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Emily Crisman

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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.

Red Bank turns focus to needed work on back roads

The city of Red Bank is continuing its efforts to improve the city’s infrastructure by paving the city’s back roads.

RBNPA regroups after hiatus

Every summer from June through October, Red Bank Neighborhood Pride Association typically names a Home of the Month. After the group’s long hiatus, the recipient for June was Brenda Harker, who lives at 4812 Appian Way.

Soddy-Daisy introduces weekly farmers market

A new weekly farmers market is happening in Soddy-Daisy Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, and the six pavilions located in front of Poe’s Tavern are available for citizens to use for free to sell homegrown and handmade items during the market.

Soddy-Daisy purchases Big Soddy Creek Gulf

The city of Soddy-Daisy made a deal to purchase 285 acres of land surrounded by Cumberland Trail State Park known as the Big Soddy Creek Gulf. Valued at more than $3 million, the city purchased the land from Signal Mountain residents Steven and Tiffany Quarfordt for $1,150,000, which will be paid over a four-year period.

Line up for fun in Old Town July Fourth

One of Signal Mountain’s most charming traditions takes little planning and requires no volunteers. It is absolutely free and takes very little time, but it brings the community together and always brings a smile to the faces of those who participate as well as those who simply observe.

Lions ready for Independence Day celebration

Thursday, July 3, volunteers from the Signal Mountain Lions Club will start cooking 1,200 pounds of pork butts. All night long they will smoke the meat in preparation for the club’s annual Fourth of July barbecue, being held at Althaus Park (behind the Signal Mountain Golf & Country Club) Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

‘Over There’ is a new dining option in North Chattanooga

Over There is a little off the beaten path in North Chattanooga, so much so that you could easily miss it.

At Home Interiors Market features upscale consignment furniture

At Home Interiors Market owner Suzanne Jones Whatley specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind items both old and new. Her main focus is upscale consignment furniture, but she also carries an eclectic mix of home, garden and gift items such as scarves, jewelry and candle lines.

Green Giants to defend title of CASL City Meet champions

The Signal Mountain Green Giants won their final home meet of the season against the Ooltewah Tidal Waves June 25, bringing their record this season to an impressive 5-1.

Family of Carolyn Fairbanks awards two scholarships

The grandchildren of Carolyn Fairbanks have chosen two recipients for the Carolyn Fairbanks Memorial Scholarship this year, the fourth in which the scholarship has been awarded.

Carico returns for SMPH production of ‘The King and I’

The Signal Mountain Playhouse presents its 43rd summer production, “The King and I,” this July. Performances will be held July 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 with curtain at 8 p.m. each night.

SDHS students visit Spain

For 34 years, Soddy-Daisy High Spanish teacher Cathy Brainerd dreamed of taking her students to Spain. Finally, this summer she and nine of her students had the opportunity to experience a life-changing trip to Spain and Morocco.

MBA invites community to shrimp boil

The newly reformed Mountain Business Association is holding more community events, the next being a shrimp boil at Siren’s Seafood and Steak Market Tuesday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m.

Andrea Sarvis returns to pottery, offers create-your-own pieces

After taking a break to be a stay-at-home mom, Signal Mountain resident Andrea Sarvis is getting back into the pottery business. Sarvis owned The Pottery Playhouse, a paint-your-own-pottery studio in Dalton, Ga., that offered parties, art camp and personalized pottery, until 2005.

Off the Grill II opens in Walden

Quintin Perry, also known as Chef Q, has opened a second location of his popular Off the Grill restaurant in Walden in the former Gin Gin’s space.

Red Bank passes budget

The city of Red Bank finalized its budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 on second reading June 18. The general fund budget amounts to $6,585,869, much greater than last year’s budget of $4,909,661.

That Outdoor Guy appears at Man Xpo

Adam Noll’s alter-ego, That Outdoor Guy, will be appearing at the Chattanooga Times Free Press’ first-ever Man Xpo at First Tennessee Pavilion and Finley Stadium Saturday, June 28 at noon.

Cottage Hearth and Home offers fresh baked goods

Hixson resident Pam Johnson, a former chemistry teacher at Soddy-Daisy and Tyner high schools, is using her knowledge of chemistry while baking for her new business, Cottage Hearth and Home.

Signal sources have your perfect beach read

There’s something so satisfying about cracking open a fresh page-turner with the sand between your toes. It’s even more satisfying when you take the time to find your perfect beach read.

Karen Smith recognized as ‘Outstanding Teacher’

Signal Mountain resident Karen Smith is a recent recipient of the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Arts Outstanding Teacher Award.

Midnight Oil adds SMMHS spirit pump

Refueling the car isn’t exactly the most pleasant task, but at least you can feel like you’ve done a good deed when you pull in to Midnight Oil’s new Signal Mountain Middle/High School spirit pump.

MACC offers woodwinds boot camps for every age beginner

For many people, the opportunity to learn to play a woodwind instrument is limited to middle or high school band. Now, 10-year-olds through adults can learn to play the clarinet, saxophone or flute in a week through the MACC’s new summer woodwinds boot camps.

Soddy-Daisy considers restricting e-cigarettes

The city of Soddy-Daisy is considering restricting the use of e-cigarettes inside city buildings.

Primo opens doors in Riverview

Five years after opening upscale Southern restaurant Public House downtown, restaurateur Nathan Lindley has opened neighborhood Italian restaurant Primo in his own community of Riverview.

Cloverdale welcomes new signs

As its annual project, the Cloverdale Neighborhood Association worked with the city of Chattanooga to install three entrance signs in the Hixson neighborhood.

Natural Allure offers healthy, all-natural beauty products

Jennifer Wilson first became interested in natural products when her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2005. When Wilson went with her to the neurologist, she paid a lot of attention to the things people with Alzheimer’s should avoid, such as deodorant and traditional candles, she said.

First Pioneer Days a success

Soddy-Daisy’s Poe’s Tavern Pioneer Days celebration was a great success, especially for its first year, said Soddy-Daisy Vice Mayor Rick Nunley.

Local musician inspiring students at the MACC

Cody Harvey, 21, continues to wow audiences as the banjo player in Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band, which he helped found in 2008 while still a student at Signal Mountain High School.

The Healthy Kitchen offers fresh produce

The Nelsen family of Dunlap, Tenn., have been farming as a hobby for a long time. When Fred and Ana Nelsen’s son Joshua returned last year from a 14-year stint teaching English as a second language in South Korea, they decided to turn their farm, The Healthy Kitchen, into a business.

Factions limit Red Bank Commission’s productivity

Red Bank commissioners are having a difficult time making decisions without a fifth commissioner to break ties — including appointing a fifth commissioner, to represent District 3.

MEF adds chess to summer offerings

Due to demand from parents of kids who play chess during the school year, Mountain Education Foundation has added a chess camp to its summer lineup this year.

SMBC opens prayer room to community

In response to a suggestion made by one of its youth, Signal Mountain Baptist Church is opening its prayer room to the community each Wednesday in June, July and August from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ross offers summer workshops

Butch Ross, a recent addition to the teaching staff at the MACC, is holding two week-long workshops at the center this summer. One focused on the ukulele is set for Monday-Friday, June 16-20 from 5:45-6:45 p.m. each day. Another concentrating on the mountain dulcimer is planned for Monday-Friday, July 7-11 from 5:45-6:45 each day.

Museum hosts fundraiser for planned move

Now located in a 1,000-square -foot space in Northgate Mall, the Chattanooga National Medal of Honor Museum is in the process of raising funds in order to move to a larger space downtown or on the North Shore.

BenchMark offering free exercise classes for seniors

BenchMark Physical Therapy is now providing free exercise classes during Red Bank Seniors on the Go meetings at Red Bank Community Center Mondays and Thursdays from 10-11 a.m.

Youth hold fundraisers for summer trips

The Episcopal Youth at Church group at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church is holding two fundraisers for two upcoming trips: a pilgrimage for juniors and seniors and a mission trip for all EYC members.

Signal Mountain High students win Chattanooga Rocks video contest

As romantic music plays in the background, a Coke and a MoonPie fall in love while visiting popular Chattanooga attractions such as Coolidge Park, the Tennessee Aquarium and Rock City.

MACC Drama Camp presents Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’

Participants in MACC’s Drama Camp will prepare a production of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” during the two-week program held Monday through Friday, June 2-13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Explore the world at MACC

Kids ages 8-10 can take a trip around the world without leaving the mountain by participating in MACC’s summer language camp being held Monday-Friday, June 23-27 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.