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Emily Crisman

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Local artist creates ‘Celebration of Signal Mountain’ series

Signal Mountain artist Val Gibson’s collection of 10 scenes from Signal Mountain, “A Celebration of Signal Mountain,” is now available at Cutting Corners Framing in 5-by-7-inch prints as well as in note card form.

Angels await at 517 Subs on Signal

In an effort to make giving to children in need through The Salvation Army more convenient for mountain residents, 517 Subs has hosted an Angel Tree for the organization for the past six years.

McCoy Farm hosts inaugural Christmas market

Following the success of the McCoy Farm’s Memorial Day event, the community group working to upgrade the property into a true town centerpiece is holding a Christmas market at the farm Sunday, Nov. 29 from 2-5:30 p.m.

N. Hamilton municipalities unite to hire lobbyist

Several Hamilton County municipalities, including Soddy-Daisy, Red Bank and Lakesite, feel they need an advocate at the state level.

Hixson students benefit from Girl Talk program

Being a teenager can be tough, but having a mentor to guide you can make dealing with these difficult years a little easier.

Red Bank awards grant funding to bankroll projects in city schools

Red Bank commissioners voted 4-1 at their Nov. 3 meeting to award nearly $50,000 in what the board is calling “education grants” to schools within the city’s limits.

Last call for MOST’s Christmas tree delivery orders

The Men of St. Timothy’s group from St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church is preparing to make the drive to Boone, N.C., to pick up trees for its seventh annual Christmas Tree & Wreath Sale.

City postpones Frazier bike lane project

The city of Chattanooga is postponing the expansion of its protected-bike-lane network to Frazier Avenue. Initially scheduled for this fall, the project has been moved to the summer of 2016, City Transportation Director Blythe Bailey told a packed room at the third North Chattanooga Summit held recently at the Business Development Center.

Signal Santas preparing for annual event

If you’re a woman living on the mountain, do not be surprised if you get a call from a stranger in the next few weeks. The Signal Santas, a group of women who have gathered in one another’s homes during the holidays since 1992, are continuing to recruit new blood to keep the longstanding tradition alive.

Alexian Village recognizes veterans

The community is encouraged to attend a Veterans Day program at the Alexian Village Town Hall Wednesday, Nov. 11 starting at 1 p.m.

Mountain merchants host annual holiday shopping event

Signal Mountain merchants are busy preparing for the community’s annual holiday shopping event, Saturday and Sunday on Signal, to be held Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Nov. 15 from 1-6 p.m. Organized by the merchants, the event is also sponsored by the Mountain Business Association and Lookout Mountain Investment Company.

Bubble soccer arrives in Chattanooga

North Chattanooga resident Dustin Graham is bringing the bubble soccer trend to the Scenic City with KnockerBall Chattanooga. Bubble soccer is similar to regular soccer, only players wear giant inflatable bubbles that cover their heads and upper bodies.

Red Bank to vote on Ashmore Avenue rezoning

Developer Jay Bell recently presented the Red Bank Planning Commission with preliminary plans for a planned unit development on Stringer’s Ridge. The planning commission is recommending that the Red Bank City Commission rezone two adjoining pieces of property on Ashmore Avenue from R-1 single-family residential to R-3 high-density residential, with the stipulation that the land only be used to access the PUD, according to Red Bank Planning Commission Chairman David Hafley.

Trekka is local source for fly fishing gear, knowledge

For the first time in four years, Chattanooga again has a dedicated fly-fishing shop in Trekka Outfitters, opened in Red Bank this July by East Brainerd resident Chris Loizeaux.

Soddy-Daisy resident hosts free dinner for veterans

For the past five years, Soddy-Daisy resident WV Roberson has organized a free dinner for the area’s veterans to recognize their service to the nation each Veterans Day. He is continuing what he calls his “labor of love” again this year, despite his recent heart surgery.

Soles4Souls donates to area track teams

Soles4Souls, the official charity of the Tennessee Ragnar Relay, an overnight relay race run by teams of 11 from Chattanooga to Nashville, recently made a pit stop here, but it wasn’t part of the race. It was for a donation of track spikes, running shoes and shirts from Brooks apparel to the track teams at The Howard School, Tyner Academy and Brainerd, East Ridge and Red Bank high schools.

Bud Floral + Home continues to flourish

The busy season for Bud Floral + Home, which typically starts this month and runs through May, has officially begun, with the city’s busiest month for weddings in full swing.

New Lions Club fundraiser marries convenience, generosity

The Signal Mountain Lions Club is introducing a new fundraiser this fall perfect for busy families who want to save time while simultaneously helping to support a local organization’s charitable efforts. The club’s first Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner Sale is currently ongoing, with club members setting up at Pruett’s taking orders Saturdays in November from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Library celebrates 45 years

Opened in 1971, the Signal Mountain Library is celebrating its 45th anniversary this month.

MAGI exhibit opens at Gallery 5 at the MACC

“Anything Goes,” an exhibit by The Mountain Art Guild Inc., is opening at Gallery 5 at the MACC Friday, Nov. 6 from 5-8 p.m., and will be on display until Christmas.

Nursery’s pumpkin contest benefits SMSS

Stop by Signal Mountain Nursery before Friday, Oct. 30 to vote for your favorite pumpkin decorated by a nursery staffer to benefit Signal Mountain Social Services.

Red Bank to vote on education grants

The Red Bank City Commission set aside $50,000 in the city’s budget this year to fund projects proposed by principals in the city’s schools through what officials are calling education grants. The commissioners are set to vote on the projects they plan to fund at their next meeting Tuesday, Nov. 3.

Red Bank to vote on education grants

The Red Bank City Commission set aside $50,000 in the city’s budget this year to fund projects proposed by principals in the city’s schools through what officials are calling education grants. The commissioners are set to vote on the projects they plan to fund at their next meeting Tuesday, Nov. 3.

SCUMC hosts first ‘Trunk or Treat’

Signal Crest United Methodist Church is holding its first-ever “Trunk or Treat” event in the church parking lot Wednesday, Oct. 28 from 6-8 p.m.

Knights hold inaugural Tailgate for Kids fundraiser

Knights of Columbus Signal Mountain Chapter No. 14521 is holding its inaugural Tailgate for Kids fundraiser at St. Augustine Catholic Church from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 to coincide with the day’s football games, including the face-off between the universities of Tennessee and Alabama.

Chattanooga Jewelry Co. opens on Signal

After years working under Arney Guess, who has been in the jewelry business for more than 40 years and owns Arney Guess Goldsmith in Hixson, Scott Smith and Brandon Anthony are branching out on their own — with Guess’ blessing — to open Chattanooga Jewelry Co. on Signal Mountain.

Infant massage class benefits child and caregiver

Pam Dent, who owns massage training studio Beyond Technique in North Chattanooga, is leading a four-week infant massage class at the MACC Wednesdays starting Oct. 21, from 2-3 p.m.

Mayfly Coffee opens cafe on Mississippi Ave.

Within the next two weeks, Signal Mountain resident and Mayfly Coffee owner Atley Davidson plans to hold a soft opening for his coffee shop on Mississippi Avenue, where he has been roasting beans for the past year.

Signal Mountain Nursery ready for fall

While spring is definitely the busiest time at Signal Mountain Nursery, fall also draws those with a green thumb into their yards and gardens. The rainfall and cooler temperatures make the season a good time to plant a variety of shrubs, trees and flowers, or to create a new bed or fall planter.

Silver Sneakers back at the MACC

Silver Sneakers, the nation’s leading exercise program for active older adults, has returned to the MACC after a 10-month absence. Instructors Kay Turner and Alison Chimley, who also teach Silver Sneakers Flex classes at the YMCA in downtown Chattanooga, are offering the class at the MACC Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Oct. 9 at noon.

Bachman welcomes new marketing programs manager

Bachman Community Center has a new “face” in recently hired Marketing Programs Manager Ashley Zimmerman, who started in the newly created part-time position early last month.

Merle Norman returns to Chattanooga

Merle Norman Cosmetics is back in Chattanooga. Lookout Valley resident Martha Young recently opened the Boutique at Merle Norman Chattanooga near the franchise’s last location next to Target in Hixson, which closed in 2009.

Red Bank brings back SWAT team

After a lengthy discussion, Red Bank city commissioners decided at their Oct. 6 work session to reimplement the city’s Special Weapons and Tactics team, which it had disbanded two years ago to save money. Commissioners Terry Pope and Ed LeCompte and Vice Mayor Eddie Pierce were in favor of bringing back the team, while Mayor John Roberts and Commissioner Rick Causer were opposed.

Downtown resident bringing Neighborhood Barre to Riverview

Downtown Chattanooga resident Kelly Armstrong and her mother, Hixson resident Ann Dooley, are bringing Neighborhood Barre to Riverview.

Soddy-Daisy looks at zoning ordinance

Commissioners also to decide on raise for city employees

The Soddy-Daisy City Commission is considering changing its zoning ordinance regarding the minimum lot size for properties connected to the city’s sewer system.

HHS, Chamber Council partner for internship program

More businesses asked to join and help get students placed by Nov. 20

Based on recent research, more high school students are recognizing the benefits of exploring career options before college.

Red Bank officials vote to hire AHO

Red Bank city commissioners voted 4-1 on first reading to amend the city’s municipal code to establish the position of an administrative hearing officer.

SpringHill Suites holds Save Art! Night

SpringHill Suites Chattanooga, located downtown on Riverfront Parkway, recently held a Save Art! Night fundraiser designed to help raise money for Red Bank Elementary’s new visual art center.

Punkin Fest signals start of fall in Soddy-Daisy

As the days begin to get cooler and fall officially begins, in the Soddy-Daisy community this means it is time for Punkin Fest. Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 942 is partnering with the city to hold the seventh annual event at North Park Saturday, Oct. 3 from 10 a.m. until the fun stops.

Red Bank considers stepping up codes enforcement

The city of Red Bank is investigating the possibility of establishing an administrative hearing officer to deal with codes violations within city limits.

All Sewn Up

Group keeps embroidery arts alive

For the past 13 years, members of the Riverbend Smocking and Embroidery Guild have been gathering to share their skills and support the embroidery arts.

Barking Legs hosts Gallery for a Night

Curator Ashley Hamilton recently held one of her Gallery for a Night events at Barking Legs Theater, where she began hosting the events on a monthly basis last winter.

Taylor Paige jumps on ‘athleisure’ trend

These days, one is just as likely to see a woman wearing exercise clothing while running around town as to see her in jeans and a T-shirt. The “athleisure” trend is definitely growing, especially in Chattanooga, a city full of yoga and barre studios and people who love outdoor activities.

Chattanooga Quick Lube adds mechanic services

Chattanooga Quick Lube, located at the foot of Signal Mountain, is adding mechanical work to the oil change service it already offers.

Acting for Kids class to present ‘Best Christmas Pageant Ever’

The winter Acting for Kids class at the MACC, taught by Colleen Laliberte of Skwalking Heads Productions, is now underway and accepting new participants until the second week of October. The class production will be “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” with showings beginning in December.

‘Alexian Senior Artists Still Creating’ opens at the MACC

A new show, “Alexian Senior Artists Still Creating,” is coming to Gallery 5 at the MACC for the month of October. An opening is being held at the gallery Friday, Oct. 2 from 4-7 p.m.

SMHS Sports Boosters selling raffle tickets

The Signal Mountain High School Sports Boosters is holding its first-ever split-pot raffle to help raise money for field maintenance and transportation to games for members of the high school sports teams, said Sports Boosters President Rob Hensley.

Bachman adds to Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off

Bachman Community Center is planning for an even bigger and better Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off this year. The 2014 event, with more than 1,000 in attendance, not counting children, was the most well-attended ever.

Deadline for homecoming parade registration approaching soon

Few events embody the spirit of the Signal Mountain community like the Signal Mountain High School Homecoming parade, coming up Thursday, Sept. 17 from 6-7:30 p.m. The deadline to register is Friday, Sept. 11.

Double Barrel prepares for grand opening

After a soft opening nearly a month ago, Double Barrel is continuing to expand its menu, and owner Ray Kazlaskia has big plans for the restaurant’s grand opening Oct. 1.