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

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)

16-Year-Old Shot Near Emma Wheeler Homes

A 16-year-old was shot near Emma Wheeler Homes on Sunday night. At approximately 7:40 p.m., Chattanooga Police received a call of a person shot from a local hospital. Officers spoke to the victim, a 16-year-old black male, who was transported to a local hospital in a personal vehicle. The victim’s injury is minor and non-life threatening. Investigators spoke to the victim ... (click for more)

Helen Burns Sharp Asks Recovery Of Legal Fees In Successful Black Creek TIF Lawsuit

Helen Burns Sharp, citizen activist who sued to try to stop a $9 million Black Creek Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and won, is seeking to have her legal expenses paid by the city and the developers. Ms. Sharp said in a court filing that her legal bills to attorney John Konvalinka are $74,427 thus far. Chancellor Frank Brown ruled in favor of Ms. Sharp, saying the Sunshine ... (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)