their own gear may participate by paying a single day membership fee of $5. First timers can come for free. To learn more, email or call Terri Chapin at (423) 643-6882

Free Climbing 101 Workshop This Saturday, Jan. 12

Outdoor Chattanooga will begin our 2013 Winter Workshop series with Rock Climbing 101 for adults and kids ages 8 and older this Sat., Jan. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Professional guides from Rocky Top Guides and Urban Rocks Gym will spend the morning teaching belaying technique, along with foot and hand work on our indoor traverse climbing wall. After a lunch break, 10 participants will take an afternoon climbing trip with Rocky Top Guides and another 10 will spent the afternoon bouldering at Urban Rocks. Cost is free. Pre-registration is required. Limit: 20 participants. Email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888 to register. 

Registration Open for High Adventure Summer Camps, 2013

Registration is now open for our 2013 High Adventure Summer Camps: the Appalachian Whitewater Adventure, June 22-26 and our TN River "Huck Finn" Adventure July 24-28. Cost is $400 per camp and includes all instruction, camping and outdoor gear, transportation and meals. 

Community Events . . . 

Sandhill Crane Festival Jan. 19-20
The TN Wildlife Resources Agency and the TN Ornithological Society will host the annual TN Sandhill Crane Festival at Birchwood Elementary School on Sat. and Sun., Jan. 19 and 20, 2013. The event will feature a full schedule of special events at the school and regular shuttles to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge for crane watching.    

News

Coyote Sighting Survey at CA&NC
Have you seen coyotes in your back yard, in a park, or in an urban area? The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center is conducting a survey to learn more about human-coyote interactions occurring in Metro Chattanooga, including areas in which coyotes are being seen and citizen concerns. The survey page also contains valuable information about urban coyote habits and behaviors.

Web Hit(s) of the Week  

Instead of a chirpy little bell, wouldn't it be nice to have a loud bicycle horn

Last Week's Web Hit
Not only does Miami Heat megastar Lebron James commute by bicycle to games and practice, his Lebron James Family Foundation in Akron, OH gets elementary school kids to do the same with Wheels for Education

2013

February, 2013
             Trail of Tears 7 Mile Run
5            Cupids Chase 5K
17          Polar Plunge Chattanooga
 
March, 2013
9/10         Booker T. Duathlon
23            Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race
            Get Out Chattanooga Challenge 

April, 2013
6           Out Run the Police
20         Outdoor Chattanooga Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap
27         Chattanooga's Amazing Race

May, 2013
4           Children's Hospital Dragon Boat Festival
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
25-27     USA Pro Cycling Championships

June, 2013
1            National Trails Day
14-16      Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race
15          Color the Curve Chattanooga

July, 2013

22-26     TN River Gorge "Huck Finn" Adventure Camp

August, 2013
10           Still Hollow Trail Race

11           Cannonball Charge

September, 2013
8            Iron Jr. Triathlon
29          Komen Race for the Cure

October, 2013
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump

System For Reserving Camp Sites At Chester Frost Park Online Is On The Way

County officials said a system is being developed to allow members of the public to reserve coveted camp sites at the county's popular Chester Frost Park. County Mayor Jim Coppinger said the system has been working in tests by the county's IT department. A few final tests are underway. The county mayor said the system will avoid having applicants stand in line at the park. (click for more)

Alexander: Tennessee Receives $10 Million For Foothills Parkway To Improve Access To The Smokies

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) said that a $10 million federal transportation grant he supported will help complete a 16-mile section of the Foothills Parkway in Blount and Sevier counties, improving access to the federally owned and operated Great Smoky Mountains National Park and “enhancing tourism and economic development” in East Tennessee. “I grew up hiking, ... (click for more)

Baylor School Tennis Coach Charged With Buying Meth In Whitfield County, Ga.

A Baylor School tennis coach has been arrested on charges of buying meth in Whitfield County, Ga. Philip Johnson, 51, of Ooltewah, was taken into custody on Thursday and charged with attempt or conspiracy to violate the Georgia Controlled Substance Act, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, and use of a communication facilities during drug transactions. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Whiskey Company To Construct Large Distillery At Former Site Of Newton Chevrolet

The Chattanooga Whiskey Company has begun construction on a larger production distillery in the former Newton Chevrolet property at the corner of MLK Boulevard and Riverfront Parkway near the Tennessee River. Once fully operational, the Riverfront Parkway facility will be capable of producing upwards of 14 (53-gallon) barrels per day, making it one of the largest craft bourbon ... (click for more)

Judge Steelman Was Unfairly Criticized In Handling Of School Bus Driver Rape Case - And Response

We are blessed to have freedom of speech in our society, but I am always amazed at the number of folks who voice such strong antagonistic opinions about things without any apparent first-hand knowledge.   As any who wish to criticize the system should know, people get arrested and charged for criminal offenses every day.  The ultimate charge and penalty which results ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote For Rhonda Thurman

After studying the Hamilton County School Board quite harshly during the last seven most-tumultuous months in its history, it is only proper that I share my belief that Rhonda is its Most Valuable Player. Four of the school board’s nine members are up for re-election, with Rhonda facing capable opponents in Jason Moses and Dr. Patti Skates in District 1, but let’s never forget that ... (click for more)