DYK that before “Where Shopping Is a Pleasure” became the official Publix slogan in 1953, the original slogan was “Florida’s Finest Food Stores”?
A throwback photo of an early Publix | photo via Publix
Since then, Pubix has expanded into 6 more Southeastern states with 1,252 locations, including 3right here in Chattanooga. Maybe you knew that already, but even the most diehard PubSub fan might not know these 10 things about Publix:
2. Antibiotics are free. 💊 Okay, so not *all* of them, but amoxicillin – a.k.a. one of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics – is free at the Publix Pharmacy, along with several others + certain diabetes and high blood pressure medications. See the full list of free meds.
3. They can get any fish you wish. 🦈 You can special order any fish from across the world through Publix at the Seafood counter, and they’ll have it shipped to the store and even prepared how you like it. I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it. 🎤 (But with fish.)
4. You can get a fanny pack for your PubSub. 🥪
The Pub Sub Sack Waist Bag retails for $19.95 | Photo via Publix
The Publix Company store is stocked with trendy merch featuring PubSubs and our favorite order (Chicken tender sub, sweet tea, and sprinkle cookie, of course) – including socks, sweatshirts +these slidesthat we totally want.
5. ATM fees? No thanks. 💸 Need a little cash? Publix owns + operates their own fleet of ATMs – 1,250, to be exact. Bonus: Access is surcharge-free for customers of Presto! member financial institutions. Ⓟ
Development ○ Fall Creek Falls State Park’s $40.4 million lodge currently remains on track for completion in fall 2021, according to state officials. The 85-room lodge is now more than halfway finished. Once completed, the lodge will include a restaurant, banquet hall, conference and meeting spaces, a grab-and-go retail space, lakeside seating, and a large fire pit. (Chattanooga Time Free Press)
NowOpen ○ Over the weekend, a new drive-thru coffee shop — Lola Beans Coffee — opened up in East Brainerd. The new shop was named after the owners’ daughter, Lola, and is based on the many friendly drive-thru coffee shops that the family encountered while they lived in Alaska. Lola Beans is located at 1105 McDonald Drive off of East Brainerd Road. ☕
Cause ○ Nonprofit organization United Way is encouraging Tennessee residents to fill out this online survey about how COVID-19 has affected them financially. The surveys will help United Way to identify trends + local needs and enable them to provide resources during this time.
UTC ○ UTC recently announced changes to its spring 2021 schedule that will condense the semester in response to COVID-19. Spring semester classes will now begin on Jan. 19 and end on April 26, with no spring break in between. The University will be closed on April 2 for the spring holiday. 🎒
DYK ○ On Oct. 1, the Tennessee Aquarium will host its 10th annual Serve & Protect cooking show and dinnerwith Chef Tamie Cook. This year, the fundraiser will take place at the Aquarium’s IMAX theatre with a limit of 40 people, but you will also be able to watch the event live by purchasing a $40 digital ticket. Virtual participants will receive a shopping list for two of the dishes that will be prepared so that they can cook along with the chef from their own kitchen. Purchase ticketshere.
Gallery ○ Anyone feeling nostalgic? Check out these blast-from-the-past photos of Chattanooga via the Times Free Press’s photo gallery. The pictures feature the Rogers Theatre circa 1960, Loveman’s Department Store on Market Street, the original Walnut Street Bridge, and more. 👀 (Chattanooga Times Free Press)
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.
Tech ○ Who else finds themselves reading more than ever? These 9 book-reading appscan help keep your summer reading going strong into fall. 📚Ⓟ
FeaturedDeal ○ Hosting a virtual event? Now through 9/30 we’re offering 25% off all event listings. Submit your event here and guarantee that it’s included in our daily newsletter and website. Use promo code 25VIRTUAL at checkout. Ⓟ
Events ○ Walden Ridge Trail Day | Wed., Sep. 9 | 5:00 p.m. – 7 p.m. | 4232 W Rd 4232 West Road | Free | Celebration of the new Walden Ridge Nature Park trail system, paired with clean up projects to continue the progress on various trails. 🌳 ○ Jazz Online: Shawn Perkinson + Nathan Warner| Wed., Sep. 9 | 7 p.m. | Virtual | $5-$25 | Barking Legs Theatre is hosting this virtual jazz performance by Shawn Perkinson and Nathan Warner. 🎷
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.
You asked for more giveaways, and more giveaways you shall receive.
This month, we’re giving away $3,000 towards a relaxing weekend getaway. Whether you want to watch the leaves change over the mountains, or take in the sunset while the waves crash over the ocean with a Mai Tai in-hand; the choice is yours.
One grand prize winner will be receiving $3,000 in funds to cover your getaway essentials, including but not limited to: • Lodging • Spa treatments • Local shopping • Babysitting fees to leave your kiddos at home • Gas and travel expenses
So, who needs an escape? Here’s how to enter: 1. Head over to our websiteand enter your name, email address and zip code in the giveaway form. You can enter up to once per day + share our giveaway with your friends now through Wed., Sep. 30, 2020 to earn additional chances to win. 2. Bonus (+3):Shareour giveaway with all of your local friends, family or colleagues using your unique link (found on the entry confirmation page). Every person that enters the giveaway using your link will count as an additional 3 entries into the giveaway, increasing your chances to win. 3. Bonus (+1): If you’re not already following us, follow uson Instagram by clicking the link found on the entry confirmation page. You’ll score an additional entry into the giveaway just for following.
One winner will be chosen at random and announced in our newsletter on October 1.
○ The Hamilton County Health Department is partnering with the Chattanooga Area Food Bank to distribute food boxes to those getting tested and facing hunger at the Alstom Plant COVID-19 testing site. The food boxes will be distributed on Tuesdays + Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. while supplies last. You can find more information about Hamilton County Health Department-affiliated testing sites here. (NewsChannel 9)
○ Hamilton County Schools are continuing to follow the Phase 3 schedule for the next two-week cycle, which will last through Sep. 25. This means that schools will be open five days a week for on-campus classes and will follow the normal bell schedule. During this time, some schools may experience temporary building closures due to virus cases. This does not affect HCS at home or Virtual School students, who will continue to learn at home.
○ On Sep. 7, the Hamilton County Health Department reported another COVID-19 related death, bringing the county’s death toll to 79, and an additional 56 positive Coronavirus cases. As of Sep. 7, Hamilton County had 901 active cases of COVID-19.
○ As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, several local grocery stores have changed some of their policies. Publix has removed its one-way aisle signs, saying that social distancing is now understood and practiced in the stores without need for one-way aisles. Pruett’s Market on Signal Mountain added a one-way aisle system + local Walmarts continue to encourage one-way aisle shopping as well. Publix has also returned to normal hours, and Walmart extended its closing times to 10 p.m. (Chattanooga Times Free Press)