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

USDA Seeks Help In Testing Wildlife For Rabies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services is asking for the public’s help as it works to determine the frequency of rabies in southeastern Tennessee raccoons.  Anyone who encounters a raccoon that is sick-acting or behaving unusually is asked to report the animal. No raccoons in Tennessee have tested positive for the raccoon variant, or variety, of rabies ... (click for more)

Entrance Fee Waived At Point Park On National Public Lands Day

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park announce the waiver of entrance fees to Point Park, atop Lookout Mountain, on Saturday, Sept. 27. Visitors are invited to experience the majestic views of Chattanooga’s surrounding landscapes from the nation’s first national military park. National Public Lands Day is a time when Americans are encouraged to visit a park and ... (click for more)

EPB Officials Huddle With Attorneys Over City Street Lighting Issue

EPB board members huddled with attorneys on the issue of billing for city street lights on Friday morning. EPB Chairman Joe Ferguson asked for the private session with attorneys Rick Hitchcock and Tom Greenholtz of Chambliss Bahner. Don Lepard, owner of Global Green Lighting, earlier filed a $10 million "whistle blower" lawsuit, claiming overbilling by EPB on street lighting. ... (click for more)

City Council Taking Applications From Those Interested In Serving On City IDB

The City Council is taking applications from those interested in serving on the city industrial Development Board (IDB).   There are four vacancies on the board that has been in the news for its controversial approval and re-approval of $9 million in Tax Increment Financing (TIF) for developers of Aetna Mountain. Resumes are due by Sept. 29.   ... (click for more)

Walking Among Memories, The USS LST-325

I have walked among the head stones at Flanders Fields and have seen the entrenchment of soldiers with only bayonet tips sticking out of the earth. Later I traveled to Normandy where I stood on the sand and made scuff marks with my shoes on Omaha Beach and climbed the hill to the magnificent American Cemetery there. I again walked among the many, many tomb stones so neatly and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Troubling Jameis Winston

One of the greatest things about the American legal system is that each and every crime is judged on its own merits. Just because Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer and Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy were each arrested for domestic abuse earlier this week, each National Football League football hero will be given an independent hearing and trial, if need be, ... (click for more)