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 

10 Things I Have Learned about Mountain Biking

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




Secretary Jewell Announces Decision To Protect 75,000 Acres Of Eastern Tennessee Mountains From Future Surface Mining

At the request of the State of Tennessee, the Department of the Interior has agreed to designate approximately 75,000 acres of mountain ridgelines as unsuitable for surface coal mining operations. Today’s action helps protect a spectacular area of eastern Tennessee that is critical to the region’s tourism and outdoor recreation economy, provides valuable fish and wildlife habitat ... (click for more)

Alexander Given Scenic Byway Trailblazer Award

Senator Lamar Alexander was one of two recipients on Tuesday, of the Scenic Byway Trailblazer Award from Scenic America, the National Scenic Byway Foundation and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership. Senator Alexander was recognized at an event celebrating the 25 th  anniversary of the National Scenic Byways Program. He said, “When I was governor of Tennessee ... (click for more)

Cleveland High School On Lockdown After Veiled Threats Made On Social Media Thursday Morning; Lockdown Later Lifted

A Cleveland High School student was suspended from school on Wednesday .     On Thursday  morning, a social media post was found that made veiled threats against school personnel.  As a precautionary measure, extra police presence was ordered at the school, and a lock down was underway restricting hallway access and entrance/exit to the building.  ... (click for more)

Walker County Will No Longer Have Full-Time County Attorney Under Whitfield Tenure; Will Add Full-Time Communications Director

Incoming Walker County Sole Commissioner Shannon Whitfield said under his administration there will no longer be a full-time county attorney. "We will outsource this service on a fee basis," he said. Mr. Whitfield said he has begun interviewing attorneys who might be able to help out the county from time to time. Don Oliver has long been the county attorney for Walker County ... (click for more)

Vehicle Emissions Testing Causes More Pollution Than It Prevents - And Response

While a noble cause to make sure vehicles are operating efficiently with the minimum amount of pollutants, a simple analysis makes it somewhat evident the VET program in Chattanooga causes more pollution that it prevents.  Though I don't know how many vehicles are tested on an annual basis, if you assume an average round trip of 10 miles to the nearest testing station (five ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Cost Of No Discipline

At the start of the current school year, state education officials gathered at some “state testing task force” when disciplinary records from across Tennessee happened to be revealed. You probably are unaware of this, as it seems to have been kept on the “down low,” but statewide a full 20 percent of the black males in our public schools were suspended at least once during the 2014-2015 ... (click for more)