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Emily Crisman

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SMBC kicks off new year with new ministries

Signal Mountain Baptist Church is offering two nine-week classes starting Sunday, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. to help the community get a fresh start to the new year.

Mount Carmel introduces new pastor

Mount Carmel Baptist Church is starting off the new year with new pastor Rocky Bradford, who will be delivering his first sermon at the church Sunday, Jan. 18.

Citizen prompts changes in Red Bank

Red Bank resident Jon Baker is evidence that it only takes one person to enact change in local government.

Comic book store comes to Hixson

In opening new comic book store Infinity Flux, Hixson resident John Porter sought to create the ideal comic book store atmosphere he always wanted as a kid.

NCCC launches capital campaign to buy property

The North Chickamauga Creek Conservancy is launching a capital campaign to purchase a piece of property that has become available near Cain Creek that will increase access to the headwaters of the North Chickamauga Creek.

Saucy Sicilian cooking school debuts at Bachman

The Saucy Sicilian, an authentic Italian cooking school, will hold its grand opening at Bachman Community Center Saturday, Jan. 10 at 2 p.m. Classes start Friday, Jan. 23 and are scheduled each Friday and Saturday through mid-February.

MACC introduces new theater classes

The MACC is offering several new theater classes geared toward high school students. Two six-week courses, Scene Studies and Introduction to Technical Theater, will be held Tuesdays beginning Jan. 13 from 4-6 p.m.

Premier Family Dental opens in Hixson

Hixson dentist Kathryn Egan has always had a heart for service, spending her second year out of dental school at University of Tennessee at Memphis working for Indian Health Services, a government program in Alaska, followed by a year and half at the Veterans Affairs office near Eastgate Mall. She then helped establish a nonprofit in Mufreesboro, Tenn., serving the working uninsured.

Hixson church reaches out to single parents

Hamilton County has about 12,000 single-family households, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. Valleybrook Church EPC is reaching out to those single parents with its new 13-week Single and Parenting class, to be held weekly on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 14.

SMCS settles into new campus

After 17 years in portable classrooms provided by Wayside Presbyterian Church, Signal Mountain Christian School now has its own 6-acre campus.

Meeting House in Red Bank wants to sell beer

The Meeting House on Dayton Boulevard wants to serve craft beer, but the city of Red Bank will have to change its laws first.

Flag football league celebrates 20 years

The Signal Mountain Youth Flag Football League celebrates the recent ending of its 20th season.

New rules for Big Soddy Creek Gulf

The area known as Big Soddy Creek Gulf has officially been designated a park by the city of Soddy-Daisy. The City Commission also established rules and regulations for the new public space during its December meeting.

City of Soddy-Daisy establishes regulations for package liquor sales

The Soddy-Daisy City Commission passed rules and regulations relating to package liquor sales at its most recent meeting, but a limit on the number of allowed liquor stores is not one of them.

Contemporary Portraits closes retail location

Greg and Jeannie Forehand of Contemporary Portraits are closing their retail location at the end of the month and moving the 30-year-old business back into their home on nearby James Boulevard.

MACC class to build Mini Metropolis

While the MACC has long been known for its variety of art class offerings, the community center is delving into the world of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) for the first time with its new Mini Metropolis class.

Hixson Elementary dedicates library to Ken Wilson

Hixson Elementary recently dedicated its library to former principal Ken Wilson, who served in the school’s top administrative role for 19 years.

Red Bank prepares for possible hotel

The city of Red Bank is preparing for the possibility of a hotel coming into the city by passing an ordinance establishing a hotel and motel tax. The new provision passed on first reading at the City Commission’s recent meeting. The second reading will be Tuesday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.

Signal resident catches rare shark

Frequent fisherman and Signal Mountain resident Harley Sexton caught the biggest fish of his life this summer in Myrtle Beach. A mold of the 550-pound, 10-foot bigeye thresher shark he caught on a boat in the Atlantic Ocean is now hanging at his father’s Signal barber shop, Action Jack’s.

Meet the Vaughns, our Newcomers of the Month

Our last Newcomers of the Month for 2014 are Jim, Michelle, Ridley and Watson Vaughn.

SMMHS introduces Teacher of the Month program

Signal Mountain Middle/High School is implementing a Teacher of the Month initiative to recognize one middle school teacher and one high school teacher each month.

Mike Newsom opens own furniture shop

Every piece of furniture in Mike Newsom’s home has a story. The specialty foreman does custom furniture and woodwork.

‘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.

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