Chattanooga businessman Jim Johnson has been helping tourists cycle around Europe for more than a decade, and now he’s opening a business to guide + support people closer to home.
Anecdotally, it seems like more people are utilizing outdoor spaces, and local businessman Jim Johnson is seeing more people getting interested in cycling. | 📸: @Catcloyay
His new venture, Bike The South, will offer bike tours in the area.
And Johnson — who is also the founder and president of BikeTours.com, which helps people book bike tours internationally in Europe — is looking for other ways to support cyclists, such as on-call van support, the availability of an optional escort rider, and an accompanying guide and support van.
Quoteworthy “Bicycling is by its very nature ‘physically distant,’ which is one reason we feel that bicycle tours will play an important role during the COVID era. With bicycle sales doubling in the past six months over the same time last year, we feel there may be an increasing number of interested but inexperienced cyclists.” – Jim Johnson
Here’s what you need to know about Bike The South. 👇
🚴 It will feature day, weekend + week-long bicycle tours of the Southeast, starting in and around Chattanooga.
🚴 Tours will likely start in October with a handful of regional day tours in areas such as Chattanooga Valley, Ocoee/Hiwassee/Tellico area, and Sequatchie Valley.
🚴 Starting in April, the business will also offer weekend and week-long tours like one from Athens to Savannah, Georgia.
🚴 Johnson is also working on a possible partnership to provide some e-bike tours, too.
🚴 Due to COVID, many of the tours will be private — just friends or family of people who know and already spend time together, he said.
ProTip: You can sign up for updates on the business here.
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Biz ○ Chattanooga-based nationwide industrial distribution firm Bolts & Nuts is expanding its reach and merchandise + changing its name to Stock’d Supply. The company changed its name to reflect its growth and the expansion of its offerings, including custom precision machined components along with maintenance, repair, operations equipment, and safety products. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Civic ○ On Sept. 15, the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department announced that the section of the Tennessee Riverwalk between Boathouse restaurant and the Rowing Center will have intermittent closures this week, weather permitting. ○ On Sept. 16 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., the McCallie Bridge between Central Avenue and S Holtzclaw Avenue will be closed for bridge repair, and pedestrian access will be restricted. Detours will be posted near the bridge. 🚧 ○ TDOT contract crews completed a new off-ramp from U.S. 27 North to West 4th Street, and it is now open to traffic. West 4th Street beneath U.S. 27 has also been reopened and can be accessed by drivers coming from U.S. 27 South.
State ○ For the upcoming presidential election on Nov. 3, the Tennessee law requiring first-time voters to vote in person before they can vote by mail does not apply. On Sept. 9, the U.S. District Court ruled that first-time voters are not required to vote in-person if they have a legal reason to vote by mail. (NewsChannel 9)
Number ○ 26. The number of Chattanooga-area high school seniors who were named National Merit Program semi-finalists, representing less than 1% of the state’s high school seniors. Semi-finalists from Chattanooga include students from Stem School Chattanooga, Notre Dame High School, Collegiate High, McCallie School, CSAS, Girls Preparatory School, and Baylor School. Semi-finalists also came from Signal Mountain, Jasper, Ooltewah, and Harrison schools. Great job, y’all. 👏
Edu ○ Nearby Lee University ranked No. 33 out of the 50Best Regional Universities by 2021 US News and World Report’s Best Colleges. Schools are ranked based on 15 areas relating to academic excellence. Lee University also found itself in three specialty categories — A+ Schools for B Students, the Best Value Schools, and the Best Colleges for Veterans.
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TodayIs ○ National Guac Day. Here’s an easy recipe for whipping up your own. Margarita optional. 🥑 Ⓟ
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Events ○ Introduction to Wine Pairing | Wed., Sept. 16 | 6:30-8 p.m. | Virtual | $25 | Dinner table coach Amanda Nelson Varnell + the Beverage BFF Emily Pinner will teach the fundamentals of wine pairing during this online Chattery class. ○ Sunset Canoe Tour | Thurs., Sept. 17 | 5:30-7:30 p.m. | Greenway Farms | $10 | Enjoy a family-friendly guided sunset tour via canoe on North Chickamauga Creek.
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Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month started in the U.S. in 1998. The first day of the commemorative month starts on Sept. 15, which is the day five Latin American countries celebrate their independence.
They are: 🇨🇷 Costa Rica, 🇸🇻 El Salvador, 🇬🇹 Guatemala, 🇭🇳 Honduras, and 🇳🇮 Nicaragua
Because of the pandemic, La Paz isn’t hosting its annual Latino Leadership Awards, but instead the nonprofit will be sharing stories of well-known Latinos + local community members, as well as educational information. 👏ma
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○ According to the Tennessee Department of Health, the number of school-aged children testing positive for COVID-19 has declined during the past 14 days, with a total of 1,913 positive cases in students. Compared to last week’s reporting, Hamilton County has seen a drop in school-aged child cases, while Knox and Williamson counties have seen an increase. (NewsChannel 9)
○ On Sept. 14, the Hamilton County Health Department reported 71 new COVID-19 cases and two new Coronavirus-related deaths. As of Sept. 14, The county had 1,283 active cases and 68 COVID-19 hospitalizations. (Chattanoogan.com)
○ An anti-inflammatory drug called Baricitinib — that has already been widely used on COVID-19 patients — is now found to shorten Coronavirus recovery time by an additional day, according to drug company Eli Lilly. Eli Lilly announced the results on Sept. 14 from a 1,000 person study, which the government confirmed. The results of the study have not been published or reviewed by independent scientists yet. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
NOOGAdiaries Day No. 35:Chloé here. While I was on staycation last week, I organized my entire apartment. My car is next. If I could ever keep my car clean, it’d be a miracle. But, then, when someone needed random items, like an extra pair of shoes or a half-inflated basketball, where would we be? Out of luck, that’s where. 🤣
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