Outdoor Chattanooga News And Events

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - by Ruth Thompson

We'll take a holiday break from the newsletter for the next couple of weeks. Watch for your next newsletter on Tuesday, Jan. 8. 

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Suwannee River Canoe Adventure Jan. 2-6

We have only a few spots left on our New Year's Suwannee River Canoe Adventure, happening Jan. 2-6. We'll paddle 40 miles of the Suwannee River Wilderness Trail in northwestern Florida. Register now

New Day! New Location!

Rapid Learning Roll Practice Resumes Jan. 9

The Rapid Learning Whitewater Program will resume weekly kayak roll practice on Wednesday, Jan. 9, with two sessions: 6-7 and 7-8 p.m. at the Brainerd Recreation Community Center's indoor pool, at 1010 North Moore Rd. The program costs $50 per year for individuals, $75 for families and gives members access to full instruction and all kayaking equipment. Kayakers will all their own gear may participate by paying a single day membership fee of $5. First timers can come for free. To learn more, email or call Terri Chapin at (423) 643-6882

Winter Workshops Begin Jan. 12

New for 2013, Outdoor Chattanooga will host our popular Winter Workshop series on the 2nd and 4th Sat. of each month, beginning Jan. 12 and going through Mar. 23. This year's series will offer full workshops on skills like fly fishing, beginning climbing, trail running, mountain biking and other outdoor skills.

Save the Dates: Outdoor Adventure Summer Camps, 2013

High adventure will be our focus at two youth camps in the summer of 2013: the Appalachian Whitewater Adventure, June 22-26 and our TN River "Huck Finn" Adventure July 24-28. More information coming soon!

Community Events . . . 

Rope Making, Knot Tying Class at Audubon Acres Dec. 22
The public is invited to join TN Wild at the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge on Sat., Jan. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a Sandhill Crane viewing session at the TWRA viewing platform overlooking the Refuge. 

Hike to Immodium Falls with the TN Trails Association Dec. 22

Not for the faint of heart or heavy of foot, this 9 mile hike goes through the Rock Creek Gorge section of the Cumberland Trail. The Soddy-Daisy Chapter of the TN Trails Association hosts. Email Cumberland Trail State Park ranger Ryan Maddux or call (423) 240-2239 for details on where and when to meet and what to bring.

Karen Lawrence Run for St. Jude Dec. 31

New Year's Eve starts with a nice run during the annual Karen Lawrence Run for St. Jude. Runners of all ages can participate in a 4.2 mile main event or a 2.1 mile fun run/walk through downtown Chattanooga.  

More Upcoming Community Events . . .
December                  
              Chickamauga Battlefield Hike
January, 2013
5            Cloudland Canyon Day Hike
6            Birding at Mclemore Cove with TN Wild 
 
News
Armadillos Confirmed in TN
Since last week's report in the Nickajack Naturalist that armadillo's are at Russell Cave National Monument in AL, we have received confirmation from several sources that they have also crossed the state line into TN. Nobody knows yet what effect their migration will have on local ecosystems. Here is more about these amazing creatures.

Web Hit(s) of the Week  

Help you and your kids Discover the Forest.

Last Week's Web Hit
Bikeyface is the creation of Boston, MA artist and bike commuter Bekka Wright. Check out her video of a Montreal cycle track. Dear Santa . . . 
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2013
January, 2013
19-20        Sandhill Crane Festival
 
February, 2013
             Trail of Tears 7 Mile Run
5            Cupids Chase 5K
 
March, 2013
9/10         Booker T. Duathlon
23            Rock/Creek River Gorge Trail Race

April, 2013
6           Out Run the Police
20         Outdoor Chattanooga Outdoor Expo & Gear Swap
27         Chattanooga's Amazing Race

May, 2013
4           Children's Hospital Dragon Boat Festival
             Chattanooga Tour de Cure
25-27     USA Pro Cycling Championships

June, 2013
1            National Trails Day
14-16      Chattanooga Mountains Stage Race
15          Color the Curve Chattanooga

  

July, 2013
22-26     TN River Gorge "Huck Finn" Adventure Camp

August, 2013
10           Still Hollow Trail Race
11           Cannonball Charge

September, 2013
8            Iron Jr. Triathlon
29          Komen Race for the Cure

October, 2013
5            Rock/Creek Stump Jump

Appalachian Trail Produces Deer Poacher And Lost Dog

TWRA wildlife officers working along the Appalachian Trail in the Cherokee National Forest near Butler charged a hunter with violations related to illegal deer hunting, then rescued a lost family pet in the same area.  Carter County Wildlife Officer Dennis Ward has documented illegal ATV tracks on Iron Mountain for several years, and while scouting out the area this year, ... (click for more)

Low Water Levels Increase Boating Hazard

With the statewide duck season set to open, winter angling opportunities and those recreational boaters withstanding colder temperatures to continue enjoying their sport, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) reminds boaters of  increased hazards in areas with low water levels. Above average temperatures and below average rainfall throughout the year has affected water ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain Council Looking Into Taking Over Schools

A new group of Signal Mountain Town Council members is looking into taking over county schools within the town boundaries.   Two newly elected board members, Amy Speek and Dan Landrum, joined the council Friday afternoon at the first work session after the election. The election of mayor and vice mayor for the next two years came first on the agenda. Dick Gee, mayor ... (click for more)

East Ridge Meth Dealer Gets 168 Months In Federal Prison

A man that agents said was dealing large quantities of meth from his East Ridge residence has been sentenced to serve 168 months in federal prison. Kenneth Lemons appeared before Judge Curtis Collier. Agents said they made several controlled drugs buys from Lemons at his residence in 2015. On Oct. 27, 2015, he drove up to a residence where DEA agents were making a controlled ... (click for more)

Tennessee River Gorge Trust Trail Warriors Make You Want To Take A Hike

Trail warriors of the Tennessee River Gorge Trust make you want to take a hike.  The Tennessee River Gorge Trust staff and volunteers make a huge difference in the Chattanooga community and have been making the outdoor areas around the River Gorge clean and protected for more than 30 years.  They deserve to be recognized and praised for all of the hard work they have ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Why Our Schools Stink

Cheryl Roddy has spent her lifetime, for the biggest part, as a teacher for the Hamilton County Department of Education and, more specifically, at East Ridge High School. She has loved teaching there for nearly 40 years and is hardly “average;” she has her master's degree in education, was twice East Ridge’s teacher of the year, was the first teacher at East Ridge to reach the first ... (click for more)