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Column dedicated to sharing news about community activities, service projects, and other events that are important to the life of the residents of our "mountain."

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published on 07/04/2002


By staff writer

By Pris Shartle --
Ahhh! Those lazy hazy days of summer! It is summer isn’t it? I don’t think that in the seven summers I have spent here on Walden’s Ridge living in Signal Mountain have I ever seen such fickle weather. At the end of May our heat was on as well as the gas logs burned to warm us from the chill. Then when most of our family was arriving to celebrate the wedding of our oldest son, it warmed up enough to spend most of the time outside on the screened in porch. But no sooner than everyone left, the air-conditioning was turned on, and now as I sit at the computer to write this, my windows are once again open and the cool breeze and low humidity is absolutely beautiful! Only on Signal Mountain!

I hope you have had a chance to seek out some of the parks and peaceful places I suggested in the JUNE HATS OFF column. Now that all the schools are out, there are a lot more people – kids, teenagers, and adults – out and about on our Mountain. To the pool, to the courts, to the park; down the street, on the sidewalk, through the parking lots in the shopping centers. Joggers, walkers – early, late. We drive around a curve and come face to face with a mother pushing a stroller with a baby inside and a dog at the end of the lead. According to Signal Mountain Public Service Director, Larry Eddings and Master Police Officer, Greg Hill, there are several “rules” of the road residents should keep in mind. There are no laws restricting walkers, however, common practice is to walk AGAINST the traffic, i.e. the left side of the road. This is so the walker can see the oncoming traffic and get out of the way, if the vehicle is not going to move over. Remember to wear reflective clothing and/or carry a light if walking in the dark. Some bikers have decided to ride on the left side of the road too so they can see what is coming toward them. However, anyone on a bicycle has the right to share the road with other vehicles and is supposed to follow the same rules. This means going with the flow of traffic, giving signals when turning, and stopping at signs or red lights. By far the most important “rule” to remember is to use common courtesy. Keep an open mind, be watchful, and stay calm. Parents are encouraged to look for the next Bicycle Rodeo sponsored by the Signal Mountain Police Department, probably at the end of the summer to get kids ready for school. Don’t forget these safety tips from the Signal Mountain Police:

•Walk on the left side of the road.
•Wear reflective clothing when walking in the dark.
•Don’t forget your helmet when on a bicycle.
•Bicycles follow the same rules as automobiles.
•Be courteous and careful.

Speaking of SAFETY. The Fourth of July holiday is a time of celebration and gatherings and lots of people on the road. The Signal Mountain Police Department will be supporting two projects, during this holiday that the public needs to be aware of. One is the “Click It or Ticket” program where people are ticketed when not using the seat belts in their vehicles correctly. The other program sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is called “You Drink & Drive. You Lose”. Look for the public service announcement in this paper for details.

Did you know that there are a group of ladies in our community that meet every Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 AM until noon to quilt, embroidery, piece quilt blocks and enjoy a lot of fun and fellowship? They are the Lone Oak Seniors at the Lone Oak Community Center. According the president, Pauline Geary, members of this group are from all parts of the mountain, and although the name of the group denotes “seniors,” there is no age requirement to be a member. On the first Saturday of each month at 7:30 AM EST, the Community Center sponsors a country breakfast, which is open to the public. A donation of $5.00 is accepted with proceeds from the breakfast going to support many of the activities held at the Community Center for families on the mountain. They also participate in the annual Hwy 127 Garage Sale in August. Two times a year, the women give away a quilt they have made. The first at a community covered dish in December and the second at the Annual Quilt Show. The Lone Oak Seniors will be holding this year’s Quilt Show on Saturday, July 20 from 8:00 AM EST to 4:00 PM EST and on Sunday, July 21st from 12:00 Noon EST to 4:00 PM EST. A $2.00 donation gives you one ticket and a $5.00 donation will give you six tickets. At the end of the day on Sunday the winning ticket will be drawn. Tickets can be picked up either at the Seniors Day Meetings, the Big Country Breakfast, or at the Quilt Show. Pauline and the other “Seniors” invite anyone interested in helping with any of these worthy projects to come out to the Lone Oak Community Center, 6078 Taft Highway, Signal Mountain and see what they are doing. HATS OFF to the Lone Oak Seniors and volunteers at the Lone Oak Community Center.

Just because school is out doesn’t mean we stop supporting them. The Mountain Education Fund will benefit from the support of local merchants on July 19th & 20th. Look for a notice in your mail about the “Sizzling Summer Sidewalk Sale” at the Signal Plaza, Windy Ridge, and Signal Crossing Shopping Centers. Discounts, specials, and a raffle of items donated by participating businesses to benefit the Mountain Education Fund will be offered. Rain or shine, it’s bound to be hot and everyone is invited to the support your local businesses and the Mountain Education Fund at the same time!

Don’t forget to call the Signal Mountain Presbyterian Church at and ask for Susan to make your reservation to go with the Highlanders to the Cumberland County Playhouse on Thursday, July 11 to see a matinee performance of "Annie Get Your Gun", with lunch beforehand at the Cumberland Mountain State Park. Bill Bowen, president of the Signal Mountain Chamber of Commerce invites all residents to attend the July meeting at the Signal Mountain Golf and Country Club on Tuesday, July 16th. Gretchen Castleberry, the Health Initiatives Manager from the American Heart Association will be this month’s guest speaker. The cost for lunch is $9 and you do not have to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce to attend this meeting.

Finally, I want to remind everyone of two special events happening this month. One is the Signal Mountain Playhouse summer production of STATE FAIR. What a great privilege it is to have such a quality program available in our community. (Hint to newcomers: Members of the audience start putting lawn chairs out at 6:00 PM and then go back closer to curtain time.) Tickets are available at the “door” and you’ll never guess who/what is greeting you this year! The other important event happening this month on our mountain is the annual Lion’s Club Fourth of July Barbecue and Fireworks. Food, fun, entertainment, the smell of barbecue and tunnel cakes cooking and then fireworks! All for a worthy cause! What more could a community ask for? So put on those FLAG shirts, and red, white, and blue hats or visors! HATS OFF to the Lion’s Club for making the Fourth of July special to us all.