Development ○ Chattanooga+ Hamilton County officials want to sell two Enterprise South industrial park tracts to a private developer andattract an auto supplier there, which could add 300 new jobs. The development group, Chattanooga Industrial LLC, is also taking an option on another parcel at the industrial park for other possible future uses. The group would build the facility and then lease it. Officials haven’t said which auto supplier it could be. (Chattanooga Times Free Press) 🚗
Biz ○ Ooltewah’s Heaven & Ale in Cambridge Square is changing its name (but not its mission to offer quality craft beer at a traditional pub). Owners Ryan and Rebekah Hargrove announced that their location’s brand will transition to Hoptown Beer Bar this month with their grand opening celebration spanning Sept. 18-20. Celebration attendees will be able to sample some rare craft beers, check out new merchandise, and visit with the staff and owners to see what’s on tap for the future. 🍻
Edu ○ The Hamilton County school board voted Thursday evening for schedule changes, including some that will give teachers more time off. (NewsChannel 9)
Number ○ $169 million. A recent economic impact study showed that Chattanooga State Community College pumped in an average of $169 million per year into the local economy during the five-year period 2014 through 2019.
WaterCooler ○ Chattanooga Hockey’s fall 2020 adult and youth leagues begin the week of Sept. 21 on a brand new outdoor playing surface. Youth leagues are for ages 7-16 and ages 5-6 (no skates). Adult leagues are ages 16+. Registration closes on Sept. 21. Sign up or get more information here. 🏒
Health ○ Local residents are invited to a free + virtual mental health Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. The fair will address breaking the stigma about mental health matters and attendees can learn how to cope with anxiety, depression, trauma, and other issues. Attend the fair and get more information here.
Cause ○ The Creative Discovery Museum relaunched its $10-million fundraising campaign after temporarily suspending efforts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will support comprehensive renovations of the museum’s 43,000-square-foot facility. To date, nearly $7.1 million has been raised from supporters including corporations, foundations and community leaders. Check out more information. 💰
TheBuy ○ Several Southside businesses partnered for a contest aimed at getting more local business support. Boxcar General Store, Chattanooga Whiskey, The Hot Chocolatier + Wildflower Tea are participating, and to compete for the prize, you can get a punch card from any of the businesses, then make a purchase from each one and get your card punched. Turn in the completed punch card at one of the four locations by Oct. 31. The winner will be picked Nov. 2 and will get a gift basket from all four businesses — a $120+ value. 🛍️
Noogan ○ A Chattanooga firefighter was recognized Thursday morning + honored as a First Responder Hero for his action in the aftermath of the Easter tornadoes in Hamilton County. Lt. Greg Smith got his award Thursday morning. (NewsChannel 9)
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Events ○Theresa Caputo Live | Fri., Sept. 18 | 6:30 p.m. | Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium | Starting at $39.75 | “Long Island Medium” star Theresa Caputo will share her life story as well as how her gift has impacted her. ○ 5kRun4Love | Sat., Sept. 19 | 8-11 a.m. | 4301 Amnicola Hwy. | $25 | Local runners from the Chattanooga area are invited to run in the 5kRun4Love, with all proceeds going to assist children and adults with cleft and craniofacial surgeries. 🏃
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○ Effective Oct. 1, there are new guidelines for increased visitation and some other activities at long-term care facilities. The Tennessee Department of Health announced the changes Thursday afternoon. Read more about them. ○ The Barking Legs Theater (1307 Dodds Ave.) closed its doors in March because of COVID-19 but it’s hosting virtual events to keep the business afloat. Check out more information here.