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Ask a Local: The Chattanooga Elf

Who is the Chattanooga Elf and how did you end up in Chattanooga? I became an official Elf in December of 2017. I asked Papa Elf to assign me to Chattanooga because of the people, the southern hospitality, and the sweet tea. I’m here, trying to make people smile by spreading Christmas cheer…

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Ask a Local: Kasey Swindell

Tell us about yourself. I am the Director of Sales at Moxy Chattanooga which brought me to the Scenic City. I am on the board for the Ridgedale Community Association where I live with my Schnauzer-poodle Rudy. We moved to Chattanooga in April of 2018, and it instantly felt like home! What are your…

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From Vanlife to Home

Why We Chose Chattanooga | Chris & Sara Pochiba Over the last few years, we’ve traveled to 49 states by van and seen an incredible number of small towns, major cities, and mountain ranges along the way. While we've fallen in love with a seemingly infinite number of places across this beautiful…

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Ask a Local: K9 Gunther

What do you do for work? I am the only Vapor Wake K9 who works with the Chattanooga Police Department. As a Vapor Wake dog, I’m specially trained to detect 20-plus explosives odors when they are in motion or in a static environment. I provide ongoing and randomized K9 sweeps of various venues and…

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month in Chattanooga

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we spoke with some members of Chattanooga’s Latino community to find out what they love about living in Chattanooga. Hear from them about where to eat, what to do, and hidden Chattanooga secrets you should check out. What do you love about Chattanooga? Marco…

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Ask a Local: Burt Casey

Owner of Fountainhead Taproom ( a self-pour beer & wine bar) Tell us about yourself. I grew up in Virginia but lived in Chicago for the past 14 years. I also lived in Vienna, Austria for a couple of years, and that’s really where I fell in love with beer. My family and I moved to Chattanooga in…

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Ask a Local: Efren Ormaza

Tell us about yourself. My love for racing cars has been with me all my life. The first incursions in the sport happened in Ecuador in 1988. I moved to Chattanooga with my wife and two small children back in 1992. I had to pause the racing for a few years while settling down. Shortly after opening…

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Ask a Local: Tammy Tanyell

Who do you perform with? The Malemen Show Band Tell us more about you. I was born in Alexandria, Virginia, and raised in Chattanooga. I started my singing career at the World’s Church of the Living God. I grew up performing in local theaters, ballets, and commercials. I’m now raising my son here…

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Ask a Local: Shawanna Kendrick

Tell us about yourself: I’m the director of community engagement for the District Attorney General’s Office by day. By night, I’m the founder/owner of The H2O Life. It’s a business created for the purpose of providing guidance and resources to facilitate natural and spiritual healing in outdoor…

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7 Must-Do Chattanooga Adventures According to 7 Locals

When it comes to visiting a new destination, there’s a saying that many seasoned travelers live by: “Do as the locals do.” What better way, after all, can you get an authentic taste of a place than by following the well-trodden path of its residents—the folks who actually live, breathe, work…

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