Plus, the State of the County recap.
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👑 Meet Miss Chattanooga
NOOGAtoday | Kaylyn Levoy
Read more about the representative for Chattanooga in the 2024 Miss Tennessee competition. | Photo by A5Images
Meet Kaylyn Levoy, Miss Chattanooga for 2024. We recently spoke with her before she competes for the Miss Tennessee title to learn more about her journey into pageantry.

Q: Hi Kaylyn, can you tell our readers a little about yourself?

A: My name is Kaylyn Levoy. I am 20 years old, and I go to Southern Adventist University where I’m studying business marketing.

Q: You are representing Chattanooga in the Miss Tennessee pageant, how did you become Miss Chattanooga?

A: I was working at Madewell and Love, Eros was doing a pop-up permanent jewelry event where I met the business owner Kim Thompson. She asked me if I would come and model for their rebranding shoot and I said absolutely, I’ll be there in a heartbeat. When I was there, I met the winner of Miss Tennessee from last year, Claire Portilla, who also represented Chattanooga in 2023. Later, she reached out to me and said she felt like I would be a great representative for Chattanooga if I was interested in being her successor.

NOOGAtoday | Kaylyn Levoy

Levoy will head to Gatlinburg to participate in the state competition later this month.


Photo by Paige Ivey Evatt | Ivey Photo

Q: You mentioned getting involved with the community, who are you partnering with along on your journey?

A: Every contestant is encouraged to pick a platform, I decided I wanted to represent the Chattanooga Autism Center. I have a personal family connection who played a big role in my life growing up. When I saw Chattanooga had a nonprofit that supported Autism needs, I wanted to partner with them.

Q: What’s the best way for people to follow you along your journey?

A: A good way is to follow me on Instagram and Facebook, that’s where I’ll post what I’m doing with pageants, especially with the competition weekend coming up. It would also be great to follow the Chattanooga Autism Center’s Instagram, especially with the Autism Walk that’s coming up on Saturday, April 13 I’ll be there to help kick off the event. I would love to see people there and you can even join my team to walk during the event.
Tuesday, April 2
  • “Shrek: The Musical” | Tuesday, April 2-Wednesday, April 3 | 7 p.m. | Memorial Auditorium, 399 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga | $65.05-$96.40 | Get ready for ogre-sized family fun as you watch this Broadway spin on the classic movie.
Wednesday, April 3
  • flipturn | Wednesday, April 3 | 8-11:59 p.m. | The Signal, Choo Choo Ave., Chattanooga | $36.85-$58.64 | Sing along to this Florida-based indie rock band as they take the stage with Richy Mitch & The Coal Miners.
Thursday, April 4
  • Throwback Thursday | Thursday, April 4 | 4-8 p.m. | Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View Ave., Chattanooga | Free | Enjoy the museum’s permanent collection + its current special exhibition “Networked Nature.”
Friday, April 5
  • “GREEN: A Spring Showcase” | Friday, April 5 | 6-8 p.m. | ClearStory Arts, 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave., Chattanooga | Free, RSVP | Celebrate spring with an exhibition featuring a mix of artworks that focus on both the color and meaning of green.
  • Folk Around, Find Out | Friday, April 5 | 6-9 p.m. | Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., Chattanooga | Free+ | Hear non-traditional folk covers by a local group out on the patio.
Saturday, April 6
  • Rock the Riverfront Retro Rewind | Saturday, April 6 | 10 a.m.-6 p.m. | Chattanooga Green, 100 Chestnut St., Chattanooga | Free+ | Get Up and Move at Rock the Riverfront’s Retro Rewind weekend. Groove along to Tai Chi, Step Dance, barbershop harmonies, and more.*
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News Notes
  • Chattanooga’s Housing & Community Investment Division is inviting residents to its public meeting and comment period on Thursday, April 11 at the Downtown Chattanooga Public Library. From 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., learn about the 2024-2025 Action Plan + how it will allocate HUD funds.
  • Cempa Community Care recently announced it will begin Mobile Mondays by bringing its mobile health clinic to different areas around Chattanooga. Folks can get health services (think: primary care, behavioral health, HIV + HCV treatment, etc.) at La Paz Chattanooga on Monday, April 8 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Applications are open for local organizations to receive part of the ~$130 million in funds that Hamilton County was granted through FEMA’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Funds must be used to “supplement food and shelter services” + the deadline to apply is Friday, April 12.
  • Volunteers are needed to join Outshine Adventures in cleaning up litter at Harrison Bay State Park on Sunday, April 7. Those interested will meet up at the Wolftever Creek Boat Ramp at 9 a.m. and remove debris from in + out of the water until 12 p.m. Sign up online.
  • The Chattanooga Food Coalition will host its spring meeting on Thursday, April 18 at Purpose Point Community Health Center. From 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., attendees will network with fellow food enthusiasts, share ideas, and discuss ways to enhance the local food community. RSVP online.
  • The Chattanooga Red Wolves have rescheduled its home opening match for Saturday, April 20. Watch the pack take on the Northern Colorado Hailstorm at 7:30 p.m. at the CHI Memorial Stadium. Get your tickets.
  • In case you missed it, we’re teaming up with local NPR station WUTC for its “Scenic Roots” show with a new weekly segment highlighting community, civic, and cultural events happening in Chattanooga. Tune in on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. — Editor Haley is discussing the Chattanooga Outdoor Festival next.
  • Are you one of the thousands of homeschooling families in Tennessee? See how ChattState’s Early College programs can benefit homeschool students at the Homeschool Early College Parent Night, happening this Thursday, April 4 at the ChattState Dayton campus. Get details.*
Recap: State of the County address
NOOGAtoday | Mayor Weston Wamp standing at a podium giving the State of the County address.
“As we embark on new projects downtown and across the county, it’s more important than ever that we lean into our strengths and build upon the vision of the leaders who built our community,” said Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp. | Photo by @dynamostudios via @hamcotngov
Hamilton County Mayor Weston Wamp recently gave his second State of the County address where he shared proposed initiatives in the 2025 fiscal year budget. Here’s what could be in store for next year:

Reinvesting in the Chattanooga Riverfront + Aquarium Plaza
Think: A focus on the downtown riverfront district with an emphasis on local families.

Creating the Hamilton County Center for Thriving Families
Think: A space that will serve as a central hub for resources throughout the community.

Investing in public school facilities
Think: A proposed $3.25 million for career + technical education at Harrison Bay Future Ready Center, The Howard School, East Ridge High School, and Hixson High School.

Addressing road safety + growth sustainability
Think: A proposed $5.6 million for a County Road Improvements Fund to work on 11 capital projects across the county.

Leading the fight against the Opioid Epidemic
Think: A new quick response team of first responders + trained emergency medicine professionals to treat overdose victims and connect them to resources for rehabilitation.
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Y’all, I recently had my first donut from Belle Chocolates, and I can’t believe it took me this long to try them out. I had the Thai tea flavor and already have my eyes on the strawberry basil + lemon ones to try next. You can catch them at the Main St. Farmers Market and on Saturdays and Sundays at Velo Coffee Roasters. Pro tip: Get there early when they set up at 10 a.m. because they tend to sell out.
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