Work To Start On New Medical Office For Lookout Mountain, Ga.

Thursday, December 19, 2013 - by Matthew Smisson
The Lookout Mountain, Ga., City Councilman David Bennett announced Thursday night that Dr. Bill Moore Smith and Davo Devaney will break ground on Dr. Smith’s new office located behind the Methodist Church.  Construction is expected to be completed sometime during the summer of 2014. 
 
The city’s accountant, Paul Johnson, met with the council to discuss the year end financial standing.
  With a new infusion of SPLOST coming in 2014, the city will continue some of its capital projects such as continuing the last segment of the sidewalk to the state line.  After explaining the city’s finances, he said the city continues to operate in the black but only by a little more than $2,000.
 
City Manager Brad Haven announced that after years of work the project to complete the city’s stormwater and sewer mapping has been submitted to the Georgia database.  Mr. Haven is also working on getting a new heating system for the public works garage.  The expected cost is around $4,500 so he will be bidding out the project. 
 
Mayor Sandy Gothard announced that the art show that took place earlier in December on the front yard of city hall was a huge success. Beginning in February on the first weekend of every month a farmer’s market-type event will take place on Saturday and Sunday on the yard of city hall.  Many of the vendors who participated in December’s event will return and are excited about the upcoming events.  City employees have recently completed painting the exterior of city hall and replacing rotten wood.  This will serve as a moderate improvement until the city’s town center is completed. 
 
Following the council meeting the council and mayor hosted an appreciation dinner for all the city employees.  Councilwoman Taylor Watson gave a toast of appreciation to all the city employees, police and firefighters.  Councilman David Bennett spoke briefly and gave out a few gifts to city employees for their years of service. 
 
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

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Dunbar Promoted To Head Wrestling Job At Ooltewah

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Another Big Week For Chattanooga Football Club

More than 10,000 fans gathered at Finley Stadium last Saturday to see a 5-3 penalty kick win over Miami United.   CFC keeper Gregga Hartley made a save and scored the winning penalty kick, helping his team to advance to the national semifinals on Saturday.  They will host Sonoma County Sol at 7:30 in the comfy confines of "Fort Finley"  Chattanooga is the top ... (click for more)