Morning NOOGA. 👋 You may have already seen this newsletter. We are human and accidentally pressed send on Saturday morning (maybe we’ll do a weekend newsletter in the future), but this was intended for today. All updated links, information, and events are below. Have a great day.
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Civic ○ Chattanooga City Councilman Erskine Oglesby, who currently represents District 7, announced that he will be running for Mayor last Friday. Oglesby also volunteers on the boards of several local organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, the Tivoli Foundation, and various others. (WRCB) ○ The Partnership for Families, Children, and Adults will host the fifth annual virtual leadership conference on Sept. 15 + 16. Local leaders and presenters aim to provide those working within the mental health and social service fields the necessary tools to navigate this hard time. Several topics ranging from retirement preparation to discussing the quality traits in a leader will be discussed. To register for the conference, click here.
Biz ○ TVA was recently recognized as a “Top 10 Employer” for veterans in the workforce for the fifth consecutive year. This designation is based on public data sources + a proprietary survey among hundreds of companies. You can find more information on this distinction here.
Noogan ○ On Sept. 19 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., local woman Adrienne Long will attempt to beat the world record for longest time to hug a tree at Heritage Park. Long is also raising awareness and funds for the Chattanooga Audubon Society, which you can support here. Each person who donates will also be entered for a chance to win a $250 gift card from Studio 59 Aveda Salon & Spa. On the day of the world-record attempt, community members are invited to support her throughout the day by attending one of the planned events at Heritage Park, including yoga, workouts, and more. 🌳 ○ On Sept. 15, the Kiwanis Club of Chattanooga will honor Dr. Clif Cleveland with the 2019 Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Cleveland spent over 30 years practicing medicine in Chattanooga while also working as a clinical professor for the UTC College of Medicine. Since 2004, he has served Chattanooga as an author, speaker, columnist, teacher, and volunteer. You can request to attend the online award ceremony by emailing the Kiwanis Club.
Arts ○ The Chattanooga Theatre Center is beginning an abbreviated season of three live productions this fall. The non-musical plays will be performed by small casts that can perform while social distancing to ensure their safety. Seating for the plays will be limited to 30% capacity, leaving at least three vacant seats between parties. You can read more about the Theatre Center’s safety measures for this season here. 🎭
TheBuy ○ Crabtree Farms is hosting its 2020 Fall Plant Sale through its online store with Barn2Door this year. After filling your cart + checking out online, you will be able to schedule a time to pick up your purchases from Crabtree Farms. The online shopping site will go live on Sept. 19, but in the meantime you can check out the plant sale guidehere. 🌱
Learn ○ On Sept. 14, the Tennessee Aquarium and the University of Georgia will host a virtual workshop discussing freshwater microplastic research. Participants will develop standards for researchers to reliably build upon, ultimately studying the effects of pollution in the Tennessee River. Specialists from universities across the globe will present their findings, offering a unique perspective for participants. For more information regarding the event, click here.
TryThis ○ Pigeon Forge will host the third annual Path to Fame talent competition virtually this year. The virtual event provides those within the community the ability to gain exposure for their talents. The competition winner will receive virtual career consultation with country music artist Craig Morgan. To register for the virtual event, click here. 🎤
Watercooler ○ Chattanooga Red Wolves center back Jason Ramos, was recently ranked number 7 on SportsCenter top 10 plays. The 39 yard goal was the first of Ramos’ career with the Red Wolves, but one that caught the attention of America’s biggest sports network. The Red Wolves also recently signed former Atlanta Football Club member Patrick Okonkwo. For more information regarding Ramos’ goal and the signing of Okonkwo, click here. ⚽
Events ○ Acrylic Painting: The Abstract Cat | Tue., Sept. 15 | 6 p.m. | The Chattery, virtual | $20 | Join artist Lisa Denney in a virtual painting tutorial, as she guides you step by step to creating a piece of your beloved furry friend. 🐱
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.
Chattanooga chef Justin Williams(formerly of St. John’s Restaurant and Meeting Place) was featured on the Garden & Gun Instagram. He walks viewers through how to make a Panzanella Salad, and wow, does it look delicious. The fact that he’s hanging out with his granny during the video is just the icing on the cake. Or should we say the dressing on the salad? 😂
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○ CEO of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society Rae Bond is encouraging Chattanoogans to continue wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancingdespite COVID-19 fatigue. Chief medical officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Dr. Andrea Willis added that the upcoming flu season can bring additional challenges as it collides with the pandemic, so these practices will be especially important. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
○ Tennessee children’s hospitals are beginning to see pediatric patients with an illness that is believed to be connected to the coronavirus in children, called multi-inflammatory syndrome, that has claimed 16 lives from across 42 states as of Sept. 3. The syndrome is rare and can cause inflammation in various parts of a child’s body including the heart, brain, lungs, and skin. The CDC has reported 792 cases of multi-inflammatory syndrome, most found in children ages 1-14. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
○ Health experts are encouraging Chattanoogans to get a flu vaccination,as the threat of a “twindemic” looms. As patients are protected from the flu, professionals are better able to distinguish between influenza and COVID-19. Dr. Anderson added that many of the symptoms of COVID-19 are found in influenza, so being vaccinated limits health risks.(WRCB)
We received this email from a reader in response to the kudzu story we published on Friday:
“In ‘competition’ with the Cotton Ball, the Kudzu Ball also boasted a King and Queen, dressed in kudzu, of course. The last Ball I recall was in the 80’s. As I remember, it was a hoot. A wild child response to the pomp of the Cotton Ball….was held in a parking lot on the now North Shore.”
Thanks for that bit of Nooga history, Ginnie G.!
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