Chattanoogans must register to vote by mail or in person by Oct. 5. Tennessee doesn’t offer registration on Election Day.
We know, registering to vote(or just checking to make sure you’re registered) sounds like one more thing to add to your never-ending to-do list, but it is easy. 🗳️
How to register online: •Make sure you have a valid Tennessee ID — a Tennessee driver’s license or Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security ID. • Click this link. It will only take about two minutes to register. • Residents can check their registration, update, or register for the first time at here or by texting REGISTER to 97779. • If you have more questions about registration or voting, the state has a series of videos that answer FAQs here.
Local registration events on Sept. 22 (that’s today): • You can get 15% off Ben & Jerry’s ice cream at 201 Broad St. from 4-9 p.m., if you show this coupon. • UTC’s University Center + library, 615 McCallie Ave., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. • Cleveland State Community College, 3535 Adkisson Drive, 10 a.m. • Various Locations in Dalton and Chatsworth starting at 8 a.m.; email for more information.
Where to vote + what to bring: • Once you’re registered, click this link to find out where to vote. • On Election Day, bring one of the following with you, if you vote in person: A Tennessee driver’s license (can be expired), Tennessee driver’s license, US passport, US military photo ID, photo ID issued by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, photo ID issued by the federal or Tennessee state government, or a Tennessee handgun carry permit with your photo.
• Sign up for the nonpartisan Election Protection coalition. • Sign up to volunteer with HeadCount, a non-partisan voter registration organization, and help get people registered. • Find more local opportunities here.
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Biz ○ Local Black business owner Joyre Montgomery recently opened a therapy and counseling center — the Intentional Healing Empowerment Center — in the midst of the pandemic. The center is located at 6727 Heritage Business Court + provides mental health services for children, adolescents, and adults. Montgomery said that she hopes to destigmatize therapy and help people choose not to be afraid of seeking mental health therapy, especially during a pandemic. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
Civic ○ The group Chattanoogans for Responsible Development has started a petition to the Chattanooga City Council requesting that steep slopes and floodplains be on the next possible City Council agenda. According to the petition, the Regional Planning Agency has been waiting for guidance from the City Council on how to proceed with the steep slopes and floodplains project for a year. You can find the petition here.
Edu ○ Both public and private school educators in the Chattanooga area are eligible to apply for a TVA STEM classroom grant of up to $5,000. With hopes of providing excellent education to future valley workers, TVA will distribute $800,000 of funding to deserving educators. Applications must be submitted before Oct 16. To learn more, click here. 💰
Pet ○ Over the weekend, McKamey Animal Center picked up a second round of evacuee animals from Hurricane Sally. While evacuee animals often need to be seen first by veterinary staff before they can be fostered, other animals at McKamey that are available for adoption are still able to be fostered. You can apply here to foster an animal and here for adoption. 🐈
Arts ○ On Oct. 5, the Photographic Society of Chattanooga will open its fall/holiday show. Members of the Photographic Society of Chattanooga have their works, which visitors can purchase, displayed at the Gallery at Blackwell. For details regarding the event, you can contact the PSC here.
TryThis ○ On Oct. 17, the funk band well-known for its completely anonymous band members (some rumors say that they’re Grammy-winning studio musicians avoiding record contracts)Here Come the Mummies will perform a live show on AT&T Field. The show will be socially distanced + follow the public safety measures set up by Mayor Coppinger and the Hamilton County Health Department. You can purchase tickets to the show here. 🎸 ○ The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera will continue its socially distant concert series. Located at Collegedale Commons, theBrass and Friends instrumental series will take place Sept. 25 + 26. Due to COVID-19, seating is limited, and cannot be purchased at the venue. To purchase tickets in advance, click here.
TodayIs ○ Today is Sept. 22, otherwise known as the first day of fall, or the fall equinox. We’re ready for the cooler weather and changing leaves — are you guys feeling the same way, or are you still trying to hold on to sunnier days? Read more about the fall equinoxhere.🍁
TheBuy ○ Meet Revtown Jeans, made by a couple of former Under Armour execs to be the best jeans of 2020. How? By using a proprietary fabric consisting of Italian milled denim infused with the same stuff used in football uniforms and yoga pants.The kicker? You can get them for a killer price.Ⓟ
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Events ○ Caring & Sweating with Kyle House Fitness | Wed., Sept. 23 | 5:30-6:15 p.m. | Virtual | $10 | This 45-minute at-home workout with Kyle House Fitness will benefit United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s 2-1-1 call center. ○ Chattanooga Pup Crawl | Sat., Sept. 26 | 1-4 p.m. | Virtual | $70 | Register to receive an at-home pup crawl kit—which includes a cooler bag, five locally brewed beers, and a bottle of Chattanooga Whiskey + more—by Sep. 20, because kits are limited.
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.
There are only a handful of nights a year when guests get the opportunity to stay in theRead House’s haunted room.
Room 311 at the downtown hotel (107 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.) is said to be haunted by an apparition known as Annalisa. According to NOOGAtoday archives, Annalisa’s apparition has appeared to room guests on numerous occasions. Legend has it there’s another ghost at the hotel, named Martha, whose husband left her to die alone there. Who’s going to go and find out?
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○ The Southside’sannual celebrationMainx24 has been cancelled because of COVID-19. Mainx24 still wants to promote Southside businesses, and local businesses can share deals on the organization’s social media pages or email for more information. ○ According to the Hamilton County Schools COVID-19 reporting dashboard, the county reported 17 active COVID-19 cases in employees and 20 in students on Sept. 21. The county also reported 58 active close contacts among employees and 570 active close contacts among students. You can access the school’s COVID-19 dashboard here.
○ The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the extension of over a dozen flexibilities to ensure that participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children can continue to receive food + health support during the pandemic. These flexibilities were set to expire at the end of the month before they were extended on Sept. 21. (NewsChannel 9)
NOOGAdiaries Day No. 36: Hiya, Chloé here.Guess what? One year ago Monday, Trista put in notice at her other job and was getting ready to come work with me + NOOGAtoday. 🙌 As some of y’all know, I had worked with theformer editor Sean for almost my entire professional career, so it was difficult to let that go. But — and I know it’s cliché and corny — some things are just meant to fall into place, and Trista was definitely supposed to join us. I’m endlessly grateful for her work ethic, creativity, kindness + friendship. 💛 OK. Going to stop writing before I start crying. Happy Tuesday, y’all.
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