Chattanooga Zoo increasing admission price 
The Chattanooga Zoo will increase admission prices on June 1.

The $1 increase for regular zoo admission will help offset the expenses from additional exhibits, wages, animal care and more, according to a news release. 

For adults, the price will be $9.95. Children will be $6.95 and seniors will be $7.95. Children 2 and under will remain free. 

Membership rates will also increase. Rates will go up about 20 percent for each membership level.

The Chattanooga Zoo will also be adding a new membership level called Grandparents Plus Membership.

Leaders encouraged all zoogoers to renew their memberships early before the rates go up. 

The Chattanooga Zoo has not raised its prices since 2012.

"Our goal is to keep zoo prices affordable and to continue to be a community resource for all," Chattanooga Zoo CEO and President Dardenelle Long said in a prepared statement. "We always hate increases, but even with this increase, we are still the best deal in town."

Some Chattanooga residents participated in a recent closing bell ceremony. (Photo: Contributed)

Local leaders ring the Nasdaq stock market closing bell 
SmartFinancial Inc., the Knoxville-based bank holding company for SmartBank, visited the Nasdaq market site March 28 in Times Square for the Nasdaq stock market closing bell ceremony. 

"Our primary endeavor is to create a greater value for our shareholders, and we truly believe we can achieve this through our partnership with Nasdaq," SmartFinancial Inc. Chairman Miller Welborn said in a prepared statement. "This milestone, combined with our dynamic banking platform and talented people, is certain to position our company for continued success."

Click here for background about SmartBank. 

Chattanooga businesses participate in 36/86 Southern Series Birmingham 
Launch Tennessee leaders have announced 10 startups—including three from Chattanooga—that will pitch in Birmingham on April 6.

The Chattanooga startups that will compete are Pass It Down, Rapid RMS and Torch.

Another startup that will compete, The Ark Labs, has ties to Chattanooga. 

Click here for more information about the upcoming pitch event.