Public invited To 2nd Annual Ocoee River Championships Sept. 13–15

Friday, September 6, 2019

Ocoee River Basin Foundation is inviting the public to attend the second Annual Ocoee River Championships, a three-day whitewater competition/festival held on the historic Ocoee River in the Cherokee National Forest. Admission is free to watch the nation’s top whitewater competitors. 

Competitors from as far away as Costa Rica will compete in whitewater slalom, downriver sprint and boatercross racing, along with freestyle competition. The family-friendly event will include live music, community, arts & crafts and industry vendors. There will also be entertainment for kids, along with food and beverage vendors. More information is available at www.ocoeeriverchampionships.com

Last year's event saw the return of competition to the Upper Ocoee Olympic Course for the first time in nearly 20 years. In 2017, a grassroots group of enthusiasts banded together to reinstate whitewater competition on the Upper Ocoee using the $40 million facility for its original purpose, and in that ORC was born. The competition draws attention to the area and serves as an economic driver for Ocoee River Basin communities. Ocoee rafting is responsible for $43 million in economic activity and about 600 jobs annually.  

The Ocoee River Basin features easy access to incredible whitewater for rafting, kayaking and canoeing, as well as numerous mountain biking and hiking trails. The Ocoee River is a man-enhanced natural riverbed managed by the Tennessee Valley Authority that features some on the best whitewater in the country, in a beautiful mountain setting, and was a venue for the 1996 Olympics. The area has long been a training ground for both world-class athletes and passionate weekend warriors, and is also a mecca for those seeking relaxation in a beautiful, unique setting.

 


Tennessee State Parks Seek Volunteers For Annual Weed Wrangle March 7

Annual Young Sportsman Quail Hunt Set For March 7

TWRA Executive Director Ed Carter Announces Upcoming Retirement During Commission Meeting


Tennessee State Parks and community partners are seeking volunteers to help rid the parks and State Natural Areas of invasive species with the annual Weed Wrangle on Saturday, March 7. Most ... (click for more)

The 2020 Young Sportsman Quail Hunt will take place on March 7 at the McGhee-Carson Unit of the Tellico Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The hunt is sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Quail ... (click for more)

Ed Carter, executive director for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, has announced that he will retire effective May 31. He made the announcement during the February meeting of the Tennessee ... (click for more)




Outdoors

Tennessee State Parks Seek Volunteers For Annual Weed Wrangle March 7

Tennessee State Parks and community partners are seeking volunteers to help rid the parks and State Natural Areas of invasive species with the annual Weed Wrangle on Saturday, March 7. Most of the state parks and the Sequatchie Cave State Natural Area are participating. The Weed Wrangle is part of a national effort to remove invasive plants from public spaces. State and community ... (click for more)

Annual Young Sportsman Quail Hunt Set For March 7

The 2020 Young Sportsman Quail Hunt will take place on March 7 at the McGhee-Carson Unit of the Tellico Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The hunt is sponsored by the Smoky Mountain Quail Forever Chapter and TWRA. This hunt is for young sportsmen ages 10 to 16 that have passed a Hunter Safety class. The hunt starts at 8:00 a.m. and will continue until afternoon. Each young sportsman ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Jacob Coyne Denies That He Shot Jalen Little; Jury To Continue Deliberations On Friday

Jacob Coyne told a Criminal Court jury on Thursday he barely knew murder victim Jalen Little and did not shoot him. The jury in the courtroom of Judge Tom Greenholtz will resume deliberations on Friday morning in the case in which Coyne is charged with first-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery. The March 2017 incident occurred at the Little residence on Oak Tree Drive. ... (click for more)

Severe Weather Might Rumble Through Southern U.S. During 1st Week Of March

Forecasters are putting out an early alert for the potential for severe thunderstorms to march across the southern United States next week. AccuWeather meteorologists say that although the exact severity and coverage of the thunderstorms will need to be ironed out in the coming days, the upcoming pattern next week bears close monitoring, specifically for residents from Texas ... (click for more)

Opinion

Good Urban Design

Chattanooga is enjoying a robust movement to plan developments in a number of downtown neighborhoods, and there is good reason to believe that well designed development should be welcomed. The opposite is also true, that bad or poorly designed development should not be welcomed, especially if it seriously degrades the existing neighborhood. In the case of a sought after rezoning ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: AG Barr: What Has Happened To Us?

About 48 hours ago, William Barr, the Attorney General of the United States, delivered the keynote address at the 2020 National Religious Broadcasters Convention in Nashville at the Opryland complex. As many of you know, Barr has been the subject of heavy barrage in Washington and from The White House. In the last two weeks, over 2,000 Department of Justice types have, in a written ... (click for more)