Plus, the aquarium's new baby penguin.
 
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94º | 10% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:31 a.m. | Sunset 8:59 p.m.

 
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Stay in cozy, charming homes across the Southeast region.|Photo provided by Swiftstay
Ever wanted to take a spontaneous weekend trip, but couldn’t find an affordable option on a short notice? Enter: Swiftstay, a concierge home exchange club launching in Chattanooga where guests only pay cleaning costs to spend a weekend away.

How it works:
  • Swiftstay is based off of a credit system, and every member starts with three credits (one credit = one night).
  • Every home is one credit per night no matter how big or small.
  • You can travel for three nights before having to list your home, and you receive more credits once your home is listed.
  • Members get .2 credits per night for listing and one credit per night when a user books their home.
The membership is $300 a year, but Swiftstay is waiving the first-year membership fee for folks who apply + get accepted in the month of July, as part of its founding memberships. This means you get to travel for the weekend for the price of the cleaning fee, which ranges from $99-$150 per booking.

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With Swiftstay you can find numerous drive-time destinations and save the stress of searching plus expenses.

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Photo provided by Swiftstay

Swiftstay is launching in Chattanooga, Nashville, TN, Charleston, SC, Savannah, GA, Atlanta, GA, Charlotte, NC, and Asheville, NC — with more cities dropping soon.

Every Sunday at 6 p.m., Swiftstay will drop listings within a 1-5-hour drive from your home. Whether you’re looking to try out a different neighborhood in the Scenic City or travel a little further away, there are plenty of homes with charm to choose from.

Interested in trying out Swiftstay? Join the waitlist at the link below.

Bonus: Make sure to say hi to our friends at NASHtoday, CHStoday, CLTtoday, and AVLtoday for more fun ways to enjoy your trip.
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, July 3
  • Collegedale Freedom Festival | Wednesday, July 3 | 4-10 p.m. | The Commons in Collegedale, 4950 Swinyar Dr., Collegedale | Free+ | Enjoy musical performances, food vendors, and end the night with a fireworks show.
  • 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.
Saturday, July 6
  • Riverfront Nights | Saturday, July 6 | 6-10 p.m. | Ross’s Landing, 201 Riverfront Pkwy., Chattanooga | Free+ | Bring your chairs and blankets to enjoy a night listening to Rubiks Groove + Scott Mulvahill.
Sunday, July 7
  • Peach Festival | Sunday, July 7 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | First Horizon Pavilion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd., Chattanooga | Free+ | Vendors are bringing summer vibes to the Chattanooga Market with peach-themed goods like salsa, cobbler, candles, and more.
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☀️ 3 cool tips to keep your HVAC happy
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Preventative maintenance often pays for itself in the long run by improving the health + efficiency of your unit.|Photo provided by Ascend Air Solutions
With summer in full swing, our HVACs are working overtime to keep our homes cool (and us comfortable).

But that extra mileage increases the risk of an untimely breakdown. That’s why we’ve rounded up three tips from Ascend Air Solutions to ensure your HVAC hums along all season long without breaking a sweat.

🔧 DIY adjustments
  1. Set your thermostat to 74º — To prevent nonstop running (and save on energy bills), Ascend recommends keeping your home around 74º during the day.
  2. Keep your filters fresh — DYK? Dirty air filters make systems work up to 15% harder to maintain the same temps.
  3. Keep your unit clean + clear — The outside unit can become a hotspot for leaves, grass clippings, etc. Remove debris regularly + trim nearby plants two feet in all directions to maintain uninterrupted airflow.
If you need maintenance or repairs, Ascend Air Solutions’ techs can tighten, calibrate, and inspect every inch of your system to improve efficiency and extend its lifespan.
 
News Notes
 
Development
  • The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Chattanooga Lookouts stadium on Monday, July 15. Folks will gather at 10 a.m. at the Chestnut Street Trailhead + are encouraged to wear their Lookouts gear.
Open
  • Let’s Paint by Zilly’Artz recently opened its doors at 624 E. Main St. in the former location of Park City Restaurant and Lounge. The studio offers kids camps and guided classes, like paint pouring and wine glass painting.
Biz
  • EPB has received an Energy Innovator Award, a national honor that recognizes utility companies that have improved energy delivery services in their communities. EPB was highlighted for its Power to Protect microgrid, a project created after the 2020 tornadoes to improve future storm resilience.
Outdoors
  • The Chattanooga Parks and Outdoors Department is currently seeking Greenway Stewards. These volunteers will cut back vegetation from boardwalks and paved sections, pick up litter, and report issues like tree falls along the South Chickamauga Creek Greenway. Note: A weekly commitment is ideal for the role.
Sports
  • Speaking of the Chattanooga Lookouts, infielder Francisco Urbaez has been named the Southern League Player of the Week by the MiLB. Urbaez was spotlighted for nine hits with two home runs, four extra-base hits, and six RBIs.
Kids
  • Sign-ups are still open for the Mountain Arts Community Center’s July summer camps. Kids 3-18 can explore 10 different areas of interest, including photography, theater, sports, and more.
State
  • Applications are open for Governor Bill Lee’s Tennessee Veteran Ready Business Recognition Program. The initiative aims to recognize businesses (via three standards levels) that “demonstrate exceptional commitment to recruiting, hiring, and retaining service members, veterans, and their families.” Applications close on Tuesday, Oct. 1.
 
 
Feel Good
 
🐧 It’s just a baby
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We’ve got big, fluffy news for you all. |Photo by Doug Strickland via Tennessee Aquarium
Join us in welcoming one of the Tennessee Aquarium’s newest residents, a macaroni penguin chick.

The chick is the first baby penguin to hatch in the Penguin’s Rock colony since 2021 + makes the aquarium home to three generations of macaroni penguins for the first time.

According to the aquarium, the chick has been growing at “an astronomical rate.” A day after hatching it weighed in at 145 grams + three weeks later weighed in at 1,592 grams — that’s the equivalent of a seven-pound human infant weighing 77 pounds before it was a month old.

The gender of the chick won’t be known until a blood test is conducted in November during the annual colony-wide checkup.

Bonus: The name of the chick will be determined this fall when the right to name it will be offered as a biddable item in the Aquarium’s annual fundraising auction.

Folks can see the penguin chick at the aquarium + watch from afar via the Penguin’s Rock webcam.
 
Asked
 
What would you name the baby penguin?
 
The Buy
 
Lightweight, keeps-you-cool basics from 32 Degrees. Stock up during the Fourth of July sale — cool technology tops start at $3.99 and bottoms start at $4.99.
 
 
The Wrap
 
Kristen Templeton Today’s edition by:
Kristen
From the editor
If I had to throw a name out there for the baby penguin, I’d choose Gwen. A little play on words for you + a tribute to Gwen Stefani — it just works, right?
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