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Emily Crisman

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Signal residents rally volunteers for Ironman Chattanooga

Even if you are not quite in shape to swim 2.4 miles, bike two loops on a 56-mile course and run two and a half loops of a 26.2 mile course, you can still be a part of the excitement when the 11th race in the U.S. Ironman series takes place in Chattanooga Sept. 27.

‘Fat Shirley’s’ opens at the MACC

Bluegrass musical comedy “Fat Shirley’s: A Trailer Park Opera” is showing at the MACC July 31 and Aug. 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 2 at 2 p.m.

The Signal Mountain Art Academy blends faith, healing with creativity

Signal Mountain native Sherry Thompson is opening The Signal Mountain Art Academy, a faith-based art ministry offering classes in technique for the serious-minded student, as well as art activities and parties for children and adults.

Guthrie’s celebrates golden anniversary

In celebration of its 50th anniversary, the Guthrie’s restaurant chain — which bills itself as the original golden fried chicken finger restaurant — will have special prices, prizes and giveaways at each store throughout the day Friday, July 31.

Red Bank plans for transportation improvements

The Red Bank City Commission is entering into three agreements with Wiser Consultants to conduct engineering studies, all of which will be paid for with 80-20 matching grants awarded by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Leading expert on infant, pediatric massage offers classes

Tina Allen, an internationally recognized expert in the field of infant and pediatric massage therapy, is coming to Beyond Technique in Chattanooga to lead two certification courses for therapists as well as a free class for families.

Powell continues half century of building bridges at McCoy Farm

For more than 50 years, Signal Mountain resident Sam Powell has been building bridges, improving accessibility to the town’s parks and wilderness areas. His current project will benefit generations of nature lovers in Walden as he lends his talents to a new bridge planned for the McCoy Farm property.

St. Augustine’s Highway to Haiti sale starts July 28

Because of construction currently underway at St. Augustine Catholic Church, the church is holding its annual Highway to Haiti yard sale under a tent in front of Price Rite at 2900 Taft Highway.

Police, Fire departments to hold open house

The people who serve and protect Signal Mountain are opening the doors of the town’s Police and Fire departments to the community Saturday, July 25 from 1-5 p.m.

Environmental concerns stall plans for old RBMS property

Redevelopment of the former Red Bank Middle School property is being delayed because of environmental concerns at the site. Red Bank City Attorney Arnold Stulce informed city commissioners at their July 7 work session that the second phase of the environmental report on the property recently provided to the city by the Hamilton County Department of Education was inconclusive.

Chattanooga Functional Medicine takes new approach

While still thought of as a somewhat counterculture approach to medicine, the practice of functional medicine is becoming more popular, and Chattanooga is now home to practitioner Dr. Scott Resnick, owner of Chattanooga Functional Medicine in North Chattanooga.

Restoration Gardens focuses on restoring health of soil, mind and spirit

The Restoration Gardens booth at the Signal Mountain Farmers Market boasts a beautiful array of colorful vegetables, but the food’s benefits go beyond its superficial qualities; further even than organic certification.

Signal Mountain UMC welcomes new minister

Signal Mountain United Methodist Church has a new pastor, the Rev. Caleb Pitkin. He is replacing the Rev. J. N. Howard, who had come out of retirement to lead the church.

Kevin the Peacock meets new mate Koko

Kevin, a peacock belonging to Eric and Virginia Lee of Signal Mountain, is happy at home with a new companion after recent adventures in the wild. The bird wandered from the Lees’ yard near Edward’s Point, where he had remained unrestrained for the eight months prior, winding up in the lower bluff area at the home of Mike and Nancy Harrison.

Red Bank considers changing beer ordinance

As the city of Red Bank considers its options for the redevelopment of the former Red Bank Middle School property and other properties in the central business district, city officials are considering changes to the municipality’s beer ordinance.

Soddy-Daisy to build soccer fields at Kids Club soon

Soccer players in the city of Soddy-Daisy will soon have a more convenient place to practice and play at new fields the city plans to add to the Soddy Daisy Kids Club on the city’s north end.

YMCA Summer Feeding Program adds sites

The local YMCA’s Summer Feeding Program continues to expand, with the number of sites growing from around 20 at its inception five years ago to about 75 this summer. The program, which aims to serve nutritious meals to at-risk youth during the summer months, feeds children attending area summer camps and vacation Bible schools, and also sends staff members to local parks to bring meals and organize activities every day except Sundays.

Signal’s Super D blood drive a success

As the mother of a child who has had cancer, Threads owner Mindy Sanders recognizes the need childhood cancer patients have for blood.

New American Girl camp added

The Mountain Education Foundation is offering a summer camp centered on the stories of the American Girl dolls, which are written from the perspective of 8- to 11-year-old girls during different periods of American history.

Families cherish Playhouse tradition

The summer productions of the Signal Mountain Playhouse are a longtime tradition in the community that often draw the participation of entire families.

Charles and Myrtle’s hosts local singer-songwriters

As you sit down and adjust your eyes to the bright lights shining in your direction, you begin to see faces on the black shadows who surround you and wait to watch and judge. It is not the time-honored words of Shakespeare you have memorized and are prepared to recite, but your most private thoughts which you prepare to roll off your tongue to a tune you created in the deepest, darkest corners of your head.

Kevin the peacock returns to Signal home

The mountain’s most popular runaway, Kevin the peacock — who boasts his own Facebook page where local residents have been posting photos of Kevin sightings since he escaped from the home of Eric Lee — is now safe at home thanks to mountain residents Mike and Nancy Harrison.

Speed limit on Dayton Pike lowered

While reporting on current road projects in the city, Soddy-Daisy City Manager Janice Cagle informed city commissioners at their June 19 meeting that the Tennessee Department of Transportation requested that the city lower the speed limit on Dayton Pike between its intersection with Hatlin Drive and its intersection with Porter Road.

Lions prepare for popular Fourth of July fundraiser

The Signal Mountain Lions Club is aiming to smoke 1,800 pounds of meat — all they have the room to cook — for this year’s Fourth of July barbecue.

Chester Frost celebrates Great American Campout

The Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with organizations such as Read 20, the Chattanooga Nature Center, Creative Discovery Museum and Tennessee Student Educational Alliance to offer a mini-camp with a Great American Campout theme July 8-10.

Balanced moves to larger space, increases offerings

Just a year after opening in a one-room studio in Walden Commons, Balanced Fitness and Cycling Studio has moved to a larger space in the new Trolley Station business complex on Mississippi Avenue.

Clothes House celebrating Christmas in July soon

The Clothes House, a thrift store that sells donated items to benefit Signal Mountain Social Services, is full of evidence that Signal Mountain residents were very busy cleaning out their closets this spring. Much of this evidence is in the form of Christmas items, according to Signal Mountain Social Services spokeswoman Deseret Ward.

Alexian group adds second Attic Treasures sale

Alexian Village has had so many new people move in recently that the Koffee Klatch Crafts group, which typically sells items residents bring that they do not need at its Attic Treasures sale each December, has decided to hold a second sale this year for the first time ever.

Quilt Shop on Signal offers sewing, quilting classes

Basic sewing and quilting skills are the focus of two new hour-long classes for beginners being held at the Quilt Shop on Signal starting July 7. There will be two four-week sewing classes and two six-week quilting classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The time of day the classes will be held is yet to be determined, said shop owner and class instructor April Hilton.

Annual MEF fundraiser features Herschel Walker

Registration is now open for the Mountain Education Foundation’s popular annual fundraising dinner. This year’s event features Herschel Walker, a former college and professional football player, bobsledder and mixed martial artist.

Schools still manage despite funds shortfall

County lawmakers continue to haggle over $900,000 in discretionary funding for commissioners. But it is certain the upcoming fiscal year’s budget for the county will not include the $34 million in enhancements proposed by Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith.

North Shore Chiropractic offers free yoga class

About a decade ago, WWE wrestler Diamond Dallas Page blew his back out in a match and was told his wrestling career was over. While lying in bed one day, his ex-wife walked in sweating from yoga practice and he was inspired to give it a shot.

Meet new RBMS Principal Andrea Edmondson

Students may be out for the summer, but several new principals are already settling in for the coming school year.

Mountain Top Toys offers ‘Totally Groovy’ program

Mountain Top Toys is continuing its “Summer of Giving” tradition at the store again this year.

Hoffman uses gap semester to absorb Costa Rican culture

Recent Signal Mountain High School graduate Sarah Hoffman is among a growing number of students who are taking time off between high school and college.

Signal sources share top summer beach reads

Wild Hare Books owner Linda Wyatt says the store sees a spike in sales this time of year, as peole seek page-turners to while away the hours as they relax on the beach or by the pool or to pass the time as they travel. Though the increasing popularity of e-books has caused something of a decline in recent years, she says, fans of printed books still outnumber those who like to read on a screen.

Hixson YFD holds grand reopening

The Hixson Youth and Family Development Center is now open after undergoing $1.3 million in renovations.

Harvest Grocery opens in Hixson

Special guests of Harvest Grocery in Hixson enjoyed the new store’s pre-opening VIP night last week, where they got to sample items from a variety of local vendors.

Red Bank contracts to makes pedestrian safety improvements

The Red Bank City Commission has authorized a contract with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to make pedestrian safety improvements along Dayton Boulevard from Meadowbrook Drive to Greenleaf Street.

Citizens say response to Davidson Road’s needs not enough

Lakesite commissioners unanimously approved the city’s budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 at their May 19 meeting. It was expected to pass on second reading after a public hearing June 16.

Eat pancakes to help feed hungry in Panama

The youth group at Signal Mountain Baptist Church is holding a pancake breakfast to raise funds to feed families during its mission trip to Panama. The fundraiser will be held in the Christian Life Center Saturday, June 13 from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

Signal student earns perfect ACT score

Andy Vernetti, son of David and Kim Vernetti of Signal Mountain and a rising senior at Signal Mountain High School, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test.

Find a treasure at American Auction and Estate Sales

American Auction and Estate Sales in Soddy-Daisy gives fans of antiques, collectibles, more modern items and oddities the opportunity to score a hidden gem at its auctions held the second and fourth Thursday of each month, from 5:30 p.m. until buyers are ready to leave.

Russell Ford joins Lane as managing partner

Lane Funeral Home on Ashland Terrace (also known as Coulter Chapel) is getting three new faces, including new Managing Partner Russell Ford and his wife, Jackie, who is serving as administrative assistant and handling public relations. The building will also be getting a new face after undergoing renovations set to begin soon.

Red Bank presents 2015-2016 budget

The city of Red Bank is holding a public hearing before the second and final reading of its budget for the next fiscal year Tuesday, June 16 at 7 p.m.

Hot Spot offers free Yoga for Athletes

Hot Spot Yoga is offering a free Yoga for Athletes class throughout June and July, Mondays at 10 a.m. Geared toward active middle and high school students and young adults, studio owner Jennifer Lockwood said the hour-long class is ideal for all kinds of athletes, from football players and wrestlers to runners and golfers.

Youth triathlon coming to Signal Mountain

With events such as Ironman now being held in the Scenic City, more young athletes are becoming inspired to participate in triathlons, said Signal Mountain resident Jeff Duncan, who along with his wife Laura is planning to hold the mountain’s first youth triathlon at the end of the summer.

Mizutani offers tennis clinics through MEF

The Mountain Education Foundation is bringing back former Signal Mountain Middle/High School tennis coach Renato Mizutani to lead week-long tennis camps throughout the summer at the Town Hall courts.

Soddy-Daisy passes FY 2015-2016 budget

The city of Soddy-Daisy’s $15,644,700 budget for the fiscal year beginning July 1 is only a slight increase over last year’s budget of $15,035,200.

Bone Appetit Pet Bakery closes

After 15 years in business, Bone Appetit Pet Bakery on Frazier Avenue has closed its doors. Owner Andrea Killebrew, who also owns the still-open Groomingdale’s Full Service Pet Salon & Spa next door, said she has a baby on the way and running two businesses at once became too much to handle.

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