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Emily Crisman

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Donations fund projects in Red Bank, Soddy-Daisy

Funded through the sale of a hospital built jointly by Red Bank and Soddy-Daisy, the Red Bank and Soddy-Daisy Foundation recently made $29,000 donations to the two cities.

Gear Closet hosts Gear for Beer

Signal Mountain-based Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance and TenneSEA are asking area residents to recycle their used gear for a good cause in honor of Earth Day. The two organizations’ thrift and consignment store in North Chattanooga, The Gear Closet, is hosting a Gear for Beer drive Saturday, April 26 starting at 2 p.m.

Red Bank seeks citizen input

If you could make the city of Red Bank take any shape you wanted, what would it look like? Have you been to a charming small town recently whose features you wanted to incorporate into your own?

David Viens Memorial Blood Drive sets goal of 700 donors for 7th year

For the seventh annual David Viens Memorial Blood Drive, organizers are shooting for 700 donors over the seven-year period. At the close of last year’s drive, it was determined that 649 people had donated blood through the drive over six years. With 56 people donating last year, organizers figured 700 would be a reasonable goal, said Elaine Viens.

‘Have a Heart, Be a Star’ at the MACC

As its culminating project, the MACC’s Acting for Kids class is presenting “Have a Heart, Be a Star.” Shows are Thursday and Friday, April 24-25 at 7 p.m. both days; Saturday, April 26 at 2 and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, April 27 at 2 p.m., all at the MACC.

Javadi opens second Mattress Center location

When A.J. Javadi opened the first Mattress Center in the Ooltewah/Collegedale area about five years ago, he started out selling big-name brands such as Sealy and Tempur-Pedic.

MACC offers ‘Mommy and Me’ pottery class

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and the MACC is offering a “Mommy and Me” pottery class that would make the perfect gift for mothers, or just provide a fun experience for mother (or father) and child. The class is held in the pottery studio Friday, April 25 from 6-7:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Trader Dave’s focuses on customer service

Trader Dave’s Gun and Swap Shop is a local, family-owned business that prides itself on customer service, said owner Dave Norman.

Free arthritis tai chi offered in Red Bank

Affecting one in five adults, arthritis is the second most frequently reported chronic condition in the U.S., according to the Arthritis Foundation website. A more frequent cause of activity limitation than heart disease, cancer or diabetes, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. and a serious threat to the quality of life of millions of people.

Dogwood Luncheon blooms again April 23

There are many reasons to attend the Signal Mountain Community Guild’s annual Dogwood Luncheon — a great lunch, entertainment, presentation of the Woman of the Year Award and the chance to socialize with friends and win prizes. But the main reason is to help raise funds for the Community Guild, said group member Lynn Anderson.

Signal resident serves sandwiches … on waffles

A dozen years ago, Bruce Smith had an aneurysm in a waffle restaurant in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Today, he owns and operates the Mountain Waffle Wagon.

Eagle Imports soars into Signal Mountain

Ryan Walls and David Hudson, father-son co-owners of Eagle Imports, are driving and flying the best cars they can find in the $8,000-$12,000 price range into Signal Mountain.

Sequoyah High School holds open house

Officials at Sequoyah High School want Hamilton County students to know they have options other than their zoned public school. Open to any rising ninth-graders through 11th-graders in Hamilton County, the school will be holding an open house Tuesday, April 22 from 5 to 7 p.m.

SMMHS bands excelling

The band program at Signal Mountain Middle-High School has been doing especially well this year, according to middle school band leader Drew Buckner and high school band leader Shelby Walker.

Olive Bean offers natural foods, coffee

Olive Bean Natural Grocery and Cafe owners Shannon and April Handy want to share high-quality food at competitive prices with the Signal Mountain community.

Mountain Business Association gets a facelift

The Mountain Business Association is being revitalized and putting a new board in place.

NNH opens satellite location

Northside Neighborhood House is moving forward with its five-year strategic plan by establishing a temporary satellite office at Dallas Bay Baptist Church.

Beast and Barrel opens on Frazier

North Chattanooga will have a new restaurant and bar by April 15 if all goes as planned for Beast and Barrel owners Matt Lewis, Ryan Chilcoat and Geoff Tarr. The three are responsible for already-popular local spots including The Terminal, Hair of the Dog Pub and Honest Pint.

Museum fundraisers take off

Whatever your feelings about war, the aircraft involved in past conflicts are an important part of our nation’s history. The Hixson Museum of Flight, which has a mission of preserving historically significant aircraft and supporting Children’s Hospital at Erlanger, is holding two upcoming fundraisers.

Hixson YFD Center to get upgrades

Last week, the Chattanooga City Council granted unanimous approval to move forward on $1.2 million in renovations on the Hixson Youth and Family Development Center.

Former Red Bank Mayor Monty Millard passes away at 62

Former Red Bank Mayor Monty Millard passed away Friday, March 21 at a local hospital.

Dudley retires as SMPC’s senior pastor

After 25 years leading Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church as senior pastor, Bill Dudley has announced his retirement from the position.

SMMHS holds first Signal Showcase

Students at Signal Mountain Middle/High School want to show the community what students at an International Baccalaureate school can do. The school is holding its first-ever Signal Showcase Academic Fair and Community Open House Tuesday, April 8 from 6-8 p.m.

N. Hamilton area benefits from school improvements

Three schools in North Hamilton County will benefit from construction projects proposed by Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger. The Hamilton County Commission indicated last week that its top four priorities are a replacement for Ganns Middle Valley and Falling Water elementaries and additions at Sale Creek Middle-High School, Wolftever Creek Elementary and Nolan Elementary.

Red Bank nixes rezoning request for proposed Ashmore Avenue apartments

New apartments will be built within the year on Stringer’s Ridge, but the developer was denied permission to build the entrance of the complex on two parcels of land on Ashmore Avenue.

Miles for Smiles helps kids attend summer camp

Bachman Community Center, Pruett’s and the soon-to-open Balanced Fitness and Cycling are partnering to host Miles for Smiles, a fundraiser to help children in need attend Bachman’s camps this summer. The event will be held at Pruett’s Saturday, March 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Signal first to get Zumbini classes for kids

Signal Mountain will be the first area in the Southeast and the fourth city in the country to offer a class in Zumbini, a program recently launched by Zumba for newborns to 4-year-olds and their caregivers, said instructor Dee Bass. She will be leading the new local group.

WRES seeks new volunteers

When Dax Turner was growing up deep in the Rocky Mountains in the small town of Georgetown, Colo., he said the volunteer fire department was the lifeblood of the community. His dad had a heart attack at the family’s home when Turner was 8, and from that moment he knew he would someday be a firefighter.

St. Timothy’s hosts fourth Butterfly Brunch

St. Timothy’s Preschool will hold its fourth annual Butterfly Brunch fundraiser Saturday, March 29 with a silent auction beginning at 10 a.m. followed by brunch at 11:15.

Soddy-Daisy gets new duck food

Bread kills waterfowl.

‘Run 4 Education’ April 5

The Signal Mountain High School cheerleaders recently joined Eddie the Eagle at Nolan Elementary to promote student participation in the Mountain Education Foundation’s upcoming sixth annual Run 4 Education, set for Saturday, April 5. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with an 8k run and 2-mile fun run/walk.

Hit the trails on Signal Mountain

Whether you’ve lived on Signal for life or you’ve just arrived, chances are taking a trek is one of your favorite pastimes. The mountain has long been one of the most popular hiking destinations in the Chattanooga area.

Signal Mountain teachers undergo technology training

A three-year push toward greater use of technology in the classroom began with a full day of technology training in early March for 250 teachers from all three Signal Mountain schools.

Consigning Women offers top brands at low prices

Where in Soddy-Daisy can you find mink coats, purses by Chanel, Coach and Louis Vuitton and shoes by Salvatore Ferragamo and Stuart Weitzman?

TWE hosts MDA fundraiser March 22

Jason Summers is determined to meet his goal of raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. For the past six years, Pizza Hut has challenged its stores to raise money annually for the MDA. Summers, manager of the Red Bank Pizza Hut, has hosted MDA fundraising events for the past two years.

MEF releases strategic plan for academics

The recently released academic portion of the Mountain Education Foundation’s strategic plan, which has been in the works for two years, details how MEF is striving to ensure the best possible education for students on Signal Mountain.

Soddy-Daisy applies for grant to replace Fire Station No. 3

The city of Soddy-Daisy may be getting a new fire hall if it receives a recently applied for Community Development Block Grant.

MACC presents ‘A Night at the Opera’

The MACC is holding “A Night at the Opera” as part of its Music at the MACC free concert series Thursday, March 13 at 7 p.m.

Red Bank talks about park improvements

Red Bank commissioners passed a resolution by a 4-1 vote at the Commission’s March 4 meeting to commit to apply for a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation parks and recreation grant. Commissioner Rick Causer was the sole vote against the resolution.

Big Chill and Grill soon to arrive on the North Shore

One of Chattanooga’s oldest bars is set to open the doors to its new location across the river by March 21. First opened on Market Street in June 1997, the Big Chill and Grill will celebrate its 17th year in a larger space on the North Shore.

Rufus Morgan’s work to continue to inspire young artists

The late Dr. Rufus Morgan, a Signal Mountain artist, left behind hundreds of paintings that will continue to promote his love of art for years to come. His family decided to donate more than 400 works of art to the Mountain Education Foundation, which is displaying them for sale at the MACC Saturday, March 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 from 1-3 p.m.

Nino’s Pastaria reopens under new ownership

For 19 years, Nino’s Pastaria has served as the Signal Mountain community’s neighborhood Italian restaurant. New owners Patrick and Sally Halloran say they want to continue that tradition with a fresh twist.

Signal Mountain Presbyterian holds youth auction

Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church is raising funds for summer mission trips through its annual youth auction set for Wednesday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the church.

Ashmore residents protest apartments

Rezoning request rescheduled for March 18

About 30 residents of Ashmore Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood showed up to the Feb. 25 Red Bank Commission meeting to protest a developer’s request to rezone 1918 and 1924 Ashmore Ave. from low- to high-density residential.

Barefoot Bandits moves to Signal

Signal Mountain residents no longer have to drive down the mountain to shop at one of the North Shore’s boutiques.

Cotillion Club teaches modern social graces

The word cotillion may call to mind images of teacups, gloves and old-fashioned customs, but the need for good etiquette is anything but a thing of the past, says Dawn Jumper. An etiquette consultant, she said the No. 1 etiquette concern today has to do with cellphones.

Public forum focuses on pediatric health care

The Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley wants to hear about your experience with pediatric health care in the Chattanooga area.

Close taps into craft beer trend

Signal Mountain resident Travis Close is bringing Chattanooga a new way to enjoy beer at parties and events.

Public forums focus on pediatric health

The Pediatric Healthcare Improvement Coalition for the Tennessee Valley wants to hear about your experience with pediatric health care in the Chattanooga area.

Red Bank Commissioner Ken Welch leaving

Red Bank Commissioner Ken Welch is leaving the city and his elected position for a nursing job in Arcada, Calif.