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Emily Crisman

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Belanger focuses on family photography

In addition to teaching first-year chemistry at UTC, Dominique Belanger is also a professional photographer.

Lions make change to annual tradition

A big change is taking place with the Signal Mountain Lions Club’s annual Labor Day Barbecue this year. For the first time since the event began, the club will not be cooking its own barbecue.

City of Red Bank reports on debt, expenditures

The city of Red Bank recently reported on its debt obligation.

New kids’ cooking class ‘sprouts’ at MACC

Getting kids involved with cooking encourages them to make healthier eating choices, says Allie Fincher, owner of Sprouts Cooking, which is offering an upcoming kids’ cooking class at the MACC. The class is scheduled for Mondays, Sept. 8-29 from 4-5 p.m. with a registration deadline of Sept. 3.

Change is brewing in Red Bank

Land use plan revealed

A movie theater, library, progressive restaurants and high-end gift shops are some of the things envisioned for the former Red Bank Middle School property.

Meet the Angles, Newcomers of the Month

The Angle family moved to the Chattanooga area last year when Steven Angle became the new chancellor at UTC. The university has a house on Lookout Mountain where the Angles have lived for the past year while they looked for a house of their own.

Nolan set to expand

This may be the last year that Amber Napier has to cram her kids into a too-small classroom at Nolan Elementary.

New market vendor offers pork, chicken, herbal products

Merryfield’s Farm of Whitwell, Tenn., is a new vendor at the Signal Mountain Farmers Market, offering pork, chicken and herbal products to shoppers.

Signal Mountain Health and Wellness adds second doctor

In order to better serve its growing practice, Signal Mountain Health and Wellness has added a second provider, Dr. Gregory Nieckula.

Lakesite, Red Bank to vote on wine in grocery stores

All area petitions must be submitted by Aug. 21

Lakesite and Red Bank have collected the required number of valid signatures on local petitions to put the sale of wine in retail food stores on the upcoming November ballots.

Plan now for a beautiful yard

With fall just around the corner, now is the time to start planning for a great looking yard.

Signal Mountain businesses spend extra to go green

Biodegradable takeout containers and cups cost about eight to 10 times more than those made from plastic foam, according to Southern Star owner Nancy Adams.

Signal students head back to school

At Registration Day, students at Nolan and Thrasher elementaries and Signal Mountain Middle/High School got a chance to catch up with old friends before starting the new school year Aug. 7.

Carefree membership allows for ‘boating without owning’

People looking into purchasing a new boat often fail to consider the hidden costs and the burden of maintenance. For this reason, many who purchase a new boat end up regretting it, said Derrell Jones, owner of Carefree Boat Club in Chattanooga.

Dr. John Cranwell starts new adventure

After 35 years of practicing in Chattanooga and on Signal Mountain, Dr. John Cranwell is taking a cross-country adventure and a new job in Denver, Colo.

Publix opens on North Market

At long last, the new Publix on North Market Street is set to open today, with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring state Sen. Todd Gardenhire scheduled for 6:45 a.m.

Soddy-Daisy officials shuffle positions

Soddy-Daisy City Manager Hardie Stulce announced his resignation at the City Commission’s July 17 meeting. Mayor Janice Cagle also announced her resignation and Vice Mayor Rick Nunley was named mayor.

The Nail Bar opens on Signal

Fans of Pretty Nails at the foot of the mountain will be pleased to learn that the owner of that nail salon’s son, Wayne Huynh, and his girlfriend Jeanny Khinsavath have opened The Nail Bar in the former Three Black Sheep space on Signal Mountain.

1N3 seeks community support for Chattanooga Teen Maze

Bonny Oaks area resident Tiki Finlayson, co-founder of local nonprofit 1N3, wants to change the sobering statistic that one in three people is affected by drunk driving.

Soddy-Daisy Healthcare offers free CNA training

For those looking for a career as a certified nursing assistant, Soddy-Daisy Healthcare offers a free CNA education program to the community.

Church offers drive-thru for prayer

Every Saturday until Aug. 23, representatives from Signal Mountain Church of Christ will be available to pray with passing motorists who don’t even need to leave their vehicle.

Mountain Cove wins national competition

It’s been a great year for Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band, which Signal Mountain Weekly has been covering since the group was formed back in 2008 during lunch breaks at Signal Mountain Middle/High School.

MACC gets facelift from volunteers

For the fourth year, volunteers from the Alive in You summer program are spending several summer days doing repairs and cleaning at the MACC.

Signal Mountain Farmers Market moves to Pruett’s parking lot

The Signal Mountain Farmers Market is moving from Bachman Community Center to the parking lot at Pruett’s Signal Mountain Market. The market day and times will remain the same — Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.

Select North Hamilton schools offer free meals for all students

“Lunch money” will be a term of the past for students at 47 Hamilton County schools this fall, thanks to a federal program that covers the cost of all students’ breakfasts and lunches in select schools, regardless of family incomes.

Picasso for sale in Old Town

An upcoming estate sale in Old Town affords the rare opportunity to purchase a Picasso piece right here on Signal Mountain.

St. Augustine Learning Center set to open this fall

St. Augustine Catholic Church will be putting its new education wing to good use this fall with the opening of St. Augustine Learning Center, a curriculum-based preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Threads gives all profits to charity

Everyone knows that shopping locally puts money back into the community. But one store on Signal Mountain is taking that a step further by putting every cent spent there back into the community.

Cruise-in benefits local hero

Nathan Rogers is the type of man who has always served others. The Chattanooga police officer is a combat veteran who spent two years in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Manufacturers Road not affected by funding shortage

The roadwork at U.S. Highway 27 and Manufacturers Road is slightly ahead of schedule, with a completion date scheduled for February 2015, said Jennifer Flynn, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Ivy Academy puts down permanent roots

Ivy Academy is busy preparing to move to its new home this fall, located across the street from the trailers the charter school has occupied on rented land since it was founded in 2009.

Holmes family is Newcomers of the Month

Meet the Holmes family, July’s Newcomers of the Month. They moved to Signal Mountain in January of last year from Athens, Tenn., for Gregory Holmes’ office management job.

Eaves completes project of a lifetime

Local woodworker Farrell Eaves just finished the biggest project of his lifetime.

Hall’s ‘parade’ continues, rain or shine

Former Signal Mountain resident Zach Laliberte, who spends most of his time in the Los Angeles area, also works occasionally with the Atlanta Workshop Players.

Trailhead Nursery offers biodiversity

Curious about native plants or how best to incorporate them into your own landscape? A relatively new local nonprofit nursery can help.

Red Bank turns focus to needed work on back roads

The city of Red Bank is continuing its efforts to improve the city’s infrastructure by paving the city’s back roads.

RBNPA regroups after hiatus

Every summer from June through October, Red Bank Neighborhood Pride Association typically names a Home of the Month. After the group’s long hiatus, the recipient for June was Brenda Harker, who lives at 4812 Appian Way.

Soddy-Daisy introduces weekly farmers market

A new weekly farmers market is happening in Soddy-Daisy Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, and the six pavilions located in front of Poe’s Tavern are available for citizens to use for free to sell homegrown and handmade items during the market.

Soddy-Daisy purchases Big Soddy Creek Gulf

The city of Soddy-Daisy made a deal to purchase 285 acres of land surrounded by Cumberland Trail State Park known as the Big Soddy Creek Gulf. Valued at more than $3 million, the city purchased the land from Signal Mountain residents Steven and Tiffany Quarfordt for $1,150,000, which will be paid over a four-year period.

Family of Carolyn Fairbanks awards two scholarships

The grandchildren of Carolyn Fairbanks have chosen two recipients for the Carolyn Fairbanks Memorial Scholarship this year, the fourth in which the scholarship has been awarded.

Line up for fun in Old Town July Fourth

One of Signal Mountain’s most charming traditions takes little planning and requires no volunteers. It is absolutely free and takes very little time, but it brings the community together and always brings a smile to the faces of those who participate as well as those who simply observe.

Carico returns for SMPH production of ‘The King and I’

The Signal Mountain Playhouse presents its 43rd summer production, “The King and I,” this July. Performances will be held July 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 with curtain at 8 p.m. each night.

Green Giants to defend title of CASL City Meet champions

The Signal Mountain Green Giants won their final home meet of the season against the Ooltewah Tidal Waves June 25, bringing their record this season to an impressive 5-1.

Lions ready for Independence Day celebration

Thursday, July 3, volunteers from the Signal Mountain Lions Club will start cooking 1,200 pounds of pork butts. All night long they will smoke the meat in preparation for the club’s annual Fourth of July barbecue, being held at Althaus Park (behind the Signal Mountain Golf & Country Club) Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

At Home Interiors Market features upscale consignment furniture

At Home Interiors Market owner Suzanne Jones Whatley specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind items both old and new. Her main focus is upscale consignment furniture, but she also carries an eclectic mix of home, garden and gift items such as scarves, jewelry and candle lines.

‘Over There’ is a new dining option in North Chattanooga

Over There is a little off the beaten path in North Chattanooga, so much so that you could easily miss it.

SDHS students visit Spain

For 34 years, Soddy-Daisy High Spanish teacher Cathy Brainerd dreamed of taking her students to Spain. Finally, this summer she and nine of her students had the opportunity to experience a life-changing trip to Spain and Morocco.

MBA invites community to shrimp boil

The newly reformed Mountain Business Association is holding more community events, the next being a shrimp boil at Siren’s Seafood and Steak Market Tuesday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Andrea Sarvis returns to pottery, offers create-your-own pieces

After taking a break to be a stay-at-home mom, Signal Mountain resident Andrea Sarvis is getting back into the pottery business. Sarvis owned The Pottery Playhouse, a paint-your-own-pottery studio in Dalton, Ga., that offered parties, art camp and personalized pottery, until 2005.