Did you know? More than 116,000 people in Tennessee cast an absentee ballot ahead of the recent primary elections? That number “shattered” records from previous presidential elections.
If you’re planning to vote by mail this fall, keep reading for more info on how to get your ballot + answers to all your FAQs.
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Is this the same thing as mail-in ballots or mail-in voting? Yes. Different states have different rules and regulations governing absentee and mail-in ballots, but for the purposes of the 2020 elections in TN, they are effectively the same thing.
Will absentee ballots be mailed automatically to all registered voters? No. Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters who request them. You can request them through Oct. 27 and they must be returned to the local election commission on or before Election Day on Nov. 3. TN voters who prefer to vote in-person can participate in early voting Oct. 14-29.
Note: if you voted absentee in the primary election, you have to resubmit a request for a general election absentee ballot.
Am I eligible for voting absentee by-mail? There’s a long list of eligibilities including: • You are 60 years of age or older. • You will be outside the county where you are registered during the early voting period and all day on Election Day. • You are hospitalized, ill or physically disabled, and unable to appear at your polling place to vote (this includes persons who have underlying medical or health conditions which, in their determination, render them more susceptible to contracting COVID-19 or at greater risk should they contract it).
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This stuff can be pretty confusing — share this with that one friend who just can’t figure out how they’re going to cast a ballot this year. 👇
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Civic ○ Hamilton County Commissioners reconsidered and voted to accept the bid by Chattanooga-based KTM Construction for the expansion of the Silverdale Correctional Facility during their Sep. 9 meeting. The vote on approving the contract passed 7-2, with Commissioners Tom Boyd and Katherlyn Geter voting against. (NewsChannel 9) ○ On Sep. 10 (that’s today), the trail behind the Tennessee American Water Company will be closed for tree maintenance, according to the Hamilton County Parks and Recreation Department. 🥾
Jobs ○ Aerotek announced nearly 175 job openings for commercial positions with Volkswagen. There will be a hiring event series on Sep. 12 + 19 from 9 a.m.–12 p.m. at the Aerotek Chattanooga office. The event will be socially distanced, personal protective equipment will be worn, and all safety precautions will be followed based on local guidelines. Interested candidates may RSVP here or email their resume to Ken Jenkins at [email protected]
Biz ○ Various Chattanooga restaurants are now also offering grocery services to customers. Jesse Watlington, owner of Blue Fox Cheese Shop, has plans to expand his grocery inventory. Though Blue Fox Cheese Shop specializes in cheese, Watlington seeks to provide families with everything they need to cook a meal, such as homemade pizza kits, pasta, and salad options. Main Street Meats also transformed its butcher shop into a market for locals to purchase necessities for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 🧀 (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
State ○ Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee will seek re-election in 2022, he answered when asked if he would be running again despite rumours that he’s no longer enjoying the job. These rumours come as Gov. Lee has dealt with both COVID-19 + several tornadoes that swept through the state earlier this year. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) ○ On Sep. 10, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee + the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Jeff Long will present the “Three Stars of Tennessee Award.” The award will honor five individuals and families who have fallen in the line of duty or suffered career-ending injuries while serving for the state. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the ceremony will be streamed online, but a small gathering will take place for the media. To virtually join, click here at 10 a.m. CDT.
Cause ○ Blood Assurance is in critical need of Type O blood donors after multiple traumas in the area have wiped out their supply. Blood Assurance said that if another trauma were to happen in the area, they may not have enough. Click here to find out how you can give blood. ○ On Sep. 10 — Hunger Action Day — the Chattanooga Area Food Bank’s board of directors + associate board will stake 200 orange plates into the ground in front of its warehouse to represent people who may face hunger due to the pandemic. Each plate will represent 1,000 people in Southeast Tennessee + Northwest Georgia who are projected to face hunger. The plates will remain on the lawn throughout Hunger Action Month.
Asked ○ We’re asking for your help to shape the future of NOOGAtoday. We’ve launched a Reader Feedback Survey to help us better understand who you (our readers) are + what you would like to see in NOOGAtoday. It takes just a few minutes to complete – and, you can enter to win $100 just for participating. Click here to take the survey.
Health ○ Immunizations? Not just for kids. Here are 5 vaccinations commonly recommended for adults, plus ones you’ll want to considerif you’re traveling.Ⓟ
Edu ○ Families who are virtual-learning or working can live, work + learn on Kiawah Island in SC this fall.Kiawah Island Golf Resort is offering several outdoor learning opportunities now through Nov. 25. Opportunities include fun, hands-on experiences, nature tours in native habitats, recreational activities + educational programs – all designed to improve brains, bodies + moods (while maintaining safe social distancing). 🐬Ⓟ
FeaturedJob ○ TVFCU is searching for an individual to fill their Mortgage Loan Processor position. Job responsibilities include processing member loan files and preparing files for submission to underwriting and closing by providing friendly, professional and accurate service and support to all members in a timely manner. Ⓟ
Event ○ Bitters 101 | Thu., Sep. 10 | 6-7 p.m. | The Chattery, virtual | $15 | You will learn the history of bitters, what they’re used for, and how to use them to make better drinks. 🍸
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.
Local company CPRWrap has been gaining some attention recently. Founder Felicia Jackson was just featured on the GigRoots podcast where she spoke with Ethan Daly about her grassroots startup. You can listen to the episode here.
Celebrity Kim Zolciak Biermann of The Real Housewives of Atlanta also mentioned the CPR Wrap in a recent Instagram story after her kid choked. She ended up not needing to use the wrap, but expressed the relief she felt knowing that she had them on her.
Congrats, Felicia. You’re crushing it. 🎉
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○ Last week, the Tennessee Department of Health announced that it would be changing its COVID-19 reporting guidelines on active cases, following guidance from the CDC. The state will now consider someone an active case for 14 days after the start of the illness or when a test was conducted, while the previous time frame was 21 days. On Sep. 4, the first day that the rule went into place, the Hamilton County Health Department reported 901 active cases, after reporting 1,701 the day before. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
○ On Sep. 8, Hamilton County reported 29 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest since Jul. 1, with no new deaths reported. 7,417 of the 8,479 documented cases within the county have been treated, resulting in an 87% recovery rate. While the numbers are shifting in a positive direction, experts maintain that it is key to continue social distancing + wearing a mask to protect others around you. (Chattanoogan.com)
○ The Tennessee Department of Education plans to release data regarding COVID-19 in Tennessee schools by Sep. 22. Though the data was scheduled to be released on Sep., 8, technical difficulties halted the report. The data will allow officials to make adjustments to the school system to help keep students safe. (WRCB)
○ If you’re wondering what makes hand sanitizer effective + what you should be looking for when purchasing, check out this article. (Reminder: the Chattanooga Times Free Press has made all of its Coronavirus coverage free, you just have to make an account first). (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
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NOOGAdiaries Day no. 33: Trista here, and I’ve been without Chloé since last Thursday. It’s safe to say I miss my teammate and I’m counting down the seconds until she’s back in the office (well, in her home office).
Luckily, I have a couple of amazing interns and a whole team at 6AM City who has been helping me out while Chloé enjoys her time off. Oh, and btw, her birthday was last Friday, so if you want to send her some belated birthday love, you can do that here. 🎉
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