Picnooga Celebrates 5th Anniversary On Friday

Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Picnooga, a crowdfunded local history project, celebrates its fifth year on Jan. 18.  What started as a Facebook page sharing borrowed digital images of Chattanooga’s past became a physical archive with nearly 4,000 photographs and historical artifacts.  Since 2014, Picnooga has shared over 19,000 images online. Its Flickr account has over 5.9 million individual views.  In a partnership with DeepZoomChattanooga.com and the Tennessee State Library and Archives, Picnooga and its partners have published over 30,000 pages of searchable historical newspapers online.

Looking to the future of Chattanooga’s past, Picnooga officials announced in late 2018 initial plans for a physical historical venue that will highlight the area’s rich industrial history.
The Chattanooga Maker Center Museum of Industry will focus in 2019 on building a free mobile education program to benefit Hamilton County Schools and local community organizations. The future museum will offer Hamilton County students unlimited free admission.

Weekly online video conferences are being offered throughout the month of January and February.  Picnooga is inviting the public to attend to learn more about the Chattanooga Maker Center and to recruit volunteers and like-minded individuals for input about the educational outreach programs and museum.  Available dates for these online events can be found by visiting https://chattanoogamakercenter.eventbrite.com.  Registration is free but seats are limited for each date.  Also visit http://maker.center or http://chattanoogamuseum.org for more information about the Chattanooga Maker Center.  

Picnooga can be found at http://facebook.com/picnooga

Signal Mountain Genealogical Society Meets March 5

Wayne Shearer’s World War II Memoir, Part 9: Finally Getting A Taste Of Flying!

Picnooga Kicks Off 5th Year With 5 Rare Photos Of 1890s Chattanooga


The Signal Mountain Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday , March 5 , at the Walden Town Hall, 1836 Taft Highway. Refreshments will be served followed by a brief business meeting ... (click for more)

(Editor’s Note: Dr. Wayne Shearer, 94, is a retired optometrist and retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve now living in Hixson. In his early 90s, he decided to sit down and write from ... (click for more)

Five rare views of Chattanooga recently surfaced and were acquired by Picnooga, a local history project. Each image was taken in the early 1890s from a position on Cameron Hill by an amateur ... (click for more)


Memories

Signal Mountain Genealogical Society Meets March 5

The Signal Mountain Genealogical Society will meet at 1 p.m. on Tuesday , March 5 , at the Walden Town Hall, 1836 Taft Highway. Refreshments will be served followed by a brief business meeting and program. The speaker for the day will be Amy Petulla, the owner and founder of the Chattanooga Ghost Tours. She will present an exciting, fun, and chilling program entitled, "Haunted ... (click for more)

Wayne Shearer’s World War II Memoir, Part 9: Finally Getting A Taste Of Flying!

(Editor’s Note: Dr. Wayne Shearer, 94, is a retired optometrist and retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserve now living in Hixson. In his early 90s, he decided to sit down and write from memory and a few records he still possesses his recollections of going through Army Air Corps pilot training at several bases in the United States during World War II. A lifelong writer, ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Hamilton County Schools Closed On Friday; Other Schools Announce Closings Or Delays

Hamilton County Schools will be closed on Friday due to the amount of rain that has fallen in the last few hours and the amount expected between now and tomorrow. School-age child care will be open at seven locations from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. to assist parents. The locations for child care are: Battle Academy, East Brainerd Elementary, East Ridge Elementary, Harrison Elementary, ... (click for more)

City Report Says Ballard Had Pattern Of Sexual Harassment Over Female Trainees; Attorney Says He Looks Forward To Returning To Work

A city report says an instructor over police academies had a pattern of sexual harassment against female cadets. Two female trainees initially filed the complaint against instructor Ricky Ballard. Ballard was suspended earlier this month for 160 hours without pay over the sexual allegations. Four female cadets said they received unwanted hugs from Ballard. They said Ballard ... (click for more)

Opinion

Heavy Rains Are Coming In The Next Few Days

Please remember to check on folks that are vulnerable which includes the elderly and homebound. With expectations of up to 7 inches or more of rain, we may see flooding in areas that rival those of the past. As Chief Roddy told me this morning, be proactive, not reactive. Pack for an extended stay at work or someone's house. Be ready with extra food, water and blanket in your ... (click for more)

The $500,000 Tax Money Giveway - And Response (3)

Mayor Berke, On September 5, 2017, you asked and were granted a 22-cent property tax increase for city government operations and a capital fund. At the meeting, the City Council approved your proposal for the property tax increase of 22 cents per $100 of property assessment. As a result, every business, home owner, and property owner had one-month notice that their local property ... (click for more)