Good morning, Nooga. 👋 Ready for some good news? The Chattanooga Sustainable Food Center is asking the community to provide feedback about a grocery store coming to Highland Park.
The grocery store, Gaining Ground, aims to increase food accessibility + nutrition in the Highland Park area. Right now, there isn’ta grocery store with fresh produce in Highland Park, so if you don’t have reliable transportation, you don’t have a lot of grocery options. Places like this are called “food deserts,” and according to a WDEF report from February of this year, 30,000 Chattanoogans live in a food desert.
This grocery store will be a much-needed addition to the community. 🙌
Nutritionist Holly Martin — manager of the Main St. Farmers Market — is taking on this project. In this article, she’s quoted saying, “It all starts with food.” Holly wants to create a better relationship with food, especially for communities that don’t have options readily available. Gaining Ground will be like a brick-and-mortar farmers market in the St. Andrews Center, building connections between farmers and the community.
This summer a bodega-like concept will open in the St. Andrews Center offering fresh produce — think seasonal fruits + veggies — and possibly some bulk bins. Think of it as a mini version of the soon-to-be grocery store. 🍅
Once fully open + operating, the center plans to offer seasonal cooking classes, a commercial kitchen available to rent, school programs, and affordable produce.
Gaining Ground still needs funding and the more support they get, the sooner they can open. You can help right now by taking this survey and requesting more information about helping fund the project.
From this post on the Chattanooga Sustainable Food Center Facebook page, “Our organization is focusing intently on food access, education, and engagement.”
Share this with a friend who would love to support the cause. 🥬
○ As of June 20, the Hamilton County Health Department reported 19 new coronavirus cases, bringing the county’s total to 2,121. Hamilton County’s COVID-19-related death rate remained at 25, according to the health department’s report on Saturday. (Chattanoogan.com)
○ If you’re wondering how to best keep safe during COVID-19 as businesses continue reopening, associate professor of biology at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Erin Bromage offered tips via this Times Free Press article. Bromage discusses masks, whether it is safe to return to restaurants and gyms, and if you should wipe down groceries + sanitize mail. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
○ Cempa Community Care is offering free drive-thru COVID-19 testing in Chattanooga + Cleveland this week. Testing will be available today from 4-7 p.m. at Redemption to the Nations Church, 1908 Bailey Ave. On Wednesday, the testing is available at Peerless Road Church, 3301 Peerless Road, NW, from 4-7 p.m. There’s no out-of-pocket cost and you do not need a doctor’s referral.
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
Mayor Andy Berke has been asking citizens to practice social distancing, wear a mask, and get tested, and on those points, he’s leading by example. Yesterday, Berke posted photos on his social media of him at a testing site, and he is encouraging everyone to follow suit.
ICYMI — you can feel okay and still test positive for COVID-19. The more people get tested, the more we’ll be able to prevent an increase in cases.
ComingSoon ○ A new restaurant called Volcano Crab & Bar is coming to the Hamilton Place area. It’s going in the former Applebee’s location at 2342 Shallowford Village Drive. No word on when it will open but the new restaurant is hiring. For more information, call 404-909-9302. 🦀
Biz ○ Nominations are now open for the Chattanooga Chamber’s Annual Meeting Awards which recognizes companies that are leading the way in sustainability, education, diversity + more. You can submit nominations here through June 30.
Civic ○ Community leader, supporter, organizer + advocate Raquetta Dotley announced that she’s running for the District 7 City Council seat, which is currently taken by Erskine Oglesby. Dotley said a quote from Coretta Scott King sums up her vision for the district. “The greatness of a community is more accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.” ○ All Hamilton County clerk offices are now reopened with controlled access + temperature checks, and Hamilton County residents are encouraged to wear face masks while visiting the offices. If you need to renew vehicle registration after emission testing, you can do so without visiting the officehere. 😷
Edu ○ The Tennessee Board of Regents recently approved no tuition or student fee increases for both in-state + out-of-state students. This will be the first year without a tuition increase at Tennessee’s 13 community colleges since 1991, and the first year at the 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology since 2013. Learn more from the TN Board of Regents quarterly meeting here.
UTC ○ UTC announced a graduation plan for 2020 spring graduates, with the commencement scheduled over a series of dates from July 31 to Aug. 9. Graduates will receive up to four tickets for guests, and all participants will be required to wear face masks during the ceremony. 🎓 (NewsChannel 9)
Ranked ○ The Tennessee Aquarium has been nominated as one of the nation’s best aquariums in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards. The winning aquarium will be determined by a popular vote ending at 11:59 a.m. on July 6 + announced on July 17. You can vote for the Tennessee Aquarium (once a day) here. 🐠
TryThis ○ If you’ve been wondering how to make the most of your summer, check out the Chattanooga Tourism Company’s list of Chattanooga’s Top 14 Summer Adventures. The list includes heading to Chester Frost Park’s new NoogaSplash attraction, trying Adventure Sports Innovation’s new hydrofoil surfboard, and exploring the 13-mile Chattanooga Riverwalk by Chattanooga’s bike system. ○ On June 27, Ooltewah’s Heaven & Ale location at Cambridge Square will be hosting Sour Saturday, a free event with over 12 rare sour ales on tap. The event will start at 12 p.m. and last through 11 p.m. #ProTip — wearing a mask could help protect yourself and those around you since there’s still a pandemic happening. 🍻
Gallery ○ Last Friday, Chattanoogans celebrated Juneteenth — the anniversary of the day that Union soldiers made it to Galveston, Texas to tell slaves they were free — on the Walnut Street Bridge. Check out the Times Free Press’ photo gallery from the evening here. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)