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published on 04/01/2002

April Hats Off

By staff writer

Many thanks to everyone for the telephone calls and support since I began writing this column. Keep calling () and/or e-mailing with your upcoming events. Remember that everything that happens on this mountain is a reflection of our communities. But I need your help to get the messages out.

Most everyone on the mountain has a little book tucked away near their telephone. Published by the Signal Mountain Community Guild every two years, The Signal Mountain Directory is a fixture in our community. The most recent 2 edition is lavender in color. If you own one of these handy books then you know that it is much more than a telephone directory. Among other things, one can find a list of important community numbers and a list of streets in alphabetical order. Local businesses advertise to support the directory and a convenient list of those advertising is also available.

It’s time to begin work on the 2 Directory and the Guild needs your help. Numbers come from the Bell South directory. If you want your number to be not listed; if you want it to be listed by first name and not initial, for example; or if both husband and wife want their names listed; then you need to call and make this clear. If you have moved since the last directory was published and need your new address and/or telephone number listed then you need to call. If you are a business that advertised in the past or a new business on the mountain, then you need to call. Who do you call? Ellen Heavilon at . The Signal Mountain Directory will be available to purchase at the Lion’s Club Labor Day Picnic. The committee working on updating the directory appreciates everyone making the effort to call and help them with the corrections and additions. The Signal Mountain Welfare Council and scholarship money, both worthy projects of the Guild, benefit from the sale of the Directory. HATS OFF to everyone participating in this worthy project.

An old tradition is being revised in Signal Mountain Historic District (Old Towne) this spring. On Sunday, April 28 residents are invited to join in the fun of the Annual Spring Parade. Beginning at the Old Trolley Stop (at 4:00 PM) and continuing down James Boulevard, turning on Tennessee Avenue, the parade ends at the Triangle Well at the corner of Texas and Tennessee. At the conclusion of the parade residents are invited to the Ice Cream Social at the McGann’s next to the Triangle Well. Everyone young (and young at heart) are invited to decorate bikes, scooters, tricycles, buggies, wagons with ribbons, balloons, streamers, and flowers. The more decorated the better, according to Marian Riggar, coordinator of the parade. People can walk or ride, dress up or come as you are, but please come and join in the fun. Those not parading can line up and down James Boulevard to cheer on the members of the parade and then have some ice cream. Donations will be accepted to cover the cost of the ice cream.

FOOD, FUN, & FRIENDSHIP – What more could a neighborhood ask for? This is a great opportunity for neighbors to get to know each other. Tickets for the upcoming Signal Mountain Historic District Garden Tour will be available as well as note cards designed by resident Jo Kellum especially for the neighborhood to raise money for posts designating the neighborhood as an historic district.

HATS OFF to the McGann’s for hosting the ice cream party, Marian and her committee for planning the parade, and the residents of Signal Mountain Historic District for sharing their wonderful neighborhood and inviting everyone to be a part of such a great event.

Tickets for the Annual Garden Tour, coming up May 5th, will also be available. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Signal Mountain Welfare Council.

How many residents on our mountain even knew we had a registered historic district? Probably not many as this is something new to our community. The official notification has been mailed to Mayor Althaus stating that “The Signal Mountain Historic District has, upon nomination of the State Historic Preservation Office, been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior on October 5, 2001.” The district is also included in the Tennessee Register of Historic Places. It is roughly along James Boulevard, Brady Point Road, and Signal Point Road in the Town of Signal Mountain. For more specific information on the boundaries and properties in the district, you can contact the Tennessee Historical Commission or go to the Town of Signal Mountain Library. Here you will find a large map designating each home that is a contributing home as well as a binder listing all the homes in the district including those not contributing. Many special events are planned to announce this honor to our Town. HATS OFF to resident Robert White for working so hard with the Tennessee Historical Commission to make this happen. Robert and Charlotte White’s home, Marrcrest, is listed separately on the historic registry and will be featured in a segment of “Our Place” on HGTV on April 20th.

Have you made your reservation for the Annual Dogwood Luncheon on April 24th at the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club? Tickets are $13 and can be purchased at the Sun Trust Bank. In addition to guest speaker, Rebecca Foote, music by Barbara Clark Acuff, playing the violin will be provided; and of course the presentation of “Woman of the Year” Award. Again, I say HATS OFF to the Signal Mountain Community Guild for sponsoring this special event to honor women in our community who make a difference.

Another way to celebrate this great community is to participate in the Newcomers Silent Auction. This annual event is a major fundraiser for Newcomers with this year’s proceeds going to the Signal Mountain Welfare Council. The “Red, White and Blue Blowout” will be an evening affair at the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club. Tickets are $25 each, which includes hot and cold hor d’oeuvres, entertainment and Jed Mescon, as Master of Ceremonies. Saturday, April 27th is the date of the Silent Auction. HATS OFF to the Signal Mountain Newcomers.

The speaker for this month’s Signal Mountain Chamber of Commerce meeting will be Elizabeth Aiken, Mayor of the Town of Walden. Lunch is $9; meet at 12:00 at the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club. The Literature Department meets at 10:00 AM in the Guild Room at the Signal Mountain Town Hall. This month Pansy Allison will be giving a book review.

Pris and her husband Mark Shartle are owners of the GRAPEViNE stores.