Good morning, Chattanooga. 👋 Did you know Election Day is only 20 days away? In TN, early voting begins today + we want to make sure you know how to find your polling place if you’re ready to cast your vote.
🗳️ When can I vote early? Today through Thursday, October 29. Times vary by location. Check times here.
🗳️ Where can I vote early? Any early voting site within your county of residence. Click here to view locations near you. ProTip: If you plan to cast your vote on Election Day, you’ll need to look up your assigned polling place here.
🗳️ Do I need to be registered to vote? Yes. You can check your status by clicking here.
🗳️ If I vote early, can I also vote on Election Day? No. Your early voting ballot will be recorded as your official vote for the 2020 elections. Polling officials will see that you’ve already voted.
🗳️ Is it safe to vote in-person at an early voting site? A mask mandate is currently in effect to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
🗳️ Is it too late to vote absentee? No. The deadline for absentee ballot applications is Oct. 27. Ballots must be back to the Election Commission on or before Election Day to be counted. Members of the United States armed forces (their dependents and overseas civilians) — get your application here.
🗳️ Who should I vote for? That’s up to you. We’ve done our best to round up all of the local candidates’ priorities in our 2020 Election Guide + you can read our Editorial Ethics Policy here.
ComingSoon ○ Red Bank drive-thru coffee shop Be Caffeinated is opening another location soon in Northshore. The new location on Kent Street will feature patios, indoor seating, and a drive-thru. Be Caffeinated is currently taking applications for new baristas at the Red Bank + Northshore locations. ☕
Biz ○ Next week marks the beginning of Startup Week Chattanooga, a weeklong celebration of our local startup community. This year the event — which you can sign up forhere, if you haven’t already — will be completely virtual. The week will feature events like “restaurant recovery in the midst of a pandemic” by Proof Incubator + “from side hustle to CEO” by Young Professionals of Chattanooga. 💡
Development ○ On Oct. 12, the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission denied zoning for a proposed retail, office, and housing project in East Brainerd on Shallowford Rd. The developer of the proposed $35 million project was seeking rezoning to change the single-family R-1 Residential Lot Line zone that exists in the area. The project will go before the City Council in a month. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Civic ○ TDOT contract crews will be closing the ramp from I-75 North to I-24 West as part of the I-75/I-24 interchange modification project. Beginning at 9 p.m. on Fri., Oct. 23, those traveling from I-75 North to I‑24 West will be detoured to Exit 3-A East Brainerd Road, where they will be directed to re-enter the interstate via I‑75 South to I-24 West. The ramp closure will last through Monday, Oct. 26 at 6 a.m. During that time, the I-75 North on-ramps from US 41/Ringgold Road at Exit 1 will also be closed,and traffic will be detoured to alternate routes to access either I-75 or I-24 at other locations. You can watch a video explaining + showing the traffic shift here. 🚧 ○ The City of Chattanooga recently announced that Chattanooga natives and UTC students Daijah Mitchell + Terence Norman Jr. have begun their term as the fall 2020 Styles L. Hutchins Fellows. The Fellows will work with government, community, and UTC leaders and stakeholders to implement recommendations and projects initiated by previous Fellows. Learn more about the Styles L. Hutchins fellowship here.
Health ○ Any mothers with children under the age of five are encouraged to apply for benefits offered by the Hamilton County Health Department’s Women, Infants, and Children program (WIC) . The WIC program can provide food assistance, nutrition education, and breastfeeding support to low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women with infants + children through age five. You can find more informationhere, or by calling 423-209-8050.
TryThis ○ Nonprofit civic engagement organization Britehart has partnered with several other organizations to present its Early Vote Concert Series. The series starts on Oct. 14 (that’s today) and will last through the final day to vote early in Tennessee, Oct. 29. Each concert will air nightly on Youtubeat 9 p.m. To see a full lineup of the concert series, click here. 🎵
Outdoors ○ With the Great Smoky Mountains National Park area becoming an even more popular getaway during the pandemic, park officials are seeking public input on how to address congestion issues. If you have suggestions or comments, you can leave them here. ⛰️ (NewsChannel 9)
Coronavirus ○ According to the daily COVID-19 dashboard for UTC, as of Oct. 13 UTC had 74 open student cases and four open faculty cases, along with 201 students in quarantine and 31 faculty members in quarantine. According to the Hamilton County Schools dashboard, as of Oct. 13 the county’s schools had 26 active student cases and 14 active faculty cases.
Giveaway ○ Hey, did you miss the launch of our Golfer’s Dream Giveaway Package? Click here to enterso you don’t miss out winning up to $3,500+ in prizes, including new clubs, swag, lessons + more. 🏌
TheWord ○ Leisurée. A combo of leisure + lingerie, which LIVELY has worked hard to perfect. Their sellout styles have all the things (read: for when you don’t want to wear a bra, but have to). Code 6AM takes 15% off your first purchase.Ⓟ
Click the button below for local resources regarding the coronavirus.
Today marks 17 days until Halloween, and to help get you in the macabre mood, we created a #NOOGAtoday stencil of Chattanooga’s iconic Choo Choo sign for all of your pumpkin carving needs. So carve out some time, grab a gourd from Smith Perry Berries, and get creative.
The devilish details: 👻 Download + print the pumpkin carving stencil here.
👻 Use the template to carve the design. #ProTip: Use toothpicks or wire to secure smaller detail areas.
👻 Share pictures of your pumpkin via social by tagging @NOOGAtoday and #NOOGAtoday, or by emailing us.
👻 Keep an eye out, we may share your bOOtiful creation.
#DYK that your photo could be featured in our newsletter? Just use #NOOGAtoday on social media.
Learn ○ UTC Graduate School Fair: Rollins College of Business | Wed., Oct. 14 | 3:30-6:30 p.m. | Virtual | Free | This information session will provide answers about various business programs and will have a Q&A session with a college of business representative. 🗣️
PlanAhead ○ Female art and dance with Ballet Esprit | Thurs., Oct. 15 | 6-7 p.m. | Hunter Museum, 10 Bluff View Ave. | Free | This socially-distanced show will feature a live dance interpretation of the exhibit by local dance company Ballet Esprit followed by a discussion. Masks are required. ○ Night Market | Fri., Oct. 16 | 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. Masks will be required. 🛍️
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.
NOOGAdiaries day. No. 44: Trista here, and I’m solo all week while Chloé is taking a much-needed beach vacation. I’m so thankful for interns all the time, but especially when I’m the sole editor for the week.
Oh, and I’m taking my own vacation next week, so good think Chloé is resting up, huh?
🔄 Catch up on any newsletters you may have missed here.
💭 Say Hello: What do you want to know about your city?
✏️️ Want to write an article for us? Find out how here.
👀 Want your business featured in our newsletter? Learn more about advertising opportunities here.