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By Kelsie Bowman Staff Writer 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. The Walden Board

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.

SMPD looks for new officer

The Signal Mountain Police Department is again down a patrol officer, but new Police Chief Mike Williams said he’s not concerned.

Lady Trojans introduce Big Sis Mentoring Program

At a recent Lady Trojans’ basketball game, some of the teammates seemed a little too young to be in high school.

Signal sees changes in town boards

With the election of new council members in Signal Mountain has come changes in the town’s commissions and boards.

OPA now offers catering to parties of any size

Since it opened in 2013, OPA Restaurant on River Street has quickly become a popular spot for truly authentic and delicious Greek food.

We Clip U Save brings coupon deals to Hixson residents

Hixson resident Lorri Love is a couponer. Actually, her mom, Flo Simon, calls her a magician because Love is so good at finding the best deals. If Love is standing behind you in the grocery store check-out line, she’ll likely help you save too, Simon laughed.

Dallas Bay Baptist charters new American Heritage Girls troop

When Monya Alsept moved her family from St. Louis, Mo., to Chattanooga last year, she looked for an American Heritage Girls troop to get her three daughters involved in.

Walden mulls traffic circle at top of W Road

The town of Walden is looking for a way to slow traffic at the intersection at the top of the W Road. At the recent town meeting, Mayor Bill Trohanis asked Volkert representative Jim Floyd to introduce the idea of a traffic circle.

Meet Signal’s new police chief: Mike Williams

Signal Mountain has a new police chief, and his name is Mike Williams.

Danbury decision deferred until February

A decision on the proposed Danbury subdivision was again deferred at Thursday night’s Signal Mountain Planning Commission meeting.

Stuart Heights to host Night to Shine prom for special needs

Needs local businesses or vendors as partners

In honor of its five-year anniversary, the Tim Tebow Foundation sought 50 churches nationwide to host its annual Night to Shine Prom for people with special needs — and Stuart Heights Baptist is one of them.

Bell resigns as Walden mayor

Ken Bell has resigned as Walden’s mayor.

Signal looks ahead to capital projects in 2015

Three capital projects will be on the forefront of Signal Mountain officials’ minds in 2015 – a new fire substation, the rehabilitation of James Boulevard and a new public works building.

Boxer Jerry Howell stays in the ring

At the age of 68, Jerry Howell is still spry in the boxing ring.

Go Fish closes Jan. 24

Liquidation sale running until doors close for good

After nearly eight years of business on Frazier Avenue, Go Fish Clothing and Jewelry of Chattanooga is closing its doors Saturday, Jan. 24

The Gypsy Picker sells high-end items at low price

Kimberly Saldana says she’s always felt a little bit like a gypsy.

Camera conversation drops off

Signal Mountain town officials say the rash of home burglaries on the mountain seems to have cleared up.

BOLD/GOLD seeks scholarships to send kids outdoors

The Chattanooga Area YMCA Boys and Girls Outdoor Leadership Development program, known as BOLD/GOLD, needs the community’s help to continue making the outdoors accessible to the city’s youth.

Signal ups ante on traffic enforcement

In the past, speeding has been one of the most common and consistent complaints made by Signal Mountain residents, according to Town Manager Boyd Veal.

The Casual Pint offers hangout for craft-beer lovers

The Casual Pint recently set up shop on Cherokee Boulevard, offering a meeting place for business associates, a study zone for students, and a big screen for friends wanting to catch the game — all with a craft beer in hand.

Old Chicago gets involved in the community

Old Chicago Pizza and Taproom opened this month in Northgate Mall, and though the restaurant is a chain that began in Colorado, it plans on rooting itself in the Chattanooga community.

McCoy property could become educational nonprofit

One Walden resident has big plans for the McCoy property.

Signal and Walden seek to communicate with citizens

With new council members in place, both towns of Signal Mountain and Walden are seeking ways to better communicate with their citizens.

Ivy teacher first of his kind to receive high award

Ivy Academy teacher Jim Watson recently received an award that no other classroom teacher has received before.

Tiger Society only school certified to offer Iai-do, Arnis

Tiger Society Martial Arts has evolved over the years, continuously adding new systems to its repertoire along the way.

St. Alban’s hosts Holly Jolly Market

St. Alban’s Hixson Market, at 7514 Hixson Pike, shared delicious treats and lots of local wares at its second annual Holly Jolly Market event.

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.