Also, Monday afternoon, officials announced the health department got 1,150 new first dose and 4,914 new second dose Pfizer vaccines. ❓Who’s currently eligible for a vaccine? Starting Mon., Feb. 22, Hamilton County residents ages 65+ and people in phase 1B are eligible for vaccines.
1B includes: • Childcare, pre-school, and K-12 teachers • School staff • School bus drivers • Other first responders (including dispatch, administrative personnel + others not included in Phase 1a1)
The health department got new COVID-19 vaccination doses on Monday. | Photo provided by the Hamilton County Health Department
❓What’s happening with teachers? Teachers can sign up for vaccines through the health department.
The school system’splan to vaccinate teachers through a private provider is on hold as the county waits for more doses. Last week’s winter weather delayed some shipments. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
✔️ By the numbers Hamilton County New cases Monday: 82 Total number of cases: 40,118 Total number of deaths: 449
Tennessee New cases Monday: 952 Total number of cases: 766,089 Total number of deaths: 11,153
Nation 27.8 million COVID-19 cases in the country 500,000+ COVID-19 deaths nationwide
✔️ Vaccines given • In Hamilton County: 59,172 • Tennessee: 1,111,118 • Statewide, 10.6% of people have gotten at least one dose • Tennessee (and eight other states) are behind the rest of the country, where 12-16% of people have been vaccinated. • Nationwide, 63 million doses have been given. That’s 13.1% of the U.S. population.
Civic ○ Early voting for Chattanooga’s mayoral and city council election on March 2 is now underway and lasts through Thurs., Feb. 25. Find polling locations and times, candidate information, sample ballots, and more in our local election guide. 🗳️
ComingSoon ○ Chattanooga’s Southside newest social club Common House (1517 Mitchell Ave.) is opening on May 6. To celebrate opening, Common House is offering a 25% discount on initiation fees for new members. (Plus, there are no dues for new members until the house opens.) 🎉
Development ○ The Net Resource Foundation needs sponsors for benches to complete Alton Park’s Hughes Project. There are 10 benches that need sponsorship, each costing $700. The full project — which will have an outdoor performance venue, community garden + a spot for after-school programs — should be complete by fall.
Outdoors ○ Reflection RidingArboretum and Nature Center is re-opening, and pre-sales have started on native trees and shrubs. Members can shop in person starting March 30, and it’s open to the general public April 1. For a sneak peek, visit the Tennessee Valley Wild Ones Plant Native 2021 Plant Sale at the First Horizon Pavilion on March 27.
Biz ○ Chattanooga’s Southern Champion Tray is planning to build a 1 million-square-foot warehouse. That’s about the size of 21 football fields, FYI. Construction should begin in early 2021 with completion by early 2022. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) ○ Songbirds Foundation, which provides guitar lessons for kids, will be moving its education-based fundraising and programming operations into the former Songbirds Guitar Museum, which closed because of the pandemic. The space at the Choo Choo will be open by Sept. 1. 🎸(Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Listen ○ Local native + actor (also, the star of our hearts) Leslie Jordan announced a duets album releasing on April 2 called “Company’s Comin’.” Bonus: a new single, “Angel Band,” featuring Brandi Carlile came out yesterday. Jordan’s Apple Music show, “Hunker Down Radio with Leslie Jordan,” will also premier Feb. 28. 🎤
Arts ○ ArtsBuild’s arts education program is going virtual and will be distributed to Hamilton County Schools + Youth and Family Development teachers, homeschool parents, and the public. The virtual program is accessible via ArtsBuild’s Youtube channel.
Edu ○ Chattanooga Preparatory School will be welcoming its first cohort of high school students, the class of 2025, in the fall of 2021. You can watch the Chattanooga Prep School inaugural class’s journey to high school via this five-minute video. 🎓
Holiday ○ Purim, the Jewish holiday which commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman,begins at sunset on Thurs., Feb. 25, and ends at nightfall on Fri., Feb. 26. Purim is celebrated by enjoying a feast known as a seudat Purim + exchanging gifts of food and drink known as mishloach manot. Local celebration info here.
Cause ○ On Feb. 24, the Brainerd Community Food Pantry will offer emergency food boxes to those in need at Brainerd United Methodist Church from 4:30-6 p.m. Food boxes will continue to be handed out on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.
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Arts ○ Spoken Word and Poetic Readings | Tues., Feb. 23 | 6 p.m.-7 p.m. | Wanderlinger Brewing Company, 1208 King St. | Free | Recite poetry or read your short stories at this relaxing event. Readings should be two to five minutes long.
TryThis ○ Relaxing 101: The Science of Relaxation | 6-7:30 p.m. | Virtual | $20 | A class we all need right about now… learn the true skill of relaxation (hint: it’s not just chilling in front of the TV all day). 🛌
PlanAhead ○ Classic Cocktails: Amaro | Fri., Feb. 26 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | $15-$30 | Learn how to make classic cocktails with Amaro, an italian herbal liqueur that’s typically consumed as an after-dinner digestif. Purchase tickets for the class itself or the class + materials. 🍸 ○ Sensory Friendly Studio: Abstract Art | Sat., Feb. 27 | 2:30 p.m. | Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View St. | $20 | Learn how to paint abstract art at this sensory-friendly workshop designed for adults + teens with autism spectrum disorders. Masks must be worn at all times during the workshop. 🖌️
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.