We’re not foolin’ around when we say Chattanooga is rich with history — some we can be proud of + some that will always haunt us.
Digging into our past will only make our city stronger, so that’s why we started BiblioChatt, a history series in which you ask the questions and we find the answers using only materials from the Chattanooga Public Library.
Pre-pandemic, editors Chloé and Trista + library historian Sheldon pore over old documents. | Photo by Christina S.
We launched this series a little over a year ago, but we want to re-introduce it for our new readers + those who may have forgotten what “BiblioChatt” means.
How it works 📚 We ask you for your local history questions — it can be anything from the development of a park over the years to the legacy of one of our past mayor’s.
📚 The questions are narrowed down with library staff — they help us identify what topics have plenty of resources for us to use, and we’re looking for fresh topics we haven’t quite touched yet.
📚 We then give you four options to choose from, and you vote on your favorite.
📚 The winning question is put into the hands of either Chloé or Trista to dig into to + write the story.
Announced ○ Bonnaroo Music Festival announced its 2021 lineup, and we’re freaking out about it. Oh, and tickets also went on sale yesterday (March 31) at 1 p.m., so if you haven’t already, you may wanna check it out. 🎵
Development ○ An empty lot on Alton Park’s Hughes Avenue is being converted into a recreational green space + open food source called the Hughes Project. The project — which will also decrease runoff, improve water quality, and decrease the urban heat island effect — is set to be completed in fall. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Civic ○ Chattanooga City Council passed a steep slopes measure construction sites + homeowners. The new measure identifies a steep slope as anything above 30% + allows for a vegetation program for ground covering, will help preserve existing established trees, and encourages native plant species. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
NowOpen ○ The Chattanooga Zoo announced that The Hiwassee Hellbender Research and Education Facility is now open to the public. The facility will house the Eastern Hellbender, a large salamander species that calls the waterways in Appalachia home. Six adult Hellbenders were moved in + are now available to be viewed. 🦎
Coronavirus ○ Tennesseans are now eligible for up to $9,000 in reimbursements for COVID-19 funeral-related expenses. The funds will be available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to those who lost loved ones due to COVID-19 after Jan. 20, 2020. (NewsChannel 9)
ICYMI ○ The costume of Looie, the Chattanooga Lookouts mascot, has been found safe and sound after being stolen from an office in AT&T Field on Tues., March 30. There’s no word on whether the hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise + equipment have been found yet. Glad to have you back, Looie. ❤️ (WRCB)
TryThis ○ On April 9, Mad Priest Coffee Roasters will take part in Amal Yemen, an online event to illuminate Yemeni coffee history, culture, and arts. All funds raised through the event (general tickets are $5) will be donated to Doctors Without Borders + Mercy Corps. ☕
Edu ○The National Outstanding Assistant Principals Program named Hamilton County assistant principal, Jamelie Johns, the 2021 National Outstanding Assistant Principal. Jamelie Johns has been the assistant principal at Nolan Elementary School since 2018. Congratulations, Jamelie. 🎉 (Chattanoogan.com)
AprilFools ○ While we had planned some GIGgle-inducing April Fools pranks, we figured almost losing our beloved Looie was about all our hearts could handle right now. Instead, you can check out Volkswagen’sApril Fools joke saying that the company was rebranding its U.S. operations to “Voltswagen of America.” 🤣
DYK ○ In the midst of spring cleaning season, don’t forget to keep your machines clean, too. Check out these 10 personal cybersecurity tips — from avoiding phishing scams to backing up your data. 💻 Ⓟ
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Cash Daniels — aka “the conservation kid” — gave us a good reminder to take time to stop and smell the tulips. 🌷 It may be chilly outside right now, but spring is here and it’s a lovely time to take a break for yourself and recharge your batteries. In fact, we recently rounded up some nice getaways for just that purpose.
And if you don’t know about Cash Daniels, he’s a local 11-year-old conservationist who founded The Cleanup Kids + has been named the “Youth Conservationist of the Year” by the Tennessee Wildlife Federation 2 years in a row. 👏
We’re proud to have you in our city, Cash. 🤩
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Biz ○ New Bloom Labs Investor Day | Thurs., April 1 | 9:30 a.m. + 5:30 p.m. | New Bloom Labs, 6121 Heritage Park Dr. | Free, RSVP | Tour New Bloom Labs laboratory + learn about the company’s plans for expansion. Accredited investors are asked to RSVP.
Show ○ Adam Hunter Comedy Show | Thurs., April 1 | 7:30 p.m. | The Comedy Catch | $18 | Adam Hunter has appeared on a variety of comedy shows + was a finalist on season 6 of “Last Comic Standing.” 🎭
Arts ○ An Evening with Radcliffe Bailey | Thurs., April 1 | 6 p.m. | The Hunter Museum, virtual | Free, RSVP | Radcliffe Bailey, whose work is currently showcased at the Hunter Museum, will share his work and artistic process + answer questions.
ForKids ○ Creative Discovery Sensory Night | Thurs., April 1 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Creative Discovery Museum | Free | Sensory night is a low-stimulus evening at the museum for children with sensory sensitivity + their families.
Holiday ○ Easter Bunny Photos | Fri., March 19-Sat. April 3 | 11 a.m.-7 p.m. | Hamilton Place Mall | Various prices | Comevisit the Easter bunny at the Hamilton Place Mall. Photo packages are available for purchase. Reservations are not required but are recommended. 🐇
PlanAhead ○ Hug a Bunny Event | Fri., April 2-Sat., April 3 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Chattanooga Zoo | $12-$15 | Enjoy a golden egg hunt, animal enrichment activities, a scavenger hunt, photos with the Easter Bunny, and more. Note: This year, guests will not be able to touch the rabbits. 🐰 ○ Plant Swap | Sat., April 3 | 1-4 p.m. | Urban Horticulture Supply, 3009 Wood Ave. | Free | If you possibly got a bit too excited about planting when the weather turned warmer, trade some of those extra plants with fellow local gardeners. 🌱 ○ Easter Cruise | Sun., April 4 | Various times | Southern Belle Riverboat | $19.95+ | Enjoy Easter on the Southern Belle. Choose from an Easter breakfast or lunch cruise, Easter dinner cruise or an Easter bunny sightseeing cruise.
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.
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