Back to profile

Emily Crisman

Stories by Emily

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.

Drink rum for clean water at May 1 event

Caribbean Student Environmental Alliance, a Signal Mountain-based organization focused on teaching kids in the Caribbean about clean water, as well as the local arm, TenneSEA, which helps children tackle water-quality issues in our own backyard, is adding more of a Caribbean twist to its annual Save Water, Drink Wine fundraiser.

Skowronnek recruiting for Jack’s Chattanoggins

Signal Mountain resident Jack Skowronnek is continuing his mission of raising money for local children’s oncology care at Children’s Hospital by asking people to sacrifice their hair at his 5th annual head-shaving event, Jack’s Chattanoggins, to be held at the Chattanooga Market Sunday, June 7 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The fabric of a life: veteran honored with quilt

Signal Mountain resident Charles Cloud does not speak often about his experiences serving as a private in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving as a member of the 17th Airborne Division.

Viens’ memory lives on through annual blood, marrow drive

Event enters eighth year thanks to community’s generosity

The Signal Mountain community is well-known for its generosity, which holds true even when it comes to blood donations.

Site connects students with volunteer opportunities

As a college counselor, Signal Mountain resident Robin Howe often deals with clients who are working on college essays involving what they do for community service. While there are many local organizations offering opportunities for meaningful service, she noticed that it often was not easy for her clients to get connected with the options available to them in order to serve the community.

Meet the Signal Mountain Board of Zoning Appeals

Editor’s note: This is the 11th in a series outlining the purpose and duties of the various boards involved with the government in the town of Signal Mountain.

MEF plans first Dash and Bash May 8

The Mountain Education Foundation is changing its annual Run for Education fundraiser to be a more inclusive event featuring a wide range of activities for all ages. Instead of holding the reimagined event early on a Saturday morning, the inaugural Dash and Bash will be held at Signal Mountain Middle/High School Friday, May 8 starting at 6 p.m.

Bachman Garden and Art Expo offers fun for all

Bachman Community Center is aiming to make its annual Garden and Art Expo an event for all ages this year. Free children’s activities have been added to keep the little ones occupied as their parents peruse the many plants and garden items available for sale.

MEF now registering for annual golf tourney

The annual Mountain Education Foundation Scramble Golf Tournament is quickly approaching, with a registration deadline of Wednesday, April 22. Hole sponsorships are also still available at a cost of $250, which gets a business’ sign placed at each hole on the course.

Soddy-Daisy Scout earns prestigious Hornaday Award

For many years, people who enjoy the outdoors have been encouraged to “leave no trace.”

Alexian residents add beauty with art

Alexian Village has many residents with experience in the arts, and they are contributing their talents to help beautify the senior living community and give it a more home-like, personal touch.

Making learning fun

2 new workshops for kids incorporate STEM through play

The MACC is hosting several new workshops that use play to introduce science, engineering, technology and math concepts in fun, innovative ways.

Meet the Historical Committee

Editor’s note: This is the 10th in a series outlining the purpose and duties of the various boards involved with the government in the town of Signal Mountain.

Just say yes to fundraiser for former DARE officer Hill

For many years, Greg Hill has served as a positive influence in the lives of the children of Signal Mountain.

FEMA seeks input on new flood insurance rate maps

Residents and property owners in Hamilton County have the opportunity to give their input and have questions answered by experts as the Federal Emergency Management Agency reviews its newly revised preliminary digital flood insurance rate maps for the county.

Hixson Kiwanis continues longstanding tradition

In 1947, the World War II peace treaties were signed and Jackie Robinson became the first black person to play major league baseball. It was also the year the Hixson Kiwanis Club was formed.

MEF now registering for annual golf tourney

The annual Mountain Education Foundation Scramble Golf Tournament is quickly approaching, with a registration deadline of Wednesday, April 22. Hole sponsorships are also still available at a cost of $250, which gets a business’ sign placed at each hole on the course.

Bachman Garden and Art Expo offers fun for all

Bachman Community Center is aiming to make its annual Garden and Art Expo an event for all ages this year. Free children’s activities have been added to keep the little ones occupied as their parents peruse the many plants and garden items available for sale. The event is being held at Bachman Saturday, April 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Soddy-Daisy Scout earns prestigious Hornaday Award

For many years, people who enjoy the outdoors have been encouraged to “leave no trace.” “The new idea is not to not leave a trace, but to leave a trace, and a positive one,” said Soddy-Daisy resident Jared Taylor.

Meet the Signal Mountain Library Board

For a small town library, the Signal Mountain Library “has a lot happening.” And with a small staff, that means help is needed.

New preschool opens in Soddy-Daisy

Working families in Soddy-Daisy may be glad to know a new preschool option has opened across from City Hall.

Expedia CruiseShipCenters lands in East Brainerd

Even with the popularity of booking travel online, the travel agency business is cruising along, and even growing, said Lynn Holcomb. The Signal Mountain resident recently purchased an Expedia CruiseShipCenters franchise with her husband, Carl, and opened a location in East Brainerd.

MACC holds Puppet Fest April 11

In celebration of National Puppetry Month, the MACC is holding a pop-up Puppet Festival Saturday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nolan Drama Club presents ‘Twisted Time’

Students in the Nolan Drama Club are the first to present “Twisted Time,” an original play by Signal Mountain resident Michael Huseman. Huseman said he was inspired to write the play after a conversation with Nolan teacher Sherry Johnston, who suggested he write something special for his son Zachary Huseman’s last play at Nolan.

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.

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.

Frozen 5k for Haiti a success

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

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.

Previous