Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

National Bike to Work Day May 16
Join Chattanooga's cycling organizations, shops and supporters in celebrating National Bike to Work Day this Fri.
, May 16, from 7-9 a.m.at the Waterhouse Pavilion in Miller Plaza. Dozens of local businesses and organizations will be at Miller Plaza offering breakfast, prizes and lots of encouragement for cyclo-commuters.

Neighborhood Rides May 16
Try bicycling to work on a supported group ride from the neighborhoods of Red Bank, St. Elmo, Eastlake, the Southside, Highland Park/Ridgedale, N. Chattanooga and Hixson, via the TN Riverpark. Area bike shops will lead the rides, which start with an orientation at 6:30 a.m. and go to Miller Plaza for National Bike to Work Day. Visit Green Trips Chattanooga or email Green Trips for more information.
Bike to Lunch May 16
Don't have time to try biking to work? Bike to lunch instead. Restaurants downtown and in St. Elmo are offering 10% discounts for customers who show their bike helmet. No cheating! They'll be checking for bicycles, too. 

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events  
Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice, May 14 
Come join the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program for our weekly kayak skills practice at Chester Frost County Park this Wed., May 14, with two sessions: 6 and 7 p.m.Bring the whole family and learn the basic skills that you need to paddle the Chattanooga region's beautiful whitewater (and flat water) streams. Your first visit is free. To learn more, email or call Outdoor Chattanooga at (423) 643-6888 
Chickamauga Battlefield Bicycle Tours Begin May 17 
Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will host our popular, historic bicycle tours of Chickamauga Battlefield beginning Sat., May 17, 9:30 a.m. at the Battlefield Visitors Center. BYO-bicycle or borrow one from the mobile bicycle fleet. Tours run the 3rd Sat. of each month through Oct.
Featured Community Event 
Learn to Row Classes Begin May 19 
The Lookout Rowing Club will host its fifth season of adult Learn to Row Classes with four, two week courses beginning on Mon., May 19. Each course will contain 10 classes, happening on evenings and Saturdays. Cost is $200 per person and the course fee may be put toward a membership in the club. All equipment will be provided. Students should be able to swim and should be prepared to wear snug fitting clothes and get wet. To learn more, email Diane Moore or call (423) 718-8685.
More Community Events 
Camp Jordan Canoe Trail Cleanup May 15-17 
The TN Valley Canoe Club will host a three day Camp Jordan Canoe Trail cleanup, on Chickamauga Creek in East Ridge, Thurs. - Sat., May 15-17. Volunteers on and off the water will be needed to clean up small debris and trash after a professional tree removal company clears big stuff. This is a significant step forward in bringing the creeks into the TN River Blueway. Shifts are available all three days. To learn more and sign up, email Jim Ledbetter.

U.S. Masters 2.4 Mile Open Water Swimming National Championship May 17
Open water swimmers from all over the country will challenge themselves on the TN River downtown this Sat., May 17, for the U.S. Masters 2.4 mile Open Water Swimming National Championship. Championship swimming heats will begin at 11:00 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. Watch from the Walnut St. Bridge. Commercial and recreational boating will be prohibited on the course from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
More Community Events May 15-25

More Upcoming Events

7           National Trails Day
14          Chattanooga Rat Race
9            Still Hollow Trail Race
             Missionary Ridge Road Race
28          Ironman Chattanooga
28          UTC Intrasquad Rowing Regatta

4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race

1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch

Water Fowl Seasons To Be Set, Presentation Of Fishing Proposals On TFWC August Agenda

The 2014-15 state waterfowl hunting seasons and a preview of next year’s sport and commercial fishing proclamations will be among the agenda items for the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission at its August meeting. The meeting will be held Aug. 28-29 (Thursday-Friday) at the West Tennessee Research and Education Center in Jackson. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officials ... (click for more)

Hike Great Smoky Mountains National Park's Most Improved Trail: Forney Ridge

Soak up vistas from the highest peak in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Clingmans Dome, on the September Classic Hike of the Smokies. Hikers will also enjoy the fruits of the Smokies Trails Forever program as they walk above the clouds along the reconstructed Forney Ridge Trail.  Hiking guide and author Danny Bernstein will lead this Friends of the Smokies hike on Tuesday, ... (click for more)

School Board Delays Decision On Big-Ticket Health Insurance Item For 1 Week

The Hamilton County School Board on Thursday night voted to delay a vote on a new insurance plan for employees until next Thursday. Sandy Hughes, president of the Hamilton County Education Association, said, "I have a difficult time trying to think of what priority in spending is more important than the well-being of your employees and their children...You've not given us enough ... (click for more)

Man Charged In Westview Elementary Rampage Under Treatment At Moccasin Bend

The 22-year-old charged with a rampage through Westview Elementary School is under treatment at Moccasin Bend Psychiatric Hospital, officials said. Aaron Roden had been set for his first court appearance on Thursday morning. Attorney Allen Dunn of the public defender's office said the hearing needed to be delayed. A status court appearance will be Sept. 23 at 1:30 p.m. Sheriff ... (click for more)

Black Creek TIF Decision-Who Guards The Hen House? - And Response

Citizens of Chattanooga were invited to give public comment before their own Industrial Development Board Aug. 15. They arrived to find foxes guarding their hen house.  Many thought the meeting was their opportunity to seek redress in the ill-conceived Black Creek Tax Increment Financing plan. However, they learned it was a sham orchestrated by both the past and present ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Let’s ‘Pay It Forward’

At 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, this at a Starbucks coffee store located at 2186 Tyrone Blvd. in St. Petersburg, Fla.,  an unidentified woman who was first in line at the drive-through window, politely told the drive-through window clerk she would like to “pay it forward.” The clerk checked the next order – it was a caramel macchiato – and the first customer paid for both her ... (click for more)