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What you need to know about the Maclellan Island prescribed burn
NOOGAtoday | Maclellan Island
Read more about the efforts to get Maclellan Island back to its natural state. | Photo by @asnowballschance
In an effort to restore Maclellan Island’s historical native plant and wildlife biodiversity, the Chattanooga Audubon Society announced it will conduct a prescribed burn on the 25-acre property in late February or early March.

If you’re unfamiliar with prescribed burns, they are a forest management tactic that emulates natural fire cycles. These cycles play a pivotal role in revitalizing forests and preserving ecological equilibrium (think: burning away overgrowth and invasive species + allowing for native plant life to return).

Fun fact: Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center has conducted a series of prescribed burns on its properties for these reasons.

The prescribed burn will be a “low-intensity” or “slow-creeping” fire. These fires only burn two to three feet off the ground — meaning you won’t see an uproar of flames take over the trees on the island. The burns are expected to be finished within a day (between 9 a.m. + 4 p.m.), and folks will have access to the properties the following day.

Chattanooga Audubon Society Executive Director Jim Stewart said the details of the burns have been verified by local experts + members of the Chattanooga Fire Department will have full control over the safety of the burning process.

Stewart said they are timing the burn with the safety of wildlife in mind. The burns will be conducted before a major bird migration that welcomes species to the area for nesting. Additionally, species like insects and reptiles will remain safe underground + if there are mammals present on the island they will have adequate escape routes.

Curious about what will happen on the day of the burns + after they are over? Click the button below.
Monday, Feb. 12
  • Hits 96 Galentine’s Day | Monday, Feb. 12 | 7-11:55 p.m. | Barrel House Ballroom, 1501 Long St., Chattanooga | Free | Spend your evening enjoying a free show by Knox + local band Lilac Line.
Tuesday, Feb. 13
  • Lunch and Learn | Tuesday, Feb. 13 | 12-1 p.m. | The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, 410 E. 8th St., Chattanooga + virtual | $0-$5 | Hear insights from various industry experts + have thought-provoking discussions during your lunch break.
Wednesday, Feb. 14
  • Valentine’s Special | Wednesday, Feb. 14 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga | $25 | Hear a performance by vocalist Rishard accompanied by pianist David Walters.
Thursday, Feb. 15
  • Nature by the Pint | Thursday, Feb. 15 | 5:45-7 p.m. | Hutton & Smith Brewing Co., 475 E. MLK Blvd., Chattanooga | Free | At this month’s meeting, learn about rove beetles from a local biologist + entomologist.
Friday, Feb. 16
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Real Estate
Your new home, exactly the way you want it
Three homes and two kitchens by Brown Haven Homes. The first home is black and brown with modern slanted roofs.
Life’s short – choose a home designed + built around you. | Photos provided by Brown Haven Homes
If copy-paste communities aren’t giving you that “home sweet home” feeling, it may be time to consider a more personalized approach.

Enter: Brown Haven Homes, a Chattanooga design-build firm specializing in beautifully-customized spaces. They’ve helped hundreds of homeowners personalize their forever homes thanks to a seamless + collaborative design process and the promise of uncompromising craftsmanship. Their turnkey process includes:
  • Custom floor plans — Choose from a selection of thoughtfully designed layouts and customize to your heart’s content.
  • Site selection — If you already have your perfect location, they’ll handle the rest. Their land specialists can even help you find that dream lot, too.
  • A rewarding design process — You’ll work with an expert design team to select every finish, from fixtures to faucets.
  • Fixed pricing — Once your home breaks ground, the price will not change. (Not all custom builders can promise this.)
  • Consistent communication — Expect regular updates throughout design and construction.
News Notes
  • Hamilton County Schools will host its annual State of the System event tomorrow, Feb. 13 to discuss milestones and student success + reflect on the first year of Opportunity 2030. Residents can meet at 401 W. MLK Blvd. beginning at 5:45 p.m. or watch the livestream.
  • 100. That is how old the Northside Neighborhood House will turn on Wednesday, Feb. 14. To celebrate, the local nonprofit will host a breakfast on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at The Chattanoogan Hotel. Bonus: Learn about the woman who pioneered the organization.
  • Outshine Adventures + Nomad Be Happy are teaming up to bring a new festival to the area. The Chattanooga Outdoor Festival, slated for Saturday, April 6, will feature vendors, live music, food, and outdoor activities. Stay tuned for an inside look in a future newsletter.
  • Flu season peaks between December and February — and, if you’re feeling sick, waiting to be seen is the worst. Get the care you need at Cempa Community Care’s Walk-In Clinic, offering convenient, no-appointment treatment of colds, flus + other illnesses.*
  • Discover a brighter financial future with Money Pickle, your gateway to personalized financial advice. Connect with vetted financial advisors, handpicked to provide fiduciary guidance that directly aligns with your goals for investments, retirement, and beyond. Schedule your complimentary video consultation.*
Try This
🪩 Won’t you take me to Funkytown?
NOOGAtoday | SDCL Funky Bookmark Contest
Good luck to all of the contest participants. | Graphic provided by the Soddy-Daisy Community Library
When you think of the 1970s, what comes to mind? Some might say “Star Wars,” Apple computers, disco balls, or other icons. The Soddy-Daisy Community Library (SDCL) wants to know your take on the time period with its Funky Bookmark Art Contest.

In partnership with ArtsBuild, the contest is open to folks of all ages residing in Hamilton County. Note: You don’t have to be a member of the library to participate.

Bookmarks and contest forms must be dropped off at SDCL by Friday, March 8 at 4 p.m. Three winners will be selected per age category (elementary, middle school, high school + adult), and a winner reception and unveiling will be held at the library on Friday, April 5.

The winners will each earn a cash prize + the first-place winners in each category will have their bookmarks printed to be given out at the library + area schools and organizations.
The Buy
Beats Studio Buds, because you deserve an earbud upgrade. The Beats buds use active noise canceling technology for an immersive sound experience. Bonus: They’re sweat and water resistant, aka your new best gym buddy.
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