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

14          Chattanooga Rat Race


9            Still Hollow Trail Race
             Missionary Ridge Road 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)

City Council To Consider Policy That Job Applicants Would Not Have To Reveal Criminal Records

The City Council on Tuesday night will consider a policy that city job applicants would not have to reveal their criminal past. Councilman Yusuf Hakeem cited problems those with felony records have in securing employment. The policy would go into effect by the first of the year. The resolution says: WHEREAS, the City of Chattanooga (the "City") is committed ... (click for more)

City Considering Measure That Would Require City Employees To Be Tennessee Residents

The City Council is considering an ordinance that would require city employees to be residents of the state of Tennessee. Currently, the city has employees who live in North Georgia and North Alabama  and that is allowed.  If the ordinance is approved by the City Council, it still would need to be okayed by a majority of city voters in an election. The measure ... (click for more)

An Extra Helping Of Gratitude

After being thankful for the grace of God, my family and good health, this year I have an extra helping of gratitude to live in a special place called Chattanooga.   We endured the trauma of terrorism on July 16 and emerged more united and stronger than ever before.  We claim our heritage and celebrate our diversity like no other city in America.  We honor our ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Cometh ‘The Black Dog’

I am one of 350 million people in the world who suffers from clinical depression. The doctors trace it back to my first decade of the 21 st century when constant surgeries and infections knocked me loopy but the more I have found, I believe I am more like Sir Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln and pro football star Terry Bradshaw – I think I have had it all my life. Today it ... (click for more)