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Emily Crisman

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Frozen 5k for Haiti a success

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

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.

Meet the Signal Mountain Personnel Committee

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

Signal Mountain Farm improves CSA accessibility

Signal Mountain Farm owner Thomas O’Neal is making his Community Supported Agriculture program more accessible for members. CSAs are a farming method that allows community members to get their produce directly from a local farmer by paying in advance for an entire season’s worth of produce.

McGill wins $1,000 with colossal cabbage

Soddy Elementary student Lauren McGill watched with astonishment as the cabbage plant she nourished continued to get bigger and bigger, eventually growing larger than a basketball and weighing about 40 pounds, the weight of an average human leg.

Red Bank residents offer skin care line

Red Bank residents Jerritt Patterson and Eddie Garza have discovered a new skin care line and they are quickly spreading the word about its benefits to their clients through their new business, Oasis Skin Care.

City of Red Bank considers switching to LED streetlamps

When Red Bank City Manager Randall Smith first toured the city while interviewing for his position, he said one thing that stood out to him was the darkness of main drag Dayton Boulevard at night.

Moms introduce Posh Piggies to metro Chattanooga

For more than a decade, Signal Mountain moms have been organizing a biannual consignment sale for infants and children called Little Piggies. Previous owners Tanya Swann and Dominique Gable also held a women’s consignment sale called the Stock Exchange.

Signal moms introduce Posh Piggies to metro Chattanooga

For more than a decade, Signal Mountain moms have been organizing a biannual consignment sale for infants and children called Little Piggies. Previous owners Tanya Swann and Dominique Gable also held a women’s consignment sale called the Stock Exchange.

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.

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