Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:


News

Large Game Hunts in GA and AL

In addition to large game gun season opening in TN this week, neighboring states are also open to hunting with firearms. Georgia's large game gun season (deer and bear) opened on Oct. 19 and runs through Jan. 1. Alabama deer season opened Sat., Nov. 23 and runs through Jan. 31.

Prentice Cooper S.F. Closed for Managed Deer Hunt Nov. 30-Dec. 5

A managed deer hunt will be held at Prentice Cooper State Forest, west of Hwy. 27, Nov. 30 - Dec. 5. The area will be closed to all but licensed hunters. The area east of Hwy. 27, including Edwards Point, will be open to the public.

More Community Events 

Funkey Monkey Night Run Dec. 6
The Rhea Family YMCA will host this 5K and 1 mile walk to support their community fund on Fri., Dec. 6, with festivities beginning at 6 p.m. in downtown Dayton. 

Candy Cane Dash Dec. 7

The Candy Cane Dash will benefit East Hamilton School's PTA on Sat., Dec. 7. Registration starts at 9 a.m. 5K run begins at 10 a.m. 

South Cumberland State Park Plateau Walk Dec. 8

The Friends of South Cumberland State Park will host a 1.5 mile plateau walk on Sun., Dec. 8, beginning at 1 p.m. (CST), beginning at the Greeter Falls parking lot. The hike leader is Emily Herman, of the Tennessee Naturalist Program. For more information email Margaret Matens

Family Hike at Cloudland Canyon Dec. 14

The Chattanooga Trekkers will host a group hike on the West Rim Loop Trail of Georgia's Cloudland Canyon State Park on Sat., Dec. 14, beginning at 12 noon. The 4.8 mile loop runs around the edge of the canyon, with a couple of good climbs. An RSVP is required. To learn more, email hike leader Valerie Radu.

Run, Run Rudolph 5K Dec. 14

The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program will benefit from the Run, Run Rudolph 5K, starting from Coolidge Park at 8 a.m. on Sat., Dec. 14. 

TBRA State Cyclocross Championships at Greenway Farm Dec. 14

The TN Bicycle Racing Assoc. will host the state cyclocross championships at the City of Chattanooga's Greenway Farm Park in Hixson, on Sat., Dec. 14, with racing going on from 11 a.m. to  3:30 p.m. Expect lots of muddy, sandy, sweaty cycling, tumbling and running with bicycles. 

South Cumberland State Park Fiery Gizzard/Sycamore Falls Hike Dec. 15

The Friends of S. Cumberland State Park will host a 4-mile afternoon naturalist hike to focus on the winter animal habitats and geology of the Fiery Gizzard, Sycamore Falls areas. Led, by naturalist Jack Furman, the hike will be moderate in intensity and is appropriate for adults and kids ages 12 and older. For more information email Margaret Matens.  

Jingle Bell Jog 5K Dec. 16

The downtown Chattanooga YMCA will host the family, 5K Jingle Bell Jog on Mon., Dec. 16, beginning at 6 p.m. Each registered jogger gets a jingly t-shirt. 

Web Hit(s) of the Week 

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Last Week's Web Hit

The TN Wildlife Resources Agency's interactive Hunting Guide is a comprehensive resource for everyone who wants to navigate hunting seasons.
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More Upcoming Events

December, 2013
21         Wauhatchie Trail Run

2014

January

22          Scenic City Half Marathon, 5K and Charity Challenge

March

April

12         Father/Son 5K

May

June

7          National Trails Day

August

9          Still Hollow Trail Race

September

28         Ironman Chattanooga

October

4          Rock/Creek Stump Jump

November

1           Upchuck 50K

December




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. Phillip 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)