National Climbing Competition Set For Downtown "Climbing Wall" This Fall

Monday, August 4, 2014

There will be a national competition this fall on the popular "climbing wall" at the former Bijou Theater downtown, Kim White, River City Company president, said.

She said the world record for climbing the 65-foot wall is six seconds.

Ms. White said an average 283 people per day are utilizing the downtown climbing facility, and more than 20,000 have visited since Dec. 2.

She said it is so popular that the owners have taken the last 5,000 square feet of space for an area that will be for kids only.

Ms. White said the idea for the climbing business came after a meeting with officials of Rock Creek Outfitters, who suggested that it be included and that all the construction be done at the same time.

She said the idea for the outside climbing wall continued to grow and it ended up costing $1.9 million. She said it initially was just a single tower, but it gradually spread to a wide area along Broad Street.

Ms. White said one inspiration came when she saw a wall of a parking garage in Sarasota, Fla., that was decorated with art. That helped lead to the light features that show up at night. 


Lightner Charged In Incident In Which Police Vehicles Were Rammed

Police have charged Lovell Deon Lightner in an incident Wednesday in which two police vehicles were rammed. Lightner, 42, of 2219 E. 19th St., is charged with three counts of aggravated assault on police, aggravated burglary and theft over $1,000. Police said they were dispatched to a theft in progress at 1213 E. 34th St. Lightner was seen walking between the house and a storage ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police Officer Resigns Before Being Fired On Charges Of Misconduct And Theft

Kevin Kincer submitted his resignation with the Chattanooga Police Department on Monday. Kincer was placed on administrative leave on Dec. 17,  2014, pending charges of three counts of official misconduct and three counts of theft. After a complete review of the investigation, which included recommendations from Internal Affairs, the Administrative Review Committee and ... (click for more)

Physicians Thank Their Patients On Doctor’s Day

March 30 has been set aside as National Doctors’ Day since 1933 as a time to recognize the contributions made by our physicians. While the recognition is appreciated, our greatest satisfaction comes from caring for our patients.  For 132 years, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society has been the physicians’ voice as we worked together to improve health of our community. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The 15-Year-Old Marine

There are 58,267 names on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall that today sits majestically in the Constitution Gardens of our nation's capital. It has never been lost on me that 33,103 of those who are named were only 18 years old when they died. But what caught my eye during my morning reading is that one of the names carved in the black granite “Dan Bullock“ was only 15 years old ... (click for more)

Rail Runners Win In Double OT

East Ridge Alum Alex Wells has an impressive scoring resume from high school to now in semi pro, but missing is a game-winning shot at any level.   But Sunday afternoon in a Central Basketball Association game, he did everything but hit the winner (16 points) in guiding the Chattanooga Rail Runners to a 116-113 double overtime win against visiting Bowling Green (Ky.). ... (click for more)

UTC Women's Tennis Takes 1st Win Over Furman Since 1997

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s tennis got a huge monkey off its back with a 4-3 win over Furman on Sunday.  The Mocs snapped a 24-match losing streak against the Paladins with their first win in the series since 1997. UTC had come close in the last four meetings, falling 4-3 each time.  Today’s win gives Chattanooga a 14-2 overall record as it ... (click for more)