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Kelsie Bowman

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New Walden board’s first meeting packed

At its first regular meeting since the election, the Walden Board of Mayor and Aldermen addressed a packed agenda in front of a full house at Town Hall.

Gunter back in Signal Mountain Middle/High

Former town of Signal Mountain Youth and Community Relations Officer Heath Gunter is back at Signal Mountain Middle/High School full time until the end of the school year.

Give back to local charities this Christmas

Since last December, the Soddy-Daisy Food Bank’s clients have increased by 26 percent, said Director of Operations Ray Woodall.

SDMS hosts community at Academic Night

Soddy Daisy Middle School was brimming over with teachers, students and parents at its fall semester Academic Night.

Hixson company makes using recycled rainwater look good

This is a busy time of year for John Crider.

Girl Scouts learn about nuclear science

Sequoyah’s Women in Nuclear program and local Girl Scout Troops teamed up for a “Get to Know Nuclear” event at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant’s Training Center.

Soddy-Daisy First Pres. hires pastor

Hamilton County’s oldest congregation just got a new pastor.

‘Curtain Call’ show closes Northshore Gallery

After only two years, the Northshore Gallery of Contemporary Art, formerly known as Graffiti, is closing its doors Dec. 20.

Signal talks about use of surveillance, traffic cameras

Do you want Signal Mountain officials to install license plate cameras in the town?

School traffic talks continue

Heavy traffic is not just a problem at the district’s Nolan Elementary and Signal Mountain Middle/High School, but the traffic surrounding those schools — both serviced by a single small road — has become a topic of hot debate locally due to safety concerns.

HHS’ Hall receives grant to gear P.E. class for students with disabilities

Three years ago, Hixson High School teacher and wrestling coach Garrick Hall started a physical education class geared specifically for his students with disabilities.

Good Shepherd Food Ministry receives $20,000 surprise

The Good Shepherd Food Ministry of Soddy-Daisy First Baptist Church just received a big surprise — worth $20,000.

SMPD under the gun

Police officers working overtime may become a common sight in the town of Signal Mountain.

North Hamilton County Elementary gives students ‘Bags of Knowledge’

Thanks to a Junior League of Chattanooga mini-grant, third-grade teacher Stacey Culver is sending her North Hamilton County Elementary students home with a “Bag of Knowledge” each week.

North River Civic Center celebrates its birthday

The North River Civic Center is celebrating its 10th birthday, and the staff invites the community to celebrate, too.

In-Town Gallery marks its 40th anniversary

In 1974, 12 artists gathered and decided to open a gallery. Forty years and a couple of locations later, the gallery’s doors are still open.

Pruett’s to sell wine

Pruett’s Signal Mountain Market is looking forward to July 1, 2016.

New council members talk importance of SRO at high school

The Signal Mountain Town Council, with new members now in place, has some figuring to do to get a school resource officer in Signal Mountain Middle/High School.

Red Bank math teacher flips classroom

At Red Bank Middle School, sixth-grade math teacher Terri Holmes is flipping her classroom.

Freedom Worship Center, Wimpies team up for free Thanksgiving dinner

Freedom Worship Center and Wimpies Restaurant are teaming up to ensure that locals in need get a hearty turkey dinner this Thanksgiving.

Signal Mountain and county look for funding for SRO at SMMHS

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series that looks at the need, logistics and plans for having a dedicated SRO officer assigned to SMMHS, a topic of hot debate during the recent Signal Mountain Town Council election. For previous coverage, read the article at

Soddy Elementary ready for Holiday Bazaar Nov. 15

Locals can get a start on holiday shopping and enjoy some family fun all at the same time at Soddy Elementary’s Holiday Bazaar Fall Festival Saturday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Friends Cuttin’ Up hosts cut-a-thon for Pet Placement Center

The stylists of Friends Cuttin’ Up Hair Salon, located at 5510 Highway 153 in Hixson, recently teamed up with the Pet Placement Center to raise funds for the animal shelter through a cut-a-thon.

Caregivers given respite in Falling Water

Being a caregiver isn’t easy.

Burglaries on Palisades prompt talks on Neighborhood Watch

Three homes in the town of Signal Mountain were burglarized last month, bringing the total count of home burglaries in 2014 up to 19, according to Town Manager Boyd Veal.

Signal and SMMHS talk about the need for an SRO

During the lunch hour at Signal Mountain Middle/High School, it’s not uncommon to see students clustered around a man in uniform.

Future of McCoy up to new Walden board

The Walden Board of Mayor and Aldermen, newly elected as of last night, is about to face some hard decisions in regards to the McCoy property.

Hixson’s Johnson to teach bread baking class Nov. 8

Baking homemade bread can be intimidating, but Hixson resident Pam Johnson is willing to help locals overcome the challenge just in time for holiday baking.

The Skin and Brow Room offers approachable skin care for all

When Jessica West discovered she could go to school to learn about skin care, she was all in.

Walden candidates talk McCoy, Pumpkin Patch

The McCoy property and the Pumpkin Patch were hot topics at a recent candidate forum for the Walden Board of Mayor and Alderman.

CSO to play a Symphony on Stringer’s Nov. 1

Locals can start out November with the musical stylings of the Chattanooga Symphony and Orchestra paired with a stunning view of the city’s urban wilderness.

Loftis Middle ready for Community Day Nov. 8

Last fall, Loftis Middle School held its annual Community Day and Car Show, that for the first time benefited the Dallas Bay Firefighter’s Christmas Fund.

Subdivision off of James Blvd. proposed

More than 100 people have signed a letter of concern against a newly proposed 20-lot subdivision off of James Boulevard.

4th edition of Hixson family genealogy released

When Linda Hixon was a little girl, she loved to crack open the family genealogy book and rifle through the pages until she found her name.

Women’s health expo comes to North River Civic Center Oct. 21

The North River Civic Center is teaming up with Memorial Hospital in Hixson to give local women of all ages a night of health education and pampering before the holiday season sets in.

Hixson UMC celebrates 125th birthday

Hixson United Methodist is celebrating a huge milestone Oct. 19 — its 125th birthday — and invites the community to celebrate, too.

Conservation easement up for vote Oct. 13

Signal Mountain resident Cheree Dumas doesn’t want to take away the freedom of future generations. Fellow resident Ron Galante wants to make sure the green spaces that are a hallmark of Signal Mountain remain so for future generations.

Walden candidates talk qualifications, issues

Editor’s note: This is one in a candidate series for the Nov. 4 election. Early voting runs from Wednesday, Oct. 15-Thursday, Oct. 30. For early voting information and locations, visit

The Chattery, Southern Sqweeze team up for healthy eating classes

Does a healthy smoothie have to be green and taste gross? Is there a healthier alternative to Halloween candy? What kind of effect does sugar even have on the body?

Explorers Homeschool Academy already gearing up for Science Olympiad

It’s no secret that education these days is geared toward math and science, and the Explorers Homeschool Academy has found a way to make it fun.

Walden mayor talks fate of Pumpkin Patch

Rumors have been swirling around Walden as to the fate of the Pumpkin Patch. Mayor David Epperson assures citizens the playground’s future is secure, though the playground might see changes in coming years.

Republican Women host fashion show

The Hamilton County Republican Women hosted a fashion show and luncheon at the Heritage Landing Clubhouse to benefit the Honoring the Sacrifice Foundation.

Joshi offers professional henna and face painting

Are you intrigued by the swirly designs of traditional henna tattoos? Or maybe you’re looking for a competition-winning painted face for this year’s Halloween festivities.

Alexian to give $50,000 toward James Boulevard rehabilitation

Plans to rehabilitate James Boulevard continue, now with the aid of Alexian Village.

VW line worker wows plant with T-shirt design

When East Ridge resident Jerome Foster isn’t installing sun roofs or door seals on brand-new Volkswagen Passats, he likes to paint. And recently, his talent brought him some notoriety among his fellow 2,400 Volkswagen employees, as well as funds for United Way.

Good comes from bad situation for Waters

The women of the Waters family are closer than most.

Collegedale Tomorrow works to revive the past

About 130 years ago, the Edgemon family bought a piece of property from the Tallant family in what is now Ooltewah, and on it they built a small springhouse.

‘Day of Play’ comes to Hamilton Place

With innovations in technology, the definition of the word “play” has changed dramatically over the last decade. When you tell a kid to go play, they might pull out their video game controller or sit on the couch with their iPhone.

TDEC talks about future of Harrison Bay State Park

Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is in the midst of holding public hearings with each state park, and recently it held one at Harrison Bay State Park.

Signal candidates talk issues

Four of the five candidates for Signal Mountain Town Council went head to head in an MBA-sponsored candidate forum at the MACC Sept. 9.