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Emily Crisman

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kids 4 Clean Water camp welcomes new director

Chattanooga’s Natalie Weidner is taking over as camp director for the Kids 4 Clean Water summer camp organized by Tennessee Student Educational Alliance, a Signal Mountain-based organization focused on projects such as stormwater education and water monitoring.

Nolan students practice persuasive writing

As part of the standard third-grade writing curriculum, Nolan Elementary students recently spent time honing their skills writing opinion essays.

MEF camp makes manners fun in June

Local etiquette education expert Dawn Jumper is bringing her popular Everyday Etiquette camp to Signal Mountain High School Monday-Thursday, June 8-11 from 9 a.m. to noon each day.

SMYBL’s Home Run Derby a huge success

The Signal Mountain Youth Baseball League’s annual Home Run Derby fundraiser was nearly twice as successful this year than last, raising around $7,000 for the league, according to Heath Giles, league president.

Construction begins on new school

Several North Hamilton County area schools are either in the process of or about to receive much-needed capital improvements.

Inaugural Lakesite Fishing Rodeo June 6

The city of Lakesite is holding its inaugural Lakesite Fishing Rodeo at Little Chickie in Lakesite City Park Saturday, June 6 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Construction of trails connecting White Oak, Stringer’s Ridge parks to begin this summer

Red Bank commissioners voted May 19 to enter into an agreement with the Trust for Public Land to develop two trails that will connect Stringer’s Ridge and White Oak parks.

Midweek on the Mountain back at Signal Mountain Bible Church

Signal Mountain Bible Church’s seasonal Midweek on the Mountain series is returning to the church sanctuary Wednesday, May 27 with a Gospel Music Night featuring the Gaston family. John Rowell will lead the congregational singing, which will be followed by a dessert social.

Revamped MEF fundraiser a runaway hit

The Mountain Education Foundation plans to continue its Dash and Bash in coming years thanks to the huge success of the recent inaugural event.

MBA holds fundraiser to support the arts

The Mountain Business Association is holding a Bluegrass and Barbecue fundraiser for the MACC and Signal Mountain Playhouse at Pruett’s Saturday, May 23 from 6-9 p.m.

Smith presents proposed budget in Soddy-Daisy

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith was at Soddy-Daisy High School May 12 for the 11th and final stop of his countywide tour to drum up public support for a $34 million annual increase to the public school system’s budget.

North Chatt resident offers indigo-dyeing workshop

North Chattanooga resident and owner of Moss + Elm, Sara Salyer is leading an upcoming workshop titled “Introduction to Indigo Dyeing” through The Chattery, a local nonprofit which promotes community collaboration and education through low-cost classes. The workshop will be held at Riverview Park, 1857 Riverview Road, Saturday, May 30 from 1-3:30 p.m.

Soddy-Daisy changes longtime garbage collector

Soddy-Daisy is switching to a new garbage collection service despite several loyal residents’ pleas to keep their current provider, “Mr. Jason” of Waste Connections.

Tight-knit family opens quilt shop on Signal

April Hilton’s home-based quilting business has outgrown her Signal Mountain residence, and in March she opened a storefront on Taft Highway, The Quilt Shop on Signal.

Hill fundraiser a huge success

Thanks to an outpouring of support from community members and organizations, former Signal Mountain police officer Gregg Hill and his wife Pam now have $10,000 to help cover their expenses, which have been mounting since Pam’s cancer diagnosis.

Meet the Signal Hemlock Conservation Task Force

While the Hemlock Conservation Task Force is technically a subcommittee of the Tree Board, its importance to the town’s tree canopy should not be minimized.

Superintendent advocates for tax increase

Smith turns to Hixson for support

Many Hixson residents, including District 3 school board representative Dr. Greg Martin, are questioning whether the tax increase that Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith’s proposed budget will require is the right way to fund his plan to make Chattanooga the “smartest city in the South” by 2025.

HHS football team raising money for uniforms

The Hixson High School football team has been wearing the same uniforms since the New England Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-21, back in the 2005 Super Bowl.

Guild names Woman of the Year

Angie Bandy is the Signal Mountain Community Guild and Newcomers’ 2015 Woman of the Year, which was announced recently at the annual Dogwood Luncheon held at Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club.

Signal student Lockhart needs kidney donor

When Signal Mountain native Jessica Lockhart, 22, started her senior year at Wakeforest University, she was undergoing chemo dialysis several times a day at the university’s hospital. Doctors had no idea what was wrong with her, and her body was not responding well to the treatment, which made her “deathly sick.”

Mount Carmel raises funds for Lockhart and donor

Mount Carmel Baptist Church is holding a cruise-in Saturday, May 9 to raise money for the medical expenses of Jessica Lockhart, as well as for her kidney donor.

Trail to link Stringer’s Ridge, White Oak parks

Area skateboarders may be disappointed to hear that Red Bank commissioners have decided against following through with the city’s previous plan to use $29,000 donated to the city last year by the Red Bank and Soddy-Daisy Charitable Foundation toward the construction of a skate park at White Oak Park.