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Emily Crisman

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‘Wonderland’ opens Dec. 13 at MACC

Skwalking Heads Productions will present “Wonderland: The Musical Misadventures of a Girl Named Alice” at the MACC Friday, Dec. 12 at 7 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.

Signal resident seeks bone marrow match

“You get to know yourself through the challenges set before you,” Signal Mountain resident Alle Hunter is quoted as saying in a September 2010 story in Signal Mountain Weekly that focused on her then-recent trip to Costa Rica.

Play elf for a day with SMSS Dec. 13

Signal Mountain Social Services is offering the community the opportunity to play Santa’s helper for the day at the nonprofit’s annual Christmas box packing event at Nolan Elementary Saturday, Dec. 13 starting at 9 a.m.

ABC offers Spanish classes, tutoring

Opened in October, ABC Spanish Academy offers hour-long Spanish classes for children age 2 through elementary age, as well as tutoring for middle and high school students and adults.

Hixson Barber Shop adds barbers, keeps old-fashioned style, charm

Established by James Shepperd in 1953, Hixson Barber Shop is a true old-fashioned barber shop. Walking through the doors is like stepping back in time.

Hixson Chamber Council holds first Taste of Hixson

The Hixson Chamber Council invites the public to “Taste of Hixson,” an expo featuring Hixson restaurants and businesses being held at North River Civic Center Wednesday, Dec. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Bachman featured on Guild ornament

The Bachman Elementary School Auditorium is featured on this year’s edition of the Walden’s Ridge Guild’s Christmas ornament collection, which is available now from guild members and at Bachman Community Center and Walden Town Hall.

SMMHS holds robotics competition

Signal Mountain Middle/High School is holding the second annual Ed Chapin Chattanooga Area Qualifying Tournament Saturday, Dec. 6 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nolan students learn about Native American culture

Lessons came to life for first-graders at Nolan Elementary School recently.

SCUMC continues annual tree sale

The men’s club at Signal Crest United Methodist Church is again selling Christmas trees and wreaths in the church parking lot to benefit various church missions.

The MACC hosts annual tree lighting Dec. 6

The MACC is holding its annual tree lighting event Saturday, Dec. 6 from 5-7:30 p.m. MACC Executive Director Barb Storm said in the time she has been at the local community center, the event has grown from 150 attendees to more than 700 last year.

Soddy-Daisy policemen share holiday safety tips

Soddy-Daisy Police Chief Phil Hamrick and Lt. Jeff Gann say some crimes, such as theft, happen more frequently during the holiday season. They recently shared safety tips to help keep citizens and business owners safe this Christmas season.

Red Bank Christmas parade set for Saturday, Dec. 6

The city of Red Bank is moving its annual Christmas Parade, traditionally held on Dayton Boulevard the first Friday night in December, to Saturday, Dec. 6.

Soddy-Daisy establishes rules for liquor sales

Following the November passing of a referendum allowing package liquor sales, the city of Soddy-Daisy is in the process of establishing regulations relating to such sales.

S.T.E.P.S. program turns 30 years old

For three decades, St. Timothy’s Episcopal Preschool has served as the first taste of the world of learning for many Signal Mountain residents.

Look Again Products remind recipients of Signal’s beauty

The favorite gift Signal Mountain resident Ginny Galphin remembers receiving is a camera.

Stuffing Strut helps North Hamilton causes

The Stuffing Strut is back for its second year at Chester Frost Park Thanksgiving Day beginning at 8 a.m.

Red Bank reverses decision on tablets for police officers

With several new members following the recent election, one of the first orders of business for the new Red Bank City Commission was reversing the previous board’s decision regarding the purchase of tablet computers for the city’s Police Department.

Thanksgiving Hymn Fest brings churces together

Signal Mountain Baptist Church and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church are coming together to hold the community’s first Thanksgiving Hymn Fest Sunday, Nov. 23, with a hymn service from 4-5 p.m. and dinner starting at 5.

Signal’s Daisy Elliott focuses on skin care

Signal Mountain resident Daisy Elliott recently opened her own space, Signal Skin Care, where she offers facials, targeted treatments and brow and lash tinting and waxing. Elliott previously worked out of J. Smith Salon for the past six months.

N. Chattanooga replaces zoning with form-based codes system

What do you want to see in your community? That’s what a team of city planners recently asked residents around the Chattanooga area.

Furniture is in the family for Red Bank resident

Mango’s Decor and Co. owner Kristy Steele’s whole family, including her grandfather, father and sister, has always been in the furniture business. She helped her sister open Mango’s in Nashville in April.

Red Bank Church of Christ serves free meals

Red Bank Church of Christ sees serving a free meal as fulfilling the purpose of serving needs in the community, like Jesus did.

MEF announces new director

Signal Mountain resident Katie Hanners is replacing Mike Taylor as the new executive director of the Mountain Education Foundation.

SMHS girls cross country team wins state

Members of the Signal Mountain High School girls cross country team are the state champions for the second year in a row.

Holiday Market, winter farmers market hours set to start Nov. 13

The Signal Mountain Farmers Market, located in Pruett’s parking lot, is holding its Holiday Market and switching over to its winter hours Thursday, Nov. 13.

Sunday on Signal signals start of holiday season Nov. 15

The time has come to pull the Christmas decorations out of the attic and begin checking names off your holiday shopping list, and Signal Mountain is the perfect spot to get a head start. For three decades, mountain businesses have hosted Sunday on Signal, an event that has expanded to include Saturday as well.

North Hamilton municipalities elect officials

For the first time in months, the Red Bank City Commission finally has a full board after last week’s election.

Convenience increases for local wine drinkers

Citizens of Soddy-Daisy who crave the convenience of getting their pinot at the same place they buy their frozen pizza can soon do so by driving to nearby Chattanooga, Lakesite or Red Bank, all of which approved the sale of wine in grocery stores last week.

Longtime Signal Santas tradition continues

The Signal Santas, a longtime traditon on Signal Mountain, are looking to include the mountain’s younger set in their annual party that raises funds for Signal Mountain Social Services. Even those who have never had the chance to meet the original organizers, Wanda Lacy and Shirley Miller, may soon receive a call from this year’s committee to join the party.

Mike Taylor leaves MEF for new position

In his six years at the helm of the Mountain Education Foundation, former Executive Director Mike Taylor said his greatest accomplishment has been getting the community together to bring more resources to the foundation.

UnifiEd addresses public education issues

UnifiEd held its final summit on public education recently at Soddy-Daisy High School.

Developer to give update on Hillocks Farm

Developer Duane Horton of the Scenic Land Co., who is behind the Hillocks Farm development at the corner of Boy Scout Road and Highway 153, plans to give the community an update on the project at the North River Civic Center Monday, Nov. 10 from 6-8 p.m.

Operation Christmas Child opens doors

In some parts of the world, a simple spoon is the best gift a child can receive. For the past three years, Signal Crest United Methodist Church has been collecting and shipping items such as soap and spoons to children in need through Operation Christmas Child.

Concerned Citizens for Justice protests in Red Bank

It wasn’t signs for candidates in next week’s election that greeted those walking into Red Bank City Hall last week, but signs reading “No more bullies with badges” and “Officer Kaylor has got to go.”

Red Bank officials deny officers tablet computers

Nine Red Bank police officers will go without in-car tablets after the City Commission voted down a resolution authorizing a $38,268 contract to purchase the computers at its Oct. 7 meeting.

Learn to make spooky cake pops at the MACC

Want to impress your friends and neighbors this Halloween? B’s Sweets owner Brianne Hager is offering a cake-pop class at the MACC Monday, Oct. 20.

Loftis receives grant from Dollar General

Loftis Middle School is the recent recipient of a $2,000 grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which the school is using to purchase leveled texts, said Curriculum Coach Jessie Beaumont Schmid.

Bachman Fall Festival a success

After years of serving as a fundraiser for the MACC, Hodgepodge was discontinued this year. Meanwhile, Bachman Community Center brought back its Fall Festival, which has not been held for several years.

Bachman to hold fall wreath classes soon

Locals can kick off the new season by learning a new craft at Bachman Community Center’s new fall wreath-making classes. There will be three: Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and 29 and Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon each day.

Nolan cross country team cleans up at meet

The Nolan Elementary School cross country team did extremely well at the recent countywide elementary cross country run at the Chickamauga Dam.

Citizens may enter Big Soddy Gulf at own risk

The city of Soddy-Daisy recently finalized its purchase of Big Soddy Gulf, and Commissioner Geno Shipley said many residents have been asking if it is currently legal to enter the property.

The Mission Chattanooga opens Red Bank Chapel

The Mission Chattanooga is busy preparing for the opening day of its new Red Bank Chapel, occurring Sunday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. Red Bank Chapel is located across from Bi-Lo at 3908 and 3912 Dayton Blvd.

Meet the candidates — early voting starts soon

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of contested races in the North Hamilton area. Early voting for all of Hamilton County runs Wednesday, Oct. 15 through Thursday, Oct. 30. The last day to register to vote has already passed. Check future editions of North Hamilton Weekly for more election coverage. For early voting information and locations, visit

Deadline to register for Homecoming Parade soon

The Signal Mountain High School Sports Boosters are gearing up to host the school’s Homecoming Parade Thursday, Oct. 23. The deadline to register to participate is Friday, Oct. 17.

Home, Health and Beauty Expo returns

The Mountain Business Association is bringing back its Home, Health and Beauty Expo to the Signal Mountain Town Hall Gym Saturday, Oct. 11.

Change is in the air at Peak Salon

Peak Salon, which has been in Walden Commons for more than 14 years, is getting a few facelifts — through cosmetic enhancements to the salon as well as through the addition of aesthetician Tonda Rawls of Bella Blue.

Red Bank Commission candidates sound off

Only half of the six candidates running for Red Bank commissioner showed up for the Red Bank Neighborhood Pride Association’s candidate forum held at Red Bank Middle School.

Soddy-Daisy Healthcare holds community health fair

Unsure about your current state of health? Get some answers at the Soddy-Daisy Health Fair at Soddy-Daisy Healthcare Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

North Chattanooga Publix enjoys tremendous community support

Many area businesses are benefiting from the traffic from the new Publix on North Market Street.