City Celebration Connects 5 Chattanooga Neighborhood “Block Parties” On Oct. 29

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Five neighborhoods from Main Street to Glass Street will launch a series of “block parties” celebrating what makes each neighborhood unique and special during the inaugural Chattanooga City Celebration and Ciclovia on Sunday, Oct.

29. Musicians and dancers will perform. Artisans and craftspeople will demonstrate and sell their products. Food trucks, local restaurants and community groups will share their favorite foods. And with Halloween just around the corner, everyone is encouraged to dress up and jump in at the block party costume contests.


The block parties will be strung out along a four-mile route with a protected car-free lane to allow everyone to safely enjoy the journey between parties without having to drive. (CARTA will also provide free shuttles.) Complete details including schedules and a route map are at www.chattanooga-celebrates.com.


“We really want the event to be interactive, so we’ll have games, dancing, art projects, activities for the kids -- anything to get people engaged,” said City Celebration Director Shannon Burke. “We’re working hard to pack each party with as much fun stuff as possible to encourage everyone to explore the whole route – with lots of Halloween surprises. And it’s all free.”


The event will run all afternoon and gradually progress from west to east with each neighborhood party lasting around two hours. Each party will have a unique theme, and all of them will have music, food, entertainment and activities. The first party will be at the Stove Works development on Holtzclaw near Main Street from noon to 2 p.m., and the last party will be at the intersection of Dodson Avenue and Glass Street from 3-6 p.m., with a grand finale parade starting at 5:30 p.m. In between, there will be block parties in Highland Park, Ridgedale, and Orchard Knob.


According to local bicycle and greenways advocate Jim Johnson, who conceived the City Celebration, “The idea is to give Chattanoogans the opportunity to see the city and its communities in a different light. To see neighborhoods they wouldn’t normally see. To interact with others they normally wouldn’t interact with. And by making this a biking and walking event, we’re encouraging people to get out of their cars and connect with each other in a fun, unique and energizing way.”

Funding for the City Celebration & Ciclovia is provided by the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, the Footprint Foundation, the Benwood Foundation, the Lyndhurst Foundation, and the Riverview Foundation, with additional support from numerous community partners.



Roberts Mill Road To Be Closed Thursday For Maintenance

The Hamilton County Highway Department will close Roberts Mill Road on  Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.  for maintenance and gate repair.   Advance warning signs have been posted. (click for more)

Rescues On The Runway Set for March 24

The Humane Educational Society will host Rescues on the Runway on Saturday, March 24, 6 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  Guests will sip on complimentary beer or wine while sampling hors D'oeuvres such as bacon wrapped scallops, stuffed strawberries, vegetarian spring rolls, home-style BBQ meatballs and more. There will be an eclectic array of silent auction items ... (click for more)

City Council Balks At Approving New $600,000, Two-Year Contract To Father To The Fatherless For VRI Program

The City Council on Tuesday night declined to approve a two-year $600,000 contract with a local non-profit group for the city's Violence Reduction Initiative. Father to the Fatherless previously had the contract and was seeking an extension. Kerry Hayes of the mayor's office asked for a one-week delay, saying the office wanted to make sure that all concerns of the council ... (click for more)

City's Top Traffic Reconstruction Expert: "Man, This Truck Just Creamed A Dozen Cars"

The Chattanooga Police Department's top traffic reconstruction expert testified Tuesday that when he first viewed the scene of an horrific crash at the Ooltewah exit he thought "Man, this truck just creamed a dozen cars." Officer Joe Warren told a jury from Nashville that, according to his calculations, Benjamin Scott Brewer was traveling at 81-82 miles per hour when he struck ... (click for more)

Dismal Educator Teaching At UTC - And Response

Roy Exum,  People are talking about the inability of UTC to turn out high quality teachers. Well, should any university be expected to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse? We all know how our school system students fail miserably on national scholastic aptitude tests as a whole.  Forget Tcap tests, those are teacher tests not meant for measuring student progress, but ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Man’s Need To ‘Jaw’

On the first day of every month, I’ve gotten into the habit of taking a stroll in “my garden.” I mix up the “orchids” (good stuff) and “onions” (bad stuff) that has idled in my brain from the month before and most people seem to like it. I know I do. One of the “onions” for this January read like this: “AN ONION to the disappointing realization Chattanooga no longer has Bill Kilbride ... (click for more)