Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice July 31

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!   

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.

Family Canoe Tour with the National Park Service Aug. 8

Join Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park for a special historical tour by canoe of S. Chickamauga Creek on Thurs., Aug. 8, 6 p.m. Adults and kids ages 5 and older can join this special tour, which will feature stories from the Civil War history of the area. Reservations are required. All equipment provided. To reserve a spot or learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888

Downtown Kayak Adventures for Aug. 3 & 4, 10 & 11, 17 & 18

Our Downtown Kayak Adventures only run for three more weekends, so book your trip now! Get your kayaking on before school starts. To learn more or reserve a spot, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

More Community Events

Register for the Chattanooga Mud Run Aug. 17
Don't wait to register for the Chattanooga Mud Run to benefit Habitat for Humantiy on Aug. 17. Spots are filling fast! 

Portland Park TLC Day Aug. 3

The Chattanooga Park Stewards will host a day of cleaning, clipping. washing and clipping on the City of Chattanooga's Portland Park Disc Golf Course Sat., Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your work gloves and hand clippers. The City will provide everything else, including refreshments. Helpers of all ages are needed. 

Honor and Remember the Trail of Tears at Red Clay Aug. 3 & 4

Red Clay State Historic Park near Cleveland, TN will host a weekend of special activities to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Trail of Tears on Sat. and Sun., Aug. 3 and 4. The event will include Cherokee food, demonstrations of traditional crafts, ranger led hikes and special presentations detailing various aspects of the Trail of Tears. To learn more, email or call Park Manager Erin Medley at (423) 478-0339

Saturday, August 10, 2013
The Still Hollow Trail Race continues Rock/Creek's great trail running tradition at Enterprise South with a 1/2 marathon and 10K.  

The 40th running of the Missionary Ridge Road Race will raise funds for the American Red Cross and Team Bruner Scholarships.

The YMCA Strong Adventure Race  is cancelled for 2013. Keep your eye on the Camp Ocoee Website for future races.

Sunday, August 11, 2013
The Cannonball Charge Triathlon is the only pool swim tri in the Chattanooga area and offers good courses for the beginner triathlete. 

Web Hit(s) of the Week

The new Dixie Cragger's Atlas is out. Volume One is devoted to Metro Chattanooga.

Last Week's Web Hit

The League of American Bicyclists has a new look.   

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More Upcoming Events

August, 2013

17         Chattanooga Mud Run
             Ocoee Classic SUP Race
31         Raft for the Cure 
 
September, 2013 
7           Paddle for the Cure 
8           Iron Jr. Triathlon
20         Park(ing) Day

October, 2013
4-12      River Rocks Chattanooga
5           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
6           Sequatchie Valley Century
12         Swim the Suck
20         7 Bridges Marathon
26         Chattajack 31

November, 2013
2-3        Head of the Hooch
19         Guild/Hardy Trail Race

Tennessee's 2014-15 Gun Season For Deer Starts Nov. 22

Tennessee’s gun season for deer an annual opening on the Saturday before Thanksgiving which this year falls on Nov. 22, for 2014-15. For the fourth year, sportsmen will find one continuous season that will continue through Jan. 4, 2015. The continuous season replaced the previously two segmented hunting seasons that were in place prior to 2011. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources ... (click for more)

U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service Reopens Comment Period On Proposal To List Northern Long-eared Bat As Endangered

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period on a proposal to list the northern long-eared bat as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. Comments will be accepted through  Dec. 18 .   The Service is reopening the comment period to alert the public to additional information provided by state conservation agencies within the range ... (click for more)

Bryant Found Guilty Of Aggravated Rape, Robbery In Finley Stadium Jogger Case

A Criminal Court jury on Thursday afternoon, found Devontavious Bryant guilty of aggravated rape and robbery in the October 20, 2012 rape of a woman jogging past Finley Stadium.   Bryant decided to testify, saying, "I didn't rape that woman." He told prosecutor Cameron Williams, "I can't force the jury to believe nothing but I'm telling you the truth." Bryant ... (click for more)

Hixson Shopping Center Anchored By Walmart Sells For $22,750,000

The Hixson shopping center anchored by Walmart has sold for $22,750,000. Oak Park Partners reached a deal to sell the Oak Park Town Center to Dfg-chattanooga, LLC. The center at 5756 Highway 153 opened In October of 2001. The almost 500,000-square-foot center also houses Office Depot, PetCo, Old Navy, Marshalls and a number of smaller tenants. It was designed by ... (click for more)

Always Read The Fine Print - And Response

So, Chief Dodd retired before 25 years of service and is angry that he's being charged a 5 percent fee for surviving spouse benefits, even though that change was enacted prior to his retiring? Well, welcome to the real world, Mr. Dodd. Always read the fine print. City employees were also once able to carry their health insurance with them if they retired earlier than 25 years, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Pre-Thanksgiving Nudge

This time next week it will be Thanksgiving and, as I was browsing on the Internet yesterday, I was absently searching for something to catch the holiday mood when I found it. In 1978 Ronald Reagan was running hard to become the President of the United States, which he became in 1981-89, and, as fate would have it, suddenly it came that time during the week when he would record ... (click for more)