Thursday, November 1, 2012
Our October Newcomers of the Month are Old Town residents the Pierce family, including Scott, Cathy and 4-year-old Tally.
The family moved to the mountain from Nashville in January for Scott Pierce’s new job with BlueCross BlueShield serving as president and CEO of Volunteer State Health Plan.
The couple said their Realtor showed them many homes in several areas around Chattanooga, but they decided on Signal Mountain due to its safety and sense of community.
“I like the small town experience, because I’ve never really had that before,” said Cathy Pierce, who grew up in Clarksville, Tenn., and then moved to Nashville where she met her husband. “You can’t go to Pruett’s grocery store without seeing someone you know.”
She said she recently attended her first Homecoming parade, and she loved the Fourth of July parade through Old Town that allows people in the neighborhood to jump in and participate.
“Everyone has pride in Signal Mountain,” said Cathy Pierce, adding that is a change from Nashville, where it seemed like most people she knew came from somewhere else to live there temporarily.
She previously worked full-time in government finance, most recently serving as budget coordinator of education for the state of Tennessee, but became a stay-at-home mom upon moving to the mountain.
Despite lacking the social outlet of work, she said she felt the mountain was a welcoming place to be as a newcomer, with a range of activities and groups in which one can become involved.
Cathy Pierce has become active in the Signal Mountain Community Guild/Newcomers and the local Mothers of Preschoolers group, in addition to serving on the board of Tally’s preschool.
Scott Pierce has enjoyed pursuing his golfing hobby at Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club, where Tally is just beginning to learn the game. The club is Cathy Pierce’s dining destination of choice, while her husband’s favorite meal out is Champy’s Chicken.
The family belongs to Signal Crest United Methodist Church, where Cathy Pierce plays handbells and Tally is a member of the Cherub Choir.
The arts are important to the Pierces, said Cathy Pierce, who nabbed a role this summer in what she hopes will be her first of many Signal Mountain Playhouse productions. She and Tally have both taken art classes at MACC, and both enjoy attending the preschool program at Signal Mountain Library, said Cathy Pierce.
The Pierces’ only complaints about their new hometown have been temporary issues, including a Copperhead found in the garage and a bout of poison ivy after a jaunt to Rainbow Lake, still one of their favorite destinations.