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Katy Mena

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Alexian Night Fall offers fun for everyone Oct. 24

Local residents of all ages are invited to celebrate the season, the community and the history of Signal Mountain at the Alexian Inn Night Fall event Oct. 24 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Burke launches post-parenthood career

For nearly two decades, Signal Mountain mom Susan Burke has placed full focus on her three children during their formative years. These days, however, Burke is busy nurturing her own future in the real estate business, encouraging others like her to go after their dreams.

Nolan Elementary adds first assistant principal

To meet the demands of its growing student body, which now includes more than 650 students, Nolan Elementay School has added Alisan Taylor as its first assistant principal.

Firefighter takes home top honors

Chattanooga Fire Department Senior Firefighter Jerry Copeny is the picture of heroic perfection in his pressed blue uniform. His inherent courage was recognized recently when Copeny was named Chattanooga Fire Department Firefighter of the Year.

Local firefighter takes home top honors

Chattanooga Fire Department Senior Firefighter Jerry Copeny is the picture of heroic perfection in his pressed blue uniform. His inherent courage was recognized recently when Copeny was named Chattanooga Fire Department Firefighter of the Year.

Thrasher implementing new literacy lessons

Thrasher Elementary School teachers are hard at work applying the literacy lessons a handful of them learned at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University.

Powers treasures jewelry-making talent

Having spent the past two decades rapidly churning out sparkling jewelry for a long list of clients, Signal Mountain resident Bobbie Powers has chosen to slow down, making work exclusively for close friends and select businesses.

Ferguson hammers out awards on dulcimer

Fresh off a win at the 2009 National Hammer Dulcimer Championship in Winfield, Kan., Signal Mountain musician Lisa Ferguson invites local residents to enjoy folk music Oct. 18 at the Emma Bell Miles Celebration, where she and many mountain musicians will showcase a collection of folk instruments for the public to play at their leisure.

Alyssa Duck earns academic honors

Chattanooga Christian School senior and Soddy-Daisy resident Alyssa Duck is among a select group of students recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist.

Grant gets SDHS going before homecoming

Though it has been decades since Willard P. Grant has played on the Soddy-Daisy High School football field, he still manages to make the crowd go wild, as was demonstrated during the SDHS homecoming weekend.

St. Peter’s partners with Greenlife to promote childhood health

Green living is on the menu at St. Peter’s Episcopal School, which has hired Greenlife Grocery to cater lunch for students and staff on a daily basis, a plan that fits in nicely with the school’s “Go Healthy, Go Green” initiative.

Williams offers fall art classes

Soddy-Daisy artist Evelyn Marie Williams will teach painting this fall to groups as well as individuals.

Choo Choo Kids serve up entertaining fundraiser

Members of The Center for Creative Arts Choo Choo Kids are going full steam ahead with preparations for their first fundraiser of the year.

Emma Bell Miles Celebration honors local history Oct. 18

Signal Mountain and Walden residents will honor a local legend and unveil the Walden Park & Aboretum Oct. 18 for the Emma Bell Miles Celebration hosted at the former home of mountain mainstay Martha McCoy.

SMMHS college fair places focus on the future

Signal Mountain Middle/High School college counselor LeAnn Welch wants students to understand that education does not end after high school graduation.

Choo Choo Kids serve up entertaining fundraiser Oct. 13

Members of The Center for Creative Arts Choo Choo Kids are going full steam ahead with preparations for their first fundraiser of the year.

SMMHS celebrates season with fall concert Oct. 15

Serenading football fans and winning marching band competitions, the music makers of Signal Mountain Middle/High School are well into the thick of their school year soundtrack.

Sisters join forces in the name of jewelry

Signal Mountain siblings Diane Newsome and Denise Frascone are stringing together their creative and entrepreneurial talents to open Whispering Sisters Jewel Box.

‘The Magnificent Fifty’ returns to North River Civic Center

Following a week-long stay in the rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Susan Cassidy Wilhoit’s nationally-themed Magnificent Fifty exhibit of state capitol buildings will return to the walls of the North River Civic Center to be displayed from Oct. 6 until Nov 25.

Signal Mountain group keeps military history marching on

The Signal Mountain Military History Group gathers the first Tuesday of each month at Mountain Arts Community Center to share stories with veterans, history junkies and anyone seeking a bit of entertainment.

Thrasher seeks support for full-fledged science lab

Thrasher Elementary fifth-grade science teacher Beau Jennings wants to upgrade the school’s science facilities.

Beachmasters veterans group reminisces in Scenic City

They met over half a century ago, bonding over their love of country and a good glass of scotch as they served in the U.S. Armed Forces for four years beginning in 1951, keeping an eye on coastlines in places such as California, Korea and even Japan.

Chastain marches to the beat of Music City Drum and Bugle Corps

Soddy-Daisy High School graduate Randi Chastain still remembers her middle school musician days.

Youngblood reopens salon with help of faith, family

Donna Youngblood sold her Soddy-Daisy salon years ago to care for her dying mother, Wilma Eustice, who passed away from breast cancer Aug. 6, 2005. Youngblood now believes she’s receiving a blessing from above to be able to reopen her Angels Among Us Salon.

SMFD seeks help to extinguish hunger

The Signal Mountain Fire Department has dedicated itself to putting out the flames of poverty by hosting the “Extinguish Hunger on the Mountain!” food drive Sept. 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to support the Signal Mountain Social Services Food Pantry.

Science Theatre celebrates fall with family fun

Creative Discovery Science Theatre manager Karen Dewhirst is continuing her mission to spark children's scientific interest this season as she presents a full fall schedule for students and adults alike.

North River Civic Center hosts program about Alexian’s Live at Home options Sept. 22

North River Civic Center will host a “Do you have your ducks in a row?” seminar, hosted by the Alexian Brothers Live at Home program and Verble Estate Preservation & Advisors Sept. 22 at 2 p.m.

Wild Hare hosts book-signing with young Signal authors Sept. 19

Young Signal Mountain authors Mary Lynn Johnson and Racie Helen Miller will celebrate the debut of their foray into the book business at a signing Sept. 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Wild Hare Books.

Dr. Tom McCullough takes helm at Signal Mountain Middle/High School

Interim principal Dr. Tom McCullough said he wants to help lead Signal Mountain Middle/High School to its full potential.

Signal Mountain Middle/High School gets in shape for homecoming week

Signal Mountain Middle/High School students are preparing to celebrate their first homecoming with a week filled with festivities, football, and, of course, cheerleaders.

Smiths celebrate dance with homemade fundraiser Sept. 12

Hixson residents Ken and Cinnamon Smith are raising awareness of the local dance community with some down-home hospitality as they present the “A Toast to Dance” party at their home Sept. 12 to benefit the Tennessee Association of Dance.

Economics teacher adds value to education

He may use a textbook and teach in a classroom, but Bill Price’s lessons are all about real life.

Fall classes enrolling at Signal School of Physical Education

There’s still time for athletes to sign up for Signal School of Physical Education’s fall session of classes, according to director Charity Painter.

Artists flocking to Fall Hodgepodge booths

The upcoming Fall Hodgepodge Art & Craft Show has already racked up a healthy stock of vendors.

Geneva Bouchard treasures memories of lifelong adventures

Geneva Bouchard has been collecting memories for nearly a century, leading a life of adventure and breaking ground for women of her day.

Mountain travelers raise money for Ethiopia trip

In preparation for their fall-break journey to Ethiopia, Project DestaNation, enthusiastic local travelers and philanthropists are already hard at work raising funds for their trip.

New partnership fuses classic traditions with fresh faces

This September the relationship between the Newcomers and the Signal Mountain Community Guild will find a revitalized energy as the two groups come together once again, offering women of all ages new ways to get involved.

Bonsai master brings tiny trees to mountain

After living in California for decades, Scenic City native Gregg Richie is returning to his roots and bringing his bonsai skills to the Mountain Arts Community Center.

Thrasher Elementary puts students on path with multiage method

After taking a one-year sabbatical, Thrasher Elementary School is once again offering multiage classes to lead kindergartners and first-graders to bright futures through teamwork.

Irene Bailey paints life story on porch wall

Hixson resident Irene Bailey has spent a lifetime collecting stories for her own personal autobiography, which she has beautifully written on the wall of her Big Ridge back porch by way of a paintbrush and a few faded photographs.

Lawler woodworks for loved ones

Though he spent decades supporting his family as a globetrotting businessman, Chattanooga resident Jack Lawler is now providing for his family from the comfort of his own garage where he crafts handmade wood pieces.

Angie Arkin offers clients intuitive assistance

North Chattanooga resident Angie Arkin says she started having visions when she was a little girl, seeing impromptu images of ghosts dropping in for uninvited visits.

SD Chamber networking event Aug. 27

Soddy-Daisy Chamber Council will host a networking event Aug. 27 at Rosie’s Ice Cream from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Former teacher returns to classroom as student

Former Hixson High School teacher and Math, Sciences and Health Occupations Academy founder Chris Wheatley is currently relearning the ropes of being a student by studying nursing at UTC.

Evans gets funding for folk school

Mountain Music Folk School instructor Matt Evans is in the process of developing what he calls “a full-fledged folk music school” with the approximately $10,000 MakeWork grant he received from CreateHere.

Red Bank High School class officers rally students for successful year

Red Bank High School is slated for a spirited year thanks to the enthusiasm and focus of student body president Bailey Lyness and treasurer Griffin Au, both of Signal Mountain, and student body vice president Greg Evans.

The Book Rack celebrates 35th anniversary

At a time when text messages are causing traffic jams and endless hours are spent on the Internet, The Book Rack owner Lin Balis is proud to provide the written word on old-fashioned paper, which she has done at the same Red Bank location for the past 35 years.

SDHS class of 1984 hosts 25th reunion

Their mullets, mustaches and big hair may be gone, but the organizers of Soddy-Daisy High School’s class of 1984 reunion still know how to throw a great party.

Soddy-Daisy’s Cullid McDermid releases down-home album

Soddy-Daisy crooner Cullen McDermid said the quiet atmosphere of his at-home recording studio inspired him to create his new country/rock album, “Two Boots to the Wind,” which was professionally recorded in Nashville, Tenn., and just released by Tate Music Group.

Harveys provide equal opportunity workouts

Hixson fitness fanatics Kevin and Kristen Harvey are amping up their workout services by offering brand new boot camps at their new facility, Ignite Fitness: Home of Scenic City Adventure Boot Camp.