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

River Gorge Omnium Cycling Race To Focus On Community

More than 500 cyclists from 22 states will visit the Scenic City for the Village Volkswagen River Gorge Omnium, presented by UT Erlanger Sports Medicine, one of the most prominent cycling races in the Southeast.  Chattanooga is home to this annual cycling event in its 14 th  year. The “omnium” consists of three main races held over a two-day period, Saturday and Sunday. ... (click for more)

Andy Lawson Named Region III Technician Of The Year

Andy Lawson, of Marion County, was awarded TWRA Region III Technician of the Year. Recipients of this award excel in the multifaceted position which entails a vast amount of job duties, flexibility and performance within the field. Mr. Lawson, a native of Marion County grew up just two tenths of a mile from Prentice Cooper Wildlife Management Area (WMA). A jack of all trades, ... (click for more)

Jury Awards 25 City Police Personnel Total Of $562,000 On Claims That Pay Plan Was Not Followed

A Chancery Court jury on Wednesday gave a verdict totaling $562,000 for 25 city police personnel who filed suit almost five years ago alleging that the city never lived up to terms of a 2010 pay plan. Attorney Stevie Phillips, who tried the case along with Janie Parks Varnell, said, "The jury awarded each officer what we had asked for to the penny." She stated, "These 25 members ... (click for more)

TDEC Defends Its Operation Of Septic Permit Office In Bradley County; Backs Hank Thompson

The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) defended the operation of its septic permit office in Bradley County, including the work of manager Hank Thompson. The Bradley County Commission is studying whether to take over the operation of the office, saying there have been a number of complaints against Mr. Thompson and that he recently kicked Commissioner ... (click for more)

Downtown Needs Cleaned Up

My son and I parked on Broad Street and walked to the Billiard Club on Cherry Street this past weekend. It's probably a total of two blocks. In that short walk we passed where Rone Regency used to be on 6th Street and in that doorway was about a years worth of human feces and urine covering the doors and walls. The concrete sidewalk on the street is all broken up and the metal ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 40 Questions About ‘Blue Bags’

No. 1 – Did you know that one in every five of the 42,000 children in the Hamilton County school district is what the experts call “food deprived?” No. 2 – Can you get your arms around the fact that a huge percentage of those 8,400 children get little, if nothing, to eat from Friday at lunch until they return to our schools on Monday? No. 3 -- Did you know that you – just ... (click for more)