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Kelsie Bowman

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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.

Sale Creek High sees first mock DUI crash presentation

Sale Creek High School sophomores, juniors and seniors gathered last week on the school’s front lawn to witness a tragic scene.

Pumpkin Patch rehab gets rolling

The initiative to rehabilitate the Pumpkin Patch playground is gaining momentum.

Two Frazier businesses celebrate birthdays with events

Frazier Avenue consistently sees changes in the businesses that line its street, but two are gearing up to celebrate a measure of longevity and success in their North Shore locations.

Sale Creek High sees first mock DUI crash presentation

Sale Creek High School sophomores, juniors and seniors gathered last week on the school’s front lawn to witness a tragic scene. A car was mangled against a nearby tree, with three bleeding teenagers still inside. Another was lying on the ground a few yards ahead of the car, unconscious.

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.

Signal DRC to review sign regulations

Changes could be coming to the town of Signal Mountain’s sign regulations, potentially making it easier for businesses to get signs approved.

SDHS’s Fuller wins Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher award

Everyone remembers their favorite teacher from high school. Soddy-Daisy High School sophomore Chris Lee’s is English teacher Trevor Fuller, and thanks to Barnes & Noble, he’s gotten Fuller some serious recognition.

Bright School hosts International Night

Students, parents and teachers of Bright School learned about the cultures of 21 different countries at the school’s recent International Night event.

Walden citizens committee working to make the McCoy property fit for picnic

A temporary Walden citizens committee is working to make the McCoy property fit to open to the public by May 25 — specifically for a Memorial Day picnic.

Kids and seniors combine for Kindermusik at Morning Pointe of Hixson

Kindermusik of First Baptist Church in downtown Chattanooga and Morning Pointe of Hixson are proving that music can have an impact on any age group.

Hixson pastor and illusionist Hartley to perform last local show

When Ken Hartley isn’t at Abba’s House fulfilling his role as executive pastor of worship, he can often be found performing illusions around the world.

Brooks Memorial UMC hosting celebration March 28

Brooks Memorial United Methodist Church is hosting its first Spring Break Celebration Saturday, March 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Damage to SMMHS fields will take months to repair

The recent damage done to fields at Signal Mountain Middle/High School will take months to repair, according to officials, leaving some students without field space to practice on.

SDHS inducts nine into Hall of Fame

Students and community members filled the Soddy Daisy High School gym to honor the 2015 inductees of the school’s seventh annual Hall of Fame ceremony.

Kids and seniors combine for Kindermusik at Morning Pointe of Hixson

Kindermusik of First Baptist Church in downtown Chattanooga and Morning Pointe of Hixson are proving that music can have an impact on any age group.

Professional organizer to help community with spring cleaning

The air is warming, the birds are singing — and that means it’s time for spring cleaning. Fortunately for Chattanoogans, local Goodwill stores are offering help to declutter and destress with The Big Spring Clean event March 20-30.

Speed bump conversation continues on Signal

The Signal Mountain Town Council asked for a straight answer from the Municipal Technical Advisory Service regarding the speed bumps in the Hidden Brook neighborhood, but didn’t get one.

Thousands of dragons flying to River Street

East Brainerd resident Barbara Newton’s dying wish was for someone to take over her extensive dragon collection, expand it and relocate it to downtown Chattanooga.

Bahá’í Center holds children’s festival

The Bahá’í Center, at 2405 Hamill Road in Hixson, hosted its annual Bahá’í Calendar Festival called Ayyam-i-ha.

Council still questions conservation easement

The conservation easement agreement between the town of Signal Mountain and the Land Trust for Tennessee may have been signed into effect, but the debate continues.

Bassett takes over dental practice on Hixson Pike

Big Ridge native Elizabeth Bassett grew up making regular visits to Dr. Howard L. Rowe’s dentist office on Hixson Pike.

Walden citizens gather to discuss McCoy

Proposal coming March 10

Citizens of Walden recently led a forum about the future of the McCoy property, resulting in two basic sentiments: proceed slowly and get the property open to the public as is.

Soddy outreach receives $20,000 to help needy in community

Last year, the St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Ministry of Soddy-Daisy’s Holy Spirit Catholic Church gave away $15,000 worth of food and rent money to residents in need.

Businesses on Frazier switch it up

A quick drive down Frazier Avenue reveals some changes to the street’s retail stores.

Citizens of Walden ask for a McCoy committee

Walden officials are considering getting citizens involved with the McCoy property in a more official way.

Signal discusses relocating rec facilities

For years, Signal Mountain youth sports leagues have warred over field space, and now town officials say they are stepping in the right direction.

Local couple reminisces about 60-plus years of marriage

In 1952, Kenneth Beattie sent his sweetheart Eileen a diamond ring through the mail from his post at the Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, La.

The Big Table turns 10

After 10 years in business, The Big Table on the NorthShore is still operating under the same home-cooked mission and, largely, with the same menu.

Hixson High tennis courts in need of repair

Playing tennis on the Hixson High School courts isn’t ideal.

Forum on McCoy’s future slated for Feb. 17

Concerned Walden citizens are hosting a forum to discuss what they want for the future of the McCoy property Tuesday, Feb. 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Mountain Opry.

Citizen group forming to rehabilitate Pumpkin Patch

Twenty years ago, a group of enthusiastic Walden residents gathered and constructed the Pumpkin Patch playground in a matter of five days. And now, they want to do it again.

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