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“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.” - John Boswell In this winter issue of CityScope® magazine, we invite you to sit back, relax, and share in the inspirational stories of local business owners, sommeliers, athletes, students, and more. Up first, in our feature “Why Chattanooga?,” we highlight local entrepreneurs who have chosen the Scenic City as their home. In “Scenic City Superheroes,” we share the motivating stories of community members who are bettering the lives of others, day in and day out. Although their actions often go unrecognized, these volunteers are making the world a better place. “The Mind of the Sommelier” provides fascinating insight into the wonderful world of wine, all thanks to five of our city’s most distinguished sommeliers. Our final feature, “En Garde!” is a nod to Chattanooga’s fencing community, which embraces athletes of all ages and abilities. Always a pleasure to include are beautiful local homes, and in this issue, you will be treated to four charming residences, each with their own unique designs and architectures. A truly uplifting section is “Meet the Presidents,” where we showcase 29 of our area’s high school senior class and student body presidents, along with their aspirations and wisdom for the world. As the holidays approach, we take the time to celebrate all the joy this season brings. Articles like “Home for the Holidays” and “One Tank Trips,” which highlight seasonal events in the Scenic City and beyond, are sure to fill you with holiday cheer. Further building on the spirit of this issue, we feature winter fashions perfect for any seasonal soirée and two spectacular gift guides that include everything from custom jewelry and locally made products to giving back to your favorite charities. In the section “Seasonal Selections,” we share striking visuals of authentic, delicious foods served at our local restaurants. It is our hope that you will find this winter issue of CityScope® magazine to be entertaining, informative, and a wonderful way to enjoy an idle hour. Blessings to you and your family,

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24 “We believe we are all lights in this world, and it is our responsibility to help others shine.” - Emily Warr, The Rustic House

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Why Chattanooga? Entrepreneurs Choose the Scenic City

40 Scenic City Superheroes Shining the Spotlight on Local Volunteers 54 The Mind of the Sommelier 5 Sommeliers Delve into the World of Wine 64 En Garde! A Look into Chattanooga’s Fencing Community


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Total Care The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center cares for the whole person. With the highest quality breast cancer detection and treatment capabilities and skilled technologists and nurse navigators who work with the region’s only fellowship trained breast surgeons, you receive the latest in breast cancer care. Unlike other imaging facilities, the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center is all-inclusive. Should the need arise, we navigate you from a screening mammogram to a complete diagnostic work up in one appointment – all to give you peace of mind. If you are a woman ages 35-40, you should have one screening mammogram. After age 40, a screening mammogram is recommended annually. Schedule your annual mammogram at one of four convenient locations – Chattanooga, Hixson, Ooltewah, or Ringgold, GA. We offer 3D Tomosynthesis at every location. Call 423.495.4040. No insurance, no problem! We partner with the Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program, Georgia Breast and Cervical Cancer Program, the Susan G. Komen Foundation and others to provide eligible uninsured and under-insured women in our community with breast screenings.



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Celebrated Students 130 Meet the Presidents Student Presidents from Area Schools


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Special Holiday Section 142 Get Noticed The Best in Holiday Attire 148 Home for the Holidays Your Guide to Local Events & Entertainment


159 Give the Gift of Luxury Special Gifts for This Year’s Holiday Season 169 Give the Gift of Giving Back Making a Difference Through Local Charities 177 One Tank Trips A Guide to Holiday Family Getaways 182 Seasonal Selections The Chef’s Choice 188 Holiday Blessings Local Children Celebrate the Season


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Our real estate family is centered around strong women and values the resilience and strength that we have seen in those women near and dear to us who have struggled with this diagnosis. The wonderfully caring BENTON staff at the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center has worked tirelessly to help many of these same women in the Tennessee Valley with early detection and treatment plans. This unique property is perfect as a family retreat, investment

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Adequate housing is the foundation of a thriving community - That is why we are proud to support Habitat is currently an ongoing business comprised of an owner’s residence, 5 for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga. Habitat for Humanity works with low-income families who would not guest cabins of varying sizes, a riverfront eventhelp andthem gathering otherwise be able to afford a house. They also partner with hardworking families in need and buildpavilion affordable houses for themselves and their families at no interest and no profit.

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In early spring 2020, the world as we knew it totally changed. COVID-19, masks, hand washing, and social distancing are now part of our everyday language. What is unchanged is our gratitude for the outstanding CHI Memorial team. CHI Memorial employees continue to work tirelessly and heroically to keep our facilities running and patients cared for with excellence and compassion. We are humbled and grateful for the heartwarming support from our community. Thank you to the many businesses, churches, restaurants, and individuals who provided breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks in support of our front-line staff . Over 7,500 meals and snacks were provided, feeding not only our bodies but our souls. CHI Memorial received almost 76,000 items through donations of supplies. Donations came from families, churches, and businesses large and small including N-95 masks, surgical masks, cloth masks, bottles of sanitizer, containers of sanitizing wipes, and much more. Special thanks to the generous donors who contributed much needed funds to our COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund providing necessary resources supporting our physicians, nurses, and staff at this critical moment.

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Bank are once again teaming up for the 36th annual Share Your Christmas Food Drive. You can watch the action Friday, Dec. 11, on WRCB Channel 3 starting at 4:30 a.m. Due to the pandemic, this year’s event will not be a drive-by food drive, but the Food Bank needs your help more than ever. Special “Share Your Christmas” food bags will be available at local Food City and Walmart locations through Dec. 31, and you can donate anytime by texting “ENDHUNGER” to 243725 or visiting chattfoodbank.org/donate.


5 The American Heart Association raises awareNational Wear Red Day®



Thanksgiving at Bridgeman’s Chophouse

On Thanksgiving Day, Bridgeman’s Chophouse is providing a safe, comfortable, and delectable dining experience for families of all sizes. Between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., the restaurant will be offering up fall-themed cocktails and a special Thanksgiving menu featuring all the classics. Guests can reserve their spot online or over the phone. bridgemanschophouse.com/thanksgiving, 423.643.1240

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Chattanooga Hungry Turkey Run

take part in this Chattanooga tradition – virtually as the Thankful Turkey! Participants can fly solo, or with their family flock, on their own course any time between Thanksgiving Day and November 29. Just be sure to register online to choose your distance (5K, 10K, or half marathon) and secure your spot. tennesseeruns.com/chattanoogahungryturkeyrun


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26 The 21st annual Grateful Gobbler Grateful Gobbler Walk

5K is going virtual in 2020, with the walk to begin at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving morning at participants’ course of choice. Participants can choose to have their tshirt mailed or pick up their packet prior to the event. All proceeds and donations benefit the Maclellan Shelter for Families and homeless services. gratefulgobblerwalk.org


4 Featuring holiday décor, lights,

Brew Lights at the Chattanooga Zoo

vendors, beer, whiskey, and more, the 3rd annual Brew Lights at the Chattanooga Zoo promises a fun evening beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets include entry into the zoo, a souvenir tasting cup to enjoy craft beer samples, and access to the holiday craft vendors and food truck area. Capacity will be reduced this year, so reserve your ticket early. brewlights2020. eventbrite.com

ness about cardiovascular disease every first Friday in February – also known as American Heart Month – with National Wear Red Day®. The AHA encourages women everywhere to join the movement by not only wearing red but knowing their numbers and making positive changes toward a healthier heart. goredforwomen.org


2 In its 18th year, Siskin Hospital for Physical Possibilities Luncheon

Rehabilitation’s annual Possibilities Luncheon will feature Katherine Wolf, whose life nearly ended with a catastrophic stroke just six months after her baby was born. This inspirational community-wide fundraiser will begin at 11:30 a.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Proceeds benefit Siskin Hospital’s charity care patients. siskinrehab.org, 423.634.1208


Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon Weekend

The countdown is on to the Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon Weekend. Races include the marathon, half marathon, team relay, 5K, and kids’ fun run, with each course showcasing the natural beauty of the Scenic City. The vibrant weekend also includes an expo with local vendors, neighborhood parties, music, food, and more. chattanoogamarathon.com, 423.226.2020

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Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St. Louis at Marr Field in 1927

Traffic control tower at Lovell Field circa 1942

Dear Hamilton, I was recently planning some holiday travels, and while booking my flight out of the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, I found myself wondering about Chattanooga’s aviation past. What was the airport like in its infancy? Sincerely, Perplexed Passenger Dear Perplexed Passenger, The Scenic City and commercial aviation have a storied history – one that dates back to the 1910s when the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce first started planning to open an airport. It wasn’t until 1919 that the Chamber finally secured leases for a property 22

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located north of Glass Street along Dodson Avenue that would serve as the city’s primary airport. The airport was dubbed Marr Field after Walter L. Marr, an engineer who became very engrained in the project and could be found operating large machines during the construction phase. The airport was officially opened in November of 1919, and the first planes that arrived later that month came from Canton, Ohio. Thanksgiving Day saw a grand celebration, and passenger flights were offered for a rate of $15. Soon, Marr Field was marketing ‘short hops’ for $3, a flight over Lookout Mountain for $5, and a trip beyond Signal Mountain for $10.

Marr Field continued to be a hub for aviators for nearly a decade, even welcoming the famous Charles Lindbergh and his Spirit of St. Louis in 1927. Around that time, however, the airport was the site of several tragedies attributed mostly to archaic equipment and its less-than-ideal location between a railroad and the foggy and windy Missionary Ridge. It was in the spring of 1927 that onlookers watched as a plane plunged to the ground, and the next year an airmail plane crashed, killing four. These incidents were enough to suspend all passenger flights, and the following years saw an onslaught of changes and improvements. Even then, the damage had been done. Unfavorable comments about

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President Lyndon B. Johnson after landing at Lovell Field circa 1964

Airplane at Lovell Field circa 1941

Harry Porter flight school circa 1960

the airport and landing site had spread and tarnished Marr Field’s reputation. The following year, in 1929, city leaders incited a change and purchased a farm property for $29,000 for what is home to today’s Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport. The site was named Lovell Field after Chamber of Commerce member John Lovell. In 1930, a three-story terminal along with hangars and a gas station was constructed, and the new airport, built on 216 acres, had a 3,300-foot unpaved main runway and a 2,400-foot unpaved crosswind runway. By 1935, the old Marr Field had ceased to operate, while Lovell Field continued to boom, expanding and paving its runways in 1936.

Over the next decade and a half, Lovell Field saw both passenger and airmail planes come and go, and it even served as a military training site during World War II. By the 1950s, aviation had gained popularity, and Lovell Field grew with it – welcoming an expansion in both 1950 and 1955 and an entirely new facility in 1964. Today, Lovell Field remains a popular hub for air travel. Now situated on 950 acres, the airport connects travelers to destinations through airlines Allegiant, American Airlines, Delta, and United. The airport continues to innovate: The facility was the United States’ first 100% solar-powered airport, with its multi-megawatt solar farm located at the

southwest corner of the airfield. Construction on a new parking deck is now underway, and there are hopes to expand the current passenger terminal, which was designed by global design firm Gensler and opened in 1992. So, there you have it. From the inauspicious Marr Field to today’s burgeoning Lovell Field, aviation has and will continue to play a major role as a transportation center for Chattanooga. Hope this helps! Hamilton Bush Resident History Hound Chattanooga, Tennessee





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t’s no secret that Chattanooga is a great city for anyone who wants to get their business off the ground. With beautiful views, lightning-fast internet, and plenty of resources for aspiring entrepreneurs, the Scenic City has become a hot spot for those looking to establish themselves in the business world, as well as a thriving new city to call home. From 3D printing to hand-poured candles, these local businesses all began or grew in Chattanooga and have become part of the long list of entrepreneurs that have chosen Chattanooga. BY ANNA HILL | PHOTOGRAPHY BY RICH SMITH





Emily Warr, The Rustic House

The Rustic House, a small business specializing in hand-poured candles, was a true passion project that started at home between Emily Warr and her childhood best friend, Chelsea Cash. In the beginning, they sweated through hot Tennessee summers to make their candles and take them to the Chattanooga Market every Saturday. “We started out making candles in our garage with recycled glass and a used wax machine we bought for $500,” Warr shares. “We were able to build our brand one weekend at a time.” In the following years, Warr and Cash began to take advantage of the great resources Chattanooga has to offer, including a space at the Hamilton County INCubator, as well as counseling services from the Tennessee 26

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Small Business Development Center. “We knew how to make candles, but having business professionals guide us as we grew was something that really put us on a solid path to success,” says Warr. Now, though the candles are still poured in small batches, they’re sold in more than 400 stores across the country. However, the Chattanooga advantage didn’t stop with the small business support system. One of The Rustic House’s newest products, a CBD massage candle, was created in partnership with local hemp grower FarmToMed. This new candle line will be sold alongside their current catalog of candles, which ranges from their signature Scenic City scent to others like ‘barn wood’ and ‘apples + honey.’

Thanks to their dedication to handpouring and small batch production, Warr and the rest of The Rustic House team are able to maintain high product quality. While they’ve always placed an emphasis on natural ingredients, they take it one step further regarding sustainability. “Our philosophy is that every part of our candle is made to be 100% recyclable,” Warr explains. Warr also feels that part of running a business is giving back. Their philanthropy line, called This Little Light, uses half of its proceeds to support nonprofits in Chattanooga as well as Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. “We believe we are all lights in this world, and it is our responsibility to help others shine,” she says.


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Ji Hoon Heo, TesBros

For Ji Hoon Heo, his business, TesBros, began with a ‘lightbulb’ moment. “It came to me one day while I was sitting in traffic, and it just went from there,” he says. Heo brought the idea – to manufacture accessories for Tesla vehicles – to his longtime friend and fellow Tesla enthusiast, J.P. Ermitanio, who already had half a decade of experience in e-commerce. Soon after, Heo left his job as a professor at the University of Mississippi, which freed up his time and energy to start working with J.P. Between the two of them, TesBros went from a craft store experiment to an entrepreneurial reality. Since its inception, the company has rapidly grown; just this year, sales have


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been boosted by 400%. The company started out selling small vinyl stickers for Tesla interiors, but has now expanded to blackout kits, DIY interior vinyl wraps, and more. “All of our products are focused on the maintenance, customization, and protection of Tesla vehicles,” Heo says. One of their latest ventures has been opening a wrap studio, where TesBros will provide custom vinyl wraps and window tinting for any vehicle. The nearest purchase center for Tesla is in Alpharetta, Georgia – over two hours from Chattanooga. So, what was it that brought TesBros to the Scenic City? Heo and his wife had visited the area back when they were dating, and the couple had great memories of their time here. Heo also

notes how much support he’s received from the community, including advice from CO.LAB and networking with other local startups. “Not only that, but the access to talent has been great. We’ve built most of our team with Chattanoogans, and we’re so proud of our team as we grow,” he explains. Looking toward the future, Heo hopes to venture back toward an educational space. His goal is to create programs that support and empower children in underserved communities by providing them with the tools to succeed in their own business ventures. As TesBros expands, Heo is optimistic about reaching that goal someday. “We’re still trying to figure out exactly what that would look like, but we’re working on it,” he adds with a smile.

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Doug Lee & Chris Wood, Be Caffeinated Despite its unassuming size, Be Caffeinated, a drive-thru coffee shop in Red Bank, packs big flavor, and it certainly draws a crowd. Even late into the morning, a steady stream of cars circles the building. Many customers order one of the shop’s popular signature drinks, such as the Gig City Mocha (a chocolate and caramel coffee) or the Chattahooligan (the same drink made with white chocolate). “Doug and I both knew we wanted to start our own business. We actually started out with a sno-cone trailer,” co-owner Chris Wood tells of the early days with his business partner, Doug Lee. “We learned a lot, but we wanted to do even more.” After working for a while at a drivethru in southern Mississippi in order to


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learn the nitty-gritty of operating one of their own, Wood and his wife moved to Chattanooga. Lee followed soon after, with intent for the two of them to open their own drive-thru location with a focus on convenience and high-quality coffee produced locally. Nearly everything that goes into their menu is roasted, produced, or baked locally. Wood feels that Chattanooga was a natural choice for a place to start and grow Be Caffeinated. “It’s one of the best places to run a small business, and the community makes it my favorite place to live,” he says. All of the resources available for aspiring entrepreneurs were a big draw for Wood and Lee, and their choice of relocation has certainly paid off. Thanks

to the success of their first location, they’ve received an Idea Leap Loan from TVFCU to help them get off the ground for their next venture – expanding to the Northshore. The Northshore location for Be Caffeinated will have two patios that flank the building, as well as a small stage for live music so that customers can sit outside and enjoy local entertainment whenever weather permits. Wood and Lee also plan on installing a coffee roaster in the shop so that they can start roasting their own beans for both of their locations. “We’re so excited to be expanding,” Wood says. “We can’t wait to serve even more of the Chattanooga community.”

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Mitch Lewandowski, Branch Technology Over the last few years, the presence of 3D printing has grown astronomically not only in STEM fields, but in the wider public arena. In this little corner of the world, Branch Technology played a part in that, and still does today. Their CEO and founder brought the tech startup to a GigTank event in 2015, and after seeing all the pros of settling the company in the Scenic City, Branch put down roots and built their first location on the Northshore. The rest, as they say, is history. “Branch Technology is known for being the first company in the world to commercialize large-format 3D printing,” Mitch Lewandowski, the company’s chief commercial officer, says. They’ve developed a patented process called F-Cab®, where they can 32

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3D-print in open space using 1/20th of the material of traditional FDM (fused deposition modeling) 3D printing. This capability allows them to make very light and strong products for their clients. With this technology, they can print anything from parking garage wall panels to large indoor and outdoor structures designed for exhibits. In a relatively new and evolving industry, Branch Technology stays at the top. In the past month, they spoke at three virtual construction technology events to highlight the ways F-Cab® can change the world of construction. “Imagine not having to obey the rules of traditional materials like wood, steel, and concrete – nothing existed even seven years ago that would have allowed this to happen,” Lewandowski

explains. Branch Technology’s 3D printing allows for freeform structures to be built with much lower costs and much higher sustainability than the industry previously thought possible. Lewandowski and everyone else at Branch are thrilled that they get to experience their success in the industry while enjoying the perks of their Chattanooga location. “Where else can you get a slice of Silicon Valley and a slice of Southern pie charm at the same time?” he says. Lewandowski believes that growing and succeeding here in Chattanooga “serves to benefit the local community in that we attract top talent that wants to move here,” which in turn creates new jobs and boosts the local economy – and they’re happy to be doing it.

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Wills Young & Lisa Rands, Synergy Climbing and Ninja Wills Young and Lisa Rands, founders and owners of Synergy Climbing and Ninja, have both had lifelong love affairs with rock climbing. Rands, who has won numerous international competitions and national titles in climbing, dreamed of starting a climbing school after years of climbing professionally. Her husband, Young, has had a passion for climbing since before climbing gyms were popular. For this duo, moving to Chattanooga to start their business was an ideal next step in their lives. “We traveled to Chattanooga from California in the early 2000s to explore all the incredible climbing areas in the city,” they share. After seeing not only what the climbing scene, but the city in general, had to offer, Young and Rands decided to buy a house here. They 34

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eventually began their climbing school, which included classes and guided climbing trips for both youth and adults. However, the pair dreamed of reaching for even more, and in 2019, they partnered with the Tennessee Bouldering Authority as well as American Ninja Warrior champion Isaac Caldiero to establish Synergy Climbing and Ninja. A community lifestyle gym in Chattanooga’s Southside, Synergy features a large bouldering area, climber training equipment, ninja obstacle zone, strength and aerobic fitness area, yoga room, and café with plenty of community space. “Our goal was to establish a welcoming place for people to get fit, meet friends, and bring their families,” Young and Rands explain.

To meet demand, the couple is constantly adding new equipment and classes, and they hope to continue growing their world-class coaching program for youth competitors looking for the best direction and training possible. This power couple loves the area that they’ve chosen to start and grow their business. “Chattanooga, as we expected, turned out to be a perfect location for us,” Young and Rands say. “With a rich tradition of climbing and easy access to all kinds of adventure sports, Chattanooga is fast becoming the outdoor capital of the Eastern United States.” The community that they’ve found and fallen in love with since moving here has been a blessing, and it keeps them going each day, no matter the challenges they face.

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Corey Ranslem & Frank Fenner, IMSA International Maritime Security Associates, Inc. (IMSA) started up business with the intent to provide vessels and marine facilities with security plans that comply with U.S. Coast Guard or International Maritime Organization regulations. However, as the company grew, it evolved into a maritime technology company. “We provide location-specific, critical information to vessels in real time worldwide through our state-of-the-art, awardwinning ARMS software platform,” Corey Ranslem, IMSA’s CEO, explains. With this platform, IMSA operates a Global Intelligence, Information, and Communications Center, which works to gather and distribute vital intelligence to vessels across the globe in order to keep those at sea safe and informed. Ranslem and IMSA’s COO, Frank Fenner, were originally based in Florida, 36

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but slowly realized that it wasn’t the best place for them to continue their operations. The two began looking to relocate to a city with five factors in mind: internet infrastructure, power infrastructure, a major urban area, low cost of living, and location desirability. “When we considered all five factors, Chattanooga was the only city in the world that satisfied everything on the list,” Ranslem says. IMSA officially moved to the Scenic City in April of 2016. “We’re probably one of the first maritime-related companies in Chattanooga,” Ranslem shares. “The whole city and entrepreneurial ecosystem have been extremely helpful and supportive of IMSA and building our company.” Ranslem feels that Chattanooga could be a great worldwide center of excellence for this industry, and he loves having resources available to the company

around town, such as CO.LAB and UTC – not to mention all the outdoor activities for everyone at IMSA to enjoy. This year has been a busy one for IMSA. “Our ARMS software is currently the only shipboard-based platform providing real-time information on the COVID-related outbreaks, along with the delays, closures, restrictions, and quarantines in ports, facilities, and waterways around the world,” Ranslem explains. From their base in Chattanooga, the company is doing all they can to help keep those at sea safe and healthy during the pandemic. Fenner has had experience as an entrepreneur prior to this, “but nothing on the scale or global impact of IMSA,” he says. “It’s my hope that we’ll continue to grow and make a difference in the maritime industry.” CS

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Chattanooga Area Food Bank Jann Davis knew that when she retired from the social services field after more than 35 years, the work that she did serving others certainly wasn’t done. “Although I retired in 2012, I still needed to be an important part of people’s lives – maybe not to the extent of my career, but still making a difference,” she shares. After taking a while to enjoy her newfound freedom, Davis decided it was time to get involved in some way once more. “In 2014, I toured the local food bank and instantly knew it was the place for me,” Davis adds. At the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Davis takes on tasks anywhere that she’s needed each week. This includes sorting and boxing food, building snack packs for school-aged children in need, and distributing food to anyone who’s down on their luck or struggling with food insecurity. “The best part of my volunteer time is everything I do,” she says. While Davis loves the work she puts in at the food bank, she also finds joy in the relationships she’s built through her years of volunteering. “All of this has gifted me with lifelong friendships and a community of people who truly care about each other,” she explains. In her time volunteering, Davis says it’s the little things that keep her going. “Just hearing, ‘I’m so grateful for the food I’m receiving,’ or, ‘Thank you so much for what you’re doing,’ are comments that drive me back on a regular basis.” Other than making a difference in the community, one of Davis’ goals with her work is to encourage others to do the same. “Don’t ever think that you have nothing to offer. Each of us has a skill, a talent, an energy that can truly make a difference. Challenge yourself to share that,” she advises. Davis believes that any way someone can contribute, no matter how small, will always be worthwhile, and will always be something that’s appreciated. It goes without saying that everything she does to help those in need will always be appreciated, too.

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Humane Educational Society Though Chattanooga native Susan Izell worked in health care for 37 years, as of late, she’s shifted her focus to those with four legs instead of two. After retiring in 2019, she became a full-time volunteer at Chattanooga’s Humane Educational Society, and since November of 2016, she’s provided a foster home for over 350 cats and kittens. When she first started visiting to help prepare animals for adoption, she realized that she wanted to do so much more. Now, she’s there for more than 40 hours each week, and she still doesn’t feel that she has the time to do everything she’d like to. “I love cats and have always had cats in my home,” Izell says. For her, getting involved with the foster program at HES felt like the natural next step in her volunteer work there. When she’s on-site, she helps out with cleaning, stocking supplies, speaking with families who are looking to adopt, and working with the cats and kittens themselves. Her primary focus is supporting the foster coordinator, who’s in charge of making sure the animals are well-taken care of and providing support to those who foster animals from HES. “This area has a huge overpopulation of cats,” Izell shares. As a dedicated volunteer, one of her goals is to educate people in the community on the need for spay/neuter laws and on how to simply be responsible pet owners. Helping out animals in need and getting them into good homes is one of Izell’s favorite parts of her week. “Often, cats and kittens that are found or surrendered are dirty, malnourished, full of fleas, and very afraid,” she explains. “To watch their transformation into beautiful adoptable animals is always so uplifting.” Izell is grateful that, through the support and donations of the community, HES is able to provide medical care, food, and shelter for so many animals in need. Though the environment can sometimes be stressful, she is also grateful for the work and the support of the staff at HES who give so much of themselves day in and day out – just like Izell.


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American Red Cross, Chattanooga Area Food Bank, Fair Fight Action/Georgia For retired cabinetmaker Bill Leiper, using his time to serve others is second nature. In 2005, he closed up shop and joined the Peace Corps, where he spent three and a half years teaching locals the basics of carpentry in Cristòbal Colòn, Ecuador. When he returned to the United States, he and some friends built his current residence in Ringgold, Georgia, which he now calls home base as he volunteers throughout the greater Chattanooga and North Georgia area. “When I was growing up, my parents were always involved in community affairs work,” Leiper remembers. “Community service was always just what one ‘did.’ One reason I joined the Peace Corps was to be able to volunteer 24/7.” Now, Leiper is a truck driver that runs Sack Pack deliveries for the Chattanooga Area Food Bank. He has also been volunteering with the American Red Cross in Georgia as a disaster responder since 2012. On top of all that, he finds time to mentor and train new volunteers there, and recently he has spent time volunteering as a poll observer for Fair Fight Action in Georgia. Leiper says that he finds all of the work he does rewarding, in so many different ways. In working with the Red Cross, he gets to see concrete effects of the time he dedicates. “To respond to a house fire or a flood and to be able to lessen someone’s pain immediately is very fulfilling,” he shares. When he makes food bank deliveries, he’s reminded that his life has been fortunate, and that good fortune can be shared. All of his volunteer work and community involvement is, and always has been, a source of joy in his life, and he has no plans to slow down any time soon. “Every experience brings with it new skills and a change of perspective. I hope to continue adding to my bag of tricks so that I can become an even better volunteer, for as long as I possibly can,” says Leiper.



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United Way, Habitat for Humanity, UTC, Bessie Smith Cultural Center, The Bethlehem Center Though Dionne Jenkins is not a Chattanooga native, she considers the Scenic City to be her home. Jenkins currently serves as the Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion for the Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union, but that’s certainly not where her work stops. When Jenkins first moved to Chattanooga in 2008, volunteering was how she got to know the community around her. “United Way and Habitat for Humanity are organizations that I hold very dear to my heart,” she says. One focuses on building stable lives, while the other focuses on home ownership. Jenkins believes that these are cornerstones of a strong community, and they’re also things that she wishes for her own children. One of Jenkins’ tasks with United Way is to help organize and wrap Christmas presents for children in low-income families. Once, when she was wrapping up a simple headband as a gift, she wondered what child would get excited over such a small thing. But when the time came for the children to pick up their presents, a little girl unwrapped the gift on the spot and yelled, “Mom, this is the exact same headband I told you I wanted!” “I cried right there,” Jenkins says. “At that moment, I realized that I take far too much for granted. What was small to me – it was big for her.” For Jenkins, moments like this go to show that philanthropy isn’t just about money. “Your time is just as valuable as your dollar,” she says. Jenkins’ work is also about breaking down barriers. “If I can eliminate race, age, gender, and disability as barriers, and teach people to embrace the diversity that we all bring to the table, then I would count that as mission accomplished,” she explains. She hopes that not only can she serve those in need, but also become a role model to children of color in the community. “Hopefully, they will look at me and say, ‘If she can do it, I can too!’” says Jenkins. Giving back to those around her is a part of her life that she cherishes. “My plan is to stay involved as long as God allows,” she adds.


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Habitat for Humanity, Orange Grove Center, Henderson Settlement For more than 30 years, Jim Casey worked all over the United States and Europe for his career with Kimberly-Clark and Honeywell. When it was time to retire, he moved back to Chattanooga, the city he was born and raised in until he was 12. He was happy to be back and close to family once again, but he was also looking for something meaningful to do with his retirement. Hoping to give back to the community and get involved around town, Casey volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and Orange Grove Center, as well as the Henderson Settlement, a nonprofit organization that works to meet community needs in Appalachia. With Habitat for Humanity, Casey works to provide homes or home repairs that help others live better, safer lives, as well as meet their housing needs. “Many people are unable to handle home repairs for various reasons, and Habitat becomes the solution to those housing problems,” Casey explains. He and the teams he works with, or even occasionally leads, go out each week to tackle any number of tasks, including building homes, critical home repairs, and weatherization. “I like the hands-on involvement and being able to see projects come to a completion,” Casey says about the work he does. It’s important to Casey that he’s able to use his time contributing to something that really makes a difference, like making sure people have the shelter they need to live well. “I want the work to have a meaningful outcome and to assist others with something they could not do for themselves,” he adds. Casey also encourages others to get involved somewhere, if they can. “The best part is the feeling of accomplishment and being able to help others,” he says about his volunteer work. Volunteering not only keeps him active and connected to the community, but it also provides others with something – such as a home of their own – that they might not have been able to obtain otherwise. Casey adds that there’s so many options for finding your niche when it comes to giving back, you’ll likely find yourself suited to more than one – just as he has. CS

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The Mind of the Sommelier


Everyone loves a good glass of wine from time to time – it’s a great way to treat yourself on a birthday, a holiday, or simply after a long week at work. But for some, wine selection and pairing is more than just a rare treat: It’s an art, a science, and an integral part of their day-to-day work. For a sommelier, a refined and discerning palate is what sets them apart and what helps them to create the most memorable wine experiences for us, the uninitiated. Here, five local sommeliers delve into the wonderful world of wine and what drew them to it.


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Marcus Garner Wine Down Bistro & Lounge CS: What got you into wine? MG: I think, for me, it was the complexity of it all – the process of making it, storing it, and pairing it with food. Since I have a deep passion for cuisine, there was no better association. Also, when starting out with Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants before venturing out on my own, I met Emily Wines, who was the master sommelier for our company. Going through her ‘boot camp’ opened my eyes to a whole new world. CS: What is one of your favorite wines right now? MG: Right now, I’m enjoying Klinker Brick’s Old Ghost Old Vine Zinfandel (2016). Great spice, deep color and tannins, and pairs well with food. It’s also not very expensive, so many can enjoy it. I was recently introduced to it by one of my reps, and it caught me instantly, so I put it on my wine list at Wine Down. CS: What tips do you have for someone who wants to get into wine? MG: I would say be patient. You’re not just going to dive in and be super impressed by the whole process or appreciate what’s in the bottle right away. It takes time to develop your palate, and you’ll be surprised what you enjoy once you take the time to appreciate its backstory and the effort that goes into producing it. CS: What wines would you consider to be overrated? Underrated? MG: Overrated? White Zinfandel, because to me that’s not wine. Something more personal I guess would be Chardonnay. I’ve just never had one that blew me away. Underrated for me would be Txakolina. Maybe because it’s not available on most lists, but it’s slept on. It is absolutely amazing, and I enjoyed it very much when I was in Northern Spain a few years ago. More people should try it, but I’m find-

ing when guests can’t pronounce it, they don’t buy it. It’s great with food. Crusty bread, citrus flavors, and slightly effervescent – it’s a home run. CS: What’s a wine you would recommend for pairing with a holiday meal? MG: I prefer to drink something complex but with layers for holiday meals. There are so many different layers to those meals, so you need something to take on the challenge. Beaujolais, of course; a nice Barolo, or if you can get your hands on it, a beautiful Antinori Tignanello from Tuscany. The 2017 is showing very well, as well as previous vintages, and it hits all parts of the palate for me: sweet and velvety with a stellar finish.





CS: What wines would you consider to be overrated? Underrated? EC: For overrated, I’d definitely say California Cabernet. If people see meat on a menu, they tend to only look in one direction: Cabernet Sauvignon. This grape came about from crossing Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc. These two grapes offer an incredible spectrum of body and flavor. However, people only want Cabernet Sauvignon. I do a lot of blind-tastings at wine dinners. I love to offer a surprise wine. I will pour a wine for people and step back and start asking for feedback. Almost without fail, I get rave reviews for the wine and how it pairs with the meal. When I tell them it is a Petite Sirah or a Cabernet Franc or a Mourvedre, most say that they have never heard of it or that they have never liked that particular wine before. It is all about perspective and pairing. As for underrated, I’d have to go with a Provence.

Eric Carpenter Ruth’s Chris CS: What got you into wine? EC: I started waiting tables at a fine dining restaurant in Pennsylvania that had an active wine diner program as well as a large charity auction/society, and it went from there. CS: What’s the oldest wine you’ve tasted, and how was it? EC: The oldest one I’ve had was a late 1790s Madera being sold at auction. It was very tired, but still true to Madera.


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CS: What was your favorite wine-tasting experience? Is there a region or country you prefer when it comes to wine? EC: I have owned Carpenter Wine Enterprise for 12 years. I mainly do cellar development and wine auctions. I buy and sell private collections in addition to finding rare wines for my clients. With a group of collectors, I put together a hundred 100-point scoring wines, and we took them to the Sotheby’s auction held in Hong Kong. A private tasting was held for all interested buyers. We tasted through all 100 wines as a way of generating interest in the auction lot. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As far as a favorite, I have never wanted to say there is a grape or region that I don’t like. Almost any wine with the right meal and in the right company of family and friends can be a special wine. CS: What’s a wine you would recommend for pairing with a holiday meal? EC: There are a couple of options I’d recommend. A Viognier from Northern Rhône, served slightly above cellar temperature. A Rosé Champagne Billecart-Salmon is excellent. Maybe a big California Chardonnay, or a Spanish Garnacha.

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CS: What is one of your favorite wines right now? BH: At the moment, I’m really loving Comando G’s La Bruja de Rozas. It’s a hand-harvested Garnacha from Spain – a red variety that’s flowery and earthy, but still has fine tannins and a great acidity. It’s very versatile for food pairing. CS: What tips do you have for someone who wants to get into wine? BH: If someone is interested in learning about wine, I always point them to the super easy-to-read yet detailed books Wine Folly: The Essential Guide to Wine or Karen MacNeil’s The Wine Bible. If you can’t get your hands on a book, Wine Folly also has a great website filled with useful glossaries, maps, and guides to wine for beginners who might not know where to start. I would also recommend stopping by your local wine shop to get recommendations on wines they think you’d like based on your palate. CS: What wines would you consider to be overrated? Underrated? BH: I think big Napa Cabernets are overrated due to both the price and the practices of some of the estates. The most underrated wines in my opinion are Spanish wines, such as Tempranillos, Garnachas, or Mencías; you can find beautiful, biodynamic, well-made wines that won’t break the bank or give you a pounding headache, and they pair excellently with rich foods such as beef or pork.

Bobbi Heithoff True at BHB CS: What got you into wine? BH: I became interested in wine in my early 20s. A great friend of mine was taking his introductory sommelier course, and I had the chance to help him blind taste and hear his wine descriptions. I was fascinated – it looked and sounded so fun! I was a history and geography major in college, so wine seemed like the perfect fit for me; studying wine is such a great intersection of travel, regional history, and food science. Who wouldn’t love that? After reaching that realization, I decided to go through the Court of Master Sommeliers and eventually reached the Certified Level.


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CS: What’s a wine you would recommend for pairing with a holiday meal? BH: I love to serve Valpolicella to my family at holiday gatherings. It’s a red wine from the province of Verona in Italy, and it typically is made from three different varieties of grape. Valpolicellas can range from strong wines to dessert wines, so there’s some good options to choose from depending on personal taste. It’s typically something that people would not pick out for themselves, and most discover they like something new when trying it.

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Joi Mason Whitebird CS: What got you into wine? JM: I had a manager who started a new concept restaurant in Chicago and asked if I would be interested in coming on board. I knew absolutely nothing about wine, and at my very first wine class with this company, I realized my career path would be altered – it was exciting and motivating all at the same time. CS: What’s the oldest wine you’ve tasted, and how was it? JM: Regis Cruchet Vouvray Sec (1994), and the bottle was only $32. For the age, I thought it held up well and was showing nicely. After we popped the cork, it was a bit funky and a little oxidative, but that blew over after letting it breathe for a moment. I mean, it was a 21-year-old bottle of Chenin Blanc; I wanted to buy the rest of the stock just to keep trying it out! CS: What is one of your favorite wines right now? JM: Hans Wirsching Iphöfer JuliusEchter-Berg (2015). Everything about this wine is captivating, from its dark green bottle to its dry, refreshing taste. It has great minerality, slight citrus notes, and a savory herb finish. I immediately shared the bottle with a manager and one of our wine reps. I knew this bottle would be special, so I wanted as many people as possible to enjoy it with me. CS: What tips do you have for someone who wants to get into wine? JM: My advice is to build a core group of people interested in studying and learning about wine. Studying and tasting with a group helps tremendously. If you work in a restaurant, practice blind-tasting your wines by the glass. Ask your manager if you can sit in on wine tastings with reps. Tasting as much and as often as possible is crucial for getting started and understanding wine in general. 60

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CS: Is there a particular region or country you prefer for wine? JM: I have been a fan of the Loire Valley for years. I love the versatility in Chenin Blanc, but at this moment I am having a love affair with Austrian wines. They are fabulous. If you love Pinot Noir, then you would really appreciate the Saint Laurent grape – deep red fruit, tannins, richer in texture than Pinot Noir, and balanced acidity. I also love Zweigelt; it’s light, juicy, and easy drinking. My final new favorite from this region is Grüner Veltliner – it is perfect with food. It’s herbaceous and has great acidity and texture. Wagram, Austria, from what I have tasted, produces some of my favorite Grüner Veltliners.

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you do and don’t like about them. Learning what you dislike is just as important, if not more important than figuring out what you like. We have awesome wine shops here in town with very talented people who are willing to help you find out what you love. As wine professionals, we don’t take it personally if you don’t like a wine that we suggested – we want to help you find the best wine for you. CS: What was your favorite wine-tasting experience? MR: I have been lucky to have many wine friends who are extremely generous in sharing special bottles of wine, so it is hard to choose just one time. Once we did a Bordeaux wine blind-tasting that was from the ’80s; that was an experience I will never forget. CS

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For most people, fencing is one of those sports that you know of, but might not know much about. Yet this modern form of combat has fostered a strong, engaged community across the globe – Chattanooga included. Here, we look further into the world of the sport, and local fencers chime in on their experiences with it.






f you were asked to name a sport, your first thought would probably be something like football, baseball, or basketball – something you regularly see played at a professional level on television. Your mind likely wouldn’t immediately go to sabres, soft white armor, and the art of combat. Though fencing is now an Olympic sport and a unique way to stay agile and in shape, it certainly didn’t start out that way. Believed to have originated in Western Europe, fencing began as the art of swordsmanship for the sake of dueling and self-defense; however, in the 18th century, it shifted toward a fashionable sport taught primarily to young men of aristocratic birth. Today, fencing is far more accessible, and student and community clubs dedicated to it can be found all over the world.

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How It’s Done Fencing is not just one, but three forms of a combat sport. The three forms of fencing each have their own unique weapons and sets of rules. There is the foil, the épée, and the sabre, all named after the weapons they utilize. Technique can be classified into two forms – either offensive or defensive – which can be performed in countless combinations during sparring. FOIL is named for the foil weapon, a light thrusting weapon with a circular hand guard primarily intended for safety purposes. With this weapon, only the torso is considered a valid target, with arms and legs excluded. Only the tip of the blade may be used for hits. A touch to any area not in the target zone stops the action but is not scored. If opponents touch a Trevor Haines, Fencing Instructor/ target simultaneously, Owner of Dojo only one fencer may Chattanooga be given a point. This is awarded by the referee based on his or her determination of who has gained the ‘priority’ or ‘right of way.’ ÉPÉE is modeled around a thrusting weapon that is similar to the foil, but heavier. In épée, the entire body is considered a valid target. While sparring, hits must be given with the tip of the blade, never the sides. In this form of fencing, there is no ‘right of way’ as fencers may be awarded touches simultaneously. SABRE is named for a cutting and thrusting weapon similar in weight to the foil. In this form of fencing, the entire body above the waist, save for the weapon hand, is considered the valid target area. Unlike in foil or épée, touches with the tip or the entire blade are valid in sabre. Furthermore, offtarget touches do not stop the action during sparring, though the ‘right of way’ rule still applies.


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As for equipment, all fencers must wear a uniform and protective gear, which includes a white jacket, knickers, arm protector, knee socks, mask, and in some cases, a chest protector and/or lamé vest, which is made of electrically conductive material that helps to define the scoring area.

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Who It’s For Fencing can draw people in for a variety of reasons. Kristin Vines, a fencing coach at Baylor School and national competitor, admits that it was the Errol Flynn movies of her childhood that first attracted her to it. “I loved the swashbuckling adventures and leapt at the chance to fence in college,” says Vines. “Fencing was the first sport that ever really appealed to me, and I took to it quickly. After graduation, I sought out opportunities to continue in the sport.” For Trevor Haines, fencing instructor and owner of Dojo Chattanooga, it was the television screen that caught his

attention as well – though for a different reason. “I saw fencing on TV in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal and was enthralled,” he explains. At the Kristin Vines, Baylor School time, he was only Fencing Coach 10, which meant he was too young to start fencing in the programs offered by schools in his area. Later in life, he fenced a bit in college, then seriously started training in 1996. One of the best characteristics of fencing is that it’s a sport that can be for anyone. Vines highlights how inclusive

it is, saying, “Fencing is a sport for life. People of all ages compete, from ages six to 80+. It’s a sport that accommodates all sizes and different abilities as well.” For example, there’s a variant of fencing called chair fencing, which is adapted for those who use wheelchairs. Chair fencing has been included as a sport in the Paralympic Games since it was introduced at the Rome Paralympics in 1960. Over at the Chattanooga Fencing Club, president Andy Breon, who formed the club after stumbling upon one fencing class in the area and seeing a greater need that wasn’t yet being met, reiterates how it’s accessible as a sport. “Since we are a club, we have a fun and relaxed atmosphere, with fencers from ages 10 to 80,” he explains. Even though the club offers instruction in Olympic-style fencing, he emphasizes that ‘Olympic-style’ shouldn’t intimidate anyone. Due to the level of strategy involved, what one might lack in stature or speed can always be compensated elsewhere with proper practice and tactics. The key to being a good fencer is developing your individual strengths to maximize your opportunities. “Often my students have said, ‘If only I were faster, taller, shorter,’ and so on, and my reply has always been to use what you have better than your opponent uses what they have. As the saying goes, ‘It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog,’” Vines says. In fencing, everyone can succeed once they play to their individual strengths.

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Why It’s Unique So many qualities set fencing apart from other, more popular modern sports today. Haines believes that its distinctive origin is a particular draw. “It’s a Western martial art that’s built on a foundation of chivalry,” he explains. When most people think about martial Andy Breon, Chattanooga arts, they gravitate toward Eastern Fencing Club styles that often feature hand-toPresident hand combat. Fencing can be a desirable option for those seeking a combat sport with weaponry, which relies more upon agility than force. Something else that separates fencing from other sports, according to Breon, is that it’s designed for


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the individual. Outside of a few exceptions, such as tennis or figure skating, most popular sports are team-centric. “It’s you, and you alone, matching weapon skills, physical ability, and mental acuity against a singular opponent,” Breon explains. While fencing can be physically taxing, it heavily relies on the individual’s ability to strategize and react with great mental quickness. Though all sports involve some level of strategy, as mentioned before, it’s particularly integral to fencing. Some compare it to a game of chess: one-on-one, constantly making moves that attempt to anticipate the next three that your opponent might make. Vines views a match with an opponent as a series of traps to be laid. “I love seeing them fall neatly into my plan, especially if I can get them to do it repeatedly,” she says. In fencing, the quality of your decisions will always be dependent upon what you anticipate that your opponent is thinking and doing, and less so upon your physical strength.

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How to Succeed As with all things, practice and dedication are required to succeed at fencing. However, it’s also a little bit more complicated than that. According to Haines, the ability to multi-task is what’s key. “Mental and physical stamina, power, and flexibility are a must,” he says. “Fencing involves rapid and explosive footwork while intricately controlling a blade – all while adapting to change in tactics as someone else is trying to stab at you.” Being able to balance multiple skills and channel them into one sparring session is what turns an amateur fencer into a pro. Vines adds that time, patience, and self-confidence are also vital elements to one’s success at the sport. “In any sport, a positive mindset is your greatest ally,” she says. “This is achieved by taking the time to drill and have a solid foundation of the basic moves. Once you have this, you can begin to relax and allow yourself to put your hands and feet on autopilot while you analyze your opponent and take them apart.” No one ever becomes an expert overnight, but with fencing, putting in the hours will result not only in easier practices, but more reliable skills as well. Though mental sharpness and prowess is incredibly important to the art of fencing, it’s by no means the only factor of success – the physical element of the sport can’t be ignored. Breon emphasizes the importance of good hand-eye coordination, agility, and physical stamina, saying, “Even Bruce Lee took his stunts to the next level after he began attending fencing classes to improve his balance and footwork.”


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What’s to Love Most people who get involved with fencing have loved it for years, or, if they’re younger, plan on doing it for years to come. Vines has been competing for decades and still represents the United States in foil events at Veteran World Championships. Over the years, Vines has won four national championships in women’s foil, and she’s not done yet. “I hope to make the team again when travel is open,” she says. Though she loves competing, she also finds fulfillment in her three-decade-long career teaching fencing. “In my years at Baylor, I have had the pleasure to coach many young people. To see some of them still involved in the sport years later as competitors, referees, or coaches of their own programs is my greatest reward,” says Vines. Photo Courtesy of Chattanooga Fencing Club

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For Breon, he loves the tradition of the sport. In instructing new fencers at the Chattanooga Fencing Club, he gets to pass on the skills and practices of something that can trace its origins back through centuries. He also enjoys that even celebrities have taken part in maintaining the tradition of fencing. “I love sharing the history of the sport and sharing names of those who people might not know were great fencers, like Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, and even Neil Diamond – just to name a few,” says Breon. Fencing has been an Olympic sport since the Athens Summer Games of 1896, but it was practiced as a sport long before that. With centuries of tradition comes a strong, dedicated community of athletes. Another notable aspect of fencing is the way that parts of it stay with you, even when 76

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you’ve left the mat and packed your uniform away for the rest of the day. “The discipline of mind and body from fencing stays relevant when dealing with the stresses life throws at us,” Haines explains. “I love being a positive part of that journey and transformation with my students.” It turns out that all of the skills that one needs to succeed in fencing – mental sharpness, observation, strategizing, and discipline – are skills that are useful to have anywhere in life, whether that be doing well at school, sticking to a healthy eating plan, or simply interacting with others. Excelling at fencing can make you not only a better athlete, but a better person.

Where You Can Do It It’s easy to see that, if you’re looking for a new sport or hobby in your life, fencing is absolutely worth pursuing. Luckily, there are places around Chattanooga where you can get involved. If your students are at Baylor School, Vines leads a strong program there. For college students at UTC, you can join up with other fencers through their club sports program. For others of all ages, Haines offers fencing classes weekly at Dojo Chattanooga, and the Chattanooga Fencing Club welcomes anyone who’s interested to their weekly meetups at the Belvoir Christian Academy gym. The entire fencing community of Chattanooga embraces newcomers, and if you’re interested in fencing, they invite you to take a stab at it. It’s almost certain to be a rewarding experience. CS






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hen Morty Lloyd found a stately brick home located right on a local runway, it was love at first flight. Not only did this traditional house come with a hangar, which is now home to his Cirrus SR22, it also offered the perfect backdrop to pay homage to his family’s storied past that spans generations.


After walking up a flight of brick stairs, guests find themselves in Morty and Joyce Lloyd’s foyer. Serving as the threshold to the spacious entryway, the front door, which features an elegant stained-glass transom window, sets the stage for the craftsmanship found throughout the rest of the home. Rich wooden crown molding matches the door and another thin band that wraps the room. A signed photograph of Orville and Wilbur Wright hangs to the right of the front door and offers visitors a taste of aviation relics to come.


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High-sheen hardwood floors carry guests through a wide arched doorway and into the Lloyds’ dining room, where even more history comes alive. “Our dining room table is pretty special to me. It was my mother’s, and when she passed away two years ago, it needed a new home,” explains Morty. “We weren’t sure if it would fit, but after we measured our dining room, we found it was the exact same dimensions as my mother’s.” Now, the same three-quarters-of-a-century-old table that Morty remembers sitting around as a child hosts everything from card and board games with grandchildren to Thanksgiving and Christmas


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meals. Six Queen Anne chairs surround the table and complement the wooden trim that encircles the room. The elegance provided by the room’s tray ceiling is elevated with a silver set that also belonged to Morty’s mother. The heirloom piece rests atop a buffet table placed along a wall, while the opposite side of the room features a china cabinet that houses a set of congressional wine glasses. Morty’s mother, Marilyn Lloyd, who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 20 years, is further represented in this room with several pieces of artwork depicting the nation’s capital.

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Adjacent to the dining room is the Lloyds’ great room and kitchen. With wooden beams that run along each side of the living space, this room provides a nod to the lodge style that the duo is so fond of. “I think one thing that really impressed me the first time I saw this home was how good its bones were,” says Morty. “This home is just well-built, and everywhere you turn there are examples of the quality, detailed craftsmanship – especially when it comes to the woodwork – that make this house special.” The living room features two cream-colored leather sofas that are paired with a red armchair and matching ottoman – another family heirloom. The cozy seating arrangement encircles a round coffee table topped with magazines and a marble solitaire board, while a fire burns just to the left. “We definitely have more of a traditional style, but we still wanted our home to feel warm,” explains Joyce. “We have elements here and there that might be more contemporary or country or whatever, but at the end of the day, we just wanted to add in some personal touches for a cozy home that has a story to tell.” Morty and Joyce Lloyd


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One such story emerges through a painting situated at the far end of the living room. “Out of all of the memorabilia and aviation keepsakes I own, this might be one of my favorites. These are my uncle’s wings from when he fought in World War II,” explains Morty. “He was shot down while flying over the coast of Denmark. He parachuted out and was picked up by a German rescue boat and was a prisoner of war for the remainder of the war. My mom passed his wings down to me, and I looked for years to find some artwork when I finally came across this piece. This was his sister squadron and is pretty typical of what a mission like the one where he was shot down would have looked like.” Providing a bit of separation between the living room and kitchen is a grand piano that belonged to Joyce’s mom. A friend who plays the piano professionally is a hit at many of the Lloyds’ parties and get-togethers. Just steps away from the living area is the home’s kitchen. A large L-shaped center island can seat seven, and a chic swirl found in the island’s granite countertop marries both warm and cool tones. Solid surface perimeter countertops work to keep the space bright amidst the cherry wood cabinetry, which is topped with a series of Longaberger baskets. To the side of the kitchen is a quaint breakfast nook, which is a prime place for enjoying a cup of coffee while watching planes scurry down the runway.


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On the other side of the main floor is the Lloyds’ master suite. This spacious room repeats the trim work seen throughout the home, and a tiled fireplace surrounded by detailed woodwork mimics the one in the great room. A double tray ceiling provides a touch of grandeur, and a series of tabletop lamps are paired with a row of recessed lighting to illuminate the openness of the bedroom. Stepping through a sliding door grants guests access to the master bathroom, which takes a much different tone from the rest of the house. Warm woods give way to stone-filled tiles for a natural and relaxing aesthetic. A footless freestanding tub is tucked neatly into a corner, while a rain shower steps away offers up another area of reprieve. A furniture-style vanity features dual sinks that are separated with a tower that works to keep clutter out of sight. The medium gray color of the cabinetry mirrors the nuances found in the tile and is further complemented by the Illusion gray walls.


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Just around the corner from the master suite is the study. Here, the Lloyds’ passion for aviation is entwined with even more family treasures in a stylish representation of the ornate woodwork that is a core offering of this home. Books on everything aeronautics line the shelves of the custom built-ins, while a workspace is situated just in front of a bay window. “This room also reminds me a lot of my mom,” says Morty. “This is her chair from when she was elected to Congress, so that’s pretty neat. The desk and credenza are also from her – she had them shipped to the states from a congressional trip to Pakistan.”


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Traveling back down the hallway, which is lined with photographs of aviation greats such as Paul Tibbets and Chuck Yeager, visitors can make their way outside and to the Lloyds’ hangar, where even more nostalgia awaits. A restored set of airstairs takes guests to the hangar floor and reminds both Morty

and Joyce, a retired flight attendant, of the trips that were commonplace in the early decades of their lives. Today, the commercial airliners and private jets of their past have been traded for a Cirrus SR22 that allows them to continue nurturing their passion for flight.

“I’ve always wanted to live in a flying community, and for as long as I can remember, I’ve always thought it would be so cool to just have the airplane in the backyard,” says Morty. “That, paired with a house that is classic and transcends time, has been a dream come true.” CS


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hen Kelly Ashton’s parents found a prime plot of land resting atop Signal Mountain, they weren’t aware it would turn into the perfect place to put down generations of family roots. Fast-forward several months and Kelly, alongside husband Matt, had finished building a home right next door to her parents – a home where their children would be free to grow and play while being able to nurture family relationships. “My parents found this land and started building a house on it,” explains Kelly. “After a few trips to the site, I started thinking, ‘How awesome would it be if the kids could just get off of the school bus and go to grandma and grandpa’s house if they wanted?’” The Ashtons got to work building their own house, and the end result was a farmhouse-inspired abode that is as cozy and inviting as it is spacious and functional.

Approaching the home’s stately exterior, guests are greeted with an expansive front porch, providing a nod to the farmhouse aesthetic. Intimate seating arrangements dot the space and are primed for conversation. A couple of white rocking chairs are tucked into a corner, while two sets of wooden Adirondack chairs, made by Matt himself, bookend the home’s entryway. The deep wood grains found in the furniture play off of the wooden French doors, which are flanked by sidelights. Adding to the warmth is the natural stone that lines the front of the porch and surrounds the front door. “We really wanted a lot of outdoor space where the kids could play and be outside,” says Kelly. “That was important to us, and this space has been great because we can sit out here and relax as we watch the kids run around the front yard.”





Stepping into the home, the farmhouse style that influenced the exterior gives way to one that’s much more transitional. Just feet from the entryway is the living room, and a sleek gray sectional and leather armchair provide plenty of seating. An elegant drum shade hangs overhead, and recessed fixtures found in the tray ceiling provide even more light.

Two wooden beams run the length of the room and match the mantel, which caps a stone fireplace. A flat-screen TV rests in front of a wainscoting detail, and a custom built-in to the right provides both storage and open shelving where the Ashtons can display a hint of personality. “In the process of selling our last home, we pared down a lot of our stuff and realized that we liked it that way,” explains Kelly. “We just wanted something clean but still cozy without being overly so.”


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Open to the living room is the home’s kitchen. The dark gray cabinetry of the island grounds the otherwise bright and vivacious space. Four backless barstools are neatly tucked under an overhang supported by two furniture-style legs. The white quartz countertop that cloaks the island is complemented by gray countertops of the same material that run along the kitchen’s perimeter, both of which offer up a durable and functional workspace. White wall cabinetry is accentuated by a white subway tile backsplash. Chrome fixtures and stainlesssteel appliances match the cabinetry hardware and work to maintain a streamlined atmosphere. Appliance bays on either side of the refrigerator, as well as a walk-through pantry, keep clunky items out of the way and off the counters.


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Adjacent to the kitchen is the family’s dining room, which reinforces the faint farmhouse ambiance with its use of furniture. Here, a long wooden table offers ample space with benches on either side and fabric-covered chairs at the heads. “This table is a great example of us really looking for functionality,” says Kelly. “Now I don’t have to constantly move chairs that are strewn about the room, and I don’t spend any time cleaning a bunch of spindles. Instead, I can wipe down the benches and scoot them in in a matter of minutes.” A pendant chandelier hangs overhead and carries the steel tones seen in the kitchen into the space. Even more steel can be found at a nearby drink station that caters to coffee connoisseurs and beer buffs alike. This area of the home allows guests and family members to grab a refreshment without getting in the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. 102

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The red oak hardwood flooring found throughout the common spaces carries visitors past the entryway and down the hallway to the master suite. A window on the far wall lets in its fair share of light, helping keep the space airy and tranquil, while a large weeping fig tree and a thick floating wooden mantel bring in some natural elements. An elongated fireplace delivers a dose of warmth, and the same Repose Gray walls found throughout the rest of the main floor wrap the room. “We really like neutrals, and it’s been nice to have one color on the main level because it makes touch-ups a breeze,” says Kelly. In the adjoining en suite, farmhouse elements once again emerge. White shiplap walls add visual interest to the room, which is built upon with herringbone-tiled floors. Pops of matte black are integrated throughout the space, and another touch of color is added with gray granite countertops. A freestanding tub rests under a window and provides a peaceful place to unwind, while a large walk-in shower features an array of relaxing shower heads. “The plans originally called for there to be a makeup table here, but since I wouldn’t really use that, we decided to incorporate a wet space,” explains Ashton. “It helps keep things clean and from getting water everywhere.”

From building a wet space to purchasing wipeable furniture, the Ashtons have prioritized durability and ease of use in their new home. With constant cleaning and managing messes a thing of the past, this family of five can focus on what’s really important – each other. CS

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With generations upon generations of family that have called Signal Mountain home, Christie and Nathan Denton decided to flip the script. But after years of living in different places throughout the Scenic City, the duo found themselves longing for the mountain life once again. “After we had our first daughter, we decided to move back to Signal. My entire family is from here, and they have been here since 1840. We actually ended up finding a lot on the same street that I grew up on, so that’s been pretty special,” says Christie. Several years after purchasing the property, the Dentons set out on a brand-new build in a great location where they could raise a family.


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“From the moment we started building, I knew I wanted to emphasize the setting. We’re surrounded by such a beautiful forest, and I wanted people to be able to see that.” - CHRISTIE DENTON

Approaching the home, white siding gives way to cool natural stone, which appears along the base of the home before rising to encompass the entire right wing of the house. Passing through a charming set of wooden French doors that plays off of the color of four simplistic columns, visitors find themselves in the foyer. “From the moment we started building, I knew I wanted to emphasize the setting. We’re surrounded by such a beautiful forest, and I wanted people to be able to see that and feel at ease regardless of where they are in our home,” explains Christie. To help accomplish this, the moment guests step inside they are met with a wide hallway that leads across the home’s main thoroughfare and out to the back porch. From this point in the home, one can easily get a glimpse of the stately trees that frame the residence. Open to the foyer is a stairwell to the home’s second story. Warm white oak treads provide continuity with the four-inch planks that run throughout the rest of the home, and an eclectic and tasteful painting of a Warnicke roseate spoonbill provides a hint of personality.


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A short hallway to the right of the foyer carries visitors to the heart of the Denton home. Here, one large room houses the kitchen, a dining space, and the family’s great room. “Another thing we wanted was a room that was open where everyone would spend a lot of time,” says Christie. “In our last house, we had a separate space for the dining room, and it never got used. We just liked the idea of incorporating all of the main living spaces together.” Another must-have for Christie was an oversized kitchen island and windows looking out over the pool. This design allows the Dentons to keep an eye on the happenings of the back patio, all the while whipping up a healthy dinner or tasty snack. White shaker-style cabinetry provides a clean and elegant aesthetic that is elevated with stunning Turkish marble countertops. The soft gray tones in the countertops are paired with gray subway tiles that comprise the backsplash and three gray barstools neatly tucked under the overhang of the center island.


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The home’s kitchen effortlessly blends into the dining space, which houses an oval table and array of mixed colors and materials. Four warm wooden ladder back chairs surround the table, while two cream-colored slipcovered chairs rest at each end. An unfinished wooden chandelier with candle-style lights and beaded detail hangs overhead and works to make the dining area a space all its own while still being open to the kitchen and great room. A cream fabric sofa comfortably seats three, while four armchairs round out the intimate seating arrangement of the great room. A wood-burning fireplace is enclosed by floor-toceiling stone that mirrors the home’s exterior. Wooden beams also run overhead and contribute to the cozy ambiance of this room. “I would say our style is mixed traditional,” says Christie. “We have a lot of classic features that can just go with anything, but then we’ve woven in elements like the beams, mantel, and metal lighting fixtures that capture a rustic feel as well. Those elements reflect the setting of the house, which was always the goal.”


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Traveling back across the house, guests find themselves at the end of a long hallway that leads to the master suite. “We intentionally planned for our bedroom to sit away from the rest of the house,” explains Christie. “We love it, and it really feels like a sanctuary.” As the only room that juts out from the home’s stacked floor plan, the Dentons’ bedroom is a relaxing respite far away from the noise-inducing areas of the home. Mimicking the clean and classic ambiance found in other rooms, the master suite incorporates an array of whites and creams with splashes of gray and pale blue. Wooden furniture, a gold mirror above the bed, and details in the area rug add in a touch of warmth. Narrow double doors provide access to the en suite, which immediately delivers on its tranquil objective. A footless soaking tub rests in front of a shiplap wall that is outfitted with an abstract painting. Vanities are cloaked with the same Turkish marble seen in the kitchen and bookend the room’s entryway. Just beyond the shiplap wall is a walk-through shower. Here, white subway tiles wrap the shower walls, bench, and ceiling, while a herringbone pattern in the center provides visual interest. A rain shower head offers up a soothing touch, and river rock flooring rounds out the space.


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Another premier space for relaxation in the Denton home is the back porch and pool area. A fabric sectional surrounds a stunning wooden slab coffee table that sits in front of a fireplace, which boasts the same stone and wooden mantel as the great room. A bar with leathered finished countertops is a stylish touch that makes entertaining a breeze. A stunted set of stairs takes visitors down to the pool, complete with a sun ledge, waterslide, and surrounding seating. Encircled by a dense thicket of woods, this space optimizes and draws inspiration from its natural setting. “When it comes down to it, we just wanted to build a house that we felt could age with the surroundings,” says Christie. “You can change paint colors. You can change décor, but in 50 years, we want the house itself to feel like it’s always been here. It needed to be timeless.” CS


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hen Lucy and Win Pratt’s children were young, travel baseball games would frequently take them to new and stunning places throughout Tennessee. The family hit a home run when they found a beautiful lot along the shoreline of Watts Bar Lake, and several years later, the Pratts, with the help from the rest of their team at Pratt Home Builders, had finished building a home that serves up lakeside living in style. “We actually have friends who live in this neighborhood, and we would stay at their lake house whenever we would come to this part of town for games or tournaments,” explains Lucy.

“We grew to love the area, and we really loved the neighborhood, so we started looking at properties.” After purchasing a lot that sat vacant for over three years, the Pratts decided to take the plunge and get to work building the lake home of their dreams. “Our kids are in high school now, and that’s why we decided to pull the trigger. I’ve always wanted to have a home where my kids could come and bring their friends and just have fun and enjoy life,” says Lucy. “And we ended up building at the perfect time too. Earlier this year, when there was nowhere to go and nothing to do, we were able to come here with our immediate family and friends and shelter in place. It was a blessing in disguise.”

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Even before stepping inside, the Pratts’ home exudes warmth and charm. The home’s white boardand-batten siding is complemented by the front porch, which features a natural stone deck and German Schmear brick wall. Rich wooden shutters, columns, and gable brackets provide a dash of color and a cozy ambiance. Similar to the home’s exterior, the foyer provides a light and airy feel with its white shiplap walls that are built upon with natural elements. A herringbone brick


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An abstract painting rests between the lamps and draws the eye upward to the foyer’s Pecky Cypress ceiling – something that hits close to home for the Pratts. “Win is from the Mississippi Delta, and we sourced a lot of Pecky Cypress from that area for our home. We love the richness and the history of it, and it has so much character. It also takes us back to Win’s roots and helps to make this home unique to us,” explains Lucy, whose Nashville upbringing is also reflected in some of the home’s décor.

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Open to the foyer is the home’s dining room. Here, a long farmhouse table is surrounded by six white ladder back chairs and two wickerstyle armchairs at the heads. Elements from the foyer are pulled into this room with its use of brass on the wall sconces and geometric shapes in the elongated lighting fixture that hangs from the continued Pecky Cypress ceiling. On the far wall, a narrow table provides cohesion with its distressed finish, and its surface can easily house extra food, keeping it out of the way while still being nearby.


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Just steps away is the great room, which features plenty of seating with several cream-colored couches resting in a U shape. A circular, wooden top coffee table rounds out the seating arrangement, while a natural stone fireplace rises to the ceiling’s peak and works to ground this end of the main living space. A thick Pecky Cypress mantel plays off of the ceilings of the adjacent rooms and is married with rough sawn pine beams running overhead. A wall of sliding glass doors allows the Pratts to combine their indoor and outdoor living space and take full advantage of their lakeside vista. “The entire house was designed around our living and kitchen space,” says Win. “We have a big family, and we’re constantly cooking and celebrating and entertaining. We wanted everyone to be able to be in the same space, and this entire house was really built with that openness in mind.” In the kitchen, an oversized island caters to family and friends and can easily seat six. The warmth of the hardwood floors is complemented by the reclaimed wood found in the base of the island and the range hood. The space is once again kept bright, this time with the use of light quartz countertops and Alabaster white cabinetry. Oversized pulls bring a touch of brass into the room, and cabinetstyle appliances help maintain a sleek and clean aesthetic. To the side of the island, a dedicated bar area offers plenty of prep and storage space and emphasizes the entertaining aspect of this home.


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Just off of the main living area is the master suite, which repeats many of the colors, materials, and finishes seen throughout the rest of the home. “Again, we really wanted everything to feel fresh and clean,” says Lucy. “We like the rustic feel that the wooden beams and door casings provide, but this is a lake house, not a mountain home, so we didn’t want to go overboard.” A sliding wooden door provides access to the master bathroom, where an array of patterns emerges. Shiplap walls, gray veining in the ceramic floor, and both honeycomb and herringbone tiles in the shower come together in perfect harmony to offer a streamlined complexity. A freestanding tub rests just beneath a window outfitted with plantation shutters, while the opposite wall features a spacious vanity with a wall-to-wall framed mirror.


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The Pratts’ home doubles down on its guest-friendly goals with a bunk room located in the basement. Four oversized bunks, each with its own outlet and shelf, offer a relaxing respite after a hot day on the lake. Back on the top floor is another lake-inspired room. This simple yet elegant powder room wows visitors with its fish-scale accent wall and a thick-rimmed mirror that faintly resembles driftwood due to its smooth, matte finish. While this waterside dwelling does incorporate its fair share of traditional lake home trimmings, above all it prioritizes quality time with loved ones, which is made a little sweeter with its second-to-none scenery. CS


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Jackson Lewis Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School, Student Government President Proudest accomplishment? Receiving the music gold medal for the state of Georgia in Academic Decathlon my sophomore year. Favorite extracurricular activity? I have been in band for six years, and an officer for three. I enjoy putting time and effort into practicing the art of music. Impact you want to make on the world? To simply encourage the unity of all people, regardless of any identity. We are all human beings after all, so we should be treated and loved as equals. Any education/career goals? My goal is to attend Princeton and study linguistics and Spanish. Where would you travel? One place I have always wanted to travel to is Italy, to be able to study art, culture, language … plus, they have some pretty good food! What do you want to accomplish in life? Learn every day, help always, and leave a legacy of positivity.

Marshona Robinson | Brainerd High School, Senior Class President Proudest accomplishment? It would have to be when I volunteered at an orphanage; I got to play games with the kids, eat with them, color, listen to music, and really make a difference in their day. Favorite extracurricular activity? Cheerleading and track. Any education/career goals? I would like to attend Middle Tennessee State University and pursue a degree in nursing. Lessons learned through leadership? I’ve learned that you are not always going to be in control, and sometimes you have to step back and listen. Person you admire most? My mother – that woman has done everything she possibly can for me. Where would you travel? I would like to travel to Bali, because it seems like such a relaxing place. What do you want to accomplish in life? I want to become a nurse, own my own business, and have a family.

Emily Carroll | Grace Baptist Academy, Senior Class President Proudest accomplishment? Placing First Chair in one of the top four honor bands at the University of Georgia and leading the trumpet section in an amazing concert. Favorite extracurricular activity? Playing in my church orchestra and assisting in the Special Olympics. Impact you want to make on the world? Bring the joy and peace of Jesus Christ to others through music and worship arts. Any education/career goals? My career goal is to teach music so others can enjoy it as much as I do. Lessons learned from leadership? Servant leadership has taught me to place others before myself. Person you admire most? I admire my cheer coach, Jessica Box, as she has invested in me and helped me grow so much as a person and leader. Where would you travel? Traveling to hear the Philharmonic Orchestra play in London would be very exciting.

Henry J. Bethel & Andrea Magaña Dalton High School, Student Council and Student Body Presidents Bethel: Proudest accomplishment? Being named an AP Scholar with Distinction. Any education/career goals? Starting next fall, I will be attending Auburn University on a swimming scholarship. I would like to be either a lawyer or a swim coach. Lessons learned from leadership? One of the best marks of a good leader is someone who is able to accept help from others. Where would you travel? Santorini, Greece – I’m told that they have the best sunsets in the world. Magaña: Proudest accomplishment? Winning first at Peach State for marching band. Impact you want to make on the world? Paying it forward and helping others to improve society. Any education/career goals? I plan to study international business in college. What do you want to accomplish in life? Although I have many goals, some might include pursuing commercial real estate, running marathons around the country, and going to the moon.

Mia Winget | Ringgold High School, Senior Class President Proudest accomplishment? My proudest accomplishment can actually be dated back to elementary school. I won a small county speech contest, and that is what fueled my passion to try to always use my voice to help others and to stand for what I believe in. Favorite extracurricular activity? I love musical theatre as a way to express my artistic side, and the community is so helpful and supportive. Any education/career goals? I hope to pursue crisis management in college and travel. Lessons learned from leadership? To listen to both the supporters and the critics – everyone has different ideas and opinions and together can promote one strong voice. Person you admire most? One lady I look up to is journalist Nellie Bly. She would constantly stand up for people and provided justice for lots of communities.





Eli Bowen | Baylor School, Chair of the Honor Council Proudest accomplishment? Being elected as Chair of the Honor Council. Impact you want to make on the world? I want to inspire people to put forth their best efforts to further connections with people of all races, nationalities, and creeds. Removing barriers that hinder positive connections will make the world a better place. Person you admire most? My father inspires me to be the best version of myself. He is a great example of hard work, dedication, and giving his best effort to not only his job, but also his family. Where would you travel? Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is a large, modern city that I think would allow me to immerse myself in a different culture. I would like that challenge. What do you want to accomplish in life? I want to travel to every single continent and work abroad, start my own company, and run for public office.

Siena Rodrigues | Signal Mountain Middle/High School, Student Body President Favorite extracurricular activity? I love the Signal Corps Marching Band. It has been such a privilege to learn and grow with 100 other weirdos. Impact you want to make on the world? I want to show the world that the mixture of cultures and ideologies is beautiful – that we don’t have to label ourselves as one thing, but can instead embrace the ambiguity of our identities as human beings. Lessons learned from leadership? Being a good leader does not mean to be a people pleaser, but to serve with genuineness. Any education/career goals? I am planning to major in psychology in college and then pursue a higher degree in graduate or law school. What do you want to accomplish in life? Finish the Harry Potter series (I have 100 pages left). Live a life full of open dialogue. Be my very best self for the people around me.

Ryleigh Green | Walker Valley High School, Student Body President Favorite extracurricular activity? Speech and Debate, because it lets me practice my public speaking skills, and I get to meet so many interesting people during tournaments. Impact you want to make on the world? I want to be the person to whom people can look for advice and a helping hand whenever they need it. Lessons learned from leadership? I’ve learned the value of open communication among leaders and how providing an open space for people to express their ideas can bring about the best solutions to problems. Person you admire most? I know it sounds a little silly, but I admire Mister Rogers because his kindness, thoughtfulness, and communication skills are exactly what I strive to be like. Where would you travel? I’d love to travel to Germany; I want to minor in the language, and its culture is so beautiful and unique.

Anna Ingram | Cleveland High School, Senior Class President Favorite extracurricular activity? Being a member and two-year captain of the varsity football cheerleader squad. There’s nothing I love more than cheering on our athletes as they compete. Any education/career goals? My goal is to earn a medical degree from a good college and become a doctor, or possibly a physician’s assistant. Person you admire most? Coach Jason McGowan. He has inspired me as a teacher and in the way he shows love to others – he encourages me to be the best person I can be. Where would you travel? A dream of mine has always been to travel to Bora Bora. It looks picture-perfect, and I have an immense love for the beach! What do you want to accomplish in life? To become a doctor and save lives, to be blessed with a happy, healthy family, and to continue to be authentic, passionate, and even emotional about what I believe in.

Olivia Rector, Olivia Crumley, & Abigail Slifko Soddy Daisy High School, Student Body Co-Presidents Rector: Favorite extracurricular activity? Singing for my youth group. Impact you want to make on the world? If you can impact just a few people by teaching them kindness and love toward others, that’s enough. What do you want to accomplish in life? Get a job I enjoy, become a mother, and share God’s Word with as many people as I can. Crumley: Favorite extracurricular activity? Student Council is my biggest focus; I strive to make SDHS one of the best places to be. Any education/career goals? I’ll be majoring in communications at Lee University. I hope to get into sports marketing or PR. Where would you travel? I think Santorini, Greece, is breathtaking! Slifko: Proudest accomplishment? Being the 2021 Distinguished Young Woman of Soddy Daisy. Any education/career goals? I plan to study electrical engineering at UTC. What do you want to accomplish in life? Be successful at my career, meet Elon Musk, and work at SpaceX.


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Alex Williams | McCallie School, Student Council President Proudest accomplishment? It’s not an accomplishment per se, but my trip to the Yunnan Province of China was one of my most meaningful experiences. I was lucky enough to help the local matriarchs with farming, take care of their children, and learn traditional customs. Favorite extracurricular activity? Being a youth group leader for 12- and 13-year-old boys has been the greatest opportunity and gift. Those boys teach me more than I could ever teach them. Any education/career goals? Engineering CD with a biomedical specialization (doctorate as well), and then a master’s degree in American history with an emphasis on the American West. I also want to write a few books along the way. Person you admire most? My dad worked himself out of some of the worst of circumstances into a successful family man. I hope to be like him when I grow older.

Maggie Moon | Collegedale Academy, Student Association President Impact you want to make on the world? I think right now the most important thing the world needs is understanding for one another. I hope I can give as much love and understanding as I can to anyone and everyone I know in hopes of impacting others to have understanding. Any education/career goals? My goal is to go to Southern Adventist University and study speech pathology so that I can help young kids. Person you admire most? My mentor Daisy, because she has taught me that life is more than money and success. She has taught me that life is truly lived when your happiness is found in Jesus and you are following the calling He has on your life. What do you want to accomplish in life? I want to skydive, graduate college with a master’s and a high GPA, and most importantly, follow the path and purpose Jesus has set out for me.

Lei Hanna | East Hamilton High School, Student Body President Proudest accomplishment? I attended Governor’s School: Science and Engineering, where I met so many highachieving students across the state that continue to inspire me. Favorite extracurricular activity? I enjoy attending YMCA Center for Civic Engagement’s Youth in Government program each year because conferences foster fierce debate as well as crazy parties – work hard, play hard. Lessons learned through leadership? Leaders should serve in the best interests of their followers through respect and empathy rather than focusing on personal/organizational gain at the expense of neglecting follower needs. Where would you travel? I would like to visit South Korea; the culture is so fun and unique. What do you want to accomplish in life? I want to create and/or join an innovative startup company, feature in a TV show, and retire as a professor.

Grayson Hartley | Hixson High School, Student Body President Proudest accomplishment? I have a few, including representing my senior class as president, being the class of 2021’s homecoming representative for the past two years, and achieving the “Group Chief” leadership position in ROTC. Any education/career goals? I would like to pursue a degree in childhood education at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with hopes of being able to make a difference in children’s lives. Lessons learned from leadership? My biggest lesson is also my hardest, and it’s that not everyone is going to like you. Person you admire most? I admire my mom most, because her selflessness is like no other. Her love is a mother’s love, and that’s one of the greatest gifts in life. Where would you travel? I would go to Nicaragua because although people there don’t have much, they show that happiness isn’t money but love.

Rowan Terry | Ooltewah High School, Senior Class President Proudest accomplishment? When I was a two-year officer of the Superintendent Student Advisory Council. Impact you want to make on the world? I hope to be elected as a senator someday. Any education/career goals? I am excited to attend UTK and commission as a pilot in the Marines or Army following graduation. Lessons learned through leadership? That it is my job to ask the people whom I represent what it is that they want to see changed. Most people won’t just come to me with an issue; in most cases, I have to find them by stepping into the shoes of other students. Person you admire most? John Locke, because of his beliefs and influence on the American revolutionaries. Where would you travel? I really want to see New Zealand for the breathtaking landscape, and to experience where Lord of the Rings was filmed.


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Madelyn Tawzer | Silverdale Baptist Academy, Student Council President Favorite extracurricular activity? My favorite activities are volunteering at my church, The Crossing, to spend time with my Pre-K class, and then supporting my friends who are involved in athletics at SBA. Impact you want to make on the world? I would like to impact the world by ensuring that every person I come in contact with feels the love of Jesus. Any education/career goals? I would like to further my education by receiving my undergraduate and master’s degrees in Physician Assistant studies. Person you admire most? My grandmother, Joyce Tawzer. I admire her because she has shown me what an authentic love for Jesus looks like and has prayed many blessings over my life. Where would you travel? I would love to travel to Israel so that I could experience the holy city, the Jordan River, and see where Jesus walked.

Andrew Jae-Yoon Song | Heritage High School, Senior Class President Proudest accomplishment? Graduating from ESL (English for Second Language) class to regular class in 5th grade. It showed how much I had progressed since I moved to America just a year before. Favorite extracurricular activity? Writing and acting in plays with my friends in TheatreQuest, playing in the Legion of Generals Marching Band, and playing varsity soccer. Any education/career goals? First, I would like to attend NYU, Brown, or Yale. From there, I aspire to become either a director or a filmmaker. Lessons learned from leadership? Being a good leader means that I need to bring everyone, no matter our differences, together to work for a common goal. What do you want to accomplish in life? Travel to every country in the world to experience different cultures, produce/direct my own movie, and raise a family.

Destiny Smith | Central High School, Senior Class President Proudest accomplishment? Being class president all four years of high school. Impact you want to make on the world? I want to change the world by helping and donating to people when I get older. I plan to use money from my future business to do this. Any education/career goals? I plan to get my associate degree in cosmetology and my bachelor’s degree in business/entrepreneurship. I want to use both degrees to create my own makeup line. Lessons learned from leadership? The biggest lesson I have learned is to always listen to people when they come to me so that I can try to solve their problems. Person you admire most? Lupita Nyong’o. She has had so many people try to bring her down because of her skin color and appearance, but she never lets it get to her. She is strong and always fighting for causes.

Madison Hasnani | Chattanooga Christian School, Student Council President Favorite extracurricular activity? I run cross-country, and it is a lot of fun! Running with the team is the highlight of my day. Impact you want to make on the world? Some personal goals I set for myself are to practice authenticity and intentionality in the things I do. These little goals, I think, can make a big difference in the world. Any education/ career goals? My goal is to graduate college then go on to medical school to become an obstetrician-gynecologist. Person you admire most? Krue Brock, who was my 9th grade Algebra II teacher. His genuineness, compassion, and encouraging nature continue to be a great model of how I want to engage in my community. What do you want to accomplish in life? Visit all 50 states, build a treehouse, and co-open a Family Center to enable, educate, and support women and their families in partnership with my medical work.

Erin Marshall | Girls Preparatory School, Student Council President Proudest accomplishment? Being awarded the Palmer Griffin Award. I was voted for this award by my classmates because of my love for GPS, my involvement in clubs, and my positive impact on others. Impact you want to make on the world? Teaching younger generations the importance of giving back and how rewarding it can be when you see the positive impact you make on others. Any education/career goals? I am unsure of the specifics, but I see myself helping someone either through health care or education. Person you admire most? My AP U.S. History teacher, Ms. Callie Hamilton. I have never met anyone who can lift someone’s spirit or inspire a love of learning as much as she can. Where would you travel? I would love to travel to Rome. After taking AP Art History, I’ve been dreaming of getting to see this culturally rich city.


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Sarah Moore | Notre Dame High School, Captain of the House of Fons Favorite extracurricular activity? Playing soccer for my school and my select team, as well as being a manager for the boys’ soccer team in my off season. Impact you want to make on the world? I would like to be able to brighten as many people’s days as possible as I go through life, as well as be able to help the environment to the best of my ability to hopefully make the world a better place both environmentally and through human attitudes. Any education/career goals? I would be extremely honored if I am accepted and able to attend a service academy and pursue a career in engineering. Where would you travel? I would like to travel to Australia for its extremely unique culture, beautiful attractions, and because it is very environmentally positive with its unique variety of marine animals and home to many coral reefs.

Mia Speller | Sale Creek High School, Student Body President Favorite extracurricular activity? Outside of school, I enjoy spending time with my family and enjoying the outdoors, kayaking specifically. Impact you want to make on the world? I plan to spend my life doing my best to be a positive influence on those around me and to promote my peers to work hard and do their best. I hope to eventually become a teacher, and I think that is a great opportunity to have a positive impact on your community. Person you admire most? I admire my parents the most. It is from them that I got my determination and competitive nature. I have watched my parents work their whole lives to do the best for my siblings and me, and I have been learning that dedication throughout my life. Where would you travel? I would like to spend time exploring Eastern Europe, but Scotland and Germany also look delightfully interesting.

Will Wortman & Bailey Baxter Boyd Buchanan School, Student Body Co-Presidents Wortman: Favorite extracurricular activity? My role in the fine arts department, performing concerts, musicals, and art festivals for live audiences. Any education/career goals? I intend to major in kinesiology at UT Knoxville and then become a doctor of occupational therapy. Person you admire most? The ultimate example of Jesus in my life is my pre-calculus teacher, Mrs. Jennifer Brewer. She is pure light. What do you want to accomplish in life? My goals are love, happiness, and success. Baxter: Proudest accomplishment? Being selected to represent BBS as a Girls State delegate. Any education/career goals? Attend a four-year university and major in communication sciences and disorders in hopes of becoming a pediatric speech therapist. Lessons learned from leadership? People are always watching you. You are a leader to someone, even in your insignificant daily actions. Where would you travel? To Latin American countries to work as a missionary.

Elizabeth Francisco | Red Bank High School, Senior Class President Proudest accomplishment? One of my proudest accomplishments is that throughout these four years of high school, I was able to maintain good grades. I’m also proud of myself for being involved in multiple things such as Student Council, Beta Club, Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy, and Principal Advisory. Any education/career goals? I want to go to college to major in nursing and work my way up to become a neonatal nurse. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always dreamed of being a nurse. I would also like to minor in business. Person you admire most? My mom, Inelda Francisco. I admire her because she’s always been two parents in one for me. Although it was hard growing up in a single-parent household, she always strived to give me and my sister the best life possible. Where would you travel? Italy, for all the attractions and incredible art.

Eliezer Vicente | East Ridge High School, Student Body President Proudest accomplishment? Being the only senior who has been on the ERHS varsity soccer team all four years of high school. Favorite extracurricular activity? Playing soccer, running in cross-country, and being on the drill team in the JROTC department. Impact you want to make on the world? My biggest aspiration is to leave a positive impact on the world that encourages everyone to become their best. Lessons learned from leadership? It all starts with you, and the people who don’t believe in you give you another reason to work harder. Where would you travel? I want to travel to Ecuador, because that’s the country where my parents were born. What do you want to accomplish in life? I want to keep a good relationship with God, start my own business, and be successful. CS


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The holidays are filled with hot cocoa, caroling, laughter, and shared experiences with family and friends. Each year, many of Chattanooga’s venues and attractions celebrate the festive season in a magical way. Gather your loved ones and use our guide to discover all the holiday fun the Scenic City has to offer! Photos Courtesy of Rock City and Ruby Falls

Ruby Falls WHEN: Nov. 13-Dec. 31 (closed Dec. 25) CONTACT: rubyfalls.com or 423.821.2544 COST: $12.95-$32.95 Discover wonder and adventure this holiday season at Ruby Falls! The splendor of Christmas comes alive with magical views of the Cumberland Plateau, holiday decorations on the Village Plaza, and nighttime twinkling city lights. See intricate cave formations along the cavern trail on a Cave Walk to the thundering waterfall, or explore the beauty underground with hand-held lanterns illuminating the trail and waterfall on an after-hours Lantern Tour.

Ice on the Landing at the Choo Choo Gardens WHEN: Nov. 13-Jan. 25 CONTACT: iceonthelanding.com or 423.265.0771 COST: $10/adults; $8/children 12 and under This temporary outdoor rink, located in the historic Glenn Miller Outdoor Gardens at the

Chattanooga Choo Choo, gives the whole family a chance to experience the fun and nostalgia of open-air ice skating during the holiday season. Please visit the website for the schedule of operation and details for skating, party reservations, and special promotions!

Holidays Under the Peaks at the Tennessee Aquarium WHEN: Nov. 20-Dec. 31 CONTACT: tnaqua.org or 800.262.0695 COST: $34.95/adults; $21.95/ children 3-12 (regular admission) Spend the season enjoying the wonders of nature with the whole family. Before embarking on your underwater adventure, download a special holiday-themed activity sheet. Along the way, you’ll encounter an electric eel who uses his special skills to light a Christmas tree, and you may even encounter special, unannounced snow days for the otters and penguins. SCUBA Claus will be making virtual appearances during a series of wonder-filled Facebook live events.





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Holiday Lights at the Chattanooga Zoo

Holiday Happenings at the Creative Discovery Museum

North Pole Limited at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum WHEN: Nov. 21-Dec. 27 CONTACT: tvrail.com or 423.894.8028 COST: $35

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Visit the North Pole with the help of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum! A Chattanooga tradition since 1999, the magical train journey features lighted displays and a homemade chocolate chip cookie with hot chocolate, while children receive a keepsake boarding pass and bell. Each group will also receive a special keepsake ornament. This family-friendly excursion is 60 minutes and departs from the Grand Junction Station.

Holiday Happenings at the Creative Discovery Museum WHEN: Nov. 21-Feb. 21

Rock City’s Enchanted Garden of Lights WHEN: Nov. 20-Jan. 2 (closed Christmas Eve) CONTACT: seerockcity.com or 706.820.2531 COST: Check out the online calendar for nightly event pricing. In its 26th year, Rock City’s award-winning Enchanted Garden of Lights is a holiday tradition for all. Delight in over a million


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sparkling lights as you venture through the realms of wonder! Decorate a gingerbread cookie in Downtown Yule Town before experiencing the icy lights of the Arctic Kingdom and the digital enchantment of the Magic Forest’s dancing trees. A visit to see Santa in his workshop and plenty of holiday treats, including hot cocoa, kettle corn, homemade fudge, and beer from Chattanooga Brewing, are also in store. Tickets are sold online only, and admission begins at 5 p.m.

CONTACT: cdmfun.org or 423.756.2738 COST: $15.95 for ages 2 and up Creative Discovery Museum kicks off the winter season with the return of its “brrrilliant” exhibit, Winter Wonders! Navigate the Blizzard Pool Noodle Maze, slip and slide on the Sock Skating Rink, explore a cozy cottage, and more. Visitors can also make sweet memories at CDM’s Gingerbread Workshops on weekends Nov. 27-Dec. 30. Sweets and cleanup are provided, while guests create the masterpiece! Registration is required.





Polar Express 3D at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater

Southern Belle and Pier 2 Holiday Events

WHEN: Nov. 27-Dec. 27 CONTACT: tnaqua.org or 800.262.0695 COST: $11.95/adults; $9.95/ children ages 3-12

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This year, screenings of The Polar Express 3D return to the IMAX 3D Theater on Nov. 27. For years, families have flocked to the Tennessee Aquarium to watch a doubting boy’s incredible journey to the North Pole and a lifelong belief in the impossible. Showings of this modern classic will continue through Dec. 27. As always, this heart-warming film is best enjoyed while wearing pajamas, which are the encouraged (but not required) dress code.

Southern Belle and Pier 2 Holiday Events WHEN: Nov. 27-Dec. 31 CONTACT: chattanoogariverboat. com or 423.266.4488

Holiday Events at the Choo Choo WHEN: Nov. 25-Jan. 1 CONTACT: choochoo.com or 423.266.5000

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The Chattanooga Choo Choo decorates in grand style for the holidays. Beginning Nov. 25, check out Hamilton County’s biggest Christmas tree inside the hotel’s historic lobby. Other festive activities include Ice on the Landing in the Glenn Miller Gardens. Partake in seasonal delicacies at the local bars and restaurants, or even stay overnight for a cozy holiday staycation.

Holiday Windows at EPB (Virtual Experience) WHEN: Nov. 25-Jan. 4 CONTACT: epb.com/holiday2020

COST: FREE Honoring the European tradition of an outdoor holiday market, Bluff View Art District offers a unique alternative to the bustle of Black Friday shopping. See local pastry chefs, bakers, coffee roasters, and a French chocolatier create festive treats. Live Christmas music will be playing from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and shopping specials can be found throughout the district.

Grand Illumination Boat Parade WHEN: Nov. 27 CONTACT: erwinmarinesales.com or 423.266.1316



EPB’s annual holiday window display is

Dozens of festively decorated boats will parade along the Tennessee River in the annual Grand Illumination and Lighted Boat Parade. Head on down to the Riverfront Friday evening to watch the procession travel from the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club under the Walnut Street Bridge.

going virtual in 2020! On Nov. 25 at 5 p.m., EPB will host a live virtual event to unveil its holiday windows. The festive displays can be enjoyed online all season long by visiting epb.com/holiday2020.


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COST: Visit the website. Christmas is in the air at the Southern Belle, where scenic cruises are a great way to celebrate the holidays. Choose from several seasonal cruises including Thanksgiving on the River, Christmas Carol Dinner Cruises, ‘Tis the Season Luncheons, and New Year’s Eve on the River. Each event features a special menu, entertainment, and breathtaking views of the Tennessee River.

Collegedale Holiday Market WHEN: Nov. 28-29 CONTACT: collegedalemarket.com or 423.648.2496 COST: FREE Shop local at the Collegedale Holiday Market, located at The Commons in Collegedale. Over Thanksgiving weekend, patrons can find artisan foods and fine arts and crafts, including jewelry, woodworks, soaps, and other personal care products. Start the season with one-of-a-kind gifts, a wood-burning fire, and lots of holiday cheer.

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Christmas Open House at the Georgia Winery WHEN: Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19

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CONTACT: georgiawines.com or 706.937.9463 COST: FREE Make a dent in your Christmas shopping list with a visit to the Georgia Winery’s Christmas Open House. Every Saturday before Christmas beginning Nov. 28, guests can enjoy hot mulled wine and refreshments while they browse for unique gifts and gourmet food products. Premade gift baskets are also available.

A Classic Christmas in Cleveland WHEN: Dec. 4-5 CONTACT: mainstreetcleveland.com or 423.479.1000 COST: FREE

Photo by Bonnie McGhee Photography

Each year, downtown Cleveland welcomes crowds for A Classic Christmas. On Dec. 4, a community singing and tree lighting will open the holiday season, with the presentation to begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Post Office. On Dec. 5, the Christmas parade will depart from Bradley Central High School and showcase lighted floats and local marching bands.

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play WHEN: Dec. 4-6, 10-13, 17-20 CONTACT: theatrecentre.com or 423.267.8534 COST: $25/adults; $15/students The Chattanooga Theatre Centre will perform this beautiful adaptation of Frank Capra’s classic holiday film over three weekends in December. Directed by Chuck Tuttle, the ensemble cast of five will be playing a few dozen roles to tell the story of the idealistic George Bailey. Extensive safety protocols are in place, and tickets are being sold online.

Photo Courtesy of Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum

Chattanooga Holiday Market


WHEN: Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 19-20 CONTACT: chattanoogamarket.com or 423.648.2496 COST: FREE

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More than 200 local vendors will gather in the Chattanooga Convention Center for this annual holiday market, open on three separate weekends! With unique gifts ranging from pottery and art to festive food, locally made apparel, wood furniture, and more, there is a present waiting for every person on your list. Hot cocoa and live performances are all part of this shopping tradition.

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Holiday Lights at the Chattanooga Zoo WHEN: Dec. 10-12, 17-19

New Year’s Eve Dinner Train departs from Grand Junction Station and travels at a leisurely pace toward urban East Chattanooga. Patrons will have their

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choice of fabulous entrees, tomato bisque,

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seasonal vegetables, bread, and dessert.

Holiday Lights offers guests the opportunity to see the Chattanooga Zoo completely transformed with sparkling lights for the season. Visit your favorite animals and watch them open presents, and then enjoy walking around with family and friends in the winter wonderland!

Departure times are 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.

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Polar Express 3D at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater

WHEN: Dec. 31 CONTACT: 423.266.4121 COST: $600/couple to its all-inclusive New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve Dinner Train WHEN: Dec. 31 CONTACT: tvrail.com or 423.894.8028 COST: $90 and up, varies by train car Ring in the new year with a three-course dining experience aboard a restored 1924 dining car. An annual event at the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum, the

Mask-erade Party! The party will be limited to 50 couples and include overnight accommodations. Start the evening off at 8 p.m. with a threecourse dinner for two, followed by a celebration – featuring an open bar and entertainment from DJ Ellis + Party Favors – to remember. Dress to impress; fashionable masks are encouraged.

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We are a “relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives”. The American Heart Association is not just a charity. We are crusaders, innovators, scientists and partners. We have more than 40 million volunteers and supporters. We’re the nation’s leader in CPR education and training and help people understand the importance of healthy lifestyle choices. We educate healthcare professionals, policymakers and the public as we advocate for changes to build a culture of health for all. We’ve made dramatic progress in improving health and reducing death from cardiovascular diseases and stroke, but we still need you to join us and improve the health of our community for our loved ones and future generations.

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Northside Neighborhood House The Impact You’ll Make: Northside Neighborhood House (NNH) aims to provide education and assistance to residents of various area neighborhoods north of the river, and in NNH’s 96-year history, the help of generous donors has never been more crucial. With a 296% increase in dollars spent on utilities, contributions are needed to help NNH keep the lights and water on for Chattanooga families. Donors can also help NNH meet basic needs through its CommUNITY School program, which serves students and their families at six Hamilton County schools by contributing to physical, social, and emotional needs. Learn more at nnhouse.org | 423.267.2217 How to Donate: Mail: P.O. Box 4086, Chattanooga, TN 37405 | Online: nnhouse.org/donate

Chambliss Center for Children The Impact You’ll Make: Your gift to Chambliss Center for Children will make a big impact in the Chattanooga community by helping provide early childhood education and 24/7 childcare to primarily lowincome and single-parent families. The organization also provides residential care for children who’ve been removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect and transitional living for teens aging out of foster care. Learn more at chamblisscenter.org | 423.698.2456 How to Donate: Mail: 315 Gillespie Road, Chattanooga, TN 37411 | Online: chamblisscenter.org | Text: “ilovekids” to 243-725


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Chattanooga Area Food Bank The Impact You’ll Make: Making a gift to the Chattanooga Area Food Bank makes a difference to someone struggling with hunger. YOU become the reason your neighbors can make a holiday meal with their family and loved ones. Because $1 helps to provide 4 meals, your gift makes an immediate impact by providing food and hope to our neighbors in need. Chattanooga Area Food Bank was able to distribute over 14 million meals last year to the 1 in 5 children, families, and seniors who are facing hunger, and 97 cents of every dollar donated supports the organization’s mission and programs. Learn more at chattfoodbank.org | 423.622.1800

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Give Powerfully.

Together, We Can End Hunger.

How to Donate: Mail: 2009 Curtain Pole Road, Chattanooga, TN 37406 | Online: chattfoodbank.org

Cempa Community Care The Impact You’ll Make: No matter the amount, every donation directly impacts client services so that Cempa can help all people, with all illnesses obtain the best care for themselves and their loved ones without question or judgment. Thanks to donors, Cempa is able to champion healthy communities by providing affordable, compassionate, and high-quality care through advancing comprehensive support services and person-centered best practices. Donations contribute to the development and growth of several client services and outreach programs that help Cempa build trust in the community. Learn more at cempa.org | 423.648.9913

S E RVICE S I NCLU D E Primary Medical Care Behavioral Health Services Medical Case Management Infectious Disease Care


How to Donate: Mail: 1000 E. Third Street, Suite 300, Chattanooga, TN 37403 | Online: cempa. org | Text: CEMPA to 423.205.7110 CityScopeMag.com




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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga The Impact You’ll Make: Gifts to Big Brothers Big Sisters go to ignite the potential in youth through the power of 1:1 mentoring. Pairing youth up with mentors to be a role model and mentor helps inspire them to achieve their full potential. In addition to mentoring services, over the past few months, our staff have helped connect over 150 of our families with critical resources such as meals, technology, and financial assistance. Learn more at bbbschatt.org | 423.698.8016

We are all adjusting to a world no one could have predicted. Throughout all of this, Big Brothers Big Sisters' mentoring program has not stopped. Over 90% of our families shared that we were the first organization to reach out to offer support.

How to Donate: Mail: 2015 Bailey Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404 | Online: bbbschatt.org

Hosanna Community The Impact You’ll Make: Blind since birth, Susan lived with a foster family for over 40 years. When that arrangement was no longer an option, she had few choices that would allow her a good quality of life. In 1998, she came to live at Hosanna, where she has her own room, attends church weekly, volunteers twice a week, and enjoys attending local musical events. Similar to most of the residents, Susan is on a fixed income. Donations allow residents to receive financial aid and enjoy a modest rent due to substantial monthly subsidizing of Hosanna’s operating costs. Learn more at hosannacommunity.org | 423.870.6880 How to Donate: Mail: P.O. Box 958, Hixson, TN 37343 | Online: hosannacommunity.org


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INDEPENDENT LIVING COMMUNITY For Adults with Disabilities This is Susan. Because of your donations, Hosanna’s mission to foster independence for adults with disabilities while living together in community is a reality for individuals like Susan.


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Erlanger Foundation The Impact You’ll Make: The generosity of donors allows Erlanger Foundation to pursue enhancements in care through funding for capital improvements in facilities, the purchase of cutting-edge equipment and technology, and support for programs that benefit all patients by providing additional support alongside the clinical care they receive. Examples of such impact include the chaplaincy program, the construction of the Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Kennedy Outpatient Center, and psychosocial support efforts like Child Life Specialists and programs like the healthy eating and active lifestyle programs. Learn more at erlangerfoundation.org | 423.778.6600 How to Donate: Mail: 975 East Third Street, Suite B-508, Chattanooga, TN 37403 | Online: erlangerfoundation.org/give

Signal Centers The Impact You’ll Make: Signal Centers is proud to partner with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to provide books to young children in Hamilton County. Children from birth to age five receive one book a month delivered to their home at no cost to their family. Donations give families the means to read to their children, which is about more than literacy – it’s about making memories with their loved ones. Establishing traditions of reading together helps children feel safe and instills a love of learning. Learn more at signalcenters.org | 423.698.8528

Your donation

ADVANCING HEALTH As a not-for-profit hospital, Erlanger Urology depends on philanthropic support to continue our life-enhancing, life-saving work. Please donate at erlangerfoundation.org/give.

"You can never get enough books into the hands of enough children."

How to Donate: Online: signalcenters.org





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A Step Ahead Chattanooga The Impact You’ll Make: A Step Ahead Chattanooga envisions a world where women become pregnant on their terms, enabling them, their families, and communities to thrive. With changing fertility preferences resulting from the pandemic, the need for A Step Ahead’s services is at an all-time high. Higher upfront costs can make the most effective forms of birth control inaccessible for uninsured or under-insured women. A donation of any amount will help make these birth control methods available to all women in our community, regardless of income or insurance. Learn more at astepaheadchattanooga.org | 423.265. STEP (7837) How to Donate: Mail: A Step Ahead Chattanooga, P.O. Box 4212, Chattanooga, TN 37405 | Online: astepaheadchattanooga. org/donate | Text: “investinwomen” to 833.969.0625

Emily’s Power for a Cure The Impact You’ll Make: Emily’s Power for a Cure helps Chattanoogaarea families pay for medicines and treatments not covered by insurance. Donations to Emily’s Power for a Cure also help provide meals and transportation for local families and fund new research to find a cure. A contribution not only gets one step closer to a solution for children who are currently fighting neuroblastoma, it also provides hope to children who have previously battled the disease and their families. By participating in the organization’s Hope Lives Here campaign, donors will receive a yard sign in exchange for a $50 donation that signifies their contribution to the fight against neuroblastoma. Learn more at emilyspowerforacure.com | 423.309.7836 How to Donate: Mail: Emily’s Power for a Cure, P.O. Box 1387, Hixson, TN 37343 | Online: emilyspowerforacure.com


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Help women take control of their future

A Step Ahead Chattanooga removes barriers to contraception through education, outreach, and access to free birth control.


What Is Neuroblastoma? Neuroblastoma is a type of childhood cancer that develops in immature nerve cells within the sympathetic nervous system.



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Tennessee River Gorge Trust The Impact You’ll Make: The Tennessee River Gorge Trust (TRGT) works diligently to provide access to more than 17,000 acres within the Tennessee River Gorge while studying the ecosystem to ensure its health. With your support, TRGT can maintain the Tennessee River Gorge as a healthy, accessible, and protected place for the community and visitors for generations to come. Learn more at trgt.org | 423.266.0314 How to Donate: Mail: 1214 Dartmouth Street, Chattanooga, TN 37405 | Online: trgt.org/donate

Orange Grove Center The Impact You’ll Make: Financial gifts to Orange Grove guarantee the success of their mission to recognize, support, and celebrate the qualities of the individual. Orange Grove’s goal is to maximize the opportunities each individual has to participate fully in every aspect of our community. Serving 1,000 people in Tennessee and North Georgia, Orange Grove’s person-centered programs are holistic in their approach to helping people with intellectual or developmental disabilities (IDD) build the lives they want to live. As a community, everyone’s lives are enriched by investing in the success of others. Learn more at orangegrovecenter.org | 423.629.1451 How to Donate: Mail: 615 Derby Street, Chattanooga, TN 37404 | Online: orangegrovecenter.org

Serving adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1953 615 DERBY STREET | CHATTANOOGA, TN 37404 423.629.1451 | DEVELOPMENT@ORANGEGROVE.ORG





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United Way of Greater Chattanooga The Impact You’ll Make: In a year like no other, the greater Chattanooga area has had to overcome and adapt in unimaginable ways due to the impact of COVID-19 and the Easter tornadoes. United Way of Greater Chattanooga’s collective goal is to address the city’s greatest challenges in the midst of the 2020 pandemic. By donating to the Neediest Cases Fund, contributors make a direct impact by helping to provide assistance for those who are experiencing urgent needs for things such as food, housing, utilities, transportation, and more. Moments of crisis can happen to anyone, and this year has been an example of just that. Learn more at unitedwaycha.org | 423.752.0300

By donating to United Way of Greater Chattanooga, you are making a direct impact towards those who are in the highest need. Donate today. Unitedwaycha.org/give

How to Donate: Mail: 630 Market Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402 | Online: unitedwaycha.org/give

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga The Impact You’ll Make: During this banner year, Girls Inc. celebrates great strides in serving girls across Chattanooga. From the new Virtual Learning Center and on-site access to a certified mental health professional and virtual afterschool programs, generous community donors help the organization meet the needs of girls today. Girls Inc. is celebrating 60 years of helping strong, smart, bold girls realize their potential and ensure they don’t slip through the cracks. Learn more at girlsincofchatt.org | 423.624.4757 How to Donate: Mail: 4505 Brainerd Road, Suite 110, Chattanooga, TN 37411 | Online: girlsincofchatt.org | Text: “GIRLSINC” to 243-725


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Celebrating 60 years of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga in 2021!

Girls Inc. always has been and always will be

ALL ABOUT THE GIRLS. girlsincofchatt.org 423.624.4757 girlsincofchatt girlsincchatt


Ta n k Tr i p s ‘Tis the season to be jolly, so grab your loved ones and spread some holiday cheer at festive events throughout the Southeast! From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Music City, majestic winter wonderlands offer enchanting activities and celebrations for all. The best part? They’re only a short drive away.

“A Country Christmas” at Gaylord Opryland Resort Photo Courtesy of Gaylord Opryland Resort





Blue Ridge Scenic Railway “Santa Express” Train WHEN: Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 5-6, 12-13, 1923 WHERE: 241 Depot Street CONTACT: brscenic.com or 877.413.8724

Blue Ridge Scenic Railway “Santa Express” Train

COST: $52/adults; $35/children 2-12; FREE/ children under 2 Catch the Santa Express for an hour-long train ride filled with Christmas carols, storytelling, and tons of fun. Every child receives a Blue Ridge Scenic Railway sleigh bell and a candy cane! Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for visits and photos at the festively decorated caboose at the depot before and after the trip.

Light Up Blue Ridge WHEN: Nov. 28 WHERE: Downtown Blue Ridge CONTACT: lightupblueridge.info or 706.258.2432 COST: FREE A day full of Christmas cheer, Light Up Blue Ridge has something for the whole family – from strolling Christmas entertainment and food vendors to Santa in the park. Gingerbread Village will be open to the public Nov. 27 through Dec. 13, while Nov. 27, Blue Friday, will feature store discounts at many downtown merchants.


Dec. 4, 5, 11, and 12 and the Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade on Dec. 5.

Adairsville, GA

Dahlonega, GA Helen, GA

Holiday Lights at Barnsley Resort WHEN: Nov. 29-Jan. 3

Dahlonega’s 2020 Old-Fashioned Christmas


WHERE: Barnsley Resort

WHEN: Nov. 27-Jan. 10

WHEN: Nov. 28-29 and Dec. 5-6

CONTACT: barnsleyresort.com or 770.773.7480

WHERE: Downtown Dahlonega

WHERE: Downtown Marktplatz

COST: $20/adults; $10/children 6-12; FREE/ children under 5 Take a stroll through the historic Manor House Ruins, gardens, and entire Barnsley Resort village decorated with more than 1 million holiday lights. Garden hours will be extended until 8 p.m. to take advantage of the seasonal display. A special “Warm & Cozy” offer is also available for those wishing to stay overnight. For day visitors, it is recommended to call in advance to confirm availability.


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CONTACT: dahlonegachristmas.com or

CONTACT: helenchamber.com or





Experience “the most wonderful time of

The Helen Chamber of Commerce will host

the year” in historic Dahlonega, where an

its 13th Annual Christkindlmarkt, a traditional

entire month of activities are prepared

German event, over two weekends in 2020.

for visitors and residents alike. On Nov.

Offering everything from unique gifts and

27, the magic begins at 6 p.m. with the

decorations to an assortment of savory and

Lighting of the Square and Tree. In addition

sweet foods, drinks, and candied treats, this

to carriage rides and Santa visits, notable

event promises plenty of festive Alpine cheer

events include the Christmas Market on

in the center of Helen, Georgia.

Photo Courtesy of Blue Ridge Scenic Railway


Above: Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood Right: Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Stone Mountain, GA

Stone Mountain Christmas WHEN: Nov. 14-Jan. 3 WHERE: Stone Mountain Park CONTACT: stonemountainpark.com or 800.401.2407 COST: $34.95/adults; $29.95/children With old favorites and all-new experiences, Stone Mountain Christmas is fun for all. A delightful cast of characters makes up the Snow Angel’s Christmas Parade, while a Musical Frosted Forest mesmerizes with beautiful lights, sights, and sounds. Take part in a special visit with Santa, then check out one of several unique live shows to get you in the Christmas spirit.

Nashville, TN

“A Country Christmas” at Gaylord Opryland Resort WHEN: Nov. 13-Jan. 3 WHERE: Gaylord Opryland Resort CONTACT: christmasatgaylordopryland. marriott.com or 615.889.1000 COST: Prices vary by event. A Country Christmas is a Nashville tradition boasting 3 million twinkling lights and activities galore! Guests can experience ice tubing, gingerbread decorating, ice skating, carriage rides, scavenger hunts, and so much more. I Love Christmas Movies™, an immersive pop-up experience, opens Nov. 13 and includes replicas from your favorite holiday films.

Photos Courtesy of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens, Dollywood

Holiday LIGHTS at Cheekwood WHEN: Nov. 20-Jan. 10 WHERE: Cheekwood Estate & Gardens CONTACT: cheekwood.org or 615.356.8000 COST: $16-18/adult members; $12-14/ youth members; $26-28/adult nonmembers; $20-22/youth non-members (Advanced, timed-entry tickets are required for all guests.) Savor the sights and sounds of the season at Cheekwood’s Holiday LIGHTS. With more than a million lights glowing throughout the 55 acres of botanical gardens, along with a Reindeer Village, Children’s Wonderland, Nutcrackers in the Mansion, and holiday workshops, your family is sure to make lasting holiday memories.






Back in Blue Rail Jam WHEN: Nov. 20 WHERE: Ober Gatlinburg CONTACT: obergatlinburg.com or 865.436.5423 COST: FREE for spectators Ober Gatlinburg Ski Area previews the ski season with an Ober Gatlinburg Freestyle Terrain Park Rail Jam in the Snow Tubing Park. The annual event – taking place from 3 until 11 p.m. – is open to anyone who wants to get the season started early. Spectators can look forward to prizes, music, and local vendors.

Great Smoky Thanksgiving & Christmas Arts & Crafts Show

Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees

WHEN: Nov. 24-Dec. 6 WHERE: Gatlinburg Convention Center CONTACT: gatlinburg.com or 865.430.4148 COST: FREE Find unique handcrafted gifts made by members of the Great Smoky Arts & Crafts Community at this annual show at the Gatlinburg Convention Center. Gorgeous quilts, old-fashioned straw brooms, woven baskets, hand-dipped scented candles, stuffed bears, leather vests, and handmade jewelry are just a few of the offerings that await!


Club of the Smoky Mountains. The event

Pigeon Forge, TN

begins daily at 10 a.m.

New Year’s Eve Ball Drop & Fireworks Show

Dollywood’s Smoky Mountain Christmas

Gatlinburg’s Festival of Trees

WHEN: Dec. 31

WHEN: Nov. 7-Jan. 3

WHEN: Nov. 25-29

WHERE: Historic Nature Trail

WHERE: Dollywood

WHERE: Gatlinburg Convention Center

CONTACT: gatlinburg.com or 800.588.1817

CONTACT: dollywood.com or 1.800.365.5996

CONTACT: gatlinburgfestivaloftrees.com or 865.430.4148


COST: Prices vary by event.

Count down to 2021 in downtown Gatlinburg

Dollywood’s award-winning festival is


at the Annual New Year’s Eve Ball Drop. At the

home to millions of lights, heartwarming

Dozens upon dozens of ornately decorated Christmas trees await visitors in this winter wonderland at Gatlinburg Convention Center’s W.L. Mills Conference Center. Presented by Gatlinburg Hilton Garden Inn, the Festival of Trees benefits Boys and Girls

stroke of midnight, fireworks will blast off the

shows, and a winter wonderland featuring a

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rooftop of the 400-foot-tall Space Needle,

50-foot Christmas tree. Explore Wildwood

accompanied by special music and a rhythmic

Grove and Glacier Ridge, see holiday stories

LED light display. Many restaurants and

unfold on stage, and sip a mug of hot

businesses will be offering celebration specials

chocolate as you take in all that Dollywood

in honor of the new year.

has to offer.

Photo Courtesy of Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau


Seasonal Selections Events with Taste La Cabriole Rodizio Grill Totto Sushi & Grill


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Tbe Chef ’s Choice


Specialty Skewers Tomahawk steak, bone-in pork chop, and bacon-wrapped filet mignon, served with feijoada, pão de queijo, and tomato salad topped with balsamic vinegar


Thank you for your support & voting us Best Buffet and runner up for Best Dining Experience and Best Steakhouse!

Celebrate Your Holidays With Us! Private Salad/Hot Bar Customizable Menu • Large Rooms • Ample Parking Call for details (423) 498-3999

“Simple, delicious, and notably tender cuts of Tomahawk steak, bone-in pork chop, and bacon-wrapped filet make for a perfect winter meal at Rodizio Grill Hamilton Place.”

Locally owned & operated by


Photos by Rich Smith





Tbe Chef ’s Choice


Hamachi (Yellowtail) Platter

Thank you for your support & voting us the

Yellowtail sashimi, seared yellowtail nigiri, yellowtail maki, and a Hamachi Roll (yellowtail, cucumber, scallion/yellowtail, avocado, hot sauce, and Goma sauce)

“Best Sushi” again this year!

Also, thank you for making us Runner Up for Best Japanese Restaurant! We are committed to continue to bring you excellent food and dining experiences!

TottoNooga.com 330 Frazier Ave. Suite 124 423.508.8898 Locally owned & operated by

“Hamachi (yellowtail) is a fairly fatty fish with a rich but light, slightly sweet taste and numerous health benefits. When paired with rice and seaweed, it creates a highly nutritious and wellbalanced meal.” - CHEF SHAWN LEE


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Tbe Chef ’s Choice


Not Your Mama’s Green Bean Casserole Blistered green beans, creamy wild mushrooms, and crispy shallots

TOSS THE SAUCE PRE-ORDER YOUR HOLIDAY MEAL TODAY Cranberry sauce has its place, but put one of our creations in front of family or guests and tradition takes on a whole new meaning.

“I just love that ‘quintessential’ Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, corn, cranberry sauce … all the things! It is such a comforting soulful menu. Why do we only make it at the holidays?”

423-508-8023 EWTCATERS.COM


Photo Courtesy of Maycreate





Tbe Chef ’s Choice


Salmon Gravlax Filet of salmon cured with salt, sugar, and fresh dill, served finely sliced with capers, caviar, or your choice of condiments

Authentic French Cuisine Planning


t h e h o l i d ay s ?

— Join us the weekend before Thanksgiving for the Beaujolais Nouveau and reserve your holiday parties with us! Enjoy incredible French dishes, great company, and an intimate atmosphere.

1 3 4 1 B u rg e s s r d . C h a t ta n o o g a , t n 423 . 821 .0350 laCaBrioleusa.Com

“This dish originated from the cold fjords of Norway where salmon is abundant. The Vikings found a method of preservation by curing and burying it under the sand. It is a festive complement to traditional holiday meals.” - CHEF PHILIPPE GEHIN


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Photos by Emily Pérez Long

Best Overall Restaurant: Whitebird Best Geographically Downtown: ....................................................................................TIE: Hennen’s and Whitebird Southside: .......................................................................................................................................Alleia Northshore: ...................................................................................................................... Food Works Brainerd: ................................................................................................Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine Cleveland: ......................................................................................................................................... True East Ridge: ............................................................................................................................Champy’s Hamilton Place Area: ..............................................................................................J. Alexander’s Hixson: .................................................................................................................................... SideTrack Ooltewah: ................................................................................................................................1885 Grill Red Bank: ......................................................................................................................... Mojo Burrito Best Specialty Cuisine Chinese: .................................................................................................................................... Formosa Contemporary American: .......................................................................................... Easy Bistro French: ............................................................................................................. St. John’s Restaurant Indian: ................................................................................................................. Sitar Indian Cuisine Italian: .......................................................................................................................................... Il Primo Japanese: .............................................................................................................. Totto Sushi & Grill Mediterranean: ...........................................................................................................Acropolis Grill Mexican/Tex Mex (Local):................................................................................ Taco Mamacita Mexican/Tex Mex (Natl. Chain): ........................................................................................Chuy’s Thai:..........................................................................................................Sweet Basil Thai Cuisine Other (Spanish/German/Middle Eastern): ......................................................................Opa!

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BEST R E S TA U R A N T 2020

Best Specific Foods & Drinks Appetizers: ..............................................................................................................................1885 Grill Barbecue: .................................... TIE: Edley’s Bar-B-Que and Charlie’s BBQ & Bakery Beer List:.....................................................................................................................Tremont Tavern Burrito:................................................................................................................................ Mojo Burrito Coffee House:....................................................................................................................Mean Mug Cocktails: ......................................................................................................................Whiskey Thief Dessert:...................................................................................................... Hillbilly Willy’s Bar-B-Q Fried Chicken: .....................................................................................................................Champy’s Hamburger: ..............................................................................................................Tremont Tavern Hot Dog: .................................................................................................................................GOOD DOG Pizza (Local): ........................................................................................................... Community Pie Pizza (Natl. Chain): ..........................................................................................Mellow Mushroom Seafood: ...............................................................................Boathouse Rotisserie & Raw Bar Steak: ........................................................................................................................................Hennen’s Sushi:...................................................................................................................... Totto Sushi & Grill Vegetarian/Vegan: ..................................................................................Sluggo’s Vegan Café Wine List: ....................................................................................................... St. John’s Restaurant


Best Time of Day Breakfast (Local): ..........................................................................The Long Horn Restaurant Breakfast (Natl. Chain):............................................................................................... First Watch Late-Night Bite: ...........................................................................................The Big Chill and Grill Power Lunch: ................................................................................................................Public House Sunday Brunch:................................................................................................................. Whitebird

CityScope® magazine draws a name from all readers submitting a Best Restaurant ballot and treats the winner to dinner for two at the readers’ choice for best overall restaurant.

Best Miscellaneous New: ....................................................................................................TIE: Han-Mi and Nooga Bop Most Romantic: ...........................................................TIE: Alleia and St. John’s Restaurant Most Knowledgeable Service: ..................TIE: St. John’s Restaurant and Whitebird Place to Take the Whole Family: ................................................. Hillbilly Willy’s Bar-B-Q Best Deal for Your Buck: ............................................................The Long Horn Restaurant Old Time Favorite: ..........................................................................The Long Horn Restaurant Favorite Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests:........................ Hillbilly Willy’s Bar-B-Q


Dinner for Two at Whitebird

Congratulations to Tiffany Morrison! She and a guest will enjoy dinner at Whitebird.





Holiday Blessings The holiday season is a time when we reflect on our many blessings, and one of the most precious is the gift of a child. CityScopeÂŽ magazine celebrates this gift of life with snapshots of area children celebrating the joy of the season.





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Macon, Maddox, and Mackenzie, children of Michelle Hisey, human resources business partner at Kenco Group, and Matt Hisey, tax partner at Mauldin & Jenkins


Mary Eleanor, Ann, and Katherine, daughters of Matt Gibson, president and CEO of Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, and Sarah Gibson, chattanoogamoms.com contributor


Lillian and James, children of Carolyn Ritchie, mechanical engineer at Advanced Energy Engineering & Design, and John Ritchie, PWR fuels engineering manager at TVA



Lucy and Henry, children of Bill Taylor, associate professor of sociology at Chattanooga State Community College, and Ann Katherine Taylor, associate director of college counseling, dormitory parent, and dean of student academics for grades 11 and 12 at Baylor School



Ella Kate, daughter of John Michael Geeslin, application analyst at Erlanger Health System, and Lindsey Geeslin, advanced emergency medical technician at Chattanooga Allergy Clinic


Will, son of Samuel Abbas, primary care physician at Parkridge Medical Group, and Anna Claire Abbas, RN at Center for Sports Medicine & Orthopaedics


Wrigley and Elouise, children of Kay Todd, stay-at-home mom, and Chris Todd, vice president of business development at Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC


Caroline, daughter of Greg O’Brien, senior market development representative at CHI Memorial, and Heather O’Brien, first-grade teacher at Normal Park Museum Magnet School


Parker and Morgan, children of Tyler Davis, driver with UPS of Chattanooga, and Rachel Davis, marketing director at AFC Urgent Care


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Charlotte Grace, Fischer, Cole, and Marshall, children of Bekah Cochran, team leader and realtor at Keller Williams Downtown, and Clay Cochran, business relations and development manager at Northwest Exterminating


Riley, Reese, and Reagan, daughters of Rachel Wilson, director of state and local tax at Life Care Centers of America, and Josh Wilson, development coordinator at Dalton State College


Henry and Aubrey, children of Jeffrey Marks, sales engineer at Rodgers-Turner & Associates Inc., and Caroline Marks, fifthgrade teacher at DuPont Elementary School





Harvesting Holiday Traditions BY CHRISTINA CANNON


or Dan Raulston, farming runs in the family. So, when he left a 30+-year career in the insurance industry to open a Christmas tree farm, it was no real surprise. Raulston, whose family owned a farm near South Pittsburg, Tennessee, spent his college years selling wholesale Christmas trees off of his family’s property for extra cash. Fast-forward to the early ’90s, and Raulston had acquired a different property that would later become home to Raulston Acres Christmas Tree Farm. “I had learned over the years that I enjoyed being my own boss,” explains Raulston. “I started a beef cattle operation on our farm in the early ’90s and spent years running that while working a full-time job managing an


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insurance agency. When prices for cattle started going down and prices for fuel and fertilizer started going up, I began looking for other things to do on the farm for income.” After visiting several tree farms, Raulston, alongside his wife Karen, decided to take the plunge. The cattle operation became less of a mainstay in the Raulstons’ lives, and Raulston Acres first opened to the public selling pre-cut trees in 2009. Three years later, the family was all-in, and the property had been transformed into a ‘choose and cut’ farm, which now offers Murray Cypress, Blue Ice Cypress, Virginia Pine, and Frasier Fir trees to choose from. “Of course, there was a learning curve. There is a lot to learn about starting and operating a tree farm that most

people don’t know,” says Raulston. “As our opening day approached, things got really busy. Even though we learned a lot from watching other farms, we also learned a lot on the fly.” In the early days, Raulston Acres’ employees consisted of family and friends who were willing to put in some long hours and a lot of hard work. “I’ve heard people say before that I’ve ‘retired to the farm,’ but that’s not exactly the case. Running a tree farm is hard work for five or six days a week for most of the year,” says Raulston. At the beginning of the year is when planting begins. April or May brings the fertilizing of all the trees, and the summer and early fall months are spent doing weed control and tediously mowing around the trees – no easy feat when you have 5,800 of them. The summer months are also when Raulston and his crew begin trimming and shaping trees into their Christmas tree outline. Spraying for unwanted fungus and pests is done from May to October, and once fall finally arrives, it’s time to get ready for opening day. Raulston typically spends the next couple of months working on the parking lot and organizing the sales barn, gift shop, and concession area, not to mention taking inventory and ramping up advertising. Although there’s no question maintaining the farm is a lot of work, Raulston wouldn’t have it any other way. “Of course, the farm is designed to provide some income, but I get the most joy out of seeing families take a tree that was grown here and make it a part of their Christmas tradition,” says Raulston. “Several families have sent me photos of one of our trees in their home and have told me how much they enjoy visiting the farm. That’s what keeps me motivated.” Despite the memories Raulston Acres helps create, running the business isn’t without its challenges. Time management, employee scheduling, and scaling the business model are some of Raulston’s top trials. “People don’t always think of it that way, but farming is very much a business, and in business, you have to be constantly moving. If you are not growing, you’re backing up,” explains Raulston. “I would like to see us continue our growth so long as we can stay with our core values of growing quality trees and providing opportunities for special Christmas memories. Maybe our children or grandchildren will want to continue the business later. Who knows? For now, we are having fun.” CS





Flavorful & Festive As we round out another year, it’s time to take pause and enjoy an added dose of holiday cheer. Perfect for a cozy night in or quality time spent with family and friends, these lavish libations are sure to leave you wanting more. Whether you’re looking for a down-to-earth smoky sip or a spiced or sparkling selection, we’ve got the bottle for you.

1 Ardbeg Wee Beastie You know what they say – the younger the scotch, the more powerful the smoke. At only 5 years old, Wee Beastie stands out among other Islay malts. This new offering from Ardbeg is matured in bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks for a unique flavor profile. Its nose is bright and herbal with hints of vanilla, pear, and pepper emerging. Rich like coffee or resin, this scotch finishes with an intriguing taste of chocolate and is excellent when paired with smoked or savory meats.

2 Woodford Reserve Double Oaked Matured in charred oak barrels, this full-bodied bourbon offers up flavors ideal for cooler weather. Vanilla, caramel, hazelnut, and apple are married with an array of spices, while on the nose, unique scents of sharp honey, toasted oak, and marzipan can be found. With a long and lingering creamy finish, this is the spirit to add to your lineup this winter.

3 Roederer Estate L’Ermitage Brut 2012 Hailing from the Anderson Valley in California, this Roederer Estate’s L’Ermitage brut is the perfect pick for special celebrations. It’s made from a near-equal blend of chardonnay and pinot noir and carries aromas of grilled peach and brioche. Fine bubbles meet layers of citrus and pomelo in this bright but rich and creamy wine.

4 Bertani Amarone Classico Created from an 80/20 blend of corvina veronese and rondinella grapes, Bertani’s Amarone Classico contains a delightfully complex host of flavors. The grapes are first dried on traditional bamboo cane racks before being crushed and fermented in concrete vats. Aged for roughly seven years in Slavonian oak barrels, this wine emerges a rich red color with marks of plum and cherry. These fruits give way to a spicy and nutty flavor with a hint of licorice. Berry and vanilla overtones balance the acidity and pair beautifully with red meat or mature cheese. CS


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