Unwritten rules of Chattanooga, TN

The Holmberg Bridge is unforgettable for those with a fear of heights. Many locals remember it as the glass bridge with see-through panels. | Photo by @rod_cali

There’s just a certain kind of etiquette when it comes to southern living, but Chattanooga has its own set of rules that locals understand to be second nature

Of course, none of these rules are official or written down, but they are absorbed by the community and make spotting someone from out of town a little easier. 

If you happen to be lucky enough to be from the Scenic City, here are a few unwritten rules you may know to be true submitted by readers on Facebook + Twitterand if you’re not from Chattanooga, these might be a little difficult to explain.

“Rule #1: Chatt-a-noo-ga has *4* syllables. Not 3… 4.” WTVC NewsChannel 9.

“Be like the I-24/I-75 and never stop working on yourself.” Amy M.

“Must own at least one pair of Chacos and drive a Subaru if at all possible.” Ronald B.

“If it’s made locally, we like it better.” Jennifer K.

“It’s not a big deal to drive to Atlanta, but don’t expect someone from Hixson to willingly drive to Ooltewah.” Adrienne R.

“Ol’ Johnny or Ol’ Jottie is the Olgiati Bridge.” — Tricia H.

“If you drive too slow on Amnicola, we WILL be giving you the death stare and there’s no arguing this.” John R.

“Two dogs minimum.” — Steven M.

“It’s required to go at least 10+ mph over the speed limit on Riverside.” Cole G.

“You live on one side of the river or the other — dead Jesus help you if you’ve got to go ‘across the river’ you’d think we’re fording ox on the Oregon Trail.” Madison R. 

“If you don’t need to be on the W road, don’t take the W road.” Katie R.

“Honking in tunnels for fun and friendly back-n-forth.” — Kristin S.

“The ridge cut isn’t about your hair.” — Christine C.

“When someone asks you where you went to school, he or she means high school.” Joe W.