Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - by Ruth Thompson

Here are upcoming news and events from Outdoor Chattanooga:

Outdoor Chattanooga Featured Event
*National Trails Day Paddle and Pedal at Camp Jordan June 7
Outdoor Chattanooga and the City of East Ridge will host a special Paddle and Pedal Day at Camp Jordan on Sat.
, June 7, from 1-4 p.m., in honor of National Trails Day. Adults and kids ages 5 and older can paddle a canoe on the newly cleared section of W. Chickamauga Creek that runs through Camp Jordan. Cost is $10 per person for a one hour paddle. No reservations required. Cash and check only, please. Outdoor Chattanooga will have our fleet of bicycles available for free, for riders 5' tall and older to ride around Camp Jordan and the S. Chickamauga Creek Greenway. To learn more, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.

More Outdoor Chattanooga Events 
Rapid Learning Kayak Skills Practice, May 28 
Come join the Rapid Learning Whitewater Program for our weekly kayak skills practice at Chester Frost County Park this Wed., May 28, 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
 
Downtown Kayak Adventures Begin June 7
Outdoor Chattanooga will host our Downtown Kayak Adventures every Sat. and Sun., mid-June through mid-Aug., beginning Sat., June 7, at 9 a.m. The beginner friendly trips launch from Coolidge Park and go around Audubon Island in the TN River. Cost is $35 for adults, $25 for kids ages 8-13 (in tandem with an adult). Reservations are required. To reserve, email Outdoor Chattanooga or call (423) 643-6888.
 
Outdoor Chattanooga-Rock/Creek Paddlesports Clinics & Demo Day June 21
Join us for a free day of SUP racing, kayak demo's, roll practice and other fun stuff at Harrison Bay State Park, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Keep an eye on the Facebook event page for schedule and details.
  
Featured Community Event  
Raccoon Mountain Trails Open June 7 
The public is invited to SORBA-Chattanooga's grand opening of the new Live Wire and High Voltage trails on the Raccoon Mtn. multi use trail system on Sat., June 7, 10 a.m., at Laurel Point. The two new trails add 8.5 miles to the now 30 mile trail system and connect the top of the mountain to the TVA boat launch at the bottom. The celebration will include a few brief remarks, followed by guided beginner, intermediate and advanced mountain bike rides and a cookout lunch. To learn more,email SORBA Chattanooga president Erik Rippon. 
 
More Community Events
National Trails Day Celebrations June 7
There are hikes, mountain biking, paddling trips and trail maintenance events happening all over the Chattanooga area in celebration of National Trails Day. Get off the couch and join one!  
 
TWRA Free Fishing Day June 7
The TN Wildlife Resources Agency invites all members of the public to fish without a license on Sat., June 7 and TWRA Region III will host a bunch of special events in honor of the day. Kids ages 15 and under may fish for free from June 7 - Fri., June 13. Kids 13 and under can fish for free at any time of the year.
 
Not Just Another Gorgeous Evening with TRGT June 5
The TN River Gorge Trust will host their annual fundraiser at the Tennessee River Place, Thurs., June 5. The evening will include dinner, music, fine art and the beautiful gorge itself. 
 
Ride for Life, Be Good, Be Strong June 7
There's still time to participate in a 10 or 30 mile ride on Signal Mtn., to benefit cancer research, at the Ride for Life, Be Good, Be Strong
 
Intro to Standup Paddleboarding at Warner Park Begins June 10
The City of Chattanooga's Aquatics Program will offer Introduction to Standup Paddleboarding classes at Warner Park Pool on Tuesdays, June 10 and 24, and July 8 and 22, with two sessions: 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. The public can try SUP'ing under the supervision of an instructor from Rock/Creek. Cost is $10 per session. Pre-registration is required. Limit: 6 participants per session. To register, email Peggy Grall or call (423) 697-1385.
 

More Upcoming Events

June
14          Chattanooga Rat Race
July

August

9            Still Hollow Trail Race
             Missionary Ridge Road Race
  
September
28          Ironman Chattanooga

October

4           Rock/Creek Stump Jump
11         Chattanooga Head Race

 
November

1           Upchuck 50K
            Head of the Hooch

December

 


Charlie Arant, Tennessee Aquarium Honored At 51st Annual Conservation Achievement Awards

Each year since 1965, the  Tennessee Wildlife Federation  has honored a select group of leaders in the conservation and stewardship of wildlife and its habitat in Tennessee through the statewide Conservation Achievement Awards. This year’s award winners include: Youth Conservationist of the Year : Ryan Greer of Jefferson County Ryan Greer started the Jefferson ... (click for more)

The Numbers Don't Lie: Life Jackets Save Lives

Ahead of Memorial Day weekend, TWRA officers have already investigated four fatal boating accidents and in each case, properly worn life jackets would have likely made a difference. The forecast this weekend looks prime for boating and Tennesseeans are expected to saturate the waterways to kick-off the summer.  What many of them will fail to do however is to properly wear ... (click for more)

Sources Say Domestic Incident Involving Mayor's Aide Came After Husband Confronted Her And Mayor Behind Restaurant; Berke Says Charge "Absolutely False"; Fletcher Says Gave Shelter To Lacie Stone; Case Handled Like Any Other

A domestic disorder involving a top female aide to Mayor Andy Berke was sparked after her husband recently confronted the aide and the mayor in a parked car behind a Mexican restaurant, several sources said.   Mayor Andy Berke said late Tuesday night, "Last weekend a member of my senior staff was the victim of a domestic assault involving her husband. Upon being arrested ... (click for more)

Attorney For Bobby Stone Hits Berke, Fletcher For Commenting On Pending Case

The attorney for Bobby Stone on Wednesday said it was "fundamentally wrong" for Mayor Andy Berke and Police Chief Fred Fletcher to comment on the case in which Mr. Stone is charged with domestic assault against his wife, Berke advisor Lacie Stone. Attorney Lee Davis said the comments were unfair and "a disservice to the court." Mayor Berke denied any inappropriate contact ... (click for more)

Case Handled Like Any Other?

It is interesting that Chief Fletcher would deem the handling of the Mayor's encounter as typical or normal. Is the Chief asking the public to believe that all misdemeanor domestic violence arrests include a 4-hour taped interrogation, and delayed reporting after a visit to the Chief’s house. Of course, we believe that Chief Fletcher. April Eidson (click for more)

Roy Exum: Christian Schools Bully, Too

Earlier this week, after I shared a story about bullying written by a very brave mother, it opened a floodgate of emails from parents and students who have been forced to endure such madness in our elementary, junior and senior high schools. Discipline is the No. 1 problem in our schools. Because of it, or because of a lack of it, no wonder our children cannot achieve all that ... (click for more)