Aug. 6 is quickly approaching + you need to know that date because it’s when local residents will vote in the Tennessee primaries and the county general election.
The last day to register to vote is July 7. | NOOGAtoday
Important dates ○ You can register to vote in an election, 30 days before the election. More in-depth information here. That means the last day to register here is July 7. ○ Last day to request an absentee ballot: July 30 ○ Last day to return a completed absentee ballot: Aug. 6 ○ Early voting: July 17-Aug. 1
What to bring ○ You do not need a Real ID. ○ You need identification though and that can be a driver’s license, state handgun carry permit, passport, military ID, veteran ID, TWIC card, or federal employee identification.
Early voting sites ○ County Election Commission | 700 River Terminal Rd. ○ Brainerd YFD Center | 1010 North Moore Rd. ○ Collegedale City Hall | 4910 Swinyar Dr. ○ Hixson Community Center | 5401 School Dr.
Absentee voting If you’re a registered voter and don’t want to vote in person because of COVID-19, you can request an absentee ballot by mail.
You can vote in-person during early voting or on election day, or you can register for an absentee ballot by mail due to COVID-19 this year.
If you would like to vote via absentee ballot, you can fill out this request form + submit it before July 30. You can submit the form by emailing + attaching the completed request.
In Hamilton County, you can email the form to Kerry Steelman at the Hamilton County election commissionhere.
You must submit a request for an absentee ballot now to vote in the Aug. 6 election and again to vote in the November election. The dates to submit a request for an absentee ballot are between Aug. 5 and Oct. 27.
○ On June 22, the Hamilton County Health Department reported two new COVID-19-related deaths, bringing the county’s total to 28. This new report comes as the New York Times ranked Chattanooga second in the nation for the highest average COVID-19 deaths growth rate. The report said that deaths in Chattanooga double every 10.2 days. (NewsChannel 9)
○ If you had COVID-19 and have fully recovered, you could help patients who are currently fighting the infection by donating your plasma. Bodies that have fought the infection now have COVID-19 antibodies in their plasma, which provides a way for immune systems to fight the virus. Learn more here.
○ Chattanooga native Dr. Davey Smith, who heads the Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health at the University of California San Diego, is leading a new clinical trial to evaluate new COVID-19 agents. The new study is called “Adapt Out COVID” and will be a larger clinical study (with sites worldwide) that evaluates new agents as they are developed. (NewsChannel 9)
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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
People Magazine recently named native Chattanoogan + actor Leslie Jordan — best known for his role in Will & Grace and, more recently, his hilarious Instagram account — and his comical postsNo. 99 on its list of “100 Reasons to Love America,” according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
Check out Leslie’s response (via Instagram video, of course) here.
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Biz ○ This Thursday will be Cempa Community Care’s annual Dining Out for Life fundraiser to fight against HIV in the Tennessee Valley. You can participate by dining (or ordering take out) at one of the participating restaurants, including Brewhaus, Flying Squirrel, Public House, and more. Click here for a full list of participating restaurants. 👍 ○ Southside’s Lookout Fitness has moved to new facilities on McCallie Avenue near Warner Park + reopened at the new location on Monday. The gym is now located at 1304 McCallie Avenue in a 4,000 square foot space. Memberships are $155 a month with discounts for students, teachers, and active military, fire, and police. 💪 (Chattanooga Times Free Press) ○ Tennessee-based software startup Text Request, a company that provides text messaging software as a service, recently surpassed a new annual recurring revenue milestone at $3 million despite setbacks from COVID-19. The company has solved the need for contactless engagement within the business at this time and has added new employees + service offerings.
Edu ○ The Hamilton County Schools class of 2020received over $121 million in scholarships as a whole, while scholarship offers are still coming in for some graduating seniors. The Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts, Ooltewah High School, East Hamilton High, Soddy Daisy High, and Signal Mountain High each earned over $10 million in scholarships this year. Way to go, grads! 💰 (Chattanoogan.com) ○ Tennessee has begun offering high school equivalency exams online while many in-person testing centers remain closed. The online testing option began on June 22 via a new online program called HiSET at Home through the ProctorU service. (WRCB)
Volunteer ○ Blood Assurance is in “critical need” of blood donors due to a low donor turnout + traumas in the Blood Assurance service area. Currently, Blood Assurance has less than one day’s supply of O-positive, B-positive, and B-negative. They have about a day’s supply of O-negative, A-positive, A-negative, and AB-negative red cells. (NewsChannel 9) ○ Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga is seeking volunteers to help at their Re-Stores on Main Street in Chattanooga + Apison Pike in Ooltewah. Volunteers will be scheduled to work from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. or 1-4 p.m. and will be accepting donations, sorting items, and cleaning + pricing items for sale. (Chattanoogan.com)
Outdoors ○ Last week, a new website went live to help visitors explore Tennessee’s South Cumberland Plateau region. The website gives in-depth information on hiking trails, waterfalls, shops, lodging, outdoor recreation, and more. You can access the new website here.
DYK ○ The FDA has warned the public to immediately stop using hand sanitizers that contain methanol — or wood alcohol — as this ingredient can be toxic when absorbed through the skin. Brands include CleanCare, Saniderm, All Clean + Esk Biochem. See the full list here.
Noogan ○ Owner of Mike’s Hole in the Wall (535 Cherokee Blvd.) died in his sleep this week. He had recently celebrated his 50th birthday. The business’ Facebook page will have more information about arrangements when they are available.
Number ○ $39. The amount you’ll pay for 4 bottles of wine,customized to your taste buds, through Winc (a 40% off deal exclusive to our readers; including direct shipping to your door). Take their 6-question palette quiz and get wine paired to your preferences here. 🍷 Ⓟ
Furman University is hosting its High School Virtual Academy July 13-24 | photo provided
Furman University is still accepting applications for itsHigh School Virtual Academy, July 13-24, where high school students (rising sophomores and above) looking to get ahead can develop real-world skills + connect with industry professionals.
The academy offers 3 tracks: • Community Health, led by the Institute for the Advancement of Community Health • Innovation & Entrepreneurship, led by Furman Innovation & Entrepreneurship • Sustainability, led by The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities
We’ve heard some of you ask us to bring the “MustDo” section back, but the CDC + other health professionals are still recommending we practice social distancing, so for now we’re going to keep local COVID-19 information in the newsletter.
We will continue to post events, virtual + physical, in the “News Notes” section.
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