Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson


Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:


Street Smarts Cycling Class Nov. 13

Scared of riding that Bike Chattanooga bicycle in downtown traffic? Come to Outdoor Chattanooga on Wed., Nov. 13, 6 p.m., at our Coolidge Park facility, 200 River St., for Street Smarts. We'll share rules of the road and some helpful tips for being a confident and safer road cyclist. No reservations required. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888.  

   
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Fee Free Day at Point Park for Veterans Day Weekend Nov. 9-11
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will waive the entrance fee for Point Park, from Sat., Nov. 9 through Mon., Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day. Take the whole family to enjoy Point Park's spectacular views and special interpretive programs that are happening all weekend. Special Veterans Day events will also be going on at Chickamauga Battlefield.

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Harrison Bay S.P. Fall Color Canoe Trips Continue Through Nov.

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 are open to adults and kids ages 12 and older when accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. Call (423) 344-6214 (M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.).

Harrison Bay Paddle and Hike on Patten Island Nov. 9
The Chattanooga Hiking Meetup group will host a paddle trip to John A. Patten Island in Harrison Bay State Park this Sat., Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. BYO-Boat, lunch and walking shoes to explore the ruins of the flooded town of Harrison, now emerging as TVA lowers Chickamauga Lake to winter pool. 

More on Nov. 9
Caribbean-SEA Party at the IMAX 
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 
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 
The marathoners take over Chickamauga Battlefield on Nov. 9 with a full, half and junior marathon, plus a 5K run.  

Chattanooga Autism Awareness Walk 
Mayor Andy Berke helps lead the charge from Coolidge Park in this 2-mile walk to raise awareness of people with autism.
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Ales for Trails Nov. 16
The Southern Off Road Bicycle Association (SORBA) will host their annual fundriaser, Ales for Trails, on Sat., Nov. 16, from 6-9 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga. Funds raised support SORBA's trail building and maintenance projects in areas like Raccoon Mtn., Stringers Ridge and the Enterprise South Nature Park.

Running with Sasquatch 5K Trail Run Nov. 16
Ivy Academy in Soddy-Daisy is the beneficiary for the Running with Sasquatch 5KDon't want to run? Hiking is an option.

Beginner Trail Running Workshop at CA&NC Nov. 16
Kris and Randy Whorton of Wild Trails will host this 10 a.m. workshop at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center.The workshop will cover the basics for getting started. The workshop is free with a CA&NC admission.

Web Hit(s) of the Week 
Clay Targets Online is a good resource for finding area skeet, trap, sporting clay and other shooting sport resources.
Last Week's Web Hit
Yes it's a commercial, but we couldn't resist sharing this video of NBA superstar Lebron James leading a mass bicycle training ride through the streets of Miami.
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More Upcoming Events

November, 2013 

23           Jingle Bell Run/Walk
              Rumble in the Riding
              Free for Life 5K
28          Stuffing Strut

              Sportsbarn Turkey Trot

December, 2013

7           Candy Cane Dash 5K
             Glow Zoom 5K
             Run, Run Rudolph 5K
16         Jingle Bell Jog 5K
21          Wauhatchie Trail Run

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)

5th Permit For 2016 Elk Hunt To Be Auctioned On Ebay, July 28-Aug. 7

The fifth permit for participation in Tennessee’s eighth managed elk hunt will be awarded to the successful bidder in an eBay auction to be held from July 28-Aug 7. Proceeds from the auction benefit the state’s elk restoration program. Since the elk hunt was implemented in 2009, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has donated a permit to a Non-Governmental Organization ... (click for more)

Beck Upset By Criticism Of Late WWTA Director Cleveland Grimes In WWTA Analysis; Boyd Won't Rewrite 57-Page Report

County Commissioner Greg Beck said it was inappropriate for fellow Commissioner Tim Boyd to include articles critical of the late Cleveland Grimes in a 57-page report on the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority. He said, "Criticizing a dead man - I don't know if that's appropriate. If that's Christianity, let me off the wagon." Saying the report should ... (click for more)

Investor In Scheme Says Dyer Made Contacts At Quarterback Club

One of the investors who was a loser in an investment scheme recently halted by the Securities and Exchange Commission said one of the Chattanooga brokers involved made many of his contacts through the Chattanooga Quarterback Club. Paul Smith, former Hamilton County Democratic Party chairman, said Doug Dyer has been the president for many years of the club that promotes UTC and ... (click for more)

Give Bullet-Proof Vests To Every Black Youth In The City - And Response (2)

I heard a report that the Chattanooga police were being given better bullet-proof vests, and I had an idea. What if Chattanooga became known for something besides electric buses and fast internet service? What if Chattanooga provided a bullet-proof vest to every young black man and black youth in the city limits?   I can hear the scoffing as I write, but think about it. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Horses Vs. DesJarlais

It is well-known that shortly after the despicable “Big Lick” faction of the Tennessee Walking Horse industry put on a very-pointed fundraiser for the equally repugnant Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R-Jasper) two years ago, the misguided doctor has repeatedly tried to bully and strong-arm the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the behalf of the vermin who sadistically torture the ... (click for more)