I don’t know about y’all, but time is different for me since the pandemic started.
Chloé here, and between working from home, seeing few people in person, and a constant feeling that I might need to fight or fly at most any moment – the days and hours are blurring together in new ways.
Some things feel upside down lately. | Gif by Giphy
It’s nice to be reminded that time is a construct, and if I want to eat breakfast at midnight, that’s perfectly fine. I won’t be bound by imaginary rules! 🤣
But it also means months are zooming by, and if you ask me what day it is, I might not know. So, as we head into July, let’s take a look back and some of June’s highlights. 👇
20+ local black-owned businesses It’s always a good time to support local, black-owned businesses, and we created this list after readers asked us to do the roundup, as protests for racial equality spread across the country, including in Chattanooga.
Top comments ○ On the post about a local company and its employees being featured on CBS: “We were proud and honored to represent the industry and Chattanooga. Thank you for sharing!”– Covenant Transport
○ Gov. Bill Lee announced he’s extending the State of Emergencyrelated to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic to August 29. The order limits gatherings to 50 people unless six feet can be maintained between people. It also urges people to stay home whenever possible and wear masks when out. The state’s order doesn’t require masks, but with local numbers increasing, Mayor Andy Berke is looking to get approval from the state to mandate masks.
○ The Hamilton County Health Department created a series of informational videos that can be shared with people who have tested positive for COVID-19, their families, and close contacts. You can access the videos on the health department’s Spanish Youtube channel + English Youtube channel.
○ The American Red Cross has offered several tips to stay safe + healthy while celebrating July 4 as the pandemic continues. The tips include staying six feet apart from people, wearing face masks or facial coverings, and avoiding crowds and large gatherings. The Red Cross also recommends general safety precautions such as keeping fireworks away from children, only lighting one firework at a time, and never grilling indoors. You can find more safety tips here.
○ Recently, contact tracing — the process of reaching out to those who have been in contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 — has become more difficult in Chattanooga. According to clinical associate professor for UTC’s master of public health program Dawn Ford, who has trained UTC students and faculty to be contact tracers, contact lists are getting bigger + it is getting harder to reach people who could potentially have the virus. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
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
We’re still picking our jaws off the floor with this one. Whoa.
Between the Saharan dust plume hovering, the sunset, a storm rolling through and that full rainbow — the entire photo is just perfection.
Cheers to @zippydj and this picture. It makes us happy, and we hope it makes you smile, too.
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Announced ○ Chattanooga community activist Raquetta Dotley announced her candidacy for Chattanooga City Council District 7. Dotley currently is an administrator for Westside Missionary Baptist Church and has been involved in civic engagement for many years. To learn more about Dotley and her campaign, visit her website here. Erskine Oglesby currently has the District 7 seat.(Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Biz ○ The Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House is reopening to new families in a four-phase program after being closed for over a month. The first phase, which began on June 24, opened 7 rooms at 25% capacity. The next phase includes reopening at 50% capacity, followed by allowing volunteers to return. (Chattanoogan.com) ○ Comcast recently announced that it plans to hire over 80 customer care representatives across Tennessee, including in Chattanooga. The positions, which you can find more information on and apply for here, are virtual + work-from-home. ○ The Trust Company of Tennessee, a financial planning firm with offices in Chattanooga, has been named a top workplace by the Knoxville News Sentinel. This is the second time that the company has earned this distinction after first earning it in 2017.
Civic ○ While curbside garbage + recycle collection that is scheduled for July 3 will be collected as usual, the city landfill located off of Birchwood Pike will be closed from July 3-6. The wood recycle center and the household hazardous waste facility will be closed on July 4 and reopen on July 6. The refuse collection centers and recycle collection centers will be closed on July 4 and will reopen on July 5 for regular business hours. ○ With the Fourth of July approaching, the East Ridge Police Department wants to remind citizens that shooting fireworks within the city limits is illegal. If anyone is found shooting fireworks in East Ridge, they are subject to being issued a citation.
Edu ○ UT students are now required to get their flu shot this fall and will be required to be immunized for COVID-19 if a vaccine becomes available. Currently, this is an emergency rule, but the UT Board of Trustees will ask the Tennessee legislature to make it permanent. (NewsChannel 9)
TryThis ○ Although business their usual business has been slowed by the pandemic, the staff at Lula Lake Land Trusthas stayed busy, working on several conservation projects. New projects include adding a five-mile trail, creating a conservation education staff position, and acquiring more property. To donate to Lula Lake’s conservation efforts during this difficult time, click here. ○ Voiceflow has been named the latest presenting sponsor of Project Voice 2021, an event in Chattanooga about voice tech and AI. Project Voice 2021 will take place from Jan. 11-15, and you can register for the eventhere.
TheBuy ○ Local food prep company The Chef and His Wife is offering 15% off storewide through July 2. If you are making an online order, you can use the promo code 15off. The 15% off sale will not be good for any promotion. ○ Publix has your next drive-by baby shower gift covered, thanks to this “future free 🍪 eater” onesie. Shop here.Ⓟ
NOOGAtalk diaries, Day No. 3: Chloé here. I’m re-adjusting to working from home. If I’m going to be looking at it so much, my apartment is going to need a deeper cleaning.
Y’all want to know what I do to trick myself into doing chores like that? I pretend I’m on a game show, (think “Supermarket Sweep”) and I’m being timed. I set a timer for 5 minutes at a time.
Then I narrate in my head as if I’m the announcer of the game show. It’s not weird, I promise.
It goes something like: “Let’s take a look at Chloé and those dishes. She’s been on top of her dish-loading game today. And that expertise with that mop! She’s impressive, but she’s really struggled with the cat litter lately. That portion might make or break her today.”
Rest a beat or two between each 5-minute session, and repeat until all chores are done.
If you give it a try or you have other quirky habits you want to share, email me.
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