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Emily Crisman

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Baylor students win $5,000 technology grant

Baylor School students are taking the lead locally in participating in Lead2Feed, a service-learning program based on the David Novak book “Taking People with You: The Only Way to Make Big Things Happen.”

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.

Teuscher art exhibit, workshop at MACC

Black Creek resident June Teuscher’s work will be shown at GALLERY 5 at the MACC during the month of February, with an opening scheduled for Friday, Feb. 6 from 5-7 p.m.

Soddy-Daisy concentrates on codes enforcement

The city of Soddy-Daisy now has a dedicated codes enforcement officer on staff and city officials say the goal is to clean up the city.

Books & Brews a success

Attendees packed into Heaven & Ale for the Southern Literature Alliance’s recent Books & Brews event, in which local readers brought a favorite book to trade while enjoying craft beer.

Folk music returns to Red Bank

The sound of music can again be heard flowing from 3304 Dayton Blvd., formerly Mountain Music from 2003-2010. Owner Steve Daugherty had closed the store for personal reasons, but now has reopened it as The Folk Music Store and Folk School.

Hot yoga coming to Signal Mountain

Signal residents will soon have the option to practice hot yoga without leaving the mountain. Jennifer Lockwood, a Signal resident and former Thrasher Elementary teacher, is opening Hot Spot Yoga in Suite 207 of the Signal Mountain Business Center by February or March.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.