Vehicle Testing Station Schedule Announced For Holiday Season

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Vehicle emissions testing centers in Hamilton County (Chattanooga) will operate during special hours for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

Testing centers will be closed on Tuesday, Dec. 24 and Wednesday, Dec. 25 for the Christmas holiday, with all stations to resume testing on Thursday, Dec. 26 at their regular scheduled hours.

Additionally, all Hamilton County vehicle emissions testing centers will close on Wednesday, Jan. 1 for the New Year’s holiday, and will resume testing on Thursday, Jan. 2 at their regular scheduled hours. All testing centers will remain open until 3 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Tuesday, Dec. 31.

“Planning ahead helps keep waiting to a minimum,” said Prentiss Taylor, program manager for the Tennessee vehicle inspection program administered by Envirotest Systems. “It’s a good idea to take vehicles mid-week when testing volume is usually lighter and to avoid testing in the final days of the month.”

Envirotest, the world’s leading provider of vehicle emissions testing and inspection, has a contract with the State of Tennessee to test vehicles for the improvement of air quality in Hamilton County, in addition to four Middle Tennessee counties, as required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to meet the Clean Air Act.

“Vehicle emissions testing has proven effective in helping Tennessee improve its air quality,” Mr. Taylor said.

Normal hours of operation and testing center locations for Hamilton County are:

·         5206 Austin Road in Hixson, and 720 Eastgate Loop in Chattanooga are open Tuesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., and for both locations, Saturday 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and Monday.

·         1620 Riverfront Parkway and 7460 Bonnyshire Drive in Chattanooga are open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Saturday and Sunday.


Major General Leslie Carroll Speaks At The Armed Forces Day Luncheon May 2

Major General Leslie Carroll, chief of staff, U.S. Army Forces Command, will represent the Army as parade marshal in the 65th annual Chattanooga-Hamilton County Armed Forces Day Parade. He will then give the keynote address to several hundred civilian and military guests at the Armed Forces Day luncheon immediately following the parade.  His remarks will include information ... (click for more)

Ambi Artist Meeting Set For May 1

Ambi Artists is a “cross-pollinator” where creatives gather to reignite their creative spark. The meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at the Heritage House Arts and Civic Center, 1428 Jenkins Road, from 6-9 p.m. Typical get-togethers include writers and poets, fine artists and sculptors, photographers and filmmakers, just to name a few. Those attending are ... (click for more)

Berke Names Fred Fletcher, Of Austin, Tex., New Chattanooga Police Chief

Mayor Andy Berke announced on Thursday, Fred Fletcher of Austin, Tex., as his pick for Chattanooga Chief of Police. With 20 years of experience in law enforcement, Mr. Fletcher has served in an executive, command, or supervisory role for 12 years.  As commander in Region III of the Austin Police Department, Mr. Fletcher spearheaded community initiatives including a drug market ... (click for more)

Child, 23 Months, Found Dead In Crib With Fentanyl Patch On Back; Death Ruled Homicide

A 23-month-old Chattanooga boy has been found dead in his crib with a Fentanyl patch on his back. The death of Demarcus Bryant at 7655 Borris Dr. last month was ruled a homicide. An autopsy report says he died from "Fentanyl patch placed by someone else." Chattanooga Police are investigating. No one has yet been charged. The child was found face down in his crib. ... (click for more)

Use The Current Rail System Already In Place - And Response (2)

Why spend $20 million or more on an unproven system to run from the Southside of Chattanooga when we already have the beginnings of a system?  The question apparently has surfaced of why the Choo Choo City doesn't have a rail line. We do have a rail line with the Tennessee Valley RR Museum and their hardware. And they already make runs from the Southside to close to Enterprise ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: UAW Voices In Detroit

Today we are going to eavesdrop on somewhat of an open conversation that was held far to the north after the United Auto Workers surprisingly dropped a legal challenge with the National Labor Relations Board in Chattanooga the first thing on Monday morning. The NLRB judge certified the VW workers’ February vote to turn away the UAW at Chattanooga’s Volkswagen manufacturing plant ... (click for more)