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Front Page - Friday, November 3, 2023

Briefs: Beard, mustache contest returns to Chattanooga

Another fan favorite – if hairy – event returns Sunday at Chattanooga Market.

Originally developed in support of No-Shave November, the Chattanooga Beard Contest has been entertaining market patrons for several years. It’s a great opportunity for men who enjoy showing off their configuration, with fun twists to some of the contest categories.

Each year, more and more contestants get creative with their facial hair with the “festively decorated” being the showiest bunch. Whether it’s a devil’s fork, hipster beard or some stylish lambchops, the crowd applause will help determine the winning beard or mustache.

The winner from each category will win a prize package including products from Moccasin Bend Soap and Beard, 1839 Barber Company and Chattanooga Market swag.

The contest will begin at 1:30 p.m. Sunday on the Lodge Cast Iron Sizzle Stage. Categories for the Chattanooga Beard Contest are:

• Most Festively Decorated – can be decorated in any style for any holiday

• Most Likely to Succeed – who has the best starter beard for No Shave November

• Best Groomed – clean and neat in appearance, any style beard or mustache

• Coolest Mustache – must be a strip of hair above the upper lip, can be any style mustache

• Longest – measured from the bottom of the bottom lip to the longest point of the beard

Only a few Sundays remain in the regular outdoor season of Chattanooga Market, which will end Nov. 19. The market will be closed Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving weekend, and the annual Chattanooga Holiday Market begins the first weekend of December at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Source: Chattanooga Market

Martin to hold constituent chats

 State Rep. Greg Martin, R-Hamilton County, announced he will begin holding a series of public meetings for constituents next week at fire stations in Hamilton County.

 These Fire Hall Chats are free to attend and will provide residents with an in-person opportunity to share their legislative priorities for the upcoming year. Each meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and last for approximately one hour.

 “Our government works best when elected officials listen closely to those they represent,” Martin says. “I look forward to visiting with residents of House District 26 and hearing directly from them about what they want for the future of Tennessee.”

 The schedule for the Fire Hall Chats series includes:

 • Nov. 6: Highway 58 Volunteer Fire Department training center, located at 9108 Snow Hill Road in Ooltewah

• Nov. 8: Chattanooga Fire Station 12, located at 900 Forest Avenue in Chattanooga

• Nov. 9: Dallas Bay Fire and Rescue Station 2, located at 1950 McConnell School Ln. in Hixson

• Nov. 13: Sale Creek Volunteer Fire Department, located at 14828 Dayton Pike in Sale Creek

The 113th Tennessee General Assembly is scheduled to reconvene in Nashville Jan. 9, 2024.

Source: Rep. Greg Martin

AAA: TN gas prices rise, quickly fall

After declining for five consecutive weeks, the Tennessee state gas price average moved higher midweek last week, but fortunately moved lower again by the weekend. Today’s state gas price average is only a penny more expensive than last week’s. The Tennessee Gas Price average is now $3.10 which is 22 cents less expensive than both one month and one year ago.

“We saw quite a bit of movement in pump pricing in some of our metro areas last week, which helped to push the state gas price average more expensive,” says Megan Cooper, spokeswoman for AAA - The Auto Club Group. “From Monday to Wednesday last week, gas prices shot up five cents, on average, but by the weekend gas prices had dropped by another four cents.

“If oil prices continue to move less expensive, drivers can likely expect to see pump prices continue to decline over this week.”

The national average for a gallon of gas dipped by five cents since last week to $3.49. Despite slackening demand, the pace of falling gas prices is being held up by the cost of oil, which is hovering in the mid-$80s per barrel.

Among Tennessee metro markets, Nashville ($3.18), Jackson ($3.13) and Morristown ($3.12) were the most expensive, while Chattanooga ($2.97), Clarksville ($3.05) and Kingsport ($3.06) were least expensive.

Source: AAA