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Chattanooga, Tennessee

Updated on September 12, 2013

Improved and Revitalized

This is a lens about the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Chattanooga is a midsized city located in the southeast part of the state near the Tennessee River. It is a two hours drive north of Atlanta Georgia and one hour and change drive south of Knoxville Tennessee. In 1969 this city was called the most polluted city in the United States. That was a call to action for the citizens. The city now is a far cry from those days.

Revitalized Chattanooga

Chattanooga is located in southeast Tennessee in the Tennessee River Valley southern Appalachian mountains and the Cumberland plateau. It is the 4th largest city in Tennessee behind Memphis,Nashville and Knoxville. The name is from a Creek Indian word meaning "rock coming to a point" Which is describing Lookout Mountain. There are many activities in this gem of a city that is lauded for its revitalized downtown. For the civil war buffs there are many sites of actual battles. For others there is fishing, bird watching, trails, fine dining, museums and many other things to do to keep you busy.

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Famous Chattanoogans

  • Lovie Austin- Was born in Chattanooga on September 19, 1887 and died July 10, 1972 in Chicago. Illinois. She was a famous blues bandleader, musician, composer, and arranger during the 1920s.

    Howard Baker, former U.S. Senator and White House Chief of Staff

    Hugh Beaumont- Played the father Ward Cleaver on the sit com Leave it to Beaver. He went to The Baylor School in Chattanooga and graduated from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC).

    George S. Clinton- Film score composer ( Score of Austin Powers movies and others) was born in Chattanooga.

    Arthur Golden - Author of novel Memoirs of a Geisha was born and raised in Chattanooga.

    Roland Hayes- The international acclaimed tenor was born in Georgia in June 3, 1887 but moved to Chattanooga at age eleven. He died January 1, 1977.

    Samuel L.Jackson was born in Washington, D.C. He grew up in Chattanooga

    Leslie Allen Jordan is an American Emmy Award-winning actor from Chattanooga He has recently guest-starred on the popular comedy-drama Ugly Betty as celebrity-trasher Quincy Combs.

    Dr. Yusef Lateef an American jazz artist and educator.

    Ralphie May- comedian was born in Chattanooga 1972

    Barry Moser- Artist, Born in Chattanooga and educated at The Baylor School and The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

    Usher Raymond- Born in Chattanooga, Grammy award winning R&B/Rap performer.

    Bessie Smith- Born April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, TN, Died Sept. 26, 1937. Was the most popular female blues singer in the 1920's and 1930"s.

    Ted Turner was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, He attended The McCallie School, a private, boys preparatory school in Chattanooga, Tennessee

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      6 years ago

      It's been 11 years since I was last in Chattanooga. I've always loved visiting. Love riding the incline to the top of Lookout Mountain. Loved Rock City when I was a kid in the 60s.

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      7 years ago

      Chatanooga is a great city to visit. It has so much to do and there are super places to eat. The aquarium and other attractions are fun places for families and there's always something going on around town.

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      7 years ago

      Chattanooga was the beginning point of the Trail of Tears. There aren't just historical markers about that. The Cherokee contributed powerful design elements to the additions to the riverfront a few years ago, and there are small subtle bits from the Cherokee scattered around downtown near the river--especially near the Aquarium complex.

      It is a fascinating city of makers and movers. An amazing number of things were invented in Chattanooga and then spread nationwide. People are friendly and the level of service businesses deliver is often stunning, yet done in an understated way. I love the city so much that I helped to found a company there (Greyhaven Realty Management).

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      8 years ago

      I really enjoyed going to Lookout Mountain as a child on our way through Chattanooga.

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      8 years ago

      There is always something to do around Chattanooga. It is a great place to spend some time!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      8 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Back to lensroll to my Rock City lens and to leave you an Angel Blessing

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      9 years ago

      I have been to Chattanooga many times and it is a nice place to visit! I especially like the aquarium. 5*

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      We love Chattanooga and really enjoy staying at the Choo Choo.


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