Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, September 11, 2013 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice - Outdoors for three more weeks!

Our weekly Rapid Learning Whitewater Program continues outdoors at Chester Frost Park every Wed. with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m., through the end of September. Come on out and give it a try. Drop us an email or call (423) 643-6888 for more information. Stay tuned for news about a new winter practice location.

Park(ing) Day Sept. 20 - Come Park Yourself at Miller Park!

Outdoor Chattanooga and Bike Chattanooga will join a host of community businesses and organizations for Park(ing) Day, 2013 in Chattanooga on Fri., Sept. 20, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in various downtown locations. Stop by our campsite in front of Miller Park on Market St. and visit Bike Chattanooga for special subscription discounts. 

Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tour Sept. 21

Join us for this special interpretive bicycle tour during the 150th anniversary week of the Battle for Chickamauga on Sat., Sept. 21, 9:30 a.m., beginning from the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitors Center. BYO-Bicycle or borrow one from the Friends of Outdoor Chattanooga's Mobile Bicycle Fleet. Call the battlefield at (706) 866-9241 to reserve a bicycle. 

Fireside at Greenway Farm Begins Sept. 26

Outdoor Chattanooga will begin our free, weekly Fireside at Greenway campfire programs on Sept. 26 and continuing on Thursdays through Oct. 24, from 7-9 p.m., at the City of Chattanooga's Greenway Farm. Families are invited to bring blankets, camp chairs and marshmallows for roasting. Entertainment will include bluegrass, a string quartet and storytelling.

Open Canoeing at Greenway Farm Sept. 26-Oct. 24
Before the Fireside program, bring the kids for some canoeing on N. Chickamauga Creek from 6-7:30 p.m. Cost is $10 per person and all equipment is included. Kids younger than 5 should bring their own Coast Guard approved life jackets, and all children must be accompanied by adults.  

Featured Community Event

Bunker Buster II Youth Mountain Bike Race Sept. 14 
The TN Youth Mountain Bike Race series continues this Sat., Sept. 14, at Enterprise South Nature Park with the Bunker Buster II race, beginning at 10 a.m. Open to kids up to age 17, the event features age specific courses and short fun rides for children 6 and under. All participants must have a bicycle and helmet. Online registration closes on Fri., Sept. 13 at 5 p.m. To learn more, email event director Eric Pullen.  

More Community Events 

Sept. 14 

The Open Arms Care Ride to Provide offers 26 and 62 mile supported rides to benefit people with cognitive and developmental disabilities.

Sept. 15
The Southern 6(k) Trail Race and Kid K is a must for any budding trail racer, and benefits Southern Adventist University's Outdoor Leadership Program. 

Sept. 20-22
Reflection Riding's Fall Native Plant Sale is an autumn "must" for the community. Get there early and plan on taking advantage of the free Open House at the Nature Center.

Sept. 21        
The 5K Costume Run and Family Fun Day at Audubon Acres will benefit the Chattanooga Audubon Society.
The Raccoon Mtn. Round the Rim Run is a fast, scenic lap or two around the TVA Raccoon Mountain reservoir.
 

News

Kayakers' Amazing Feats!
All about kayakers: Local boys Clay Wright and Dane Jackson, won the gold at last weekend's Nantahala Gorge ICF Canoe Freestyle World Championships. And wounded veteran Lonnie Bedwell completed the first kayak run of the Colorado river by a blind person with the help of Team River Runner. Contratulations, guys!

More Upcoming Events

September

29          Komen Race for the Cure

October
2-13       RiverRox Adventure Sports Games
3           Over the Edge
             Tennessee River Rescue 
             Rock/Creek Stump Jump
6            Sequatchie Valley Century
12          Swim the Suck
             Urban Nature 10K
             Five Points Fifty
20          7 Bridges Marathon
26          Chattajack 31
              Signal Mountain Pie Run

November
2-3         Head of the Hooch
              Running with Sasquatch 5K
19          Guild/Hardy Trail Race

23          Jingle Bell Run/Walk

December, 2013

21          Wauhatchie Trail Run



Fish And Wildlife Service Protects Three Plants Under Endangered Species Act

Three rare plants found in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee are now protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).  This protection becomes final on Sept. 2, 30 days after publication in the  Federal Register .  The plants, which are listed as endangered, are the fleshy-fruit gladecress, whorled sunflower, and Short’s bladderpod. Short’s bladderpod ... (click for more)

State Wildlife Action Plan Updates Underway

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA), in cooperation with The Nature Conservancy, is updating the Tennessee State Wildlife Action Plan. The nationwide development of State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) in 2005 was a major milestone in fish and wildlife conservation. The SWAPs are blueprints for conservation, assessing the health of each states’ wildlife habitat and ... (click for more)

Federal Judge Stops Erlanger Foreclosure Of Hutcheson Hospital

In a ruling Friday, a Federal Court Judge in Rome agreed with Hutcheson Medical Center and Regions Bank to grant the request for an injunction, effectively stopping the foreclosure efforts of Erlanger Health System against Hutcheson. In stopping the foreclosure set for next Tuesday, the judge held that the public interest in keeping the hospital doors open was “insurmountable.”  ... (click for more)

Mediated Resolution Reached In TVA Kingston Lawsuits

A mediated global resolution has been achieved in 63 lawsuits pending in U.S. District Court involving more than 850 plaintiffs asserting claims against the Tennessee Valley Authority arising from the 2008 ash spill at Kingston Fossil Plant. The resolution, outlined in documents submitted Friday to the U.S. District Court in Knoxville, comes after nearly two years of ... (click for more)

A Tennessee Transplant's Thoughts On Age And Politics - And Response

I have read several opinions favoring the job performance of Representative Fleischmann as well the apparent disdain that they have for his challenger and his age.  I must disclose that unfortunately, I am unable to cast a vote in the 3rd District Republican primary.  I will however always be a Chattanoogan.  As a result, I feel more engaged in East Tennessee politics ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Mr. Trump, Stand Down!

I’ve never been a big fan of Donald Trump. Of his worldy possessions, I believe the only things bigger than his $4 billion bank account are his arrogance and his ego but what he did Friday was shameful. Here we have two Americans in Africa on a mercy mission who have been stricken with the ebola virus and as emergency efforts are in progress to bring them home, Trump -- in his usual ... (click for more)