Hey, Nooga. Trista here. 👋It’s no surprise that Chattanooga is a great place to live. There are plenty of people who grew up here + have lived here for most of their lives, and then there are also lots of people living here like myself, who moved here from out of state. I’m originally from Asheville, North Carolina and moved here from Austin, TX in 2018 to be closer to my sister, who had just relocated with her husband and baby.
If you moved here simply for the views, we can’t blame ya. | Photo by Trista Pruitt
Today, we want to talk to the Chattanooga newbies – what brought you to the Scenic City? Was it to be closer to family, the price of housing, or something totally different (like rock climbing)? We want to hear from you + highlight all of the awesome things that make our city such a great place to live.
We’ll be sharing your answers in a future newsletter.
If you’re a Nooga newbie, where did you move from + what brought you here?
Closing ○ Jefferson’s Chattanooga has permanently closed. There is currently a sign on the door that says the closure is temporary, but this post on its Facebook page announces the permanent closure of the Chattanooga location.
Development ○ Food City is considering opening downtown Chattanooga’s first full-scale supermarket. The possible Food City location would be a two-story grocery store and gas station at the former Carter Distributing Co. Warehouse along Broad Street. Food City currently operates more than 12 grocery stores in the Chattanooga region. 🥬 (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Holiday ○ While the usual holiday events at Hamilton Place Mall, like pet photos + Santa Cares, have been cancelled, mall goers will still be able to visit Santa Claus with a few safety precautions. If you’d like to visit Santa, you’ll need to schedule your visit in advance here, wear a mask while visiting, and know that all visits will be contactless. 🎅 (NewsChannel 9) ○Ice skatingis back in the Scenic City. Ice on the Landing is now open through Jan. 25, where Chattanoogans are invited to enjoy the nostalgic wintertime activity in the gardens of the iconic Chattanooga Choo Choo. Food and various promotions throughout the week will still be offered despite COVID-19. For more information regarding promotions and ticket prices, click here. ⛸️
Coronavirus ○ Chattanooga State Community College is transitioning to a modified Phase 2 of its pandemic plan because of a recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the region. The modified Phase 2 will allow the school to decrease the number of people on campus to only those who need to visit for classes, work, or by appointment.
Cause ○ In lieu of school supplies this year, Publix donated gift cards totaling $2,840 to the Hamilton County Teacher Supply Depot Community PTA. There were 28 schools that were chosen in a random drawing and each received $100 in gift cards in order to purchase school supplies or other needed items for students. 🎒
Watch ○ Associate professor from UTC Ethan Mills challenged his students to create a 3-5 minute horror film as part of his popular culture and religion and philosophy course. Mills assigned his students with the project to allow them to think outside of the box and engage with their creativity, especially with COVID-19 restrictions. The last batch of the student films will premier on Nov. 18, with prizes awarded to the directors of the best films. 🎬
Correction ○ Federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, not $12.60 as we incorrectly reported in a news note last week about firefighters’ pay. We have since updated our news note from Nov. 13 to reflect the correct information.
Giveaway ○ There’s only one week left to enter our Local Giveback Giveaway.Click here to enterso you don’t miss out on having $1,000 and a NOOGAtoday Highlight in our newsletter donated to your favorite local organization this holiday season. The winner will be announced right here in our newsletter on Tues., Nov. 24.
ForParents ○ We see you, parents handling virtual school.Here are 20 digital learning toolsto help improve your child’sremote education routine. 📚Ⓟ
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Ahh, the colder months — soup, layering clothes, fires in the fireplace, and fresh produce. Yeah, we know, fresh produce doesn’t typically make it on the list of things people love in fall + winter, but why not?
Meet Gowin Valley Farms, a family farm in Rocky Face, GA that delivers fresh produce boxes year-round. Right now, you can get a winter box for $20 and have fresh veggies on hand. The founders, Emma Reigel + Gabriel Harrison, recently took over Emma’s family farm, and they are serving the greater Chattanooga area. Want some fruits and veggies? While their website is under construction, you can order by texting Emma at (706) 537-6757 or by sending them a message on their Instagram or Facebook pages.
Happy munching, Nooga. 🍏
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Active ○ Community Day at Whitebelt Crossfit | Mon., Nov. 16 | 5:45 a.m.-8 p.m. | Whitebelt Crossfit, 8142 E Brainerd Rd. | Enjoy a free crossfit class on community day at Whitebelt Crossfit. Classes are 1 hour long and take place at 5:45 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m., and 7 p.m. 🏋️
Learn ○ Master(mind) Your To-Do List | Mon., Nov. 16 | 6-7 p.m. | Virtual | $15 | Learn how to approach your to-do list with less anxiety + be more productive during this one-hour class from The Chattery. ✔️
PlanAhead ○ LIFT Thanksgiving Shootout | Tues., Nov. 17 | 10 a.m. | Council Fire Golf Club, 100 Council Fire Dr. | $1,000/team | Raise funds for LIFT Youth Center Inc. at this Thanksgiving golf shootout. The event will also feature a silent auction, Chick-fil-A box lunch, and more. ○ Intermediate Tango Group Class | Tues., Nov. 17 | 7:30-8:10 p.m. | Ballroom Magic Dance Center at G2G Salsa Studio, 2255 Center St. | $15 | No partner is necessary for this tango class, but a bit of tango skills are. 💃 ○ Walker Farm Pioneer Days 2020 | Wed., Nov. 18 | 9 a.m.-1 p.m. | Audubon Acres, 900 North Sanctuary Rd. | $7.50, email to make reservation | Travel back in time to the 1800s during this living history event. Reservations + masks are required during this year’s event. ○ DIY Charcuterie Board Plating | Wed., Nov. 18 | 6-8 p.m. | Pinspiration Chattanooga, 2275 Gunbarrel Rd. | $85 | Whether it be for a fall picnic or a holiday treat, make your best charcuterie board yet at this plating class. The workshop includes one bar drink and appetizers. 🧀
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.