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Emily Crisman

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Thanksgiving Hymn Fest brings churces together

Signal Mountain Baptist Church and St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church are coming together to hold the community’s first Thanksgiving Hymn Fest Sunday, Nov. 23, with a hymn service from 4-5 p.m. and dinner starting at 5.

Signal’s Daisy Elliott focuses on skin care

Signal Mountain resident Daisy Elliott recently opened her own space, Signal Skin Care, where she offers facials, targeted treatments and brow and lash tinting and waxing. Elliott previously worked out of J. Smith Salon for the past six months.

N. Chattanooga replaces zoning with form-based codes system

What do you want to see in your community? That’s what a team of city planners recently asked residents around the Chattanooga area.

Furniture is in the family for Red Bank resident

Mango’s Decor and Co. owner Kristy Steele’s whole family, including her grandfather, father and sister, has always been in the furniture business. She helped her sister open Mango’s in Nashville in April.

Red Bank Church of Christ serves free meals

Red Bank Church of Christ sees serving a free meal as fulfilling the purpose of serving needs in the community, like Jesus did.

MEF announces new director

Signal Mountain resident Katie Hanners is replacing Mike Taylor as the new executive director of the Mountain Education Foundation.

SMHS girls cross country team wins state

Members of the Signal Mountain High School girls cross country team are the state champions for the second year in a row.

Holiday Market, winter farmers market hours set to start Nov. 13

The Signal Mountain Farmers Market, located in Pruett’s parking lot, is holding its Holiday Market and switching over to its winter hours Thursday, Nov. 13.

Sunday on Signal signals start of holiday season Nov. 15

The time has come to pull the Christmas decorations out of the attic and begin checking names off your holiday shopping list, and Signal Mountain is the perfect spot to get a head start. For three decades, mountain businesses have hosted Sunday on Signal, an event that has expanded to include Saturday as well.

North Hamilton municipalities elect officials

For the first time in months, the Red Bank City Commission finally has a full board after last week’s election.

Convenience increases for local wine drinkers

Citizens of Soddy-Daisy who crave the convenience of getting their pinot at the same place they buy their frozen pizza can soon do so by driving to nearby Chattanooga, Lakesite or Red Bank, all of which approved the sale of wine in grocery stores last week.

Longtime Signal Santas tradition continues

The Signal Santas, a longtime traditon on Signal Mountain, are looking to include the mountain’s younger set in their annual party that raises funds for Signal Mountain Social Services. Even those who have never had the chance to meet the original organizers, Wanda Lacy and Shirley Miller, may soon receive a call from this year’s committee to join the party.

Mike Taylor leaves MEF for new position

In his six years at the helm of the Mountain Education Foundation, former Executive Director Mike Taylor said his greatest accomplishment has been getting the community together to bring more resources to the foundation.

UnifiEd addresses public education issues

UnifiEd held its final summit on public education recently at Soddy-Daisy High School.

Developer to give update on Hillocks Farm

Developer Duane Horton of the Scenic Land Co., who is behind the Hillocks Farm development at the corner of Boy Scout Road and Highway 153, plans to give the community an update on the project at the North River Civic Center Monday, Nov. 10 from 6-8 p.m.

Operation Christmas Child opens doors

In some parts of the world, a simple spoon is the best gift a child can receive. For the past three years, Signal Crest United Methodist Church has been collecting and shipping items such as soap and spoons to children in need through Operation Christmas Child.

Concerned Citizens for Justice protests in Red Bank

It wasn’t signs for candidates in next week’s election that greeted those walking into Red Bank City Hall last week, but signs reading “No more bullies with badges” and “Officer Kaylor has got to go.”

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 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.

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.

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.