Campus’ New Aquatic Center

By Katie Ragland

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – UTC/The Loop – Some UTC students seem too lazy to enjoy the lazy river at the campus’ new Aquatic Center, along with everything else that it offers.

UTC’s Aquatic Center opened at the beginning of the fall 2011 semester. The center has a 30-person hot tub, a two-story water slide, a lap pool, lazy river, and water basketball and volleyball courts all in one facility. Also, the aquatic center offers kayak lessons, lifeguarding lessons, SCUBA diving lessons, swim lessons and water aerobics. All are free for UTC students.

The hours of the center vary throughout the week. The earliest it opens is 11 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m. most days of the week. However, some students like UTC junior Chris Sinsheimer, feel that the hours do not work with their busy schedules. “I am a full-time student and a full-time trying to balance other activities on the side. But unfortunately, the hours of the center is hard to match with all that’s going on with my life.” Sinsheimer said.

On the other hand, Aquatic Center lifeguard, Katie Rogers is confused as to why students do not take advantage of the center as it was intended for. “A majority of the students using the center are using the lap pool which was already provided at the MacClellan gym.” Rogers said. With all of the other additions to the center, Rogers doesn’t believe students get their money’s worth when it’s not being used.

Click Here to Listen to Katie Rogers talk about the Aquatic Center

Rogers mentioned that there will be “Dive In” movie nights as well as inner tube derby racing this semester to get more students to use the facility and have a good time. It seems to be just a matter of going for some UTC students.


East Tenn. Marine killed in Afghanistan

By Katie Ragland

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. (UTC/The Loop) — A young East Tennessee Marine has been killed in combat in Afghanistan, according to his grandfather.

Troy Watson told The Knoxville News Sentinel several Marines brought him word on Saturday that his 21-year-old grandson Lance Cpl. Frankie Watson of Madisonville was fatally shot while on two-man patrol ( ).

Before joining the Marine Corps, Frankie Watson worked as a deputy for the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and as a police officer for the Madisonville Police Department.

Sheriff’s Lt. Jennifer Bledsoe said the department is shocked by Watson’s death.

The elder Watson said he last talked with his grandson last week and said the Marine hoped that one day he could help guard the president. He was scheduled to return home in five months.


Information from: The Knoxville News Sentinel,


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