What's New At The Zoo

Thursday, June 25, 2020

The Chattanooga Zoo has made a few updates to its policies and are taking steps to resume offering zoo rides and experiences. It is still taking precautions and following the guidance of the Office of the Governor and the Hamilton County Health Department.

The Zoo Choo train is back to chugging along with train rides available Wednesday - Sunday with weather permitting. The cost is $2 per member or $4 per non-member. 

Guests now have the chance to give the giraffe a tasty treat. Giraffe feedings are now offered Friday - Sunday starting at 11 a.m.. Tickets go on sale at 10:30 a.m. and are first come, first served with a  limited amount available. The cost is $4 per member or $5 per non-member.

Camel rides have resumed and are available Friday - Sunday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Rides are subject to animal health and weather. The cost is $5 per member or $6 per non-member. 

The Chattanooga Zoo is now booking and hosting birthday parties. 

The petting zoo goat yard and NaturePlay area will open soon. 

The Zoo has starting stamping passports again and is now giving out stamps for March - June. It will keep giving out stamps for these months until the end of August. 

The Zoo is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 


Tennessee YMCAs Extend Free Child Care For Essential Workers

Master Gardeners Of Hamilton County Offering Online Classes

MainStreet Cruise-In Set For Sept 26


The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga has been operating Essential Worker Childcare efforts since March in response to COVID-19. Announced last week by the Tennessee DHS, these efforts will continue ... (click for more)

The Master Gardeners of Hamilton County, in association with the University of Tennessee Extension, continue their public gardening classes online via Zoom during the current pandemic. On Saturday ... (click for more)

The Mainstreet Cruise-In will be held on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 1-6 p.m. in historic downtown Cleveland around the Courthouse Square. The open-air event offers plenty of space for social ... (click for more)



Happenings

Tennessee YMCAs Extend Free Child Care For Essential Workers

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga has been operating Essential Worker Childcare efforts since March in response to COVID-19. Announced last week by the Tennessee DHS, these efforts will continue at YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga sites free of charge to essential workers, as identified in Governor Bill Lee’s Executive Order 22, through the end of the year. All categories ... (click for more)

Master Gardeners Of Hamilton County Offering Online Classes

The Master Gardeners of Hamilton County, in association with the University of Tennessee Extension, continue their public gardening classes online via Zoom during the current pandemic. On Saturday at 10 a.m. the topic will be “Creating a Native Plant Habitat,” presented by master gardener and photographer, Ron McKitrick. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link for ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Person Killed In Fire Early Sunday Morning In East Chattanooga

A fatal fire is under investigation in East Chattanooga. The call came in as a residential fire at 2:50 a.m. on Sunday in the 2700 block of Taylor Street. Neighbors reported that a camper was on fire behind a home and responding firefighters found a large bus fully involved. Engine 4 was first on scene. Bystanders notified the crew that a possible victim was inside ... (click for more)

Appeals Court Upholds 2nd-Trial Conviction Of Randall Reed For Murder Of East Ridge Woman

The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the conviction of Randall Reed in a retrial for the murder of an East Ridge woman. A jury in July 2018 convicted Reed of first-degree murder in the 2011 death of 70-year-old Jane Stokes. An earlier conviction by a prior jury had been thrown out by an appeals court. Reed testified in his own behalf. The victim was murdered ... (click for more)

Opinion

From Exclusion To Inclusion: The Need For A New Chattanooga Way

Executive Summary: A New Chattanooga Way The Chattanooga renaissance that local leaders brag about took almost 40 years to reach fruition. It took risk. It took vision. It took billions of dollars. The physical renaissance is a farce if it fails to lift all Chattanoogans. The evidence in this report suggests the renaissance is incomplete. A New Chattanooga Way would include ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: My New Best Friend

I have found my instincts for measuring up people have served me well. This isn’t to say I pass judgement on anyone, but I’m pretty good about knowing which ones not to make any eye contact with. I’ve learned people who act strange usually turn out to be strange. A kook on Monday is still a kook on Sunday, and there simply ain’t no cure for stupid. I also avoid braggarts and those ... (click for more)