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Emily Crisman

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Red Bank officials deny officers tablet computers

Nine Red Bank police officers will go without in-car tablets after the City Commission voted down a resolution authorizing a $38,268 contract to purchase the computers at its Oct. 7 meeting.

Learn to make spooky cake pops at the MACC

Want to impress your friends and neighbors this Halloween? B’s Sweets owner Brianne Hager is offering a cake-pop class at the MACC Monday, Oct. 20.

Loftis receives grant from Dollar General

Loftis Middle School is the recent recipient of a $2,000 grant from Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which the school is using to purchase leveled texts, said Curriculum Coach Jessie Beaumont Schmid.

Bachman to hold fall wreath classes soon

Locals can kick off the new season by learning a new craft at Bachman Community Center’s new fall wreath-making classes. There will be three: Wednesdays, Oct. 22 and 29 and Saturday, Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon each day.

Bachman Fall Festival a success

After years of serving as a fundraiser for the MACC, Hodgepodge was discontinued this year. Meanwhile, Bachman Community Center brought back its Fall Festival, which has not been held for several years.

Nolan cross country team cleans up at meet

The Nolan Elementary School cross country team did extremely well at the recent countywide elementary cross country run at the Chickamauga Dam.

Citizens may enter Big Soddy Gulf at own risk

The city of Soddy-Daisy recently finalized its purchase of Big Soddy Gulf, and Commissioner Geno Shipley said many residents have been asking if it is currently legal to enter the property.

The Mission Chattanooga opens Red Bank Chapel

The Mission Chattanooga is busy preparing for the opening day of its new Red Bank Chapel, occurring Sunday, Oct. 12 at 10 a.m. Red Bank Chapel is located across from Bi-Lo at 3908 and 3912 Dayton Blvd.

Meet the candidates — early voting starts soon

Editor’s note: This is one in a series of contested races in the North Hamilton area. Early voting for all of Hamilton County runs Wednesday, Oct. 15 through Thursday, Oct. 30. The last day to register to vote has already passed. Check future editions of North Hamilton Weekly for more election coverage. For early voting information and locations, visit

Deadline to register for Homecoming Parade soon

The Signal Mountain High School Sports Boosters are gearing up to host the school’s Homecoming Parade Thursday, Oct. 23. The deadline to register to participate is Friday, Oct. 17.

Home, Health and Beauty Expo returns

The Mountain Business Association is bringing back its Home, Health and Beauty Expo to the Signal Mountain Town Hall Gym Saturday, Oct. 11.

Change is in the air at Peak Salon

Peak Salon, which has been in Walden Commons for more than 14 years, is getting a few facelifts — through cosmetic enhancements to the salon as well as through the addition of aesthetician Tonda Rawls of Bella Blue.

Red Bank Commission candidates sound off

Only half of the six candidates running for Red Bank commissioner showed up for the Red Bank Neighborhood Pride Association’s candidate forum held at Red Bank Middle School.

Soddy-Daisy Healthcare holds community health fair

Unsure about your current state of health? Get some answers at the Soddy-Daisy Health Fair at Soddy-Daisy Healthcare Tuesday, Oct. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

North Chattanooga Publix enjoys tremendous community support

Many area businesses are benefiting from the traffic from the new Publix on North Market Street.

Improvements in Sarah Montgomery Lewis Wilhite Memorial Hall continue

Progress is being made on the hallway at the MACC memorializing Sarah Montgomery Lewis Wilhite.

Explore nature with mommy-and-me workshops

Amy Graves, who spent more than a decade as a senior educator at the Tennessee Aquarium, is offering several mommy-and-me workshops at the MACC Thursday, Oct. 16.

Signal resident helps rhythm bones increase in popularity

Signal Mountain resident Steve Wixson doesn’t strum the guitar, craft beautiful medleys on the piano or play the trombone. He plays bones.

Alexian holds annual Fall Festival in October

Alexian’s Fall Festival will be bigger and better than usual this year, said activities co-director Samantha Parker. Alexian did not hold its annual Bluegrass Festival this past June, so its budget was combined with the Fall Festival, she said.

Clothes House gets revamp for fall, Halloween

When the seasons change, so does the Clothes House, a thrift store that raises money for Signal Mountain Social Services.

Lakesite promotes government transparency

City documents are now much easier to find in Lakesite, which recently purchased ClerkBase, an online records program. Every word in the documents is indexed and fully searchable, said City Recorder Jodi LaCroix.

Whedbee returns to White Oak UMC

White Oak United Methodist Church is holding its 87th Homecoming event Sunday, Sept. 28. The worship service will begin at 10:45 a.m., though attendees are welcome to come earlier for Sunday school and breakfast goodies. Everyone is invited.

Rivermont celebrates ‘The Star Spangled Banner’

Rivermont Elementary holds a celebration in honor of the bicentennial of the writing of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Principal Marthel Young gave the students a history of the anthem, and students waved American flags as they stood to sing it together.

Baylor English teacher starts his own Little Free Library

As an avid reader, an English teacher at Baylor School for more than 30 years and the father of two boys, North Chattanooga resident Jim Stover has collected a massive amount of books over the years.

Soddy-Daisy holds Punkin Fest and Great Punkin Chase

The city of Soddy-Daisy and Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 942 are holding the annual Soddy-Daisy Punkin Festival and Great Punkin Chase 5k and fun run at Soddy-Daisy North Park Saturday, Oct. 4. The run and walk will start at 10 a.m., along with the festival, which will last all day.

Bachman Fall Festival returns

After a two-year hiatus, Bachman Community Center is bringing back its fall festival, and organizers say it is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Signal residents support MEF

People with an interest in Signal Mountain public schools came out in droves to support the Mountain Education Foundation at its recent fundraiser featuring author and educator June Scobee Rodgers, widow of Challenger Space Shuttle Commander Dick Scobee.

Nolan installs ‘Buddy Benches’

Not every kid has fun at recess. In fact, kids who are new or different often dread times of free play, which they often spend sitting alone or wandering the playground, hoping someone will ask them to play.

Signal Mountain Guild introduces new directory

The 2014-2016 edition of the Signal Mountain Directory put out by the Signal Mountain Community Guild is now available at local stores including Signal Mountain Pharmacy, Wild Hare Books, Pruett’s Signal Mountain Market and the Signal Mountain branch of SunTrust.

Lady Trojans seek support for new lockers

Members of the Soddy-Daisy High School girls’ basketball team feel secure during away games, where the opposing teams’ visiting locker rooms have lockers that will hold all their stuff.

German exchange program seeks host families

Signal Mountain Middle/High School’s student exchange program with Hamm, Germany, is in need of 11 host families for students arriving to Signal Sept. 27.

Signal Crest UMC welcomes new pastor

To host Sept. 17 talk on Israel/Palestinian conflict

Signal Crest United Methodist Church has a new senior pastor in Dale Wyrick, a native of southwest Virginia who previously served as pastor at Spring City United Methodist Church in Spring City, Tenn.

Carolyn Wright exhibit opens at Gallery 5

Longtime Signal Mountain artist Carolyn Wright is delighted to finally have the opportunity to show her work in the community, she said. Her exhibit at the MACC’s Gallery 5 opens Friday, Sept. 12 with a reception from 5-7 p.m. and runs through Oct. 24.

Meet new Nolan Assistant Principal Vicki Anderson

Nolan Elementary’s new assistant principal is Signal Mountain resident Vicki Anderson, who comes to the school from Allen Elementary, where she spent six years as assistant principal.

Soddy-Daisy considers backyard chickens

The city of Soddy-Daisy is looking into the possibility of an ordinance that would allow backyard chickens.

Dorsey spends retirement visiting seniors

Since the mid-1980s, North Chattanooga resident John Dorsey has been spending his spare time visiting seniors at nursing homes and assisted living facilities in the community.

Uniquely Unhinged specializes in the undead

From zombie makeup to shabby chic wall art, Uniquely Unhinged owner Michelle Hatfield does it all.

Red Bank focuses on safety with event

The city of Red Bank is taking a proactive approach to keeping the community safe by hosting the Red Bank Community Safety Expo in the Bi-Lo parking lot Saturday, Sept. 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Signal Scout receives national recognition

Signal Mountain Weekly readers may recall a December 2013 article focused on 15-year-old Signal resident John Carlson’s Eagle Scout project, which involved constructing the 14 Stations of the Cross in stone and bronze at St. Augustine Catholic Church.

Japanese, origami classes come to MACC

The MACC is expanding its language offerings to include Introduction to Japanese Language and the Art of Origami. Offered through Chattanooga School of Language, the class will be held Tuesdays beginning Sept. 9 from noon to 1 p.m.

Thrasher Elementary solves oak tree mystery

The mystery has been solved surrounding “Miss Bea’s Tree,” the name the Tree Board had adopted for the 100-plus-year-old oak tree at Thrasher Elementary that was felled from the property just before school started.

Balanced Fitness and Cycling offers variety

Since opening May 5, Balanced Fitness and Cycling Studio has gained some devoted fans, from people training for triathlons to people who had never attended a class before.

Bachman Bargains debuts at Bachman Community Center

The Bachman Bargain Barn has undergone an extreme makeover and will make its debut under new name Bachman Bargains Friday, Sept. 5 at 9 a.m.

RPA, community re-envision North Hamilton County

As the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency begins collecting input from local residents as part of its Growing Forward revisioning process, attendees at the RPA’s recent workshop held at North River Civic Center expressed skepticism that the workshop would be helpful in creating the type of community they desire.

Above Grade Level offers tutoring, test prep

While it seems like school just started, progress reports are just around the corner. Margie Bagby, owner of the new local franchise of tutoring company Above Grade Level, said parents should immediately seek help for a child who is falling behind.

Meet the Angles, Newcomers of the Month

The Angle family moved to the Chattanooga area last year when Steven Angle became the new chancellor at UTC. The university has a house on Lookout Mountain where the Angles have lived for the past year while they looked for a house of their own.

Change is brewing in Red Bank

Land use plan revealed

A movie theater, library, progressive restaurants and high-end gift shops are some of the things envisioned for the former Red Bank Middle School property.

City of Red Bank reports on debt, expenditures

The city of Red Bank recently reported on its debt obligation.

Lions make change to annual tradition

A big change is taking place with the Signal Mountain Lions Club’s annual Labor Day Barbecue this year. For the first time since the event began, the club will not be cooking its own barbecue.

Belanger focuses on family photography

In addition to teaching first-year chemistry at UTC, Dominique Belanger is also a professional photographer.