Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Pot Point Nature Trail Hike Nov. 2

Outdoor Chattanooga and the Nickajack Naturalist will partner for a group hike on the TN River Gorge Trust's Pot Point Nature Trail this Sat., Nov. 2. The moderately strenuous, 3.5 mile hike shows off the biodiversity of the area between Walden's Ridge and the TN River. RSVP by email or phone to hike leader Bob Butters at (423) 991-1548 to learn specific time and directions.  

Camp Chair Cinema - "Climb to Katahdin" Nov. 15
Come to Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park, on Fri., Nov. 15, 7 p.m., for the Chattanooga premiere of "Climb to Katahdin," an autobiographical documentary about Coltin Calloway's 2012 thru hike of the Appalachian Trail with girlfriend Lindsay Fasic and "camdog" Chaser. The free, family friendly screening includes popcorn. Bring your own camp chair and beverages. A pre-movie meet and greet starts at 6 p.m.  

Featured Community Event  

Milliken Park Grand Opening Nov. 2
The City of Chattanooga's Dept. of Youth and Family Development and Hamilton Co. Step One will host a grand opening celebration for Milliken Park, located at the corner of 45th St. and Central Ave., near St. Elmo on Sat., Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. After much improvement work, the park now has new playground equipment, a walking trail and rest room facilities. Refreshments will be served. 

More Community Events 

Star Party at Cloudland Canyon Nov. 2

The Barnard Astronomical Society will host a star party at Cloudland Canyon State Park from 5-11 p.m. at the park interpretive center and tennis courts. 

Night Paddle at CA&NC Nov. 2
The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center will host a night canoe trip on Lookout Creek from 7:30 - 10 p.m. $20. Reservations required. (423) 821-1160.

Harrison Bay S.P. Fall Color Canoe Trips Begin Nov. 2
Harrison Bay State Park will host free, guided canoe trips on the bay every Sat. in Nov., at 3 p.m., beginning at the Wolftever Creek boat launch. The trips, open to adults and kids ages 12 and older when accompanied by an adult, will highlight the wildlife and natural areas of the park from a water level perspective. Reservations are required. Call (423) 344-6214 (M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).

Caribbean-SEA Party at the IMAX Nov. 9
The Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance will host a special screening of "Sharks 3-D" with a catered beach party to raise funds for their clean water educational programs. 

Hamilton YMCA Reindeer Dash Nov. 9
This 5K family fun run kick starts the winter holiday season and raises money for the Hamilton YMCA's Community Support Campaign. 

Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon Nov. 9
The marathoners take over Chickamauga Battlefield on Nov. 9 with a full, half and junior marathon, plus a 5K run.  

Chattanooga Autism Awareness Walk Nov. 9
Mayor Andy Berke helps lead the charge from Coolidge Park in this 2-mile walk to raise awareness of people with autism.

Volunteer Opportunities
Rock Climbing Volunteers Needed for Adaptive Climbing Program
The City of Chattanooga's Youth and Family Development Dept. needs skilled volunteers to help with belaying and climbing for their Climbing Higher program, beginning on Nov. 4. The program works with adults and kids with physical and cognitive disabilities. Call Elaine Adams at (423) 697-1345 to volunteer.

Pringle Park Cleanup and Restore Nov. 2
The Chattanooga Park Stewards will host a Clean up and Restore work day at Pringle Park on Sat., Nov. 2, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The main focus of the cleanup will be restoring the picnic areas and playground. Pringle Park is located at 2613 Long St. in the Southside. 

More Upcoming Events

November, 2013


First-ever Reserves Established To Protect Brazil's Araripe Manakin

The first-ever bird reserves have been created for the critically-endangered Araripe Manakin, a six-inch bird only discovered in 1996 that numbers fewer than 800 individuals and survives in the smallest of areas – 11 square miles – in northeastern Brazil. The reserves were made possible by the purchase of one parcel of land encompassing 140 acres and through a formal agreement ... (click for more)

Dayton Given $189,000 In Parks Grant

The city of Dayton was presented with a $189,000 Local Park and Recreation Program Fund grant for Cedar Point Park and Point Park Walking Track on Thursday in Nashville.  (click for more)

Erlanger To Proceed With Manager Bonuses In 2 Steps; Considering Employee Performance Incentive Plan

Erlanger President and CEO Kevin Spiegel said Wednesday night that the hospital plans to proceed with $1.7 million in manager bonuses in two steps. Current participants in the incentive program will receive 50 percent of the approved 2014 performance plan this month. The remaining 50 percent will be paid to the management group in July 2015. At the same time, Mr. Spiegel ... (click for more)

Caldwell Arrested In Rapes Of 2 Women Over 60 In Brainerd, Hixson

Investigators have made an arrest in the rape cases that were reported last weekend. Taken into custody was Derrick Dewayne Caldwell, 30. He is charged with two counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated burglary. Police said two women over 60 years old were raped in Brainerd and in Hixson in separate incidents. (click for more)

A Letter To The NAACP

I believe when a "unarmed" man is evil, he will try to beat a police officer on his head in hopes to knock him out, in hopes to kill him. We saw the bruises on the officer's face.  This evil force tried to take his gun away from him , Proof was in the autopsy.  Why did Michael Brown  try to take his gun away from him? Exactly, to kill the officer.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Last Day Of School

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This story first appeared in the Chattanooga News-Free Press in the early 1980s and every year since then I have been asked repeatedly about it. It is easily the most famous story I have ever written – copies have been sent to me from numerous foreign countries -- and it may be the easiest story I ever wrote. All I did was write what the noted religious psychologist ... (click for more)