Mayor Lambert Welcomes Garden Ridge To East Ridge

Friday, June 28, 2013

On behalf of the City of East Ridge, I want to extend a warm welcome to Garden Ridge upon the opening of its new store located on McBrien Road.  My family and I had the privilege of being the first customers to enter when the store officially opened at noon on Friday.  Needless to say, we were very impressed with the experience, and I am proud to count this major retailer as the newest member of our business community.

When Sears Essentials vacated this same site in 2009, the city immediately began working with the property owners to bring a new tenant to the 100,000+ square-foot building.  Those efforts were not in vain, as they ultimately helped to bring us to where we are today.  Economic development can be a slow process, but it is very encouraging to see positive results.  I firmly believe our city will see continued investment by new companies as well as reinvestment by existing businesses.

Mayor Brent Lambert


Bright Lights At Hamilton Place Mall

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Chattanooga firefighters battled a fully-involved structure fire in Hixson Monday night, and the incident involved at least one fatality.  Dr. Steve Cogswell with the Hamilton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the victim as Courtney D. Godwin, 25. Dr. Cogswell said Ms. Godwin died from smoke inhalation.   The first call to 911 Communications was received ... (click for more)

UTC Women Rally Past Austin Peay, 76-65

In post-game comments UTC sophomore Jasmine Joyner said the Mocs “needed to get tougher when we trailed (Austin Peay by nine) in the second half.” And tougher they got as the Gilbert sisters – Aryanna and Keiana -   on offense and Red Payne and Chelsey Shumpert on defense sparked a comeback for a 76-65 non-conference women’s basketball win at McKenzie Arena before an ... (click for more)

Ooltewah's Toser, Turner Set For TACA All-Stars

Ooltewah place-kicker Laszlo Toser and cheerleader Haley Turner, both seniors, will participate in the 2014 East-West All-Star football game at Tennessee Tech University on Dec. 12. Toser, the Owls’ record-setting kicker who is a Mr. Football finalist, will report on Tuesday night for practices leading up to the eighth annual game promoted by the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association. ... (click for more)