Introduction to Chattanooga, Tennessee
Chattanooga is is the fourth largest city in Tennessee with a population of approximately 155,000 people. Chattanooga is the seat of Hamilton County. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Chattanooga metropolitan statistical area has an estimated population that is approaching 500,000 people.
Chattanooga is located in southeast Tennessee, on the border with Georgia. The Tennessee River flows through Chattanooga. Chattanooga is about half way between Atlanta, Georgia and Nashville, Tennessee. Atlanta is approximately two hours southeast, and Nashville is approximately two hours northwest.
Chattanooga was a past finalist for the National Civic League's coveted "All-America City Award". Outside Magazine named Chattanooga "A Top Ten Dream Town" in September of 2001. Expansion Management Magazine named Chattanooga one of the "Top Fifty Hottest Cities for Attracting Business" in January of 2000. Other notable awards received by Chattanooga include: Family Fun's "Top Ten Family-Friendly Cities", and "Most Cost-Effective" city in Foreign Direct Investment magazine's "US Cities and States of the Future 2005-06" awards. Chattanooga is home to one Fortune 500 company headquarters, UnumProvident.
Chattanooga experiences hot, humid summers, and cool, damp winters. July is the warmest month of the year, with an average daily temperature of almost 90 degrees Fahrenheit. January is the coldest month, with an average daily temperature of almost 49 degrees Fahrenheit. Chattanooga does experience temperatures below freezing and averages one day per winter with an inch or more of snow. Chattanooga receives an average of slightly over 54 inches of precipitation a year.
The first inhabitants of the Chattanooga area were Native American Indians. Chattanooga's first European visitors were from Spanish expeditions lead by Hernando DeSoto. Chattanooga was established as Ross's Landing in 1816 by John Ross, Chief of the Cherokee Indians. The city adopted the name Chattanooga in 1838. The name is of Native American origin. Some key dates in Chattanooga's history include:In 1819, Hamilton County was formed In 1908, the Chattanooga Choo Choo Terminal Station was built In 1863, during the American Civil War, the Campaign for Chattanooga was fought In 1941, the city was made famous by the first gold record big-band swing song "Chattanooga Choo Choo" by Glenn Miller In 1948, Chattanooga became the first major southern city to have African-American Police Officers
Chattanooga Arts, Culture, and Entertainment
Chattanooga is a center for arts, culture, and entertainment. Some of Chattanooga's more notable cultural attractions include:The Bluff View Art District The Boys Choir of Chattanooga The Chattanooga Ballet The Chattanooga Girls Choir The Chattanooga Regional History Museum The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera The Chattanooga Theatre Centre The Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park The Creative Discovery Museum Choral Arts of Chattanooga The Houston Museum of Decorative Arts The Hunter Museum of Art The International Towing and Recovery Hall of Fame and Museum Miller Plaza, the site of numerous performances and exhibits The Nightfall Concert Series Rock City Gardens The Tennessee Aquarium, the world's largest freshwater aquarium The Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum The Tivoli Theatre
Chattanooga also hosts Riverbend Festival every year. Riverbend Festival is a week-long music festival in the downtown area.
Chattanooga Sports and Leisure
Chattanooga has a few professional sports offerings, which include:Baseball - The Minor League Baseball (MiLB) Chattanooga Lookouts. The Lookouts are a Double-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds. Football - The National Indoor Football League (NIFL) Tennessee River Sharks.
Chattanooga is also home to the NCAA Division I-AA national football championship every year at Finley Stadium, on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A two hour drive northwest or southeast offers Chattanooga residents all of the sporting attractions of either Nashville, Tennessee, or Atlanta, Georgia.
Chattanooga "Must See" Attractions
Chattanooga has attractions too numerous to do justice in a simple list. Some of Chattanooga's more unique attractions include:The NCAA Division I-AA national football championship Rock City Gardens Riverbend Festival, a week-long music festival The Tennessee Aquarium, the world's largest freshwater aquarium
Chattanooga at Night
Chattanooga offers a rich and vibrant nightlife including a full spectrum of culinary offerings, and other entertainment options to satisfy just about anyone. The best source of information on dining, the latest events, happenings, night clubs, and performances can be found in the Chattanooga Times Free Press, or one of two free weekly newspapers, The Pulse, or Enigma.
Chattanooga strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Tennessee):
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Counselors available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Strong support groups and sober friends are very helpful for recovering Alcoholics after rehab. Alcoholics Anonymous provides meetings that recovering alcoholics can attend to help stay focused on their sobriety. You can find AA meetings at the following locations in Chattanooga: