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Mary Ann Bryant is a non-bingo-loving senior citizen trying to improve the community.
We’re not all about Bingo.
Pending means you won’t be showing up for Bingo night. | Gif by Giphy
Chattanooga has been my home for more than 25 years. When I moved here after 8 years in Nashville, Chattanooga looked very dull to me. Fast forward 25 years and I can say I love this town.
Although I am retired, there isn’t a place I’d rather be than right here in Chattanooga. But, I want more because I am retired. Although Chattanooga has lots to offer, there’s not much to do for those of us over 60.
I know about all the outdoor activities in this area like hiking, kayaking, climbing, or biking. After all, wasn’t Chattanooga named Outside magazine’s Best Places to Live in the U.S.?
I know there are retirees who participate in these activities, but I think it’s a small group. I’d be afraid of getting stuck in a kayak and I would describe my hikes as just a short walk. And climbing? A step ladder is all the climbing I do these days.
Chattanooga has also been honored as a great place to retire. Why? Mostly because of low taxes and a great climate.
Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate it but after you’ve done all the standard activities like the Aquarium, IMAX, the Battlefield or gone the artistic route with the theatre, symphony and ballet, there’s not much to do for the over 60 crowd.
Many local churches have senior groups and the city has Eastgate Senior Center and a few multiple use locations like the Brainerd Rec Center.
There are other small community organizations like UTC’s Elder Scholars and an East Brainerd group called Boomers, Shakers and Beyond (disclosure: I am on the committee).
But I want more and I am making the assumption others my age do, too. I’d like to see the city/county create a senior center with interesting and innovative programming like the national organization Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Asheville, or the Oasis Centers, a nationwide organization based in St. Louis. What a great way to attract even more retirees!
This city/county has transformed itself multiple times from one of the most polluted areas in the country to the vibrant, growing community of today.I am certain we can do this. Who is with me?
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What can Chattanooga/Hamilton County do to be more friendly for senior citizens? What kinds of activities do you want to see as seniors?
Announced ○ Officials on Thursday announced the organization of a nonprofit partner organization for Hamilton County schools. The Hamilton County Schools Foundation will utilize additional resources to better local public schools with the aim of providing new learning opportunities for students. The foundation will raise funds to support educational opportunities + excellence for everyone through resource mobilization, relationship building + innovation.
Edu ○ Gov. Bill Lee, on Thursday, announced a new partnership that aims to help 500,000 Tennesseans who get unemployment benefits earn a college degree while fulfilling work-search requirements. Tennessee Reconnect offers two years of tuition-free community or technical college by establishing last-dollar scholarships for eligible adults who have not yet obtained a degree. 📚
Civic ○ The Chattanooga Regional Homeless Coalition is opening a warming shelter for the homeless community for winter nights when temps are expected to stay at 35 degrees or below. The Hamilton County Health Department developed a safety pandemic plan for the shelter, located at the Chattanooga Community Kitchen (727 E 11th St.). Anyone in need of shelter can text “winter shelter” to 97779 to get updates. For more information, including anyone interested in partnering to provide an overflow site, check out this website. ○ Several Chattanooga City Council members recently said that they want a future vote on raising pay for firefighters after being told that a $3.5 million item needed for a pay adjustment had not made it into the budget. Currently, the pay for 91 of the newest firefighter recruits amounts to $10.59 per hour, roughly two dollars under the federal minimum wage. (Chattanoogan.com)
Development ○ Constructionhas started on a new eatery, Jack’s, located at Lee Pointe commercial center at Highway 153 + Lee Highway. The $675,000-project is expected to be finished in January. Jack’s, which has burgers, chicken, biscuits + shakes, has nearly 200 locations in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi. 🍔 (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Coronavirus ○ Chattanooga State Community College’s main campus + all instructional sites are closing to the public through at least Jan. 8, but virtual and online classes will continue as scheduled. Chattanooga State is transitioning to Phase 2 of its pandemic plan because of a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the region. (NewsChannel 9) ○ Chattanooga Christian School announced that they have effectively closed their campus for 14 days due to COVID-19 cases rising across school grounds. The closure resulted in the early ending of the CCS football team’s season. CCS President, Chad Dirkse, stated that the school is working in compliance with the Hamilton County Health Department to keep the safety of students a priority. (WRCB)
Cause ○ Reflection Riding Nature Center, which has a red wolf breeding program to help revive the endangered species, got two new wolves this week. That brings the total to six wolves. In the coming years, the breeding program partners will work to increase and diversify the population living in captivity with the hopes of one day reintroducing them to the wild. 🐺 (WRCB)
DYK ○ Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15-October 15 each year, and this year, Erlanger Health System shed lighton some of the chronic diseases and conditions that disproportionately affect Hispanic and Latino communities. Versión en español aquí.Ⓟ
FeaturedJob ○ Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, an organization working to inspire and prepare girls to be strong, smart and bold leaders within their community, families and society, is looking to hire a new Chief Executive Officer. Click here to learn more about the position and email your resume and cover letter here. Ⓟ
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EPB’s holiday light windows is a local tradition that dates back to the World War II era, but this year it’s getting a 21st-Century spin. In addition to being able to view the street-facing windows in person this year, EPB is also offering a virtual experience.
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Learn ○ Interview with author Ron Rash | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 6 p.m. | Virtual | Free, Register | Join the Southern Lit Alliance for an interview with author Ron Rash discussing his latest book “In the Valley.” 📖
Show ○ Killer Beaz Comedy Show | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 7:30 p.m. | The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St. | $17-$22 | Beaz recently finished his third season guest starring on the Discovery Channel’s Moonshiners and is coming to Chattanooga.
Dish ○ Cajun Cooking Night | Thurs., Nov. 12 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Virtual | $0-$30 | Join Girls Inc. for this virtual cajun cooking night to learn how to make grilled shrimp skewers and baby back ribs. Purchase a child or adult-sized apron to complete the experience. 🍴
PlanAhead ○ The Brunch Box Pop-Up at Mad Priest | Fri., Nov. 13 | 7 a.m.-1 pm. | Mad Priest Coffee Roasters, 3399 Wilcox Blvd. | Prices Vary | Head to Mad Priest’s drive-thru to pick up coffee + brunch from The Brunch Box food truck. ○ Blackberry Smoke | Sat., Nov. 14 | 3 p.m. | AT&T Field, 201 Power Alley | $37.50+ | This socially-distanced show will take place on AT&T Field and features the rock, blues, country, and folk-inspired band Blackberry Smoke. 🎶
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