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Emily Crisman

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Gray joins Signal Crest UMC staff as children’s ministry director

A new children’s Sunday school curriculum and more family events are just a few of the things Chrissy Gray has in store for the Signal Crest United Methodist Church congregation, for which she is the new children’s ministry director.

Signal’s Gammon specializes in doing kitchens, windows

After spending many years working for a division of IBM, nearly five years ago Signal Mountain resident Pete Gammon started a business specializing in windows and kitchen cabinets, JK Kitchen and Windows.

MACC adds musical theater dance workshops to class lineup

The MACC is expanding its offerings to include instruction in musical theater dance, with workshops scheduled for the first Saturday of the month September through December, from 10 a.m. to noon.

Red Bank commits to study on pedestrian improvements

A change of heart could cost the city of Red Bank more than $40,000.

SCORE offers free Small Business Workshop

The local chapter of SCORE, a nonprofit association providing education and mentorship to small businesses through experienced volunteers, is holding a free Small Business Workshop in the main conference room of the Business Development Center Wednesday, Sept. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Soddy-Daisy addresses safety concerns

At their meeting Aug. 6, Soddy-Daisy commissioners addressed several safety concerns in the city, including adding school resource officers to the city’s schools that lack them, as well as giving firefighters and first responders in the city who are certified to carry firearms permission to do so on the job.

HHS grad takes first place in national nursing competition

Bailey Harding graduated at the top of her class from Hixson High School as the 2015 valedictorian. But that is not the only top-class recognition she received this summer.

Shear Rebel owner ‘dares to be different’

Shear Rebel Hair Studio owner Arleatha Gipson uses the tagline “Dare to be Different” to describe her business, located in Salons by JC inside Northgate Mall in Hixson.

Rabbit meat gaining in popularity at local markets

Rabbit meat is gaining in popularity among shoppers at local farmers markets, according to Amanda Abair, owner of Three Barns South, a farm in Whitwell, Tenn., which has been selling rabbit at local markets since March.

Signal Mountain Middle/High School starts middle school bowling club

In an effort to build up participation on the Signal Mountain High School bowling team, coach Mark Bracher is starting a middle school bowling club this fall for sixth- through eighth-grade boys and girls.

Walden mayor, board impress with progressive dinner

Walden resident Gina Self was so impressed by the progressive dinner she purchased at an auction at the McCoy Farm this Memorial Day weekend that she said “nobody’s going to outbid me” if the opportunity should arise again.

Mountain Top Toys, Sawrie Orthodontics hold block party

Neighboring businesses Mountain Top Toys and Sawrie Orthodontics are gearing up for their third annual block party event, being held Saturday, Aug. 15 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot in front of the two businesses, located at 1231 and 1229 Taft Highway, respectively.

Signal resident finds kidney donor

Signs posted around the mountain reading “Urgent — kidney donor needed” will soon be distant memories.

Tales of a longtime dog groomer

In the 40 years Kim Baker has spent grooming dogs for a living, she has watched many trends come and go, as well as noticed a gradual shift over time in the way people view their pets and how they are treated.

Website ranks Signal among state’s most redneck cities

There are several things most locals would agree the town of Signal Mountain is known for: good schools, nice views of the Tennessee River Gorge, and speeding tickets, just to name a few. But rednecks?

Users adjust to North Market Street redesign

Area residents who have traveled North Market Street recently may be confused by the traffic changes taking place.

Red Bank open to funding requests from city schools

Red Bank city commissioners are opening up the enrollment period for principals from Red Bank schools to submit requests for funds from the $50,000 the city set aside in this year’s budget to give to city schools.

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.

Signal Mountain Baptist adds Awana program

Signal Mountain Baptist Church is adding a new children’s program, Awana, to its Wednesday evening activities to help further its mission of reaching out to families and children in the community who are not currently attending a church.

Signal resident finds kidney donor

Signs posted around the mountain reading “Urgent — kidney donor needed” will soon be distant memories.

Tales of a longtime dog groomer

In the 40 years Kim Baker has spent grooming dogs for a living, she has watched many trends come and go, as well as noticed a gradual shift over time in the way people view their pets and how they are treated.

Website ranks Signal among state’s most redneck cities

There are several things most locals would agree the town of Signal Mountain is known for: good schools, nice views of the Tennessee River Gorge, and speeding tickets, just to name a few. But rednecks?

Hillbilly Philly serves Southern-style cheesesteaks

Despite his Yankee origins, Hillbilly Philly owner Wayne Kissinger Jr. describes his signature sandwich, the Hillbilly Philly, as “less of a Philadelphia-type sandwich and more of a Chattanooga-type sandwich.”

SDFD hopes improved rating will draw businesses

The Soddy-Daisy Fire Department recently received an improved Public Protection Classification from Insurance Service Office Inc. ISO ratings are awarded on a scale of 1-10, with Class 1 being the best.

‘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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.