Free Kids' Fishing Rodeo Is Saturday At Camp Jordan

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The East Ridge Optimist Club/Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Kids' Fishing Rodeo will be held at Dickert's Pond at Camp Jordan Park on Saturday.

All kids old enough to hold a fishing pole who are accompanied by an adult are invited to fish for free from 8:30 until noon Saturday.

The East Ridge Optimist Club will offer fishing, prizes, refreshments, lunch and fun for all in the area who attend.

East Ridge Vice Mayor Jim Bethune, who is an Optimist Club member, said he was excited about being a part of the Fishing Rodeo.

"Every child is invited to fish and have fun," Mr. Bethune said. "This day is all about the kids and its free."

East Ridge Parks and Recreation Director Stump Martin thanked the Optimist Club for stepping in and taking over the annual fishing day previously sponsored by the Tennessee Aquarium.

"I'm impressed by the Optimist club members and their desire to do something for the kids in the area," Mr. Martin said. "To me it doesn't get any better than a child being able to fish with a parent or guardian and enjoying the quality of time together at a beautiful place. This is a day that the kids who come will remember forever."

The TWRA is stocking the pond with catfish and will be there to help conduct the event.

Mr. Martin said Betty Miles, who was formerly the event coordinator for the Tennessee Aquarium, had organized a fishing day at Camp Jordan the first Saturday in May for many years.

"We truly appreciate the effort Ms. Miles has provided in the past on this event," Mr. Martin said. "When she informed us that she was retiring at the end of March and the event wouldn't be held this year we had to move fast and the Optimist Club jumped on board."

Here is more on the East Ridge Optimist Club/Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency Kids' Fishing Rodeo:   

Dickert's Pond is at Camp Jordan Park, I-75, Exit 1. For more information, call 423 344-3936 or 423 771-8617. 

Repticon Chattanooga Returns April 28-29

Repticon is coming back to Chattanooga with a mixture of vendors, breeders, and educators April 28-29. This family-oriented, fun-filled event offers guests the opportunity to learn about animals not normally seen in local pet stores. Breeder-vendors are willing to teach; and, throughout the event, there will be seminars on animal-related topics by experts in the field of herpetology.  ... (click for more)

Portion Of Ringgold Road Down To One Lane This Afternoon

The East Ridge Police Department wants the public to be aware that Ringgold Road from Mack Smith Road to just past the I-75 interchange is down to one lane in each directions due to constructions. Citizens will want to find alternate routes where possible to avoid delays. The lane closures will be in effect until approximately 5 p.m. today.  (click for more)

Alexander Says Chickamauga Lock Construction Fully Funded For 4th Consecutive Year

Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday said the government funding bill will fully fund construction of Chickamauga Lock for the fourth consecutive year, providing up to $78 million – which is more than twice the amount of funding the project received last year.   Senator Alexander said he has made completion of Chickamauga Lock one of his top priorities as chairman ... (click for more)

Former Juvenile Court Magistrate Says Gay Marriage Is "Nothing You Put In Air Quotes"

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court, who claims she was fired by Judge Rob Philyaw because she is openly gay, said Wednesday that gay marriage "is nothing you put in air quotes." She referred to County Attorney Rheubin Taylor asking her about her ceremony in marrying another woman and raising his hands to form quote marks. Elizabeth Gentzler is suing Hamilton County, Judge ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Famed Freitas Speech

Several weeks ago a member of the Virginia House of Delegates (that’s what Virginia calls the state legislature) stood up and before that body responded to a claim by a Democratic lawmaker that Republicans were pro-Second Amendment and segregationists. Nick Freitas, who did two tours in Iraq with our Army’s Special Forces and has talked candidly about losing friends to terrorist ... (click for more)