Chattanooga, Tennessee


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Chattanooga Business Signs

Chattanooga is located in the southeastern region of the modern-day state of Tennessee, on Chickamauga Lake and Nickajack Lake (both part of the Tennessee River).  Chattanooga also lies at the transition between the ridge-and-valley portion of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau.  Prior to United States interference, this part of Tennessee had historically been inhabited since Upper Paleolithic times by Archaic, Woodland, Mississippian /Muskogean /Yuchi and finally Cherokee peoples.

“Chato” derives from the Muskogean word for ‘rock’, while the regional suffix -nuga may mean dwelling or dwelling place.  The Cherokee settled in this area in around 1776 and in 1816, John Ross, who later became Principal Chief, established Ross’s Landing.  This became one of the centers of Cherokee Nation settlement.

However, in 1838, the US government forcibly removed the Cherokee from the area during the bloody “Trail of Tears.”  In fact, according to Voices from the Trail of Tears, “the US Army used Ross’s Landing as the site of one of three large internment camps, or ‘emigration depots,’ where Native Americans were held prior to the journey on the Trail of Tears.”

Ross’s Landing was subsequently incorporated as the city of Chattanooga in 1839.  Today, Chattanooga, Tennessee is the fourth most populous city in the state.  According to a 2015 estimate by the US Census Bureau, Chattanooga has a total population of 176,588 people.  That same 2015 report estimates the Chattanooga metropolitan area to have a total population of 547,776 people.

Chattanooga is home to many businesses.  These corporations include Access America Transport, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, CBL & Associates, The Chattanooga Bakery, Chattem, the world’s first Coca-Cola bottling plant, Coker Tire, U.S. Xpress Inc., Covenant Transport, Double Cola, CraftWorks Restaurants & Breweries, Luken Communications, Miller & Martin, the National Model Railroad Association, Reliance Partners, Republic Parking System, Rock/Creek, Tricycle Inc., Unum, and McKee Foods Corporation.  In 2011, Volkswagen Group of America opened a $1 billion assembly plant in Chattanooga, the first Volkswagen assembly plant in the United States since 1988.  This plant manufactures the Passat and CrossBlue lines of vehicles.

Chattanooga, Tennessee isn’t all about its numerous corporations, of course.  The city is also internationally known for Glenn Miller’s 1941 song, “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” which was the world’s first gold record.  Chattanooga also has its own typeface, Chatype, launched as a crowdfunding project in August of 2012.

Chattanooga is also home to the Tennessee Aquarium, which opened on May 1st, 1992.  This aquarium, as of 2012, is home to 12,000 animals across 795 different species.  Its largest tank is 618,000 US gallons in volume.  The Tennessee Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

As for sports, Chattanooga is home to two professional franchises.  Baseball’s Southern League Chattanooga Lookouts, who are a Double-A farm team of MLB’s Minnesota Twins, play their home games at AT&T Field.  The Lookouts have won one Dixie Series Title and two League Titles.  National Premier Soccer League (NPSL)’s Chattanooga FC play their home matches at Finley Stadium, which from 1997 to 2009 hosted the annual NCAA Division I Football Championship game.

Do you by any chance own a small business in the Chattanooga, Tennessee area?  Are you considering starting up one?  These resources could prove useful to you in the achievement of such an endeavor:

Apply for a Business License in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Hamilton County Business Development Center

Chattanooga Area Chamber (of Commerce)

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