Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Featured Outdoor Chattanooga Event 
*Bike Chattanooga Birthday Bash July 26

Come celebrate the City of Chattanooga Bike Chattanooga Transit System's first birthday this Fri., July 26, from 6-10 p.m. at Miller Park. Enjoy membership discounts, free prizes, beer, cake and all things bicycle with the urban folk rock of Swear and Shake in concert at Nightfall. 

 

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events 

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice July 24

With the summer heat settling in, now is the time to try rolling a kayak with our Rapid Learning Whitewater Program. We're at Chester Frost Park every Wed. with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m. Your first visit is free!   

Downtown Kayak Adventures for July 27 & 28

We're back to our regular schedule of Downtown Kayak Adventures. Come join us while the weather's warm and the water is cool! To learn more or reserve a spot, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

Sierra Club Presentation - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge July 29
The Sierra Club, Cherokee Chapter will present a member's visit to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge at their monthly meeting on Mon., July 29, 7 p.m., at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. All interested members of the public are welcome. 

Bike2Work Aug. 2

It's not too late to start commuting to work or school by bicycle. Join Outdoor Chattanooga, Whole Foods, Velo Coffee Roasters and River City Bicycles for our monthly Bike2Work breakfast on Fri., Aug. 2, from 7-8:30 a.m. at the south end of the Walnut St. Bridge. Ride your own bike or grab one from Bike Chattanooga.

Web Hit(s) of the Week

The League of American Bicyclists has a new look. 

Last Week's Web Hit

Go to the TN Valley Authority's Reservoir Information page to check water levels. The TN River is still running over 45,000 cfs, which is pushy.

_____________________________________________________ 

More Upcoming Events

August

10          Still Hollow Trail Race
             YMCA Strong Adventure Race
             Missionary Ridge Road Race
11          Cannonball Charge
17          Chattanooga Mud Run
31            Raft for the Cure 
 
September 
7              Paddle for the Cure 
8               Iron Jr. Triathlon
29          Komen Race for the Cure

October
4-12       River Rocks Chattanooga
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump
6            Sequatchie Valley Century
20          7 Bridges Marathon

November
2-3         Head of the Hooch
19          Guild/Hardy Trail Race
  




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)

County Schools Prepare To Set Priorities For Next Round Of School Building Funding

County school board members are gearing up to set priorities for the next round of new school construction in Hamilton County. Lee McDade, assistant superintendent, said officials may know by the spring how much money will be available to build new schools or add on to existing ones - or do a combination of both. Board member Rhonda Thurman said a proposal to build a new Chattanooga ... (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)