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🗳️ How to be heard
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Folks can register online or pick up forms in person at several places around town. | Photo by NOOGAtoday
Did you know that National Voter Registration Day is on Tuesday, Sept. 19?

To honor this national day that helps folks vote in upcoming elections (like the State and Federal Primary Election on March 5), we’re writing up a handy how-to guide on registering locally.


There’s no time like the present. If you’re hoping to vote in the State and Federal Primary Election, you must be registered by Monday, Feb. 5. Why? Folks must be registered at least 30 days before Election Day.


On National Voter Registration Day, head over to East Lake Park for a community event from 4 to 7 p.m. While attending, you will learn more about voter registration, education, and electoral participation + enjoy food and games.
    And, of course, you can register to vote or update your voter registration at the same place online it takes less than five minutes.

    If paper is more your style, you can download the mail-in application + send it to the county election commission (700 River Terminal Rd.). Forms can also be picked up at any US post office, city hall, and public library location.

    Know that you’ve registered before, but want to make sure all of your information is updated and correct? Do that here — this tool will also display your polling location.


    In the past, some local businesses (Broad Street Ben & Jerry’s, we’re looking at you) have offered discounts if you’re registered on National Voter Registration Day. We’ll keep you updated if we hear of any exciting registration perks.

    And if discounted ice cream (and, ya know, doing something that can impact yourself and others) isn’t a good enough reason to take ~five minutes to register, well, we’re fresh out of ideas.
    Today, Sept. 18
    • Painted Quilt Square with Acrylics | Monday, Sept. 18 | 6-7:29 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., Chattanooga | $55 | Create and paint your own quilt blocks — bring some fabric or photos for inspiration, all other materials included.
    Tuesday, Sept. 19
    • Community Park Walking | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 7-7:45 a.m. | Stringers Ridge, 1312 Spears Ave., Chattanooga | Free | Come out for a 45-minute walk through Stringers Ridge, rain or shine.
    • Liquid Grateful Dead | Tuesday, Sept. 19 | 6 p.m. + 8 p.m. | Smith Planetarium, 409 Pond Springs Rd., Chickamauga, GA | $5-$10 | Listen to songs from The Grateful Dead accompanied by a liquid lights show.
    Wednesday, Sept. 20
    • Chattanooga Market at Erlanger | Wednesday, Sept. 20 | 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | Erlanger Medical Mall, 979 E. 3rd St., Chattanooga | Free+ | Get your Chattanooga Market fix with a smaller version of the popular downtown market.
    Thursday, Sept. 21
    • Gilded Exhibition Opening and Art Wise | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave., Chattanooga | Price of admission | See the opening of the museum’s latest exhibit with an exclusive guided tour with the curator Emily Stamey.
    • Latino Leadership Awards | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 6-10 p.m. | The Westin, 801 Pine St., Chattanooga | $50-$150 | Celebrate and honor the accomplishments of Latino leaders in the Chattanooga community.
    • Southern League Playoffs | Thursday, Sept. 21 | 7:15-10:30 p.m. | AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley, Chattanooga | $8-$14 | The Lookouts are playoff-bound. Cheer them on for game two of the Southern League North Division Championship in their quest for the 2023 Southern League Title.*
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    News Notes
    • Plans to proceed with the $260 million project to replace the Moccasin Bend psychiatric hospital have been approved by the state. Before a final decision is made, the site will require archaeological survey to assess potential damage to Native American artifacts. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
    • The Bela Co. storefront at 3803 Dayton Blvd. announced it will close its doors on Saturday, Sept. 30. The shop will host a celebration on its final day (more details to come) before transitioning to online operations.
    • The Chattanooga Lookouts’ first home playoff game for the 2023 Southern League Championship against the Tennessee Smokies will be on Thursday, Sept. 21 at 7:15 p.m. The first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a commemorative playoff rally towel. Get your tickets.
    • The Missionary Ridge Neighborhood Association + Garden Club will host its Biennial Estate Sale on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donations from over 50 homes will be for sale at 36 Sheridan Rd., and proceeds will benefit both of the organizations.
    • The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer recently received a $12,500 grant from the Truist Foundation. The funds will go toward providing “free comprehensive coordinated care to families facing pediatric cancer.” Learn more about its services.
    • ChattState’s eighth annual Latin Festival will return to its campus on Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event will feature performances, activities, resources, and food trucks for community members and students to enjoy. (The Pulse)
    Plan Ahead
    • Tickets are on sale for the Creative Discovery Museum’s next Drink & Discover adults-only event on Friday, Oct. 27. At Vampires & Villains, you’ll work to unleash Dracula by solving puzzles, enjoy other thrill-themed activities, and a performance by the Chattanooga Fire Cabaret.
    Try This
    • Audiologists are raving about the latest generation of Horizon hearing aids. Why the excitement? They deliver unmatched speech clarity in an ultra-discreet design. The best part? offers a local, 45-day no-risk trial, so you can try before you buy. Secure your spot.*
    • How many credit cards are in your wallet? Make your answer “one.” The Ascent’s credit card experts personally signed up for this card because of its perfect mix of benefits: up to 5% cash back, a big bonus, no annual fee, the list goes on. Learn more.*
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    From the editor
    Jenna Fischer (aka Pam from “The Office”) went to my alma mater, and she spoke at the school one year. She said, and I’m paraphrasing here: “You never know how often you’ll get to speak in front of a crowd, so you should say something you want everyone to know.” Mine is: “Vote! Get your friends together, pour some wine, and learn about the ballot issues. Make it fun, but vote, because otherwise you have no control.”
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