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Kelsie Bowman

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TAW to pass costs on to customers

In 2011, Tennessee American raised customers’ rates 14.8 percent. In 2012, the utility raised rates 12.72 percent.

NRCC offers oil painting classes for seniors through grant

Judi Hostetter was a young newlywed when she first began painting.

Residents call for new sports complex, solution to Norris Field traffic

A year and a half after the Signal Mountain Town Council opened up Norris Field as a practice space for local youth sports leagues, residents of the surrounding neighborhood are still fighting it. Some are even calling for a new sports complex to be built elsewhere in the town.

Fresh Pot Cafe adds fresh option to Highway 153

The newly opened Fresh Pot Cafe adds a casual option for fresh food — with a gourmet twist — on Highway 153.

Gospel singing to benefit local in need of kidney transplant

In 2011, Charles Adamson was told he was on a three-year waiting list for a much-needed kidney transplant. Today, he’s closer than ever to the surgery, but there are still funds to raise.

Fire Station Feasibility Study calls for new station

The town of Signal Mountain needs a second fire station.

Input wanted on McCoy property renovations

Town of Walden officials and citizens are calling for more public input on the revamping process of the property of the late Martha McCoy.

Blooming Grace aids orphans in Zambia

A typical day for Chloe McAfee and Hanna Massey might include planning a concert at The Camp House or meeting with their college interns via a Skype conference call. Or they might make beaded jewelry to sell for their cause, Blooming Grace.

Signal Mountain amends budget

In an act of budgetary housekeeping, town of Signal Mountain officials are appropriating $115,000-plus of additional expenditures than were originally budgeted for fiscal year 2013-2014.

SMPD gives advice regarding suspicious persons in area

With recent concerns about an alleged prowler at Signal Mountain Little League games, acting Police Chief Scott Ogrodowczyk reminds citizens: Don’t hesitate to call the Police Department.

SDMS teams up with Leadership Chattanooga for mentorship program

Thirty Soddy-Daisy Middle School students are already looking into possible college and career paths. Sounds a little early to be considering such options, right?

North Shore’s Taconooga serves authentic fare

Chattanooga Sandwich Shop. Urban Spoon. Northshore Lunch.

Boy Scout aids house for the homeless with HIV/AIDS

Members of Hixson’s Boy Scout Troop 172 completed yard work, mended fences and more at Catholic Charities’ The Home Place on Glenwood Avenue. David Withey, a Soddy-Daisy resident and Notre Dame High School senior, managed the project as a part of his pursuit of the Eagle Scout award.

Walden negotiates with architect for town center

Town of Walden officials are moving forward with plans to turn the property of the late Martha McCoy into the new town center.

Nolan Elementary recommended for construction

The Hamilton County Commission approved Mayor Jim Coppinger’s recommendations to grant four schools funds for needed construction projects, and Nolan Elementary is on the list.

Walden seeks options for trash pickup

The town of Walden is back at square one in regards to options for garbage pickup. Mayor David Epperson announced at the March 11 regularly scheduled town meeting that the town is again seeking bids for a garbage service provider.

Southern Sqweeze to bring fresh juice, cleanses to Riverview

Southern Sqweeze will bring fresh, organic juice to the Riverview neighborhood by mid-April, according to shop owner Kelsey Vasileff.

The Growler features plethora of craft beer on tap

The term “growler” takes on two meanings in Riverview. Not only does The Growler on Hixson Pike get its name from the beer container customers often lug out of the shop, customers can also bring in a framed picture of their dog, or “growler,” for a free pint of craft beer. The picture is then added to the rapidly growing collection of pups’ portraits on the wall.

ACT Printing Division brightens Signal Mountain Boulevard

ACT Printing Division on Signal Mountain Boulevard is hard to miss. The building is so vibrant with blues, reds, yellows, greens and violets that it easily catches the attention of passersby who exit U.S. 27 toward Signal Mountain.

Paw Pals Storytime grows the love of animals in Chattanooga’s children

On the first Thursday of each month, the children of Chattanooga are invited to gather at McKamey Animal Center.

Eight join the ranks of SDHS Hall of Fame

The Soddy-Daisy High School student body recently assembled to watch the induction of eight alumni into the school’s Hall of Fame.

Off Grid Juice brings healthy, green alternative to town

Andy Lewis often uses his bicycle to get from point A to point B in Chattanooga. It’s been his primary source of transportation for years, he said.

Daisy UMC giving away free plants again April 5

The “church with the flowers” in Soddy-Daisy is set to spread the flora to its neighbors Saturday, April 5.

Residents can comment on conservation easement until April 1

Town of Signal Mountain residents have until April 1 to comment on the current draft of a conservation easement that would prohibit development on certain town-owned green spaces.

ACT Printing Division brightens Signal Mountain Boulevard

ACT Printing Division on Signal Mountain Boulevard is hard to miss. The building is so vibrant with blues, reds, yellows, greens and violets that it easily catches the attention of passersby who exit U.S. 27 toward Signal Mountain.

Motorcycle trials training workshop revs up March 29

If you’ve hiked in the Chattanooga area, you’re probably familiar with the rugged terrain of some of the city’s trails. In this mountainous region, it can sometimes be difficult just to traverse the trails by foot.

Signal looks to solve high rate of police turnover

The town of Signal Mountain is often likened to Mayberry. But unlike that fictitious community where everyone knows everyone — especially the longtime police officers — Signal’s officers may be unfamiliar faces.

First resolution for $3 million loan passes in Signal Mountain

The town of Signal Mountain has taken its first official step toward borrowing $3 million, and now residents have a chance to protest the loan if they wish.

Soddy-Daisy Hiking Club traverses trails of North Hamilton

When Soddy-Daisy resident George Bonneau was a kid, he and his family lived out in the country. His backyard was made up of 7 miles of swampland.

Veal hired as full-time Signal Mountain town manager

Signal Mountain recently gained a town manager but lost a police chief.

Signal likely to borrow $3 million

After a three-hour discussion on loans and capital projects, the Signal Mountain Town Council seems to have settled on a number: $3 million.

Dance center adds ‘Ballroom Magic’ to North Access Road

It could be the first dance at your wedding this spring. Perhaps it’s the father-daughter dance at your baby girl’s senior prom. Or maybe you’re just looking for a new hobby in order to stay active.

Conservation group seeks citizen input

Hosting meetings March 12-13

The conservation easement that would forever forbid development on Signal Mountain park lands is nearing a vote, but first town officials want public input.

Colony 13 hosts reopening March 7-9

Rodney and Susan Bass say the secrets to a successful local business include putting in lots of hours, never buying what you can’t afford and building slow, sustained growth.

Southern Whimsicality takes customers back to yesteryear

Sarah Ketterer’s shop on is splashed with lots of vibrant — even if a bit faded — color.

Students let sparks fly at AWS welding competition

Vocational students from across the region recently gathered at Sequoyah High School in Soddy-Daisy for a welding competition, sponsored by the American Welding Society.

Studio 6 sets up shop on North Market Street

Age is not a style. It’s a frame of mind.

Signal Council plans town manager hiring discussion

The Signal Mountain Town Council plans to begin discussing the hiring of a new town manager at its next work session Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. at Town Hall.

Ivy Academy educators prepare for new honeybee program

Ivy Academy office manager Ansley Eichhorn and Exceptional Education teacher Holly Slater are embarking on their own educational venture this spring — and it’s going to be sweeter than honey.

McCoy property transformation on track

Walden Mayor David Epperson says progress on transforming the property of the late Martha McCoy into the new town center is right on schedule.

Appointments, opportunity and turnover: a discussion of Signal Mountain’s boards

More than 80 residents — roughly 1 percent of the town of Signal Mountain’s population — make up the town’s 14-plus boards and commissions, which advise the Town Council and, in some cases, make decisions regarding the town’s future.

Pick up a new cold-weather hobby at local community centers

Several weeks still stand between us and the warm weather of spring.

Dipped Fresh transitions to online, catering business

Dipped Fresh has closed its doors on River Street, but customers of the gourmet deli and dessert shop shouldn’t worry.

Signal studying 2nd fire station

Recommendation expected soon

Shackleford Ridge Road might soon be seeing a new fire station.

US Pigments adds color to community’s concrete

Within minutes, the entire basement was flooded.

Former local WAVES officer inspires biography

The life of longtime Hixson resident Frances Wilson has been ruled by a very important belief.

Insyde Outsyde continues to offer décor with unique European flair

When it comes to the latest in European home décor, shoppers need go no further than Red Bank.

Planning session off; project talk set for Feb. 7

Signal Mountain’s strategic planning session slated for Friday, Feb. 7 is cancelled, but the council still plans to meet that day to discuss potential capital projects, said Interim Town Manager Boyd Veal.

Future of Hodgepodge in the air

The future of Hodgepodge is again up in the air after a discussion at the Jan. 28 Signal Mountain Town Council work session.

Local students connect with the Olympics through art

In the 2014 Olympic Village of Sochi, Russia, is an exhibit of children’s art. The colorful pictures depict scenes of competition, friendship and peace.