City Celebration Connects 5 Chattanooga Neighborhood “Block Parties” On Oct. 29

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Five neighborhoods from Main Street to Glass Street will launch a series of “block parties” celebrating what makes each neighborhood unique and special during the inaugural Chattanooga City Celebration and Ciclovia on Sunday, Oct.

29. Musicians and dancers will perform. Artisans and craftspeople will demonstrate and sell their products. Food trucks, local restaurants and community groups will share their favorite foods. And with Halloween just around the corner, everyone is encouraged to dress up and jump in at the block party costume contests.


The block parties will be strung out along a four-mile route with a protected car-free lane to allow everyone to safely enjoy the journey between parties without having to drive. (CARTA will also provide free shuttles.) Complete details including schedules and a route map are at www.chattanooga-celebrates.com.


“We really want the event to be interactive, so we’ll have games, dancing, art projects, activities for the kids -- anything to get people engaged,” said City Celebration Director Shannon Burke. “We’re working hard to pack each party with as much fun stuff as possible to encourage everyone to explore the whole route – with lots of Halloween surprises. And it’s all free.”


The event will run all afternoon and gradually progress from west to east with each neighborhood party lasting around two hours. Each party will have a unique theme, and all of them will have music, food, entertainment and activities. The first party will be at the Stove Works development on Holtzclaw near Main Street from noon to 2 p.m., and the last party will be at the intersection of Dodson Avenue and Glass Street from 3-6 p.m., with a grand finale parade starting at 5:30 p.m. In between, there will be block parties in Highland Park, Ridgedale, and Orchard Knob.


According to local bicycle and greenways advocate Jim Johnson, who conceived the City Celebration, “The idea is to give Chattanoogans the opportunity to see the city and its communities in a different light. To see neighborhoods they wouldn’t normally see. To interact with others they normally wouldn’t interact with. And by making this a biking and walking event, we’re encouraging people to get out of their cars and connect with each other in a fun, unique and energizing way.”

Funding for the City Celebration & Ciclovia is provided by the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, the Footprint Foundation, the Benwood Foundation, the Lyndhurst Foundation, and the Riverview Foundation, with additional support from numerous community partners.



Dominion Senior Living Of Hixson Hosts Homeless Services Speakers

Over 20 residents and community members welcomed Joe Brackett, Homeless Health Care Center’s Outreach Coordinator today and heard about his work with Homeless clients in the Hamilton County area. Mr. Brackett shared a lecture about his professional work and positive ways the community can help. Resident Carolyn Beam said she was impressed by the great work that the Hamilton ... (click for more)

Bethlehem Center Announces Preschool Basketball League

The Bethlehem Center’s sports program, overseen by Demetrius Morgan, will start a basketball league for preschoolers who will participate in a summer gymboree.  The league will be held June 9 - July 21 at the Bethlehem Center, 200 W 38th St.  “This matters because we always start helping kids in elementary and middle school,” said Mr. Morgan, director of Youth Development ... (click for more)

Jury Finds Donaldson Guilty Of Second-Degree Murder In Killing Of Son-In-Law

A Criminal Court jury late Friday afternoon returned a verdict of guilty of second-degree murder against Glen Donaldson in the killing of his son-in-law, Adam Levi. He is facing 15-60 years in state prison. Judge Don Poole will set the sentence at a sentencing hearing. Donaldson, 57, took the witness stand in his own defense near the end of the week-long trial. He claimed ... (click for more)

1st Vote On Controversial Signal Mountain Grocery Proposal Set June 13; Town To Choose Either Tennessee American Or Waldens Ridge For Water Service

The next steps in rezoning 617 Cauthen Way were discussed at the Signal Mountain work session Friday afternoon. Since the last council meeting, Town Manager Boyd Veal created a list of conditions to include in the zoning ordinance relating to the proposed commercial development designed to assure that there is no negative impact to the surrounding properties or to the interest of ... (click for more)

Speaking Of A Cove

Mr. Sole Commissioner Whitfield,   I live in  a cove in western most Chattanooga. My back yard is woods. My front yard is woodland too. My neighbors and I had chance to voice our disagreement in 1996 to the proposed sale of a portion of the farm that dominated this cove and we did. There weren’t very many of us. One member of the group that listened to ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 'Don't Dare Endorse Me!'

When Joe Smith, a member of the Hamilton County School Board, met with officials of the UnifiEd political action committee on Tuesday, his instructions to his somber listeners were very specific. He told the leaders of the now-tainted education non-profit group. “Do not endorse me. I extended the courtesy of answering your questions … I am eager to do the right thing. But I am saying ... (click for more)