The Local Look October 15th

The Local Look October 15th

Chattanooga, East Ridge, and Cleveland libraries all received grant money that
will allow the libraries to buy things like PPE, glass barriers, and WiFi hotspots to help
their communities stay safe and access resources during the pandemic.

The Chattanooga City Council is now waiving building permit fees to support
Chattanoogans who have been affected by the tornadoes that hit the county this past
Easter. People who apply for building permits to rebuild from tornadoes will not have to pay
for them

The City of Chattanooga partnered with statewide nonpartisan initiative VoteEarlyTN
for a campaign called VoteEarlyCHA to encourage residents + organizations to “adopt”
an early voting day. Some of the adopted days from the campaign include women vote
early day on Oct. 15, students and youth vote early day on Oct. 17, and veterans vote
early day on Oct. 23.

As of Oct. 13, applications for the TN Promise scholarship were down 20% across the
state. TnAchieves is urging Class of 2021 students to apply for the scholarship before
the Nov. 2 deadline.

The city of Chattanooga will soon be receiving electric scooters. City transportation
director Blythe Bailey said that the city will test the waters with a few dozen scooters to
evaluate the market. Each scooter will be docked downtown to eliminate the dangers
of them being tossed around throughout the city, which prevented scooters from being
implemented in recent years.

Viewing the night sky is something we all can take advantage of right now.
Currently, you can see Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in addition to the stars and moon
Mars is brightly visible with its orange glow and It’s closer than it will be for 15 years.
Go out around 7:00 or 8:00 after sunset and look south. Mars will be rising to your left and
Jupiter and Saturn will be near each other to the right. You can spot all three with your naked
eye, but binoculars or a small telescope will enhance viewing.

Legendary University of Alabama coach NICK SABAN has contracted the coronavirus,
but thankfully he's been asymptomatic and feels fine. As of now, the GA vs AL game
will still be played on Saturday. However, This isn't the only COVID-19 disruption in
college football. The SEC postponed Florida's game this weekend against the
defending national champion LSU because of positive tests . . . and this weekend's
Missouri / Vanderbilt game was also postponed .