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What’s Happening in Chattanooga?

As Chattanooga continues to pave its way as an affordable place to live, the city and the surrounding areas proceed with development.

  • The Save-A-Lot on Dayton Boulevard is closing. A developer intends to convert the center into townhomes and office spaces.
  • Governor Bill Lee unveiled a $52.6 billion spending budget for 2023, with a large portion going towards his plan to revamp K-12 education.
  • Mayor Tim Kelly says the construction of a new Chattanooga Lookouts Stadium could be a “transformational project.” He is asking the state to kick in $20.8 million for the stadium.
  • After a 5-year hiatus, the Chattanooga Football Club reinstates the women’s soccer team.
  • The state’s plan to replace the 61-year-old Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute in Chattanooga, with a new facility on the history-rich site, has sparked the interest of Chattanooga Mayor, Tim Kelly.
  • More than two decades after the federal government identified the need for a new federal courthouse in Chattanooga, the U.S. General Services Administration is soliciting proposals for a site to build an estimated $218 million building to replace the current courthouse.
  • An effort to establish a national wildlife refuge along the Tennessee-Alabama line that takes in up to 25,000 acres of the southern Cumberland Plateau is gaining momentum. The authorized, but unestablished Paint Rock River National Wildlife Refuge could become one of more than 500 wildlife refuges in the U.S.
  • According to a new study ranking driving conditions among the 50 states, Tennessee motorists enjoy the lowest average costs for owning and maintaining a car. This is thanks to better roads, cheaper gas, and relatively lower costs for repairs in the Chattanooga area.
  • The two main animal shelters in the Chattanooga area raised a combined total of $35,000 through the Betty White Challenge, a virtual social media challenge in which fans of the animal-loving star requested people donate $5 to the animal shelter of their choosing.
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga officials hope to begin to work in the next few months on the renovation of McKenzie Arena and construction of a new adjoining football/athletic training center.

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