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Emily Crisman

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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.

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.

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.

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.

New kids’ cooking class ‘sprouts’ at MACC

Getting kids involved with cooking encourages them to make healthier eating choices, says Allie Fincher, owner of Sprouts Cooking, which is offering an upcoming kids’ cooking class at the MACC. The class is scheduled for Mondays, Sept. 8-29 from 4-5 p.m. with a registration deadline of Sept. 3.

Belanger focuses on family photography

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

City of Red Bank reports on debt, expenditures

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

Nolan set to expand

This may be the last year that Amber Napier has to cram her kids into a too-small classroom at Nolan Elementary.

New market vendor offers pork, chicken, herbal products

Merryfield’s Farm of Whitwell, Tenn., is a new vendor at the Signal Mountain Farmers Market, offering pork, chicken and herbal products to shoppers.

Signal Mountain Health and Wellness adds second doctor

In order to better serve its growing practice, Signal Mountain Health and Wellness has added a second provider, Dr. Gregory Nieckula.

Lakesite, Red Bank to vote on wine in grocery stores

All area petitions must be submitted by Aug. 21

Lakesite and Red Bank have collected the required number of valid signatures on local petitions to put the sale of wine in retail food stores on the upcoming November ballots.

Plan now for a beautiful yard

With fall just around the corner, now is the time to start planning for a great looking yard.

Signal Mountain businesses spend extra to go green

Biodegradable takeout containers and cups cost about eight to 10 times more than those made from plastic foam, according to Southern Star owner Nancy Adams.

Signal students head back to school

At Registration Day, students at Nolan and Thrasher elementaries and Signal Mountain Middle/High School got a chance to catch up with old friends before starting the new school year Aug. 7.

Carefree membership allows for ‘boating without owning’

People looking into purchasing a new boat often fail to consider the hidden costs and the burden of maintenance. For this reason, many who purchase a new boat end up regretting it, said Derrell Jones, owner of Carefree Boat Club in Chattanooga.

Dr. John Cranwell starts new adventure

After 35 years of practicing in Chattanooga and on Signal Mountain, Dr. John Cranwell is taking a cross-country adventure and a new job in Denver, Colo.

Publix opens on North Market

At long last, the new Publix on North Market Street is set to open today, with a ribbon cutting ceremony featuring state Sen. Todd Gardenhire scheduled for 6:45 a.m.

Soddy-Daisy officials shuffle positions

Soddy-Daisy City Manager Hardie Stulce announced his resignation at the City Commission’s July 17 meeting. Mayor Janice Cagle also announced her resignation and Vice Mayor Rick Nunley was named mayor.

The Nail Bar opens on Signal

Fans of Pretty Nails at the foot of the mountain will be pleased to learn that the owner of that nail salon’s son, Wayne Huynh, and his girlfriend Jeanny Khinsavath have opened The Nail Bar in the former Three Black Sheep space on Signal Mountain.

1N3 seeks community support for Chattanooga Teen Maze

Bonny Oaks area resident Tiki Finlayson, co-founder of local nonprofit 1N3, wants to change the sobering statistic that one in three people is affected by drunk driving.

Soddy-Daisy Healthcare offers free CNA training

For those looking for a career as a certified nursing assistant, Soddy-Daisy Healthcare offers a free CNA education program to the community.

Church offers drive-thru for prayer

Every Saturday until Aug. 23, representatives from Signal Mountain Church of Christ will be available to pray with passing motorists who don’t even need to leave their vehicle.

Mountain Cove wins national competition

It’s been a great year for Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band, which Signal Mountain Weekly has been covering since the group was formed back in 2008 during lunch breaks at Signal Mountain Middle/High School.

MACC gets facelift from volunteers

For the fourth year, volunteers from the Alive in You summer program are spending several summer days doing repairs and cleaning at the MACC.

Signal Mountain Farmers Market moves to Pruett’s parking lot

The Signal Mountain Farmers Market is moving from Bachman Community Center to the parking lot at Pruett’s Signal Mountain Market. The market day and times will remain the same — Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.

Select North Hamilton schools offer free meals for all students

“Lunch money” will be a term of the past for students at 47 Hamilton County schools this fall, thanks to a federal program that covers the cost of all students’ breakfasts and lunches in select schools, regardless of family incomes.

Picasso for sale in Old Town

An upcoming estate sale in Old Town affords the rare opportunity to purchase a Picasso piece right here on Signal Mountain.

St. Augustine Learning Center set to open this fall

St. Augustine Catholic Church will be putting its new education wing to good use this fall with the opening of St. Augustine Learning Center, a curriculum-based preschool for 3- and 4-year-olds.

Threads gives all profits to charity

Everyone knows that shopping locally puts money back into the community. But one store on Signal Mountain is taking that a step further by putting every cent spent there back into the community.

Cruise-in benefits local hero

Nathan Rogers is the type of man who has always served others. The Chattanooga police officer is a combat veteran who spent two years in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Manufacturers Road not affected by funding shortage

The roadwork at U.S. Highway 27 and Manufacturers Road is slightly ahead of schedule, with a completion date scheduled for February 2015, said Jennifer Flynn, spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Ivy Academy puts down permanent roots

Ivy Academy is busy preparing to move to its new home this fall, located across the street from the trailers the charter school has occupied on rented land since it was founded in 2009.

Holmes family is Newcomers of the Month

Meet the Holmes family, July’s Newcomers of the Month. They moved to Signal Mountain in January of last year from Athens, Tenn., for Gregory Holmes’ office management job.

Eaves completes project of a lifetime

Local woodworker Farrell Eaves just finished the biggest project of his lifetime.

Hall’s ‘parade’ continues, rain or shine

Former Signal Mountain resident Zach Laliberte, who spends most of his time in the Los Angeles area, also works occasionally with the Atlanta Workshop Players.

Trailhead Nursery offers biodiversity

Curious about native plants or how best to incorporate them into your own landscape? A relatively new local nonprofit nursery can help.