Don’t You Want to Party with Rockstars?

 

Join the rest of Chattanooga at Riverbend '09.

Join the rest of Chattanooga at Riverbend '09

By: Erika Veller 

CHATTANOOGA–(UTC) Riverbend is a 9 day festival with constant entertainment with live music from well-known artists on Riverfront Parkway in downtown Chattanooga.

The festival hosts 5 stages of world class entertainment pleasing to all genres of music, anywhere from hard rock, jazz, bluegrass, jam bands, classic rock, country, alternative to urban. It draws well over 600,000 patrons annually and is continuing to grow each year.

Riverbend draws big crowds.

Riverbend draws big crowds.

The Riverbend ’09 playlist this year includes:

Patrick Siler, senior at UTC, is planning on going to see Willie Nelson out of all of the artists playing at the Riverbend Festival this year. This will be his first time attending Riverbend in almost four years.

Ashley Leitner, senior at UTC, is planning on going to see The B-52’s at this year’s Riverbend Festival.

Allison Anderson, UTC alumni, attends Riverbend almost every year. She is looking forward to seeing Willie Nelson, The B-52’s, The Commodores, and The Wailers. Anderson thinks Riverbend has a good variety of musical genres playing at this year’s annual festival and is excited about going.

Enjoy fireworks along with music at Riverbend.

Enjoy fireworks along with music at Riverbend.

Riverbend Festival ’09 begins on June 5th and lasts through June 13th.

In order to get inside Riverbend, you must either have a pin or a wristband pass that admits you in for one night. Riverbend pins cost $28 if you get them before June 4th at your local Mapco Mart and Fast or Food and Fuel. After June 4th, the pin cost will be $37 at all gate entrances into Riverbend. Otherwise, you can buy a one night wristband for $23. 

 

Even boaters can take part in the festivities.

Even boaters can take part in the festivities.

If you want to be up close and personal with the rockstars of the festival, you can join Club Riverbend, which is the VIP section of the festival. Inside Club Riverbend, there are:

 

  • cash bar with cocktails
  • free hors d’ oeuvers
  • viewing area on the pier
  • massage therapist
  • complimentary VIP parking pass per member
  • discounts on all Riverbend merchandise

Membership for Club Riverbend is $210 per member. You will receive a member badge with your name on it. Each member must be 21 and older with I.D. and badge at all times. These memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Gates open nightly for Riverbend at 4:30 p.m. The main entrance is located at the corner of Chestnut and 2nd Streets by Hennen’s Restaurant. The other entrances are: The Hunter Museum Gate, which is located near the Hunter Art Museum at the top of the stairs leading down to Riverfront Parkway; the Riverside Drive Gate, which is located on Lookout and 2nd Streets; the Walnut Street Bridge Gate, which is located under the South end of the Walnut Street Bridge; the Marina Gate, which is located on Riverfront Parkway West of the Olgiati Bridge.

 

The perfect finale to Riverbend.

The perfect finale to Riverbend.

We would love to hear what you think. Please feel free to comment in the comment box below.

 

For additional links about Riverbend Festival ’09 check these out below:

www.riverbendfestival.com

http://www.myspace.com/riverbendfestival

http://www.chattanoogafun.com/exit.asp?page=www.riverbendfestival.com 

http://www.southeasttennessee.com/www/events/6.2138/music-festival.html

The Night Life of Chattanooga

 

 

The Choo Choo city.

The Choo Choo city.

(CHATTANOOGA)– Although Chattanooga may not be the largest city, there are certainly a variety of options for people to choose from when it comes to Chattanooga’s Night Life.

 

 

Mark Langston, Tennessee Tech junior, Patrick Siler, UTC senior, Reneese Pope, UTC senior, and Mallory Slaughter, UTC alumni, are the people in the video telling you of what they enjoy doing in the night life of Chattanooga.

There are many different genres of night time activities people of Chattanooga can enjoy. Here are several places people enjoy going in the downtown area:

Take a ride to fun town on the Fat Cat.The Fat Cat Ferry is a delight in the day with children and family to enjoy a nice ride along the Tennessee River. Once the sun begins to set, people come aboard the Fat Cat Ferry to socialize amongst friends and enjoy nice cold beverages. It is $6 for an all-day pass to ride the Fat Cat. It allows you to stay on the boat as long as you like or get off the boat and come back on as you please. Beer is $2-$3 and this year the ferry is offering liquor drinks as well.

  

www.chattanoogawatertaxi.com

 

The Lookouts minor league baseball started their season up on April 7, 2009 and ends in September. It is a great way to spend time with friends and family. They offer hot dogs, nachos, slushies, cold drinks and the beer garden, which you have to be 21 and up to enter. Beers range anywhere from $2-$4. Ticket prices vary upon where you want to sit, but most college-aged people buy general admission tickets for $4 and go hang out in the beer garden.

A Lookouts game is a great inexpensive way to have fun.

A Lookouts game is a great inexpensive way to have fun.

www.lookouts.com


 Hair of the Dog is a locally run bar with an old English pub unique style. If you are looking for a place with great drink specials from open to close, this is your place to go with $2.50 well drinks and $2 beer. Beer prices are anywhere from $2-$10 a piece, with over 50 beers to choose from. H.O.D. has trivia night every Wednesday night from 8 p.m.-10 p.m. It is open Monday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 a.m. You can order any food from their menu up until 2:30 a.m. H.O.D. is always 21 and up.  

One of Chatt-town's hottest spots.

One of Chatt-town's hottest bars

 

www.hairofthedogpub.net

 Chili’s is a great place to go if you are on a budget and enjoy congregating amongst friends and new faces in the bar. Chili’s offers two for one drink specials everyday from open till 10 p.m. If you get hungry while you are there, Chili’s is currently offering ten meals for under $7.

A popular college hot spot, Chili's is right on the strip.

A popular college hot spot, Chili's.

 

www.chilis.com 

Raw Sushi Bar turns from only a restaurant to a dance club upstairs every Friday and Saturday night. It also features live bands and artists downstairs near the entrance. Raw is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 a.m.

Raw has two sides to it.

Raw has two sides to it.

 

http://www.myspace.com/jimstriker

The Big Chill offers some of the best and strongest drinks in Chattanooga. The monster of them all is a St. Croix Joy, with the main ingredient being PGA so you need to be careful with this one. Big Chill’s weekly specials are:

A long time hot spot.

A long time hot spot.

 

  • Tuesday- $2 Corona’s and karaoke
  • Wednesday- $1 beer with a $5 cover fee
  • Thursday- $2 Corona’s and trivia

It is happy hour daily from open till 8 p.m. with half off most drinks. You must be at least 21-years-old to enter.

http://www.wcities.com/en/record/46,186765/433/record.html

"Fridays" is a popular place for college students to eat and work.

A popular place for college students to eat and work.

T.G.I.Friday’s offers a specialty drink menu in the bar area that offers half priced drinks with less expensive appetizers. The happy hour is from open till 10 p.m. in the bar.

www.fridays.com

Rio Picante Rooftop is located at the former Tortilla Factory. It was remodeled before opening. Rio has a great view of the Tennessee River. They offer some drink specialties depending upon the weekday. You must be 21 and up to enter.

More than the roof top hops at this bar.

More than the roof top hops at this bar.

 

http://www.riopicante.com

 

 

Over 350 beers to choose from, and the menu's not bad either.

Over 350 beers to choose from, and the menu's not bad either.

Every Thursday Taco Mac has pint night. Try the beer of the month and get a free pint glass. They offer a variety of over 350 beers to choose from. Taco Mac is open Monday from 12:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m., Tuesday-Friday from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 a.m., Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 a.m., and Sunday from 11:30 a.m.-12:00 a.m.

 

www.taco-mac.com

Rhythm and Brews features live bands with local and big name artists. You must be 21-years-old to enter a show. Price and timing vary on the band or artist that will be playing. It is connected to Big River so you can take your drinks in and out of both places. This is a great place to go if you love live music.

http://www.ticketbiscuit.com/rhythm-brews/EventSpotlight.aspx

If you enjoy playing pool Big River is the place for you. It offers several pools tables for people to play pool but there are several sections for seating at the bar, tables and booths. The only beer offered is Big River brewed beer with seven varieties to choose from.

One of Chatt's most famous brewery's and bars.

One of Chatt's most famous bars and brewery's.

 

www.bigrivergrille.com

T-Bone’sis a laid back bar filled with familiar Chattanooga faces. It offers a variety of things to do. It features over 10 televisions, so it is a great place to go watch sports games. If you’re not that into sports there are darts to play or video game machines. If not games either, T-Bone’s has live music almost every Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m. You must be 21 to enter.

A staple of the 'Nooga's restaurant scene.

A staple of the 'Nooga's bar scene.

 

http://www.tboneschattanooga.com

 

One of the more innovative bars in the 'Nooga.

One of the more innovative bars in the 'Nooga.

The owners of Hair of the Dog opened Terminal, which is a new establishment in the historic hotel that is located right next to the Choo Choo. They feature six of their freshly batched beer, which is brewed right in the basement of Terminal. It is open Monday-Sunday from 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

 

www.terminalbrewhouse.com

 

A popular college dive.

A popular college dive.

Midtown Music Hall is a restaurant by day with food catered by The Yellow Submarine and by night is a club. Every Wednesday night is $5 to enter and it is dollar beer. Every Thursday night you pay $7 to get in and it is all you can drink beer with a live d.j. On Friday’s and Saturday’s Midtown features local and big name artists. Times and prices vary upon the band or artist.

 

http://www.ticketbiscuit.com/midtownmusichall/eventspotlight.aspx

Tremont Tavern is a locally run neighborhood bar that features an impressive amount of specialty beers and a diverse menu. Every Monday night at 8 p.m. is trivia night. Every Tuesday it is open mic night at 8 p.m. Every Wednesday a featured artist or band plays at 5 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday night there are live bands or artists that begin at 10 p.m.

A popular North Chatt hangout.

A popular North Chatt hangout.

 

www.tremonttavern.com


Market Street Tavern  opened almost a year after the owner of Tremont Tavern wanted to expand, hence now Chattanooga has Market Street Tavern. Happy hour is every Wednesday, which is half priced drinks beginning at 5 p.m. Every Friday and Saturday nights there is live music beginning at 9 p.m.

A more upscale option.

A more upscale option.

 

www.marketstreettavern.com

 

A free music experience.

A free music experience.

Nightfall is a free musical event featuring live performances by world-class musicians. The musical genre is filled with a variety of eclectic mix of rock, blues, jazz, reggae, zydeco, funk, bluegrass or folk music. It is open to the public ever Friday night at 7 p.m. They offer cold drinks and delicious food for purchase. Bring your friends, family and dog down to this event. It begins May 22 and ends on September 25. It is located in Miller Plaza near Market Street Tavern.

 

http://downtownchattanooga.org/nightfall/

 

A new free music option.

A new free music option.

Riverfront Nights is very similar with Nightfall. It is a free musical concert on the riverfront every Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. It offers a broad genre of music, anywhere from blues, funk, rock, country and Latin infusion. There is an opening act and the headliner will be on the Fat Cat Ferry Stage. Riverfront Nights begins on August 2 and ends on September 27, except for August 23 for the Southern Brewer’s Festival and August 30 for Labor Day weekend. This event is located by the city pier.

 

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2008/jul/09/chattanooga-riverfront-nights-concert-schedule-set/

Las Margaritas  is a family friendly neighborhood restaurant that features live music every Wednesday night. They offer delicious Mexican food with some of the best margaritas in town. If you’re not a margarita person, Las Margaritas features a 32 oz. beer for only $3. It is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., and Sunday from 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

One of the most inexpensive beers in town.

One of the most inexpensive beers in town.

 

 http://www.lasmargaritaschattanooga.com/

 

The best fried pickles in town.

The best fried pickles in town.

The Pickle Barrel is a Chattanooga original that you will not find anywhere else by it’s rustic decor infused with hippie Chattanooga culture. It has a one of a kind spiral staircase in the middle of the bar that leads you to upstairs seating. Dining on the outdoor roof is the best place to sit for a great atmosphere of the downtown area. Pickle Barrel has a great menu with Reubens being a number one seller along with a vast selection of beer and tasty mixed drinks. The weekly drink specials are:

 

  • Monday- $1 domestics
  • Tuesday- $4 Ice Picks flavored with orange, raspberry or cherry
  • Wednesday- $4 two for one well drinks
  • Thursday- $1 drafts
  • Sunday- Bloody Mary’s

You must be 21 and up to enter.

http://picklebarreltn.com/

 

A nice alternative to the typical college dive.

A nice alternative to the typical college dive.

Meeting Place is a unique upscale restaurant and bar that reminds you of a place that would be in New York City by its decor and it is right here in Chattanooga. The downstairs is the dining area. The upstairs overlooks the dining area with couches, high-top tables and bar seating to enjoy drinks with your friends in an intimate setting. Meeting Place offers a unique menu from raw Hawaiian tuna snacks to meat cheese plates or a full course meal like the duck confit. It is open Monday-Thursday from 5:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 5:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m.

 

http://www.stjohnsrestaurant.com/meeting-place.php

 

Some of the best billiards around.

Some of the best billiards around.

The Chattanooga Billiard’s Club is a great place to frequent if you love to play pool or smoke cigars. It has its own Avo Cigar Lounge where you can pick out your own hand-rolled cigar to enjoy. CBC has thirteen pool tables and four dart boards. Every Tuesday night is dart night where people compete in dart games. Every Thursday is pool league night. CBC is open Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-3 a.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.-3 a.m.

 

http://www.cbcburns.com/billiards/downtown.php

 

The place to be if you like jazz.

The place to be if you like jazz.

Lamar’s has some of the strongest drinks in town, so unless you have a sober driver, don’t have too many of these. You can enjoy a softly lit room with light jazz playing in the background in the Chrystal Lounge. You must be at least 21 to enter.

 

www.lamarsrestaurant.com

Parkway Billiards is a uniquely decorated bar with doors on the ceiling and a huge chandelier in the middle of the bar. Its happy hour is everyday from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. on drink and pool specialties. If you ever go, you must try the Parkway Punch at least once although most think it to be lethal from the amount of alcohol in it, it is certainly delicious. Parkway has 12 pool tables downstairs and 5 dart boards upstairs. Every Tuesday night is the ladies APA Road League. Every Wednesday night is mixed APA Road League. Every Thursday night is APA in House 8 Ball League. Parkway is open seven days a week from 4 p.m.-3 a.m.

Several floors of bar room fun.

Several floors of bar room fun.

 

  http://www.parkwaybilliards.com/

 

A great place for seafood.

A great place for seafood.

Easy Bistro and Bar is newly decorated restaurant and bar with a modern New York style. It has a wide variety on the menu catering to seafood lovers. The menu varies with the season. It changes as the seafood season changes for the freshest catch along the Gulf Coast to be offered in downtown Chattanooga. Drink prices vary depending upon the type of beverage you would like. Easy Bistro’s specialty drinks range anywhere from $7.00-$10.00, beer varies from $3.50-$4.50 and wines are between $5.00-$12.00 by the glass. It is open Sunday-Thursday from 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. The bar stay open until whenever the crowd clears out.

 

http://www.easyseafood.com/ie/

 

Get a killer pizza with your beer.

Get a killer pizza with your beer.

Mellow Mushroom is a pizza bakery. They offer weekly drink specials, like every Sunday there are deals on Bloody Mary’s or Mimosa’s and every Monday there are deals on Margarita’s. You should go check out the specials for the other days. Mellow is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-12 a.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

 

www.mellowmushroom.com

 

Build a bloody mary or a fancy evening.

Build a bloody mary or a fancy evening.

Bluewater Grille has unique dining decor with an open, inviting space for casually sophisticated people to relax over some of the freshest foods accompanied by one of Bluewater’s beers. It has five original freshly batched beers. Some of its drink specialties are: Thursdays are $5.00 Margarita’s or Mojito’s and Sunday’s a build your own Bloody Mary bar. You should go down and visit the restaurant to check out the other daily drink specials.

 

  • Specialty cocktails and Martini’s-$8.50
  • All of the wines vary from $5.75-$12.00 per glass
  • Bluewater’s original beers-$4.50
  • All domestics-$3.75-$4.75

www.bluewaterchattanooga.com

 

A new addition to the North Shore.

A new addition to the North Shore.

Jet Stream Grill is a locally run restaurant by one of our local weatherman. The bar’s back wall is completely made of glass allowing people to see along Frazier Avenue and the outdoor patio. Every Tuesday it offers half off wines all day. Jet Stream is open Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

 

www.jetstreamgrill.com

These are several of the best places to go to in Chattanooga at night if you are looking to meet new people or be around familiar faces. Feel free to leave a comment to let others know of other places to frequent or what you think about some of the places that are listed above.

Crime on Campus: Are We Safe?

By Erika Veller

Chattanooga–(UTC/TBI) If you are leaving campus late one night, do you feel safe walking to your car in the desolate darkness by yourself? Do you feel safe out of ignorance or do you know for a fact your campus is safe?  

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) released “Crime on Campus ’08” reports to the public on March 25, 2009. Between the three metro UT universities, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University of Tennessee at Knoxville and University of Tennessee at Memphis, UTC is ranked the safest university for crime on campus.

The front of UTC.

The front of UTC

 

UTC is ranked the safest UT school of the three universities in the system. The university had 8,436 students enrolled in 2008, out of those students 641 crimes were committed on-campus.

UTM is ranked as number two for safety on campus. The university had 6,890 students enrolled in 2008, out of those students 203 crimes were committed on-campus.

UTK is ranked closely with UTM for safety on campus, but is last for safety on UT campus’. The university had 26,418 students enrolled in 2008, out of these students 8,436 crimes were committed.

UTC police help keep campus safe.

UTC police help keep campus safe.

 

 When broken down, UTC’s crime rating for the its number of students divided by its number of crimes estimates out to 13.1606%, UTM’s crime rating is 33.9408% and UTK’s crime rate is 34.0000%.

UTC is considered to be the safest university by almost 20% of the three UT campuses. 

The top five offenses on UTC’s campus were:

  • 169 liquor law violations
  • 72 destruction/damage/vandalism 
  • 56 drug/narcotic violations 
  • 48 thefts from a building 
  • 42 burglaries and 42 thefts from motor vehicles.

In comparison with the top 5 crimes for 2008, the numbers for these crimes in 2007 were:

  • 156 liquor law violations 
  • 98 destruction/damage/vandalism 
  • 54 drug/narcotic violations 
  • 46 thefts from a building 
  • 62 burglaries and 47 thefts from motor vehicles.

The numbers for crimes in 2006 were:

  • 89 liquor law violations 
  • 109 destruction/damage/vandalism 
  • 57 drug/narcotic violations 
  • 56 thefts from a building 
  • 77 burglaries and 41 thefts from motor vehicles.
UTC officers patrol campus.

UTC officers patrol campus.

The number of violations have decreased in certain offenses, yet increased in other offenses over the years.

Since 2006, UTC’s number of burglaries has dropped considerably. In 2007 there were 15 less burglaries than in 2006. In 2008 there were 20 less burglaries than in 2007. Therefore over that past 3 year period, there have been 35 less burglaries because the numbers gradually continue to lessen.

Another considerable drop in crime on UTC’s campus is destruction/damage/vandalism. In 2006, there were 109 destruction/damage/vandalism offenses done on campus. In 2007, there was a decrease of 11, making this number of offenses drop to 98. Then in 2008, this offense dropped to 26 less offenses for destruction/damage/vandalism, with 72 offenses.

These numbers can continue to drop with an informed community on campus safety. A safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of the entire University’s community by the students, faculty, and staff. To learn more about UTC’s crime status and safety tips check out these links:

www.tbi.state.tn.us

http://www.utc.edu/Administration/DepartmentOfPublicSafety/

http://www.smartmobs.com/2008/01/28/text-messages-to-protect-students-redundantly/

http://www.utc.edu/Administration/SafetyAndRiskManagement/safetycommittee.php

http://www.studentsreview.com/specific_detail.php3?uid=1306&f=Safety&d_short=UTC&d_school=The%20University%20of%20Tennessee%20–%20Chattanooga&d_ads=scholarships,%20student%20loans,%20summer%20programs,%20grants