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Katy Mena

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Nolan pet helps promote love of literature

Signal Mountain resident Debbie Godbold is getting big results from her miniature dachshund, Maggie, as they team up to encourage students to read.

Kids learn lessons on youth hunt

Signal Mountain youngsters are honing their hunting skills this season, learning patience and determination while spending quality time with their fathers.

Benton serves up Christmas casseroles

Soddy-Daisy caterer Mindy Benton, owner of Meals by Mindy, is whipping up casseroles just in time for the holidays, offering hosts the satisfaction of having home-cooked meals without having to do the dishes.

Business booms at Canine Courtesy Camp

Less than one year after relocating to a new place of business, the owners of Canine Courtesy Camp are nearing completion of their signature dog “sweets” and looking to further expand into an additional building.

SMMS students put together seasonal structures

Signal Mountain Middle School creators are testing their skills building tasty treats with their latest project, gingerbread houses to be displayed at the school and the Chattanooga Market.

CCA celebrates holidays with song Dec. 3

The Center for Creative Arts invites the community to attend its Holiday Concert Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the school auditorium featuring the school’s middle school singers, women’s ensemble, male ensemble, choral union and the concert choir.

Local author signs books about Read Aloud learning

Signal Mountain educator Susan Frankenberg will share her tutorial talents with the local community during a book signing at Wild Hare featuring the second edition of her book, “Read Aloud Magic.”

Signal residents take stage in 'Madeline’s Christmas'

Rising Signal Mountain stars will show off their talents Dec. 4-20 by in the Chattanooga Theatre Centre’s Youth Theatre production of “Madeline’s Christmas.”

Olde Towne Antiques eases financial burden of holiday shopping

Olde Towne Antiques is offering holiday shoppers a little help this holiday season with its layaway payment plan option.

Mountain Business Association takes on new members for 2010

Seven members of Signal Mountain’s professional community will serve on the 2010 Mountain Business Association board beginning in January.

Community to come together for Christmas Basket Food Drive

In keeping with the spirit of the holiday season, Signal Mountain Middle/High School and Signal Mountain Social Services have teamed up for the Eagles 4 Families/SMSS Christmas Basket Food Drive, which will begin with a collection during the week of Nov. 30.

Timmerman takes on technological challenges

Former TVA technology expert Ben Timmerman is channeling his retirement energy into an entrepreneurial venture to help his Signal Mountain neighbors who have trouble with their personal computers.

History club gets French lesson from Racie Miller

Members of the Signal Mountain Homeschool history club for boys are more versed in their French knowledge thanks to Signal Mountain’s Francophone-in-residence Racie Miller, who shared her insight with the club during its November meeting.

The Cottage Closet keeps fashion affordable

Jan Wheeler says her new consignment boutique, The Cottage Closet, presents area residents ways to stay stylish while saving dollars.

Red Bank students explore Russia by writing

Red Bank Elementary School third-graders are going global this school year by establishing relationships with students in Russia.

Signal taekwondo students successful at regional championship

Students of Mark Johnson’s Taekwondo Academy took their talent off the mountain as they participated in the regional championships at the Opryland Hotel.

Thrasher Elementary focuses on physical fitness

Thrasher Elementary School students are being taught to take their health seriously thanks to efforts made by physical education teacher Kristy Stephenson, principal Aimee Randolph and the schools’ proactive parents and staff.

Nolan handbell choir rings in the holiday season

Nolan Elementary’s fifth-grade handbell choir is preparing for the holiday season with regular rehearsals, infectious enthusiasm, and genuine love for the brass instruments, according to music teacher Rebecca Clark.

SMHS supports SCORE initiative

Signal Mountain High School students are taking charge of their futures by participating in the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education.

Collins scuplts new collection with Ireland in mind

Practiced Signal Mountain sculptor Jim Collins has created a collection of visual splendor that he hopes to send to Ireland this June.

UTC professor Kevin Ford produces first album

Signal Mountain music man Dr. Kevin Ford is launching his career as a producer with the release of “In Bright Mansions Above: The Choral Music of Roland M. Carter, vol. 1.”

Serendipity Delights serves up home cooking

Judy Smith said a hobby she turned into a home-based business in 2005 and has since expanded to a Red Bank storefront is now a home-away-from-home for her and many of her loyal customers.

Firefighters pitch safety for Sunday on Signal

Members of Lone Oak Volunteer Fire Department, Signal Mountain Fire Department and Waldens Ridge Emergency Services are teaming up with the Mountain Business Association to put a focus on personal safety during Sunday on Signal this weekend.

Mural captures natural splendor of Signal Mountain

Priscilla Caine said she is delighted every time she drives into the garage of her East Brow home, thanks to a vibrant mural that local artist Anne Davis painted on its walls.

CCA presents Jazz Café at North River Civic Center Nov. 15

Local music lovers will have the opportunity to soak up the sweet sounds of timeless American music as the Center for Creative Arts presents Jazz Café at 3 p.m. on Nov. 15 at North River Civic Center.

Union soldier George Nelson Elsea honored at Shelton Cemetery

Local residents will have the opportunity to salute one of their own Nov. 14 as the late George Nelson Elsea is honored at Shelton Creek Cemetery in Sale Creek.

Leo Club focuses on community service

Signal Mountain Lions Club and the Signal Mountain High School Service Club are joining forces to form the Leo Club, a group dedicated to providing service to the community as needed.

Sequoyah Animal Hospital gives Muddy Buddies new place to clean up

Area dog lovers now have a new way to nurture their pooches thanks to the opening of the Muddy Buddies Dog Wash at the Sequoyah Animal Hospital.

Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band makes national debut

Local music sensation Mountain Cove Bluegrass Band is getting national attention after recently playing for sorority sisters during the UT/UGA football game, enjoying an ESPN broadcast to boot.

Mountain Library Foundation offers opportunity to support literary arts

A small group of Signal Mountain bookworms is working to garner long lasting monetary support for the Signal Mountain Library.

Modeling a piece of cake for Jahn

Signal Mountain native Madison Jahn says she couldn’t help but scream during a recent trip to Walmart in New Orleans, La., where she glimpsed her photograph on a box of Little Debbie Chocolate Cupcakes.

SMHS players pay visit to Alexian Village residents

Signal Mountain High School football players are contributing to their community and earning service hours required by their school by visiting residents of Alexian Village.

Virtual College Tour takes students out of comfort zone

Though travel budgets may be tight, college-bound kids may still have the pleasure of touring universities around the nation by participating in the Virtual College Tour Nov. 4-11.

Thrasher book fair goes worldwide

Without plane tickets or passports, Thrasher Elementary School students and staff are preparing to journey to the far ends of the Earth as the school hosts Destination Book Fair: Reading Around the World Nov. 9-13.

Curves celebrates creative energy

In an effort to heat up daily workouts as the cold weather sets in, the artists who exercise at Signal Mountain’s Curves have created a gallery of original work to admire at the gym throughout the month of November.

Montlake Golf Club takes a swing at fighting hunger

Adding to the beauty of their picturesque property, perfectly decorated this fall with vibrant red and gold foliage, officials at Montlake Golf Club are tossing in a dash of philanthropy by hosting a tournament to benefit the Chattanooga Area Food Bank on Nov. 7.

Riverview shopkeepers host Holiday Hoop-La

Riverview area shopkeepers will start the festive spirit with the 3rd annual Holiday Hoop-La Nov. 5-7.

North Shore Yoga expands with new classes, students and staff

North Shore Yoga is doubling in size and staff to offer customers more ways to relax.

Cousins create beautiful business venture

Despite the economic downturn, local entrepreneurs Marian and Laura Jones are watching their jewelry business, McGowan & McClain, thrive as it approaches its one-year anniversary.

MBA teams up with SMSS for food, goods for local families

Signal Mountain Social Services and the Mountain Business Association are joining forces to host a food drive as part of the upcoming Sunday on Signal event to be held Nov. 14 and 15.

Machaskee makes fitness more mobile

Personal trainer Jana Machaskee is on a mission to inspire healthy living through her new business, Mobile Fitness.

Monster Bash to benefit Signal schools

In an attempt to scare up extra funding for the Mountain Education Foundation, mountain moms are hosting a Monster Bash costume party for adults 21 and older Nov. 7 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

MBA throwing Spooky holiday party

Trick-or-treaters of all ages are invited to partake in Halloween fun by attending the Mountain Business Association’s first Spooky on Signal event Oct. 31.

Holloway has new twist on after-school care

Since giving birth to her first child, Leslie, six months ago, Signal Mountain educator Emily Holloway has learned to nurture a new life and a new career as well by hosting after-school learning sessions in her home.

Pilates Tonic mixing in classes for men

Though ballet dancers and men in tights may be the first things to pop in the minds of guys upon hearing the possibility of working Pilates into their fitness routines, Pilates Tonic owner Sydney Craig insists that the workout is anything but girlie.

Lighting takes action at SMHS theatre department

Signal Mountain High School thespians are in the process of updating their theater with a new lighting system to dazzle audiences.

dpi Color Graphics celebrates vibrant first year in business

Steve Burton, owner of dpi Color Graphics, has managed to plant and grow a business during what has been a rocky professional year for many Americans. This fall he celebrates one year of entrepreneurial accomplishment thanks to his eye for detail and ear for what his clients truly want.

Eagles collecting contributions for Ronald McDonald House

Self-proclaimed “football/band mom” Erika Hogans has assembled an army of Signal Mountain High School leaders to collect items to benefit the local Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga.

Brouse feeds off new family business ventures

Marketing veteran Michele Brouse is using her seasoned sales experience to build Michele’s Catering & Meals to Go, a business she based on her true love for food and family.

smART Show highlights local art, modern furnishings

Just in time for its one-year anniversary as a Two North Shore business, Smart Furniture is hosting its monthly party to celebrate the creative community of Chattanooga.