Ranked ○ Forbes recently ranked BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, TVA, and Volkswagen as some of America’s best large employers. Nearby Calhoun, Georgia’s Mohawk Industries — which is the world’s biggest floor covering company — also made the list list. You can view the full list of best largest employers nationwide here. 💪 (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
NowOpen ○ A new tattoo shop is now open for business. Duffy McCormack, who formerly worked at Standard Ink, has opened his own shop with his wife called Dancing Goat Tattoo(1401 Williams St., Ste 150). He also sells a variety of tattoo art prints on his Etsy shop. Congratulations, Duffy. 👏
Biz ○ The new leaseholders of Moccasin Bend Golf Club, who took over the club on Jan. 1, have plans to update the golf course over the next few months + years. The new operators plan to replace all 18 greens and pave the cart paths starting on June 3, during which time the course will be closed for six weeks. ⛳ (Chattanooga Times Free Press) ○ A new hotel brand, stayAPT Suites, opened a location in Ooltewah on Monday, Feb. 15., making it the brand’s third location overall. The long term stay hotel offers a residential feeling with its 500+ square-foot apartment-like suites. The hotel is located at 6046 Relocation Way.
DYK ○ The IRS began accepting tax returns on Friday, Feb. 12. And the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga is offering its Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program to provide free tax preparation for qualifying individuals and families.
Noogan ○ Chattanooga author J.E. Kraft, who’s been writing since she wasseven, recently released a new children’s book, “Like Kats and Dawgs,” which describes the adventures of Kit the kat + Doodle the dawg. Kraft thought of the book’s idea after bringing home her new baby and wondering what her cat must have been thinking about the new addition. Buy the bookhere. 📗 (ThePulse)
FeelGood ○ Already feeling the midweek blues? Cheer up with some local good news brought to you by editor Chloé + NewsChannel 9’s Greg Funderburg via the latest installment of Good Chatt. Have good news that you’d like to share? We wanna hear about it — email us and it may be featured in Greg and Chloe’s next Good Chatt segment. 😄 (NewsChannel 9)
TodayIs ○ Today is Mardi Gras, aka Fat Tuesday, an annual holiday that dates back to an ancient Roman festival honoring two deities, Lupercalia + Saturnalia. Now, the holiday celebrates the final day of Carnival before Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Looking for a way to celebrate locally? Check out today’s conversation. ⚜️
Asked ○ If I have had COVID-19, should I still get the vaccine?Here’s the answer, plus more vaccine FAQs from the pros at Erlanger Health System. Ⓟ
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It really is the month of love, because the Humane Educational Society (4155 Randolph Circle) has reduced its adoption fee to $14 until March. And we gotta say, there are a lot of cutiesup for adoption right now, and they all come guaranteed with unconditional love.
Serious question, how many cats is too many cats?
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Learn ○ Growing an Herb Garden | Tues., Feb. 16 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | $20 | Women Repair Zone brings us a fun and intuitive way to grow an herb garden. Instructor Katie Bishop will instruct via Zoom to show us how to make gardening easier. 🌿
TryThis ○ Chunky Knit Blankets + Brews | Tues., Feb. 16 | 6-9 p.m. | Wanderlinger Brewing Co., 1208 King St. | $85 | Create your own chunky knit blanket while enjoying brews from Wanderlinger. 🧶
Arts ○ Create and Define: Poetry | Tues., Feb. 16 to Tues., March 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $25 | Interested in brushing up on your poetry skills? Kris Whorton, published author and UTC lecturer, is offering a four-week poetry workshop to explore the writing and editing process of poetry.
Film ○ Nobody Was Interested, Nobody Asked | Tues., Feb 16 – Thurs., Feb 18 | 12 p.m | Virtual | $12 | A part of the 2021 Chattanooga Jewish Documentary Film Series. The film will screen virtually for 48 hours beginning at noon Tuesday and ending at noon Thursday. ○ African American Film Series | Tues., Feb. 16-Thurs., Feb. 18 | Various times | Virtual | Free | View one (or all) of the seven selected films streaming on Hulu, Netflix, or PBS + join the film discussions via Zoom. Zoom links + films found via Facebook link.
PlanAhead ○ iPhoneography: Editing Photos | Wed., Feb. 17 | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $15 | Get tips + tricks for creating your best-looking iPhone photos yet – like the best editing apps, how to use them, and more. 📱 ○ Open Mic Night | Wed., Feb. 17 | 8 p.m. | Wanderlinger Brewing Company, 1208 King St. | Free | Grab a beer and grab your mic, it’s time for Open Mic Night at Wanderlinger. This is a BYOM (bring your own mic) event. 🎤 ○ Sip & Pour | Thurs., Feb. 18 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Pinspiration Chattanooga, 2275 Gunbarrel Rd. | $42-$65 | Get over those Valentine’s Day blues with a sip + pour party. Create your own acrylic pouring and enjoy a beverage. Tickets come with one beverage and all the supplies needed. 🍺
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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Trista here, and I’m still working my way through “The Goldfinch.” It’s a really heavy read — Donna Tartt writes with such heart-wrenching detail, it’s easy to feel like you are the main character and his tragedies are now yours, too. Yeah, it’s written that well.
Now it’s Chloé. I finished the book I was reading for the upcoming BilbioChatt about Anna Safely Houston, so now I’m going back to Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” and Malcolm Gladwell’s “Blink.”
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