Northside Neighborhood House Collects Supplies For Back-To-School Shop

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

For the third year, the Northside Neighborhood House (NNH) will be collecting school supplies for children of families living north of the river. Last year, the NNH served 177 children through their Back-to-School Shop and anticipate serving more than 200 students this year.

“We kept hearing from our clients that school supply costs were really adding up, and many parents were struggling to provide needed supplies for their children,” said Heather Jones, Assistant Director of the NNH. “Low income families already have so many stressors, and we wanted to provide a hand up as children start the new school year.”

From now until the last week of July, community members can drop off school supplies at the main NNH office (211 Minor Street) or either of the organization’s thrift stores (209 Minor Street or 241 Signal Mountain Road). The NNH Back-to-School Shop is unique because parents get to bring their children in and ‘shop’ for items from their grade and school specific supply list.

“The goal of the Back-to-School Shop is to support area schools by equipping families to provide the supplies their children need to excel in the classroom,” Jones says. “We know that parents want their children to be prepared for school but don’t always have the resources to do so. When parents and kids shop together, it shows children that their parents really value education.”

Area schools also recognize the benefits of the Back-to-School Shop. “My students get a great feeling of self-worth when they have their own supplies,” says Emma Martin, Special Education Teacher at Red Bank Middle School. “We really depend on our parents to provide the needed school supplies for children to come to school ready to learn and succeed, and the NNH provides that for our families.”

The School Supply Drive offers a great opportunity for businesses, church groups and civic clubs to give back. For more information about how to get involved, contact Heather at hjones@nnhouse.org or 267-2217



TN Promise Saturday Open House This Weekend At Chattanooga State

Scholarship Saturday Open House will take place this Saturday from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. at the amphitheater on the main campus of Chattanooga State Community College, 4501 Amnicola Hwy. Prospective students will be able to complete their admissions application, TN Promise application and FAFSA. Faculty and staff will be available to discuss areas of study and campus programs. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga State's Economic and Community Development Division Offers Non-Credit Classes

The Economic and Community Development Division at Chattanooga State Community College offers a variety of non-credit classes on a continual basis. Classes scheduled during the academic year are geared toward both working and non-working adults.  Offered on Tuesdays, Oct. 4 through Nov. 8, from 7-7:55 p.m., six sessions of Social Dancing will be offered for $69. No experience ... (click for more)

Commissioner Smedley Comes Up With Another $25,000 To Do Away With Porta Potties At East Hamilton

County Commissioner Sabrena Smedley has come up with another $25,000 to try to do away with porta potties at East Hamilton Middle/High School. She earlier pulled $100,000 from county funds for the project. Commissioner Smedley said the initial projected cost was $100,000, but the price tag has gone up. The money would be used to build a restroom facility and concession ... (click for more)

Investor Sues Dyer, Brennan For $37,500, Plus $1 Million Punitive Damages

A man who said he invested $37,500 with Douglas Dyer and James Brennan is suing them for that amount, plus attorney fees and $1 million punitive damages. The complaint in behalf of David T. Hardegree was filed in Circuit Court. Also sued were Alison Dyer and Carole Brennan as well as Broad Street Ventures. Mr. Hardegree said he turned over the money to the men for the purchase ... (click for more)

Jimmy Templeton Will Be Missed At The City Yards

If only we had known about the Chattanooga City Council's planned retirement send off for Jimmy Templeton of Public Works, the room would have been filled to overflowing with his friends and admirers - including me.   I have had the honor of knowing and working with Jimmy since the 1970's (and also knew his father "Big Jim").  Jimmy was a strong right hand for whoever ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vin Scully’s Last Time

It is said that the opening paragraph of my favorite ode to baseball should be the centerpiece for the canon of sports literature. It was written by former commissioner Bart Giamatti in "The Green Fields of the Mind,” a most marvelous essay to the last day of the regular season in the major leagues. “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in ... (click for more)