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Emily Crisman

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Guild now seeking nominations for Woman of the Year Award

Shortly after the Signal Mountain Community Guild formed more than 80 years ago, the organization began accepting nominations from community members for its Woman of the Year Award presented annually at the group’s Dogwood Luncheon each spring. The deadline to submit nominations for the 2015 Woman of the Year is Wednesday, April 8.

SMSS launches website, offers new scholarship

Signal Mountain Social Services is now offering several college scholarships open to anyone in need who is a permanent resident of the 37377 ZIP code.

Meet the Signal Mountain Condemnation Board

Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series outlining the purpose and duties of the various boards involved with the government in the town of Signal Mountain.

Soddy-Daisy holds fast to liquor sales regulations

In the face of a petition signed by around 200 people, the Soddy-Daisy City Commission is holding fast to the regulation it established regarding the required minimum distance between liquor stores.

Signal Mountain Nursery and local naturalist pair up for backyard fun

Signal Mountain naturalist Amy Graves is teaming up with Signal Mountain Nursery to offer fun and educational programs for children and families focused on plants, animals and the natural world.

MEF unveils Founders Fund Wall of Honor

Supporters of Signal Mountain Middle/High School attend the unveiling of the new Founders Fund Wall of Honor.

Hummingbird marks 1st year with changes

Spring is just around the corner, and Hummingbird Pastaria is abuzz with new activity.

Meet the Tree Board

Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series outlining the purpose and duties of the various boards involved with the government in the town of Signal Mountain.

Group creates free Wi-Fi directory in Red Bank

A group of Leadership Chattanooga participants is attempting to bridge the digital divide in Red Bank by creating a free Wi-Fi network. The goal is to get local businesses and organizations with Wi-Fi to join the network in order to help provide Internet access to students outside of school hours.

Phillips|Creasey landscaping co. now offers general contracting

In addition to providing landscape design, construction and maintenance, Phillips|Creasey owners John Creasey and Michael Phillips are now licensed general contractors offering both new construction and remodeling projects.

The Rustic House candles gain popularity in Chattanooga and beyond

In addition to providing landscape design, construction and maintenance, Phillips|Creasey owners John Creasey and Michael Phillips are now licensed general contractors offering both new construction and remodeling projects.

Free soil quality workshop at Audubon Acres

Signal Mountain resident Charlene Nash uses her knowledge of soil and agriculture to help small farmers in Africa increase their production, and therefore their quality of life, through her nonprofit organization, Soil Resources Initiative.

Mountain Stewards hold Green Car Expo

Ever wondered what it is really like to own a hybrid or electric car? The Mountain Stewards are bringing local hybrid and electric car owners and dealers together for the group’s first Green Car Expo, which will be held in the Pruett’s parking lot Saturday, March 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Meet the Signal Mountain Recreation Board

Signal Mountain residents with young children are probably most affected by the work of the Recreation Board, which is responsible for town property used for recreation.

Signal artist inspired by local landscape

Signal Mountain resident and artist Liz Nichols recently began painting full time, and her abstract, atmospheric works can be found locally at Sophie’s Shoppe on the North Shore and on exhibit at the Exum Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church downtown starting March 13.

Soddy-Daisy-area students compete in Ocean Science Bowl

Despite its land-locked location approximately 500 miles from the sea, Soddy-Daisy was well represented at the recently held Ocean Science Bowl in Gulfport, Miss. This was the first year for Ivy Academy to send a team to the national competition, and Soddy-Daisy High School sent its first team in many years.

Louis Belva joins Signal Mountain Bible Church as associate pastor

Signal Mountain resident Louis Belva is now preaching and teaching at Signal Mountain Bible Church, where he was recently named associate pastor.

Frozen 5k for Haiti a success

In its seventh year, Signal Mountain Bible Church’s Frozen 5k for Haiti raised $12,500.

Meet the Signal Mountain Personnel Committee

Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series outlining the purpose and duties of the various boards involved with the government in the town of Signal Mountain.

Signal Mountain Farm improves CSA accessibility

Signal Mountain Farm owner Thomas O’Neal is making his Community Supported Agriculture program more accessible for members. CSAs are a farming method that allows community members to get their produce directly from a local farmer by paying in advance for an entire season’s worth of produce.

McGill wins $1,000 with colossal cabbage

Soddy Elementary student Lauren McGill watched with astonishment as the cabbage plant she nourished continued to get bigger and bigger, eventually growing larger than a basketball and weighing about 40 pounds, the weight of an average human leg.

Red Bank residents offer skin care line

Red Bank residents Jerritt Patterson and Eddie Garza have discovered a new skin care line and they are quickly spreading the word about its benefits to their clients through their new business, Oasis Skin Care.

City of Red Bank considers switching to LED streetlamps

When Red Bank City Manager Randall Smith first toured the city while interviewing for his position, he said one thing that stood out to him was the darkness of main drag Dayton Boulevard at night.

Moms introduce Posh Piggies to metro Chattanooga

For more than a decade, Signal Mountain moms have been organizing a biannual consignment sale for infants and children called Little Piggies. Previous owners Tanya Swann and Dominique Gable also held a women’s consignment sale called the Stock Exchange.

Signal moms introduce Posh Piggies to metro Chattanooga

For more than a decade, Signal Mountain moms have been organizing a biannual consignment sale for infants and children called Little Piggies. Previous owners Tanya Swann and Dominique Gable also held a women’s consignment sale called the Stock Exchange.

Create a gnome at the MACC

The MACC is holding a pottery gnome workshop for parents and children with instructor Lolly Durant Friday, March 6 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Saturday, March 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. The deadline to sign up is Wednesday, March 4.

Signal resident assists African farmers

Signal Mountain resident Charlene Nash uses her knowledge of soil and agriculture to help small farmers in Africa increase their production, and therefore their quality of life, through her nonprofit organization, Soil Resources Initiative.

Signal couple offers handyman repairs

As Signal Mountain resident Sandy Croft approached a half century in age, the chemical distribution company she had worked at most of her life, where she’d met her husband Robert, laid her off.

Adams Automotive adds performance parts

Adams Automotive and Performance is expanding its offerings to include performance parts.

Meet the Signal Parks Board

Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series outlining the purpose and duties of the various boards involved with the government in the town of Signal Mountain.

Commission OKs liquor store despite protest

Despite protests from nearby residents, the city of Soddy-Daisy has issued a Certificate of Compliance to Ashish Chaudhari, who plans to open a liquor store in the Green Pond neighborhood.

Skyuka Hall experiences growth, improvements

Dr. Josh Yother, who became principal of Skyuka Hall this past August, is breathing new life into the small school designed for children who learn differently.

Siskin helps Signal’s Johnson brothers recover from strokes

While Signal Mountain brothers W.O. and Marvin Johnson have enjoyed good health for most of their lives, in recent years, both have been forced to undergo rehabilitation at Siskin Hospital for Rehabilitation after suffering from strokes.

February a big month for yard care

Nursery to hold class

Signal Mountain Nursery owners Mark and Kim Bonastia remind the community that now is the time to prune, clean beds and fertilize.

Grocery store vote expected next week

Traffic may not be as big an issue as opponents think

The construction of the new Ganns Middle Valley Elementary School, which will be complete in time for the school to open August 2015, should only improve traffic patterns surrounding the proposed development at Thrasher Pike and Middle Valley Road, according to District 3 School Board Representative Greg Martin.

Brookdale Hixson spreads word about heart disease

Brookdale Hixson, formerly referred to as Wellington Place of Hixson, is reaching out to women in the surrounding community older than 65 to inform them about their increased risk of heart disease and what they can do to prevent it. The effort is part of Brookdale’s nationwide intiative “10,000 Heart to Hearts,” a program Brookdale Hixson will be participating in throughout the month of February.

Red Bank considers new regulations

The city of Red Bank is considering drafting ordinances dealing with charitable drop boxes, food trucks, temporary storage units and predatory lenders.

Red Bank passes revised zoning ordinance

Applause erupted among attendees as the Red Bank City Commission adopted the city’s revised zoning ordinance on first reading at its Feb. 3 meeting. Commissioner Rick Causer was the only one to vote against it.

Breast cancer survivors invited to learn to cook for health

Local nonprofit Breast Cancer Support Services is continuing its quarterly educational series at the North River Civic Center with a cooking demonstration called “Cooking for a Healthy Life,” to be presented by Chef Lee Cureton of Culinary Creations Catering Thursday, Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m.

Meet the Signal Mountain Design Review Commission: Karen Rennich

Members of the Design Review Commission have a lot of say when it comes to how non-residential properties look in the town of Signal Mountain.

Signal artist inspired by local landscape

Signal Mountain resident and artist Liz Nichols recently began painting full time, and her abstract, atmospheric works can be found locally at Sophie’s Shoppe on the North Shore and on exhibit at the Exum Gallery at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church downtown starting March 13.

Meet the Planning Commission: Wayne Williams

Editor’s note: This is the first in a series outlining the purpose and duties of the various boards involved with the government in the town of Signal Mountain.

Save Water, Drink Wine Feb. 7 to help environmental group

What better way to spend a cold winter evening than drinking wine in warm greenhouses surrounded by beautiful plants? The Signal Mountain-based Student Environmental Alliance Kids 4 Clean Water program is holding its third annual Save Water, Drink Wine fundraiser at the Barn Nursery where one can do just that, while raising money to help kids solve water problems around the community as well as in the Caribbean.

Save Water, Drink Wine Feb. 7 to help student environmental group

What is a better way to spend a cold winter evening than drinking wine in warm greenhouses surrounded by beautiful plants? The Signal Mountain-based Student Environmental Alliance Kids 4 Clean Water program is holding its third-annual Save Water, Drink Wine fundraiser at Barn Nursery where one can do just that while raising funds to help kids solve water problems around the community as well as in the Caribbean.

Root5 focuses on sustainable residential design

Harmony, design, proportions and creating a pleasing space are the goals of Root5 Design LLC owner Samuel Young when approaching a project, most of which include creating functional, healthy and efficient residential properties.

Soddy-Daisy’s first liquor store opens

Soddy-Daisy’s first liquor store, Cork & Flask, is now open on Sequoyah Road. Owners Marcus and Lisa Wolff said they have been planning to open the store for the past three to four years. “We knew there weren’t any in the area, and a lot of our tax money was being lost to Lakesite and Chattanooga,” said Lisa Wolff, who previously worked as a nurse for Memorial Hospital and Memorial Hospital Hixson for 19 years.

Dragon Tree Wellness grows at Olive Bean

Last January, Signal Mountain resident Patricia Zeitler incurred a brain injury in Iraq from a chemical mortar round that blew up 50 feet away from her.

Town addresses Recycle Center issues

Over the past few weeks, citizens may have noticed the Signal Mountain Recycle Center’s bins have been especially full, and in some cases, the center has been forced to close early.

Signal resident Kazlaskia to open Double Barrel BBQ truck in March

Since the closing of Waycrazy’s and Poppy’s Smokehouse, Signal Mountain has experienced a barbecue drought. While there is no new brick-and-mortar barbecue restaurant in the works, Signal resident Ray Kazlaskia is preparing to open Double Barrel BBQ, a food truck and catering company, March 1.

Signal resident offers gun repairs, customization

After Signal Mountain resident Alan Wooden took a nasty fall four years ago, he was unable to return to his job in construction and was in need of a new occupation.

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