Outdoor Chattanooga Outdoor Expo Brings Gear And Adoptable Pets To Coolidge Park Saturday

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Outdoor Chattanooga will host its 8th annual Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap, and Adoptapalooza dog adoption event this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the east side of Coolidge Park.  The free, public event happens rain or shine.

The Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap will gather several dozen outdoor organizations, clubs, conservation organizations and outfitters together to exhibit their programs, activities and gear for the general public.  Among the outdoor organizations present this year will be Electric Bike Specialists, Silent Cycles, the TN Clean Water Network and TN River Gorge Trust, Sportsman’s Warehouse, Ivy Academy and Green Trips Chattanooga.

2014 sees the return of Roddy Reynolds and his trained chocolate Labrador retrievers from Blowing Springs Kennel. Mr. Reynolds and his pups will offer special demo’s of his dogs’ retrieving skills at 11 and 1:30 p.m. The Sierra Club, Cherokee Group, and the Hamilton Co. Master Gardeners will be hosting a rain barrel workshop, beginning at noon. Workshop spaces are full, but the public is welcome to come observe the process for free.

Rock/Creek, Luwazo, The Gear Closet, Jocksale and private gear swappers will bring loads of closeout and used gear for sale.  L2Boards and the Privateer Yacht Club will share various types of watercraft for getting on local lakes and rivers. Bike Chattanooga, Suck Creek Cycle and Electric Bike Specialists will be on hand with information about how to get riding, and several health and therapy businesses will be on hand offering services and free chair massage.

The 2nd annual Adoptapalooza portion of the event will give the public a chance to meet adoptable dogs available at shelters and service organizations throughout the Chattanooga area.  Among the shelters represented will be the Hamilton Co. Humane Educational Society and the Humane Animal League’s Pet Placement Center. 

Dogs will be permitted in the Adoptapalooza area only for this special event.

For a full list of exhibitors at both events, visit www.outdoorchattanooga.com.






Youth Hunter Injured In Hunting Accident In Grainger County

A 10-year-old boy from Knoxville was injured Monday evening after he accidentally shot himself in the foot while dove hunting at Buffalo Springs WMA in Grainger County. TWRA officers report that around 5:45 p.m., the young man accidentally fired his shotgun into his foot and was then air lifted to UT Medical Center in Knoxville with non-life-threatening injuries. Records ... (click for more)

Tennessee's 2014 Dove Season Opens Labor Day; Early Canada Goose Season Also Starts

Dove season opens on Labor Day, at noon (local time), which marks the annual start of one of Tennessee’s most long-standing outdoor sports traditions. Tennessee’s 2014 season is again be divided into three segments: Sept. 1 through Sept. 28; Oct. 11 through Nov. 2; and Nov. 29 through Jan. 6, 2015. Hunting times, other than opening day, are one-half hour before sunrise until ... (click for more)

Greg Beck Asking County Commission Chairmanship; Others Seeking Post Behind The Scenes

Long time County Commissioner Greg Beck is seeking the chairmanship of the Hamilton County Commission, he said. Several other commissioners are working behind the scenes to try to get the top commission post. The job opened up after the unexpected defeat of Commission Chairman Fred Skillern in the August primary election. Larry Henry, who has held the chairmanship several ... (click for more)

1 Dies, 4 Injured In 2-Vehicle Crash At Soddy Daisy

One person has died in a wreck Sunday at Soddy Daisy in which four other people were injured. The wreck happened at 12:35 p.m. when a vehicle traveling north struck another vehicle that was pulling onto the highway. A small red truck was badly damaged in the crash. It happened at 12130 Dayton Pike near Tavern Sports Bar and Grille. One person was airlifted, while the ... (click for more)

Decimating The Chattanooga Public Library

Corinne Hill claims that the library is just undergoing a normal weeding process for eliminating books.  She has bragged that she's responsible for the elimination of over 100,000 books - with more to go. "Normal" weeding is not rampant throwing away.  Yes, books go to the Friends for their sale - where they get $2 for a $75 book and thousands wind up being recycled ... (click for more)

The Many Lessons I Learned From Helen McDonald Exum

Helen McDonald Exum was my friend and mentor. As I think of her passing I can only imagine the celebration that is happening in heaven as the news of her arrival is being told. I am sure that there is a party that not only has she organized but that there is not a detail that has been left to chance. I am sure that it is the grandest of events, for you see, she has been planing ... (click for more)