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

VIDEO: Paddlers At Chattajack

Paddlers were on the water early at Chattajack at Ross's Landing.  Chattajack is set apart from similar races by its length. Its distance calls for athletes who have committed to their training and to their pursuit of endurance. The course is one that requires preparation, but is always a fun, rewarding experience. Chattajack is comprised of a community of people who ... (click for more)

Tennessee State Parks Named 2016 Government Recycler Of The Year

Tennessee State Parks was named the 2016 Government Recycler of the Year at the Tennessee Recycling Coalition’s annual banquet on Oct. 17 in Oak Ridge. In 2015, Tennessee State Parks and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s (TDEC) Office of Sustainable Practices launched the “Go Green With Us” initiative. The program encourages park staff and visitors ... (click for more)

In Surprise Vote, Chattanooga City Council Turns Down Short Term Vacation Rentals

In a surprise vote, the City Council on Tuesday night turned down allowing a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. Only Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor. Opposed were Carol Berz, Yusuf Hakeem, Larry Grohn, Moses Freeman, Ken Smith and Russell Gilbert. Chris Anderson was absent. Afterward, Councilman Smith said, in light of the vote, ... (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year-old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year-old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saving A Life & More

About 40 years ago I was at an afternoon football practice when one of those who was also watching from the fence was bitten by a bumble bee or yellow jacket or whatever it was and almost died from anaphylactic shock. Luckily an athletic trainer had an EpiPen, jammed it into the man’s thigh and it is believed to have saved the victim’s life. For years I kept an EpiPen on the top ... (click for more)