All aboard! 🚂 We’re going on a train journey today, so buckle in, get cozy, and imagine the rumbling “chugga chugga chugga chugga” of the tracks beneath you.
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🧐 Chattanooga + the railroad It’s no secret that Chattanooga has somewhat of a love affair with trains — from the hit song “Chattanooga Choo Choo” to all the tracks that weave through the city + the outskirts, it’s obvious we have some locomotive history.
The S. Chickamauga Creek to 5th Ave. railroad map | Screenshot from TN Comptroller’s Office
Want to dive into the history of the terminal station? Check this out.
📣 All aboard All this train talk has got us wanting to buy a ticket at the nearest station and get away for a few hours. You too? Follow us.
Tennessee Valley Railroad | 4119 Cromwell Rd. This railroad is your one-stop-shop for whatever kind of train ride you desire. The railroad offers anywhere from 55 minute to 5 hour rides. We recommend these Chattanooga departures:
🚂 Missionary Ridge Train Trip 🗓️ All year, Thursday – Saturday ⏱️ 55 mins. 🎟️ Tickets, $13–$19 (Children under 2 are free) • Six miles round trip • A local history + railroad operations tour guide • You’ll cross the Chickamauga Creek bridge + through a pre-Civil War tunnel • A demonstration of the turntable, which turns the locomotive around for the return trip • Tour the restoration facility
And the ride doesn’t stop there — there are some #MustDo holiday rides happening now. Click the button below to check them out.
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Weather ○ 58º | Sunny | 0% chance of rain ☀️
ComingSoon ○ Chattanooga’s second Whole Foods location is coming soon to the former Earth Fare location, which filed for bankruptcy in February, on Gunbarrel Road. While there is no known opening date yet, signs are now up and hiring is taking place for the new store. 🥬 (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Civic ○ The Senate Appropriations Committee recently approved a bill that includes $189.1 million to construct a new federal courthouse in Chattanooga. The new courthouse would replace the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse located across from Miller Park that was built 87 years ago. The possible funding will depend on whether the bill passes in both the Senate and the House. 🚧 (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Edu ○ Hamilton County school officials have announced the learning schedule for after Thanksgiving break. The recent rise of COVID-19 cases has put the district Phase Tracker between Phase 3 and Phase 2. The school system will plan for all K-8 students to remain on campus five days a week when they return on Mon., Nov. 30 through Dec. 4. Students in Grades 9-12 will transition to an A/B hybrid learning schedule beginning Mon., Nov. 30, and remain in that schedule through Dec. 17. (NewsChannel 9)
Coronavirus ○ The Hamilton County Health Department announced on Tuesday potential COVID-19 exposure at a wedding reception held on Nov.14 at Casa de Oración Santa Cruz, located at 2311 E. 23rd St. Case investigations revealed that an individual attended this event during their infectious period. The Health Department recommends that anyone who attended this event monitor themselves for symptoms and be tested for COVID-19 if symptoms present. ○ Gov. Bill Lee’s Unified Command Group is making more COVID-19 testing options available for Tennesseans leading up to + following Thanksgiving. The Tennessee Department of Health and Tennessee National Guard will extend operating hours at 35 county health departments, and the state National Guard will also support testing during extended hours at the Hamilton County Health Department. Click here for the local health department’s calendar of free testing sites. ○Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke recently called for a statewide mask mandate. This comes as Hamilton County has seen 1,400 new COVID-19 cases and seven new COVID-19-related deaths in the last week. Hamilton County’s current mask mandate is set to expire on Nov. 22. (NewsChannel 9)
FeelGood ○ On Nov. 30, grandmother + granddaughter duo Pat and Melody Ormond will both receive their bachelor’s degrees at UTC’s commencement ceremony. After working a job and raising her kids and grandkids, Pat was convinced by her family to go back for her college degree, and sometimes took five courses per semester plus labs to graduate at the same time as her granddaughter, Melody. Read their full story here. 🎓
Correction ○ In Monday’s newsletter, we incorrectly wrote that Chef Jernard Wells’ TV show, “New Soul Kitchen,” airs every Sunday. The TV show actually airs every Saturday at 9 p.m. on Cleo TV. We have since updated our post to reflect the correct information.
TheBuy ○ ‘Tis the season for cozy feet (and, you know, gift giving).Bombas socks are super comfortable, colorful + designed to last. Plus, for every pair purchased, Bombas will donate a pair to someone in need. Get 20% offeverythingfor your mistle-toes from now until Dec. 2 when you shop the sale. Ⓟ
ForKids ○ Joanna Parker started Yumble – a service that delivers organic, ready-to-eat meals for kids directly to parents’ doors – because she struggled to get healthy meals on the table during school nights. Yumble is nutritionist-designed, mom-approved, and especially great for picky eaters, with mealslikeMac & Mozz Burger Bowl + Snack Poppers.Bonus: They’re offering 30% off and free shipping. Ⓟ
ShopLocal ○ Let’s spread the wealth. Our Nov. 27 newsletter will feature holiday shopping deals to help you support our local businesses. If you’re planning a Black Friday sale our readers should know about, click here — our $75 promotion (70% off) has been extended through tomorrow, Nov. 19.
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Fact: NOOGAtoday is made up of two Grinchesque editors + a jolly, holiday-loving intern. No matter our differences in spirit, we can agree on this: a tiny tree is the cutest decoration. 🎄
Like to drown in hot cocoa (intern Brianna’s words) and sing carols all day? Add this tree to a room that doesn’t typically get decorated. Do you skip the cheesy Hallmark movies + inflatable yard decorations? Let the Norfolk Pine be the centerpiece for your own small celebration.
Bonus: You can keep this tree alive indoors all year long. Why not decorate it for all the holidays? 🤷
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TryThis ○ 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.
Dish ○ The Brunch Box Pop-Up at Mad Priest | Wed., Nov. 18 | 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. ☕ ○ 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. 🧀
PlanAhead ○ Fall ChattaBOOga Ghost Walk | Thurs., Nov. 19 | 8:30 – 10:30 p.m. | 700 Chestnut St. | $8.99 – $19.99 | Enjoy a tour along one of America’s most haunted cities. Tour the Scenic City on foot and experience the many pre-Civil War haunted places. ○ Beastly Feast | Fri., Nov. 20 | 6-8 p.m. | The Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave. | $6-$16 | Learn about and watch the natural eating habits of the zoo’s carnivores while you drink + eat alongside them. 🦥 ○ TVFCU Community Movie Night | Sat., Nov. 21 | 6:30 p.m. | Northwest Georgia Amphitheatre, 220 Catoosa Circle | Free | This outdoors, socially-distanced family movie night will show the holiday movie “Home Alone.” Only the first 250 vehicles will be allowed in.
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.
For couples: ○ Up for adventure? Check out High Point Climbing and Fitness on Broad Street – one of the nation’s largest climbing facilities. ○ Want to take it easy? Take a romantic cruise on The Southern Belle, a vintage steamboat that offers panoramic views of the riverfront + Lookout Mountain, home to Ruby Falls. ○ Grab a beer and a pretzel at Brewhausfollowed by a scoop of handcrafted ice cream from Clumpies Ice Cream Co. in the NorthShore district.
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For families: ○ Kid-friendly dinner spots with outdoor seating include Taco Mamacita(think: fresh tacos, enchiladas + margaritas on the Northshore) or Tony’s Pasta Shop & Trattoria in the Bluff View Art District.
Answered: On Monday we asked what brought you to Chattanooga and where you came from. A newsletter with all the fun answers is coming soon, but until then, the News Channel 9 social media coordinator gave us a pretty good answer as to what brought them here:
Thanks for clarifying, friends. 🤦
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