Is anyone else in denial that it’s almost August? Trista here, and I’m pretty mad that I haven’t spent half my summer on Flying Squirrel’s patio. Summer is my favorite season — I love the heat, and I can’t believe fall is swiftly approaching.
With that being said, it’s time to look back at July and the news y’all cared about the most. 👇
Top conversations: • 10 swimming spots in Chattanooga, TN This summer has been hot, hot, hot, so it’s not shocking y’all were eager to find some places to cool off. We rounded up 10 spots to swim, from a public pool to waterfalls + a beach.
• Readers vote: local history topics, Chattanooga, TN BiblioChatt is back. 🙌 We had to take a break because of COVID-19 closures, but the wonderful staff at the Chattanooga Public Library agreed to copy files we need for research and send them our way. It looks like you guys were excited to vote on the next topic, and that makes us really happy. We’ll have a deep dive into Underground Chattanooga soon.
Top comments: • On the Market Street Bridge maintenance “I’ve not seen it up since I was a little girl. I remember getting stuck in traffic with my mom sometimes because of the bridge. How cool! 👍” – @thelovefieldproject
• On the mask mandate announcement “Hey everyone…..I live in CT. And we have been required to wear masks for 2 months now. Our numbers have gone way down even with the reopening of the State without a relapse. Now you all are not allowed in our State because you have not been required to wear a mask and look at what is happening. So, do masks work? CT thinks so and you all should too. Stop complaining and get with the program. It’s not all about you anymore….think beyond yourself and keep everyone safe.” – Mindy M.
○ The Hamilton County Health Department announced on Tuesday the death of a senior resident, raising the death toll to 46 in the county. The health department also confirmed 141 new virus cases. The county has seen a total of 5,203 cases + 3,675 have recovered. (NewsChannel 9) ○ Cempa Community Care is offering free drive-through COVID-19 testing this week on Wednesday + Thursday. Wednesday’s testing event will be from 3-6 p.m. and will take place at Mt. Peria Baptist Church in Ringgold. Thursday’s testing will also be from 3-6 p.m. and will take place at Carniceria Loa #6 in Chattanooga. Click here for more information.
○ If your family or business is in need of face masks, you can call the COVID-19 hotline at (423) 209-8383 to schedule an appointment to pick up large quantities of masks. Individuals can also pick up masks from the bins located outside of the Health Department’s 3rd Street entrances.
○ The Tennessee Health Department recently revealed data that shows 80% of the people contracting and transmitting COVID-19 are under 60 years old, while 80% of those dying from COVID-19 are over 60 years old. The average age of someone with the virus is 38, and the average age of someone dying with the disease is 74. (NewsChannel 9)
Hey, there. Looking for today’s #MustDo events? In accordance with the
CDC’s recommendations regarding public gatherings, we have decided to postpone public event coverage for the time being. We look forward to bringing you Chattanooga’s #MustDo events soon (until then, feel free to submit your virtual events
The incline, a sunflower field, a muralist in action, or the comet everyone’s been talking about — it’s up to you to vote for the best picture of July. We narrowed it down to these four that had the most likes as of yesterday, July 28.
To vote, go here and comment A,B,C, or D. We’ll announce the winner on Friday. 🎉
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Biz ○ Chattanooga’s Startup Week — a multi-day celebration recognizing the city’s entrepreneurial community — will be held virtually this year on Oct. 19-23. Startup Week 2020’s event host application can be accessed here. 🙌 ○ New capital investment company that hopes to help small businesses, Capacity Capital, recently made its first local investment with Charlie’s BBQ and Bakery. Capacity Capital’s second investment was made to a Rhode Island-based rental company called Rent Sons, which added a Chattanooga location upon Capacity’s investment. Find more information about Capacity Capital here. ○ The Tennessee Aquarium launched a new website with an array of updated features like enhanced animal pages, seven live web cameras, and a seamless online ticketing system. The aquarium’s newsletter, Riverwatch, has also gone digital. Check out the new site here and read the newsletter here. 📱
Jobs ○ Volkswagen Group of America in Tennessee currently has nearly 175 job openings for commercial positions. If you are interested in applying, you can do so through recruiting and staffing company Aerotek here or email your resume to Christian Toledo at [email protected]
Health ○ The Hamilton County Health Department is trying to raise awareness for human trafficking through the Red Sand Project + providing the community with tips on how to spot trafficking and help. Warning signs that someone may be trafficked include malnourishment, few personal possessions, having a prepaid cell phone, fearing authority, and not being enrolled in school or being consistently absent. If you suspect or know someone who may be trafficked, you can contact the Tennessee Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-855-558-6484 or text ‘BeFree’ to 233733. (NewsChannel 9)
Arts ○ ArtsBuildannounced the recipients of its 2020-2021 Mission Support grants. The grants support local arts organizations that provide year-round arts programs + experiences that help Chattanooga thrive. Hart Gallery, SoundCorps, and the Bessie Smith Cultural Center are among the grantees this year. ○ Chattanooga-based indie band Behold the Brave will release its latest single + accompanying music video, Peaches, on July 31. The song will be available for streaming on all platforms, but for now you can preview the music video and listen to the new single here. 🎵
Watercooler ○ The Chattanooga Red Wolves CHI Memorial Stadium will open this Saturday for the soccer team’s inaugural home opener. You can purchase tickets to the game and other game + team packages here. ⚽
Ranked ○ Erlanger East Hospital was one of the four Tennessee hospitals named among the “Best Maternity Hospitals 2020” by Newsweek. The hospitals on the list were recognized for achieving low rates of C-section, episiotomy, and early elective deliveries while following important protocols to protect mothers + babies. 🏥 (Chattanoogan.com)
ForParents ○ Here are 3 reasons your kids can benefit fromhaving a “smart bedroom.”Alexa, please turn off the lights so I can get a good night’s sleep. 🧸Ⓟ
TheBuy ○ What if we told you that jeans could be as comfy as the leggings you’ve been living in? Three former Under Armour execs founded Revtown Jeans using a proprietary fabric of Italian-milled denim infused with the same stuff used in yoga pants + football uniforms.Shop here. Ⓟ
Morning, NOOGA. Kayla here, and this is the year I turn 30. It’s also the year I’m determined to feel like I finally “have my finances in order.”
If you’re in the same boat as me – even if it’s a younger boat – here are 5 money #MustDos before you turn 30:
1. Build up savings It’s important to make saving your money a habit – but exactly where + how you save is up to you. Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Unionoffers7 different waysto build your personal savings. Have a specific goal you’re saving for? Try this savings calculator.
2. Pay down debt If you’re paying off student loans – an unavoidable burden for many us – try to make additional payments when you can to save on interests. Overwhelmed by multiple loans? Debt consolidation via a personal loanmight be a good option for you.
3. Set a budget Finance guru Dave Ramsey saysmaking a budget is as simple as telling your money where to go. It can be done in four steps: 1. Write down your total monthly income. 2. List all your expenses. (#ProTip: Take advantage of online bill payto have one less thing to worry about.) 3. Subtract expenses from income to equal zero. 4. Track spending throughout the month.Ⓟ
NOOGAdiaries day No. 19 — Trista here, and I just took a midday walk and lemme tell ya, it’s hot out there. I’m back in my office at home now and blaring “Higher Love” by Kygo + Whitney Houston. It’s pretty much the same level of pick-me-up as an afternoon cup of coffee. What do y’all jam to when you need a little pep to keep going? Chloé + I have a NOOGAtunes playlist, and we’d love suggestions from all of you!
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