News for Wednesday, August 10, 2011



10 Signal Belles presented at Cotton Ball

Ten young women from Signal Mountain were among the fifty-four presented to the Cotton Ball court at the 77th annual Cotton Ball held recently at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Red Bank ready to recruit businesses with tax incentive

The city of Red Bank will begin providing property tax incentives in the hopes of encouraging economic development through the recently passed ordinance, which received unanimous approval from the city commission.

Mowbray Church of God officials expanding church food pantry

Mowbray Church of God is beefing up its recently established food pantry ministry in order to help more families.

Soddy-Daisy’s Staff Sgt. Coleman serving as a medic in Iraq

Like most doctors, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Coleman, of Soddy-Daisy, works long hours — often on call 24 hours a day. But when he reports to work, it is not to a hospital.

Soddy-Daisy’s Eagle Scout Garrett studying for future career

Eagle Scout Garrett Hill, 17, of Soddy-Daisy, began Scouts when he was 13 and was able at a young age to meet role models that steered him on a path to becoming an engineer and minister.

MACC vision coming into focus

A team of various citizens is drawing up a five-year plan for the Mountain Arts Community Center based on the results of recent visioning meetings which involved the community at large.

Signal Middle teacher Henley out of the classroom until court date

When Signal Mountain Middle School students return to classes today they will not see the familiar face of Malcolm Henley, who has been teaching physical education at the school for more than 20 years.

MEF celebrates 20 years with Leigh Anne Tuohy of ‘The Blind Side’

The Mountain Education Foundation is celebrating its 20th anniversary and kicking off its annual fundraising campaign with an event featuring speaker Leigh Anne Tuohy, whose story was portrayed in the 2009 film “The Blind Side.”

Rep. Graves touts area’s resiliency

Congressman Tom Graves, R-Georgia, on Monday conducted a town hall-style meeting at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School and toured some Ringgold businesses damaged by April’s tornado that have recently reopened.

Motocross track expansion OK’d on Scruggs Road

Belated action by the Catoosa County Commission last week will allow Chattanooga area dirt bike riders the chance to compete on a new motocross course.

Catoosa Pet of the Week Aug. 10

Patriot is a light brown Terrier mix.

Raccoons set up residence in Red Bank

After the April 27 tornado swept down Ashland Terrace, Red Bank’s Ted and Judy Bratcher found three baby raccoons peaking out of a hollowed out tree in their front yard.

Soddy-Daisy’s Poe jet setting to model stardom, New York

While Shelby Poe’s classmates at Soddy-Daisy High School are hitting the books, she will be hitting the catwalk after recently signing a contract with Emmanuel New York Models in New York City.

Douthat receives Award of Distinction for historical contributions

James Douthat of Signal Mountain was recently honored with an Award of Distinction by the East Tennessee Historical Society.

Letter to the Editor Aug. 10

Town can’t afford more government

MACC Foundation to host ‘Moonlight & Memories’ gala Aug. 27

The MACC Foundation is hosting its first summer gala, an evening of “Moonlight & Memories,” in Old Town Saturday, Aug. 27. The night will begin on the lawn and veranda of the former Signal Mountain Hotel at 5:30 p.m., then move to the nearby home of Laurie Buchanan from 8:30 until 10:30 p.m.

Local air traffic picking up

With Chattanooga’s business community really beginning to take off, the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport is adding another service provider to help those using the airport for non-commercial corporate travel.

Support RHS by filling Finley Aug. 11

Tomorrow night, fans of high school football and supporters of Ringgold and Ooltewah high schools will have a golden opportunity to enjoy a game and help RHS’s athletic department.

Smith creates memorial fund to fight melanoma

When Don Smith’s wife passed away on Mother’s Day in 2009 from melanoma cancer that had been dormant for more than 20 years, he knew he had to do something.

Sew Bee It shows post-tornado fiber

The tornado that ripped through Ringgold on April 27 had wind speeds as high as 200 mpg, strong enough to destroy the building but not the spirit of those who work and play at Sew Bee It.

Private I’s a public resource

Private investigators are supposed to go unnoticed, but that doesn’t mean PCI owner Walter Lindsey wants his company of PIs flying under the radar.

Moore wins statewide award for exceptional service in public works

Albert Moore, an employee of the Chattanooga RecycleRight Convenience Center of East Brainerd, is this year’s recipient of the Murphy Snoderly Award annually presented by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Public Works Association.

Find or sell anything at Dwight’s Swap Shop

Hixson resident Dwight Branham has built a lifetime career on the notion that one person’s junk is another’s treasure, an idea which he said he has found almost always holds true.

Ringgold tree planting effort taking root

The Phoenix Group is still trying to raise funds to replant trees lost to the devastating April 27 tornado and is now also looking for at least 100 volunteers to help plant trees.

Ringgold DDA accepting business applicants for 20 facade grants

Ringgold Downtown Development Authority chairman Larry Black invites business owners wishing to renovate their business to pick up an application for a 50 percent DDA matching grant from Ringgold City Hall. Twenty grants are available for businesses located within Ringgold’s DDA boundaries.

Hixson’s Holly Satterfield goes from player to pitching coach

Hixson High School 2007 alumna and former softball player Holly Satterfield, 22, is bringing the softball skills she honed under Coach Janet Tate back to her alma mater this week in order to help others aiming for a softball career after high school.

Signal Crest completes $3 million building project, invites community to celebrate

The Signal Crest United Methodist Church building committee says the approximately $3 million in renovations and additions to the church’s righthand and back side will benefit the community as well as the church’s 1,030 members.

Soles for Haiti drive starts on Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain’s American Haitian Foundation is collecting shoes for children and adults in Haiti in a barrel labeled Soles for Haiti at Signal Mountain Athletic Club.

Lupi’s hosts shoe drive for Haiti

Lupi’s pizza owner Dorris Shober has never conducted a public outreach project at Lupi’s ... until now. She said she was inspired to collect shoes for Haitians after seeing the Back Row Film Series flick “A Small Act” and called the resultant decision to participate in the shoe drive a “no brainer.”