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.     

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.


More Upcoming Events

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
3           3State/3Mountain Challenge
4           Bike to the Ballpark
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
7           National Trails Day
9           Still Hollow Trail Race
28          Ironman Chattanooga
4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race
1           Upchuck 50K

            Head of the Hooch



Tellico Hatchery Announces Winter Hours

Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced winter hours for the Tellico Hatchery in Tellico Plains. Holidays along with hours of daylight and alterations in operations are the primary reasons for changes. Fish eat less during colder months. This reason, along with a reduction of seasonal responsibilities such as mowing grass and hatchery upkeep, means fewer people on staff. ... (click for more)

Wildlife Officer Pete Geesling Honored In Veterans Day Observance Ceremony

Brandon “Pete” Geesling, a wildlife officer for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency in Warren County, was one of five veteran state employees recognized during a Veterans Day observance event held at the Tennessee Tower Plaza.     Previously, Mr. Geesling served as a sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was a combat engineer which included a deployment ... (click for more)

Fire Breaks Out At McKee Bakery Plant 2; Damages Listed At $15,000; Propane Tanks Were Near Blaze

Fire broke out at a McKee Food plant at Collegedale on Saturday night. At 6:45 p.m. , an employee at McKee Foods called 911 call reporting a fire at McKee Foods Plant 2 located at 10260 McKee Dr. Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting flames 15 feet high at one end of the building of Plant 2. According to fire officials, ... (click for more)

Woman Shot Saturday Night Near O'Rear Street

A woman was shot while driving on Saturday night. Just after  9 p.m.  the Chattanooga Police Department responded to reports of a person shot. Once on scene, police located a female victim near the 2500 block of O'Rear Street suffering from a life-threatening gunshot wound to the face. The victim was driving a vehicle when the vehicle was struck by gunfire. She  ... (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Trouble With Chicago

On “Black Friday” night, I saw television footage of what was said to be about 2,000 people marching in protest in Chicago. The very vocal mob descended on the toniest street – Michigan Avenue – to spew its rage over a police officer who shot and killed a 17-year-old, this over a year ago in October of 2014. The just-released tapes of the incident embroiled the blacks who insist ... (click for more)