Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Event(s)
"Outdoor Chattanooga" Premieres at Lookout Wild Film Festival Mar. 22 
L2 Images' film, "Outdoor Chattanooga" will premiere during the Sat. evening showings of the Lookout Wild Film Festival on Sat., Mar. 22. The new film chronicles Outdoor Chattanooga's first 10 years: the founders, the supporters and how the City of Chattanooga division has driven the area's growing worldwide reputation as an outdoor destination. 

Featured Community Event(s)    

Local Hero Project Mini Mini Film Festival Mar. 20 

Come watch the area's best short (3 min. or under) outdoor videos, shot and produced by the people that play outdoors at the second annual Local Hero Project Mini Mini Film Festival on Thurs., Mar. 20, beginning at5:30 p.m., at Mellow Mushroom pizzeria, 205 Broad St. in downtown Chattanooga. The evening is the kick-off for the 2014 Lookout Wild Film Festival.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events  

Bike to the Block Mar. 21

The River City Company will throw a grand opening celebration for The Block thisFri., Mar. 21, so join us in Bike to the Block, a leisurely ramble by bike from either Finley Stadium or Outdoor Chattanooga. Meet at either location 2:30, leave around2:45, to get there by the 3:00 ribbon cutting. BYO-bicycle (and lock) or use a Bike Chattanooga bike. We'll lead the way! The ribbon cutting will be followed by an open house with food, drinks, swag and other fun stuff.

Sierra Club: Installing and Using Rain Collection Systems Mar. 24
The Sierra Club, Cherokee Group, will welcome general contractor and certified green builder Joseph Sumpter, who will share his expertise about rain collection systems, on Mon., Mar. 24, 7 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga, 200 River St. in Coolidge Park. Sumpter will share his expertise on everything from rain barrels to full commercial systems. All interested members of the public are welcome. Healthy snacks will be served. 

Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practices Apr. 1 & 8
Our Rapid Learning kayak skills practice will resume on Tuesdays Apr. 1 and 8 with two sessions at 7 and 8 p.m. at Southern Adventist University's Hulsey Wellness Center in Collegedale.  Remember there is a $2 adult/$1 kids admission fee to the center. First time Rapid Learning participants may try the kayak skills practice for free. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888
 

Community Events

CARTA's Public Transportation Update Mar. 19 Mayor Andy Berke and CARTA will host a public information meeting tomorrow, Wed., Mar. 19, 10 a.m. at the downtown branch of the Chattanooga Public Library. Learn about the City and CARTA's goals and plans for broadening transportation options in Chattanooga. All interested members of the public are welcome. 

Reflection Riding Native Plant Sale Mar. 28-30

The Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center will host their annual, springReflection Riding Native Plant Sale, Fri., Mar. 28 - Sun., Mar. 30. This is a great opportunity to get started on your gardening the locally grown way. In addition to the plants, CA&NC hosts special activities and live music.   

How to Live in a Healthy Building Mar. 29

EarthCare's Healthy Buildings will host a free workshop and fellowship at the TN River Gorge Trust's Pot Point Cabin, 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m., on Sat., Mar. 29. Learn about how to have healthy homes and buildings with Jay Martin and Sarah Kinnamon. The event is free, but registration is required.     

News
Vote for Chattanooga as a Top 10 Cycling City in the U.S. 

Chattanooga is one of the 20 nominees in the 10Best.com Readers' Choice award contest to determine who's the "The Best U.S. Cycling Town," from USA Today. How did we get on the list? We were hand-selected by celebrated cyclist George Hincapie, a former world champion and national champion. He looked at the cities he knows and loves, where he's competed, cities generating great buzz in the cycling community and the places attracting cyclists. Vote every day until Mon., Apr. 14 at 11:59 p.m. 

Website(s) of the Week 
According to the folks at the Bear Trace Golf Course in Harrison Bay, their nesting eagles are about the hatch a couple of eaglets. Watch the Harrison Bay Eagle Camto watch the event. In the mean time, get your eaglet fix on the Berry College Eagle Cam.

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More Upcoming Events

April
5           Color'Nooga
             Clean and Green
             Mtn. Goat Trail 5K Fun Run
12          Father/Son 5K
             Night Shift (6 HRS of TNT)
             Walk Among the Wildflowers
19          Chickamauga Chase
 
May
3           3State/3Mountain Challenge
4           Bike to the Ballpark
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
  
June
7           National Trails Day
 
August
9           Still Hollow Trail Race
  
September
28          Ironman Chattanooga
 
October
4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race
 
November
1           Upchuck 50K

            Head of the Hooch

December

 



Squirrel Season Set To Open; Tennessee's 2017 Free Hunting Day Is Aug. 26

Tennessee residents are allowed to hunt without a license on Saturday, Aug. 26, which coincides with the opening day of squirrel season. Free Hunting Day is an event the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency annually provides in hopes of increasing interest in hunting. Squirrel hunting is one of Tennessee’s oldest and favorite traditions. The day serves as an excellent opportunity ... (click for more)

Fishing Proposals, Elk Hunt Winners To Be Announced At August TFWC Meeting

A preview of the commercial fishing and sport fish proclamations will be presented at the August meeting of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission. The meeting will be held Aug. 29-30 (Tuesday-Wednesday) at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Region II Ray Bell Building. Committee meetings begin at 1 p.m., Tuesday while the regular meeting starts at 9 a.m., Wednesday. ... (click for more)

Sweeping New Off Ramp, Frontage Road Off I-24 Eastbound Near U.S. Pipe Planned; $37 Million TDOT Project Will Have Signalized Connections To Broad, Market

A sweeping new off ramp for traffic coming into Chattanooga around Moccasin Bend on I-24 is planned, along with a new frontage road by the freeway that will have signalized connections to Broad, Williams and Market streets.   The $37 million project will replace a confusing set of freeway off and on loops along this section, including one near Howard School. ... (click for more)

Witnesses Say 69-Year-Old Jogger And Alleged Rapist Were Both Bruised Up After 2014 Encounter

Witnesses said a 69-year-old jogger and his alleged teen attacker were both bruised up during their 2014 encounter in North Chattanooga. Diontae Smartt, who was 17 at the time of his arrest, is standing trial for aggravated rape in the courtroom of Judge Don Poole. He is free on bond. The male jogger took the witness stand at the start of the trial, saying he was attacked ... (click for more)

Is This Really About Slavery?

The greatest thing that came out of the American Civil War came after the cessation of hostilities. After four years of deadly, devastating, agonizing war and over 600,000 Americans had died, the armies came to a halt. The killing ended, but the suffering continued for many of the wounded and those whose homes and fortunes had gone up in smoke and been left as rubble. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ooltewah’s Redemption

Before a monthly meeting of the Hamilton County School Board, I was having a conversation with Deputy Sheriff Jake Thomas when I asked him what he did for the department. “I’m a School Resource Officer at Ooltewah,” he said, and when I raised an eyebrow he added, “It’s the best school in Hamilton County. (Principal) Robin Copp has completely turned it around and I adore going to ... (click for more)