RiverRocks 2017 Commences Friday

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Celebrate what makes Chattanooga such a great outdoor city during the RiverRocks Festival, from Oct. 6-21.  There will be over 30 different events including adventure sport competitions, bluegrass music, hot air balloons and family entertainment, all listed on riverrockschattanoooga.com. Beginning this weekend with the 3 Sisters Festival, and concluding with the Best Town (For)Ever street party on Oct. 20, there is a full range of events, competitions and activities for everyone from the serious athlete to kids and families to enjoy, said officials. 

Get out, Have Fun and Get Active is the mantra for RiverRocks 2017, sponsored by Subaru, First Volunteer Bank, and Unum. According to Carla Pritchard, owner of Chattanooga Presents, who produces RiverRocks, “Ultimately, RiverRocks seeks to highlight Chattanooga's outdoor opportunities and to inspire Chattanoogans to enjoy them as an integral part of their daily lives.” 

RiverRocks 2017 will continue to include a broad schedule of premier adventure sports competitions, such as Swim the Suck, the Chattanooga Head Race, the StumpJump 50k Trail Race and the Triple Crown of Bouldering. A few new events that everyone can enjoy this year this year will be Sculpture in the Sky, a free event held at the Sculpture Fields on Saturday, where spectators can enjoy high-flying family fun and see colossal and colorful kites, stunt kites and Rokaku battle kites, as well as parachute kite races throughout the afternoon.

Also, the new Chattanooga Celebration & Ciclovia will be held on Sunday, a six-mile bike ride through downtown and east Chattanooga neighborhoods, each featuring free block parties along the route with live music, food and beverage and a wide variety of entertainment.

Another new family-friendly event is the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, held at Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center on Saturday, Oct. 14. Enjoy a rotating schedule of short nature-related and outdoor films throughout the day and evening, combined with local music, remote control sail boating, guided hikes, a canoe trip, food and beverage tethered hot air balloon rides and more.

A free finale street party called Best Town (For)Ever will take place on Friday, Oct. 20, in the 700 block of Cherry Street. A main stage with local and regional music, overhead slacklining, a climbing wall, hot air balloon rides, a geodome, an expo of outdoor organizations, and local food and brews will all be part of the fun. 

Overall, RiverRocks will create opportunities and incentives to revel without a pause in the great outdoors between Oct. 6-21.  Visit  www.riverrockschattanooga.com to keep up with the full schedule of RiverRocks activities.



Weekly Road Construction Report

Market Street Bridge To Undergo Quarterly Testing On Sunday

Street Closings Announced For Construction


Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: I-24 East and West drainage improvement from MM 173 to MM 175: This project is complete excepting punch list items. There might ... (click for more)

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will conduct quarterly testing and maintenance on the Market Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga on Sunday, during which time the bridge will be closed ... (click for more)

Here are upcoming street closings: Gunbarrel Road at McCutcheon Road Both southbound lanes of Gunbarrel Road at McCutcheon Road will be closed from 11 p.m. on Thursday until 5 ... (click for more)


Happenings

Weekly Road Construction Report

Here is the weekly road construction report for Hamilton County: I-24 East and West drainage improvement from MM 173 to MM 175: This project is complete excepting punch list items. There might be shoulder closures, but no lane closures. Estimated project completion date is December. [Talley Construction Company/Micka/CNS324] US-27 (I-124) widening from I-24/US-27 interchange ... (click for more)

Market Street Bridge To Undergo Quarterly Testing On Sunday

The Tennessee Department of Transportation will conduct quarterly testing and maintenance on the Market Street Bridge in downtown Chattanooga on Sunday, during which time the bridge will be closed to through traffic. From 8 a.m. to no later than 2 p.m., the bridge will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic as the testing is performed. This work is weather dependent. ... (click for more)

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Chattanooga Police Sergeant Facing Criminal Charge After Arrest In Prostitution Sting

The Chattanooga Police Department has opened an internal investigation of a sergeant in CPD's Investigations Bureau on Thursday after he was taken into custody for solicitation of prostitution. The arrest came during a joint enforcement operation between the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Chattanooga Police Department's Vice Unit. Sgt. Peter Turk was off duty and ... (click for more)

Local Boy Scout Council Says It Is Financially Sound Despite Woes At National Level

The Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, which serves 11 counties in Tennessee and northwest Georgia, has informed its executive board, donors, supporters, and volunteers that the local organization remains financially strong in light of recent national news stories concerning consideration of bankruptcy at the national level of the organization. Officials said, ... (click for more)

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Tom Caldwell Was Always A Champion For Orange Grove

Tom Caldwell was a devoted husband, father of four children and 13 grandchildren, veteran of World War II, Harvard University law school graduate, church member and outstanding corporate, tax and estate planning attorney at three of Chattanooga's leading law firms. His family, personal, legal, military, religious and civic duties are too many to list. As a member of the Chattanooga ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: So Long, 'Mr. Chaudion'

It’s been a couple of years ago, almost three, when I walked into a well-respected horse barn at the foot of Lookout Mountain, not far into Georgia, and caught sight of four black men, silently watching me come. When I got to their midst, I nodded my respect to each of the four, as I was taught from the very start in my life, before I said, “I’d like a word with Mr. Chaudion Womble.” ... (click for more)