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Kelsie Bowman

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Riverside Wine marks 15 years, moves with changing times

Regulars at Riverside Wine and Spirits may have noticed some changes recently.

Soddy-Daisy church hosting Jason Crabb in concert Dec. 4

Freedom Worship Center is hosting well-known Christian artist Jason Crabb for the second year in a row Friday, Dec. 4. Attendance was so high last year that church officials say they are being careful to limit the number of tickets sold for this year’s show.

NNH teaches kids to give back with Nov. 16 event

With the help of its surrounding community of givers and volunteers, the Northside Neighborhood House has been able to “provide a hand up” to locals in need for the past 90 years.

Browns Ferry Auto Service Center still going strong after 30 years

For the past three decades, Ray Smith’s days have begun in a similar fashion, usually before dawn.

Fox opens Hill City Acupuncture on Frazier

When it came to acupuncture, Chicago-native Susan Fox was a cynic.

Lady Panthers finish off great season

The Sale Creek High School volleyball team ended its season with another district tournament win — the fifth consecutive year the team has won the title.

Sale Creek Lions continue storytelling tradition

For the past five or six years, members of the Sale Creek Lions Club have gathered annually right before Halloween to hear a good story, and this year is no different.

UTC GOLD Council hosts invites alumni to Tap Party Oct. 29

As part of UTC Homecoming week, the university’s Graduates of the Last Decade Council is gearing up for its annual Tap Party at Chattanooga Brewing Company.

Sale Creek Lions continue storytelling tradition

For the past five or six years, members of the Sale Creek Lions Club have gathered annually right before Halloween to hear a good story, and this year is no different.

American Legion Post 159 honors community

Sam P. McConnell American Legion Post 159 gathered local community members and business owners to honor them at the Hixson Community Center.

Abba’s House celebrates 64 years, spotlights foster care

What started as a tiny church in a three-room white house off of Hixson Pike is now one of the biggest churches in the area, regularly seeing anywhere between 2,200 and 2,500 attendees at its weekend services.

Franklin details how he overcame the odds in new book

Sherman Franklin is no stranger to adversity.

Traci Lynn consultants host Unite for the Fight 2k on Oct. 3

Maronica Tibbs, an independent consultant for Traci Lynn Jewelry, describes the relationship between her fellow consultants as a sisterhood — a community.

Soddy resident gives local findings on Trail of Tears

As a result of the Indian Removal Act of 1830, 15,000 Native Americans were displaced from their homes and set out on a trail that sent them through nine states to land in Oklahoma. Thousands died on the trip that was eventually dubbed the Trail of Tears.

Orange Leaf expands froyo offerings to Hixson

Offering 50 percent discount on Sept. 12

According to Orange Leaf, the frozen yogurt company’s quirky orange spoons are the keys to happiness. So, Hixson resident Robin Patel is encouraging the community to grab one in preparation for his new location’s grand opening.

Petite Nation finds big niche in activewear

Hixson resident Teresa Le may stand at 4 feet, 10 inches, but her business, Petite Nation, encourages women similar in stature to “stand tall.”

Parent seeks to educate about Kawasaki disease

Kayak racing event slated for Sept. 12

When the pediatrician mentioned “Kawasaki disease,” Mike and Mindy Quinn had to grab their smartphones to look up what the words meant.

No county-funded SRO for SMMHS

Last week, Signal Mountain officials got an answer to their SRO question: The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will not be providing a Student Resource Officer at Signal Mountain Middle/High School this year.

Premier Dental gives Hixson Wildcats custom mouth guards

Practice offering 50 percent off mouth guards through October

The Hixson High School football team is one step closer to being game-ready, thanks to Premier Family Dental.

Signal zoning amendment passes on first reading

At its July 24 work session, the Signal Mountain Town Council voted 4-1 in favor of amending the town’s zoning ordinance, which would reduce the minimum lot size requirement in minor lot subdivisions to a quarter acre. Councilman Bill Lusk voted against.

Soddy-Daisy family fights cancer, gives back to community

When Joe and Alana Phillips noticed their daughter Tillery’s delays in development last fall, they took her to their pediatrician. After weeks of doctors’ appointments, an MRI finally revealed that, beneath those curly brown locks of hair, the 15-month-old had a brain tumor the size of a fist.

WRES looks for land to build station

The daughter of the late Martha McCoy has publicly stated that she does not want to see a fire station built on the McCoy property.

Cat Clinic’s Alice Fund gets nonprofit status

Cat Clinic of Chattanooga’s Dr. Marcia Toumayan recalls several times when her clients were reduced to tears. They couldn’t pay for the care their sick or injured cat needed.

Online service may help Signal burglary victims

With the waves of burglaries that continue to hit the community, the Signal Mountain Police Department is now offering one more way for potential victims to recover stolen property.

NNH Thrift Store moves to Dayton Boulevard

After its grand opening earlier this week, the Northside Neighborhood House Thrift Store is settling in at its new location at 3605 Dayton Blvd.

Signal might allow smaller lot sizes

The Signal Mountain Town Council might amend the town’s zoning ordinance to allow residents in existing neighborhoods to subdivide and sell their property in lots as small as a quarter-acre.

Revel Pastry stocks Chattanooga up on baked treats

If you frequent Chattz, Brash or Revelator Coffee Company, you’ve likely indulged in one of St. Elmo resident Charity Everett’s pretty pastries.

SDHS shooting team heads to nationals this week

The Soddy-Daisy High School shooting team is seeing continued success this year, with plans to head to the national competition for the second time.

A crescendo of talent

Rylands raising up generation of violinists in Chattanooga

Brainerd resident Dr. Ann Rylands is raising up a generation of talented violinists in Chattanooga.

Couple teams up in real estate after cancer triumph

Hixson residents Stacy and Todd Cooper are coming to an end of a long, hard year and a half.

Signal schools can no longer benefit from Fields’ discretionary fund

District 2 Hamilton County Commissioner Jim Fields can spend his $100,000 in discretionary funds, but it’s still unclear on whether or not he can use those funds for the mountain’s schools.

Walden mayor sets up new McCoy board

Meetings held every Tuesday at McCoy house

Walden Mayor Bill Trohanis is changing the structure of the McCoy citizens committee, a temporary committee appointed by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that’s been in place since March.

A crescendo of talent

Rylands raising up generation of violinists in Chattanooga

Brainerd resident Dr. Ann Rylands is raising up a generation of talented violinists in Chattanooga.

Pet Placement Center offers free trial cat adoptions

June is Adopt a Cat Month, and there is no better time to consider adopting a new feline friend, according to Pet Placement Center Manager Kristin Stanford.

Thrive moves to new location on Dayton Boulevard

Thrive Studio, formerly located on River Street, is settling in at its new location on Dayton Boulevard.

Danbury subdivision moves ahead

1st conservation subdivision

The Danbury subdivision off James Boulevard is moving forward following the Planning Commission’s approval of the preliminary plat last month.

Prayer shawl ministry brings peace to those going through hard times

Though she’s not a member of Fairview United Methodist, local Beverly Gooding recently stopped by the church on Big Ridge to drop off 13 hand-knitted and crocheted shawls.

WRES in search for site to build new station

McCoy property passed over after community discussion

The proposal to use part of the McCoy property for a new, Hamilton County-funded fire station for Waldens Ridge Emergency Services ended before it really began.

Signal schools react to the dismissal of superintendent’s plan

Signal Mountain principals say they are disappointed that Mayor Jim Coppinger didn’t support Hamilton County Superintendent Rick Smith’s plan to raise property taxes on a quest to make Chattanooga the “smartest city in the South.”

McCoy Farm opens gates to public

The gates of Walden’s McCoy property, now called the McCoy Farm by a board-appointed citizens committee, were officially flung open for the first time on Memorial Day, inviting locals inside for a picnic.

Log House Produce sells fresh fruits, veggies on Signal Mountain Road

The former Crocker Produce location on Signal Mountain Road is again full of vibrant fruits and vegetables — watermelon, tomatoes, pole beans, peaches, apples, honeybell oranges, potatoes, squash and more.

Signal to vote on FY 2015/2016 budget June 8

Signal Mountain officials are closing in on a finished budget for fiscal year 2015/2016, with another work session dedicated to it May 22.

1st kindergartners graduate from Middle Valley Academy

At Middle Valley Academy, six kindergartners are eagerly awaiting their graduation day on May 22. They even have small white graduation caps and gowns to show for it.

Car burglary suspect apprehended

After a two-week rash of car burglaries in the Old Town and Carriage Hill neighborhoods, Signal Mountain police officers are celebrating a victory.

Green Door Toys opening on Frazier Avenue May 8

Green Door Toys is moving from Hixson to the North Shore, and it’s bringing all its “geeky” merchandise with it.

Superintendent rallies support on mountain

When mountaintop residents asked Hamilton County Superintendent Rick Smith how they could support his plan to make Chattanooga the “smartest city in the South” by 2025, he told them to spread the word.

Signal Mountain police reports to be posted online

Signal Mountain citizens can soon access monthly reports of police activity on the town’s website.

Red Bank swim coaches share long friendship

Ken Buchanan and Megan Grass have been co-coaching the Red Bank Gators swim team at the Red Bank Community Pool for the past 14 seasons, but their friendship began long before that.

Signal talks S.R. 8 and needed repairs

Though State Route 8, also known as Signal Mountain Boulevard, is slated for improvements by the year 2020, some Signal Mountain Town Council members are wondering if the current roadway will last that long.

One Accord buddies up to provide help to kids with special needs

When Deejay Haas first started attending One Accord Community Church with her family a year and a half ago, her daughter Maecie, who has autism, was nonverbal and not social.