Vehicle Testing To Resume May 28 Following Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

All auto emissions testing centers in Hamilton County (Chattanooga) will be closed on Saturday, May 25, and Monday, May 27, in observance of Memorial Day. All stations will resume testing on Tuesday, May 28, at their regular scheduled hours.

“Planning ahead helps keep waiting to a minimum,” said Prentiss Taylor, program manager for the Tennessee Vehicle Inspection program administrated by Envirotest Systems. “It’s a good idea to take vehicles on Wednesdays and Thursdays when testing volume is usually light 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 automobiles 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 to meet the Clean Air Act.

“Auto 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-Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. with Saturday hours from 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. for both locations.

1620 Riverfront Pkwy. and 7460 Bonnyshire Dr. in Chattanooga are open Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.


Lane Closures For Projects Start Saturday

ML King Boulevard will be closed for eastbound traffic between Market Street and Broad Street, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday.  This building maintenance project is scheduled for 10 hours, and the roadway will reopen at 6:30 p.m. that day.  Detours will be posted.  The 200 block of Market Street will be narrowed to one lane northbound for installation of a ... (click for more)

Wearables Is The July Exhibit At River Gallery

The Wearables exhibit featuring Jenny Threads by Jen Swearington, jewelry by Mary Lynn Portera and jewelry by Katie Rogers will be at River Gallery July 1-31.   There will be an opening reception on Saturday, July 9, from 5-7 p.m. with the artists.   River Gallery is at 400 E. Second St.  Review for the exhibit:  River Gallery's ... (click for more)

Family At Bedside Of Legendary Lady Vol Coach Pat Summitt

The family of legendary Lady Vol coach Pat Summitt was at her bedside on Sunday. Erin Freeman, of the Pat Summitt Foundation, released this statement: “On behalf of Pat Summitt’s family, we acknowledge the past few days have been difficult for Pat as her early onset dementia, ‘Alzheimer’s Type,’ progresses. "She is surrounded by those who mean the most to her and during ... (click for more)

Firefighters Put Out Fire In Compost Pile At City's Wood Recycling Center

Chattanooga firefighters were called to a fire at the city's wood recycling center on N. Hawthorne Street around noon on Sunday. Battalion Chief Don Bowman said the smoke and flames could be seen from several miles away.   Firefighters with five fire companies worked to get the blaze under control, using master streams from two aerials and some hand-held hoselines. The ... (click for more)

Improvements Needed At Entrance To Wilcox Tunnel

I am writing this letter to bring to your attention to a city traffic issue that needs to be addressed immediately, the sooner the better. I can see no large cost factor.   Recently, while as a concerned citizen, removing trash and litter from the entry/exit area of the Wilcox Tunnel on the side that runs into Chamberlain Avenue, I fully realized that this area could ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Where Will George Go?

George Will, easily one of the most respected conservative columnists in America and a Republican commentator, was a guest on Fox News Sunday yesterday when he made a very revealing statement. He announced he has left the Republican Party “for the same reason I joined it” and that he is not only disappointed by the party’s actions but its increasingly-inept leadership as well. ... (click for more)