Plus, new sculpture at Blue Goose Hollow Trailhead.
 
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NOOGAtoday | Dazey Skates
Dust off your roller skates for a summer of fun.|Photo by @dazeyskateco
Looking for a fun way to beat the summer heat? Introducing Skate Station — a vibrant roller rink pop-up that will be taking over the historic dome building at the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

Brought to you by Dazey Skate Co., folks will be able to skate to funky music inside the former railroad station beginning Wednesday, July 3 through Sunday, Aug. 4. Admission to the roller rink is $12 + includes rental skates. Note: Rentals will be available from toddler’s size seven to adult men’s size 13, or you can bring your own skates.

Throughout the month-long run, Skate Station will host themed parties, learn-to-skate workshops, and even a night market showcasing local small businesses and artists. Every Saturday night will also feature live sets from local DJs with dance parties in addition to skating.

NOOGAtoday | Skate Station

Get ready to skate to retro and funky tunes at The Choo Choo.

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Photo provided by Dazey Skate Co. via River City Co.

You can check out the full schedule of events online. Here are a few we’re especially looking forward to:
  • Saturday, July 6 | 7-10 p.m. | Grand Opening Party with DJ Shoey
  • Friday, July 12 | 6-10 p.m. | Disco Night
  • Saturday, July 13 | 2-4 p.m. | Learn to Skate with Hits 96 + CRD
  • Saturday, July 20 | 6-10 p.m. | Night Market
  • Wednesday, July 24 | 4-8 p.m. | Pride Night
  • Saturday, Aug. 4 | 6-10 p.m. | Skate Karaoke with DJ O
  • Sunday, Aug. 5 | 12-6 p.m. | End of the Summer Skate Bash with DJ O (will offer free skating all day)
“We are excited to bring Skate Station to life, offering a unique experience with a blend of nostalgic fun and community engagement to Chattanooga,” said Owner of Dazey Skate Co. Randi Franklin.” Whether you’re a seasoned skater, a first-timer, or just want to observe, there’s something here for everyone to enjoy.”
 
 
Events
 
Monday, July 1
  • Blood Drive | Monday, July 1 | 2-6 p.m. | Talkin’ Tackle, 7700 Hixson Pk., Hixson | Free+, RSVP | Meet professional fishermen + enjoy free food and giveaways — walk-in donations are welcome.
Tuesday, July 2
  • Leatherworking Basics: Key Chain | Tuesday, July 2 | 6-8 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., Chattanooga | $33.85 | Learn leather cutting and finishing techniques to craft a one-of-a-kind art piece.
Wednesday, July 3
  • Pops on the River | Wednesday, July 3 | 4:30-9:45 p.m. | Coolidge Park, 150 River St., Chattanooga | Free+ | Come out for an outdoor concert featuring Love, Peace & Happiness + the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 4
  • Red, White, and Blue Day | Thursday, July 4 | 12-4 p.m. | Creative Discovery Museum, 321 Chestnut St., Chattanooga | Price of admission | Head to the museum to participate in Fourth of July-themed activities.
Friday, July 5
  • Smokey Jones and The 3 Dollar Pistols | Friday, July 5 | 9-11:55 p.m. | Barrelhouse Ballroom, 1501 Long St., Chattanooga | $15-$20 | Spend your night listening to classic country + honky-tonk hits.
Monday, July 8
  • Summer Camp at Reflection Riding | Monday, July 8-Friday, Aug. 2 | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center, 400 Garden Rd., Chattanooga | $250-$300 | Three hundred acres of hands-on discoveries, wildlife encounters + unforgettable outdoor adventures await kids ages 5-13 at Reflection Riding’s two summer camps.*
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🎇 Fireworks, festivities + fun on Fourth of July weekend
Fireworks above a Cloudland crowd. Two people use water guns to race rubber ducks. A person pulls out a 4th of July-themed jenga block. A father helps his child up the stairs.
This beautiful mountain resort offers stunning views from the cliffs of Lookout Mountain — and the ideal place to escape for the Fourth of July weekend.|Photo provided by Cloudland
Looking for a Fourth of July weekend getaway?

Cloudland at McLemore Resort provides the perfect backdrop for holiday weekend activities — headlined by the spectacular Carnival Americana Saturday celebration.

Look forward to:
  • A captivating cliff-edge firework show
  • Live music by Tennessee-based Brassfield
  • An inflatable sports challenge + bounce house
  • Dunk tank
  • Free tickets for Cloudland guests + kids under 12
  • Multiple dining options
Plus, while you’re there, the world-class golf course + wellness spa are both just a few steps away.
 
News Notes
 
Edu
  • The Hamilton County School Board unanimously approved a revised FY25 budget of $663 million. If approved by county commissioners on Wednesday, July 3, the budget would give employees a $1,750 raise, bringing the starting salary up to $50,000 + set aside “$550,000 for school nursing and other healthcare-related services.” (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Civic
  • County commissioners are seeking a $260 million bond to enhance or build school facilities. This includes plans to improve Brainerd High School + develop a new elementary school (at the DuPont site), Soddy-Daisy Middle School, and the Gateway site. If issued, the bond could accumulate $375 million in taxes after interest. (NewsChannel 9)
Transit
  • In observance of the Fourth of July, CARTA will halt its fixed route, NorthShore shuttle, and Care-A-Van services on Thursday, July 4. The St. Elmo Incline shuttle will operate from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. + the downtown shuttle will run from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Outdoors
  • Thanks to a partnership with Sunrise Medical and the Tennessee Department of Disability and Aging, 10 Tennessee state parks now have all-terrain wheelchairs — including nearby Harrison Bay State Park. These chairs, designed to give those with limited mobility better access to recreation, can be checked out for free by anyone. (NewsChannel 9)
Development
  • TVA’s Environmental Assessment of its downtown building found there would be no significant effect on the environment if the building was renovated, sold, or demolished. Now, four alternative plans are being evaluated for the 1.4 million-sqft space. Note: A time frame has yet to be established.
UTC
  • UTC was recognized by the White House for being a contributor to the 2023 US National Cybersecurity Strategy. Notably, the report credited the university for achieving a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity designation + being one of 104 schools with a National Science Foundation “Scholarship for Service” program. (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)
Number
  • $30,000. That’s how much in total funds First Horizon Bank has awarded three local nonprofits as part of its Grants for Good program. The Boys and Girls Club Chattanooga, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, and LIFT Youth Center, Inc. will each receive $10,000 to support their individual community initiatives.
Ranked
  • The Signal Mountain neighborhood ranked as No. 10 on Amerisleep’s “America’s Top 250 Sleep Sanctuaries of 2024” list. Cited for its natural splendor, Palisades Drive was highlighted for being a “stretch of scenic overlooks and charming homes that exude a warm, welcoming atmosphere.” Bonus: The Riverview neighborhood ranked No. 74.
Giveaway
  • There’s still time to win two Broadway season tickets (worth $1,200+) to the upcoming season at Memorial Auditorium. Enter our giveaway before Wednesday, July 3 at 12 p.m. for a chance to see “Hamilton,” “Les Misérables” + other iconic musicals.*
 
 
Arts
 
New public art on the riverfront
NOOGAtoday | "Unearthing Boldness"
See the new sculpture at the Blue Goose Hollow Trailhead.|Photo provided by Chattanooga Parks & Outdoors
Public Art Chattanooga + the Bessie Smith Cultural Center recently unveiled a new public art installation in honor of Bessie Smith and Blue Goose Hollow, the predominantly Black neighborhood where Bessie Smith grew up, which was demolished during a 1950s redevelopment.

“Unearthing Boldness,” created by local artist Rondell Crier, is part of the Blue Goose Hollow Artistic Trailhead Marker Project — an effort to celebrate Chattanooga’s Black history by spotlighting the “Empress of the Blues,” Bessie Smith.

“This artistic marker is symbolic of strength, joy, and resilience,” said Crier. “It is meant to capture the boldness of Bessie’s ancestry and the lineage of all people who have been displaced from this land.”

You can check out the new sculpture at the Blue Goose Hollow Trailhead at 935 Riverfront Pkwy.
 
The Buy
 
A five-star rated swimsuit from Nordstrom — we like this lace-up back one-piece for an adjustable fit or this v-wire one-piece for a dipped neckline with support.
 
 
The Wrap
 
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I stumbled across the cutest new shop in St. Elmo this weekend. Sower just opened its door at 3929 St. Elmo Ave., offering items like candles, linens, books, ceramics, and homewares. Get a sneak peek.
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