Chattanooga To Participate In Nation’s First City-Wide Step-Tracking League

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Mayor Andy Berke on Wednesday announced a digital, citywide league, where Chattanooga residents can track their steps, together. The league is available through Rove, a mobile app released this month by local startup Spire Labs. The effort comes both as a continuation of Mayor Berke’s Get Fit Challenge and to elevate Chattanooga above the national average, in terms of fitness. 

To participate, Chattanoogans are invited to download the free Rove app (direct links available at and go to the following address, to join the “#WeRoveCHA” League:  

"Chattanooga has some of the most beautiful and diverse outdoor resources and access to so many ways to get fit,” said Mayor Berke. “We have an opportunity to set an example for others for what it looks like to be a healthy, active city, and this league will help provide accountability, support, and friendly competition to empower Chattanoogans to achieve their health goals.”

To encourage even more participation, Mayor Berke invites everyone to join him on a mid-challenge walk around lunchtime (11:30 a.m.) on Friday, Sept. 8. Mayor Berke will meet community members at the MLK Boulevard terminus at the Tennessee River (Blue Goose Hollow Trailhead) - the new section of the Riverwalk - to get in some extra steps and enjoy one of Chattanooga’s newest outdoor assets, together. 

Mayor Berke’s Get Fit challenge is an initiative that showcases the opportunities for Chattanoogans to participate in fitness activities and enjoy the outdoors around the city. Past challenges have included canoeing, hiking, kayaking, walking, a City Sweat workout, basketball, and archery. The mayor now hopes to expand this approach to the digital world to allow for even greater community involvement and interaction. 

Rove is the latest app from Chattanooga-based Spire Labs and allows users to create their own leagues and competitions with any group of people. Participants can track their steps with their smartphones or the wide variety of fitness tracking devices that sync with Apple Health and Google Fit. Rove can be downloaded for free from the App Store and Google Play Store.

Morning Pointe Residents Bond With Boyd Buchanan Students

The 2018 Olympics is over, but a group of students at Boyd Buchanan enjoyed keeping their version of the games going at Morning Pointe of Hixson.   The youth hosted a variety of activities for the residents at the assisted living and Alzheimer's memory care community, such as bowling, chair volleyball and a hula hoop contest, to name a few.    "It was a day ... (click for more)

Mark Kimball Named CEO Of Erlanger Murphy Medical Center

Mark Kimball, FACHE, has been named chief executive officer of Erlanger Murphy Medical Center, based in Murphy, N.C.  The announcement was made this week by Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, president & CEO of the Erlanger Health System.  The North Carolina-based healthcare facility became Erlanger’s sixth hospital on April 1 and its first in North Carolina.   When ... (click for more)

TBI Puts Man Who Killed 4 At Waffle House On Its "10 Most Wanted" List

A man who killed four people and injured two others at a Waffle House near Nashville on Sunday morning is still on the loose and has been added to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation's ‘Top 10 Most Wanted’ list. He was identified as Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Ill., was arrested last year when he was in a restricted area at the White House in Washington, D.C. Reinking ... (click for more)

Dayton Teen Arrested After Running From Deputies On Highway 60; Passenger Caught With Drugs

Hamilton County Sheriff deputies caught up with a Dayton teen who drove off at a high rate of speed on Highway 60 on Sunday afternoon. A passenger in the vehicle was caught with drugs. At approximately  5 p.m. , deputies observed a white Chrysler 200 traveling south in the 7800 block of Highway 60 at a high rate of speed. The driver was improperly passing other vehicles ... (click for more)

Teachers Have Good Compensation Compared To Other Taxpayers - And Response

Hamilton County experienced a property tax increase of about 10.7 percent in 2017. By law the reappraisal of property shall not increase tax revenue. So after the reappraisal the state certified millage rate for Hamilton County was 2.4976 per hundred dollars assessed value. The county commission voted to raise the millage rate to 2.7652 per hundred. That's about a 10.7 percent increase ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

All of us who marvel at the sound of bagpipes at a funeral realize the majesty that people like piper Scottie Maclellan can lend to any “homecoming” and for years there has been a wonderful tale out of Nova Scotia that leads this week’s parade of The  Saturday  Funnies. Mind you, I do not write these stories, as many who have followed man’s laughter down through the ... (click for more)