2020 has been interesting — to say the least. From a pandemic, to giant murder hornets, to a fire tornado, this year has been wild. And even though looking back might seem bleak, there are lots of nuggets of joy + delight we’ve been able to find in and around our amazing city this year.
Here are some of the things that have happened in Chattanooga that we are thankful for:
Development at the Patten Towers + Patten Parkway Some much-needed changes are being made at the Patten Towers through the Porch Project and Patten Parkway is getting a total makeover, allowing for more accessibility to pedestrians. We’re thankful to see projects like these with a focus on creating a stronger community in the center of the city. 🙏
The old Southside YMCA getting cool new tenants Common House, a modern social club, is moving into the old YMCA building on the Southside. This beautiful building has been without a tenant for many years, and we’re excited to have a new community hub. The house is projected to open in February 2021. 🙌
U.S. Highway 27 is nearing reconstruction completion Okay, okay, we know — we’ll all believe it when we see it. But considering some extra lanes have opened up this year, it seems as if we might be nearing the end of a new traffic pattern on 27 every day. Officials say the improvement project will be finished by the end of the year. Fingers crossed. 🤞
Hope for a Trader Joe’s Another thing we’ll believe when we see. Scratch that — we’ll believe it when we’re standing in the wine section with a cart full of produce, snacks, and that delicious cauliflower gnocchi. The only detail we have is the proposed location, so no opening date yet, but our eyes are peeled. 👀
You, our readers And last, but certainly not least, we are so thankful for you — our readers. Thank you so much for reading, subscribing, tagging us in your wonderful photos, emailing us your questions, and answering ours when you’ve got the inside scoop. We are so thankful that we get to wake up every day + talk about this wonderful city with you.
So now it’s your turn. What are you thankful for? We are especially interested in things that are Nooga-centric. Did you finally hike to Sunset Rock, open a local business, try a new restaurant in town, or spend some time exploring a new part of our beautiful city?
What Chattanooga-centric things are you thankful for this year?
Civic ○ After a study showed that just 10.78% of government contracts went to women and minority-owned vendors, the City of Chattanooga is working to increase diversityin those it works with. The government contracts business to companies that do a range of work, such as construction, architecture and other professional services. The report, which was presented to City Council, showed that the lack of diversity wasn’t because minority-owned businesses weren’t bidding for the contracts, and instead found discrimination in the selection process. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Coronavirus ○ Mayor Jim Coppingerannounced that the mask mandate will continue until Jan. 15, 2021. Coppinger and several local leaders, doctors and community members had an hour-long news conference Thursday when they laid out reasons to wear a mask, as well as practice social distancing, handwashing and other preventative measures. A local COVID-19 survivor, as well as a family who lost someone to the virus also spoke about the importance of taking precautions. (NewsChannel 9) ○ The White House is pushing for Tennessee restaurant limitations due to COVID-19 rates doubling in the state. The limitations called for include limiting indoor restaurant capacity to less than 25% and limiting bar hours until new positive case rates drop. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Biz ○ Comcast’s new Xfinity customer retail store opens today (Nov. 20) in Hixson at 5555 Highway 153, Suite 103. The store features interactive displays and lounge-like seating areas where visitors can explore all products. It will be open for business Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. 📱
Holiday ○ Ready to get your tree for the holidays? Courtney Christmas Trees is opening soon on the Southside. This weekend, behind Clyde’s at 1513 Williams St., the presale starts Sat. + Sun. from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The small business, which also has logs and wreaths, will open for the season after Thanksgiving. 🎄 ○ As the gift-giving (and getting) season approaches, many people are ordering online and having packages delivered to their door, which means more theft, local authorities said. So the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is urging people to track packages, make efforts to have someone get the item off the porch and take other preventative measures to avoid having the items stolen. 🎁 (NewsChannel 9)
Cause ○ Habitat for Humanity’s Restore needs holiday volunteers at both locations (1201 E. Main St. + 9408 Apison Pike), but the Ooltewah store is most in need. Help is needed with organizing inventory, stocking shelves and cleaning/sanitizing. More informationhere and call (423) 756-0507, ext. 15 if you want to volunteer.
Shop ○ We just joined Club Publix. The registration process takes less than 3 minutes – from creating your login info to selecting your interests, i.e. savings, health + happy hour. See perks + sign up here. 🍷Ⓟ
Travel ○ Roadtrip, anyone? Fill your bellies with turkey this Thanksgiving, and then sleep it off in Greenville, SC – they have a ton of socially-distant outdoor activities to offer, plus great rates on downtown hotels. 🧳Ⓟ
Asked ○ Because once the turkey’s gone… the holiday shopping is on. If you’re a local biz, we want to know: What deals are you offering this Black Friday or Cyber Monday? Let us know here for a chance to be included in an upcoming newsletter. 🛍️
Local wildlife rescue + rehabilitation group For Fox Sake is asking for community support to help them keep the animals happy, healing, and fed. You can help out animals like Apple the raccoon by purchasing items off the rescue group’s wish list, donating, or purchasing merch.
Afterall, animals deserve a happy holiday season, too. 🦝
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TheBuy ○ Night Market | Fri., Nov. 20 | 6-9 p.m. | Chattanooga Brewing Co., 1804 Chestnut St. | Free entry | Night Market will feature vintage + handmade goods, food, and more from over 20 local vendors. 🛍️
TryThis ○ Walker Farm Pioneer Days 2020 | Fri., Nov. 20 | 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. ○ 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. 🦒 ○ 2020 Christmas Special Dinner Train | Fri., Nov. 20 | 7 – 9 p.m. | Tennessee Valley Railroad, 4119 Cromwell Rd. | $90 | This four course meal takes place in a restored 1924 dining car and takes you on an excursion through urban east Chattanooga.
Show ○ Thai Rivera Comedy Show | Fri., Nov. 20 | 7:30 + 9:45 p.m. | The Comedy Catch, 29 Station St. | $18 | Thai has performed his “politically incorrect” comedy nation+worldwide. 🎤
Saturday ○ North Pole Limited Train Ride | Sat., Nov. 21 | Various times, starting at 5:30 p.m. | Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, 4119 Cromwell Rd. | $35 | Take your family on a train ride to the North Pole, with refreshments and the chance to write a letter to Santa that you can deliver once you reach the North Pole. ○ Steel Panthers | Sat., Nov. 21 | 7 p.m. | The Signal, 1810 Chestnut St. | $40-$50 | Enjoy this heavy metal show put on by the Steel Panthers in one of the many seating pod options. 🎸 ○ 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.
Sunday ○ The Nut Gobbler Bike Race | Sun., Nov. 22 | 7 a.m.-2 p.m. | Enterprise South Nature Park, 190 Still Hollow Loop | $50-$65 | This mountain biking race features a variety of categories for kids, adults, pros, and novices to all take part in the race. 🚲 ○ Outdoor wreath, garland, and centerpiece making| Sun., Nov. 22 | 1:15 p.m. | Bees on a Bicycle, 1909 Market St. | $38-$48, first come first served | Come celebrate the season and make a wreath, centerpiece, or garland you design. Bees staff will be on hand to offer tips and guidance as needed.
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.
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