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‘Every year, I insist on doing better’
Competitive spirit drives Robinson team to record $100M year

A burning need to compete has smoldered inside Realtor Jay Robinson for as long as he can remember. As a young man, it drove him to play competitive sports. As an adult, it compels him to excel at real estate.

In Chattanooga, which has several high-performing agents, this could be a source of stress. But not for Robinson because he’s competing with himself, not other Realtors.


Daugherty funds right spot for career, trails

Chattanooga attorney Terri Daugherty has spent varying stretches of her 33 years hiking the most alluring trails in the eastern U.S. These excursions often take her to places of unqualified beauty.

During one six-month period between law school and her first job as a lawyer, Daugherty walked 1,200 serpentine miles of mountainous Appalachian terrain.


Behler takes oath for Human Rights Commission appointment

Juvenile Court Clerk Gary Behler took the oath of office for a new term with the Tennessee Human Rights Commission during a ceremony at Hamilton County Juvenile Court Feb. 12.

Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw provided the oath. Gov. Bill Lee has reappointed Behler to the commission, which is made up of individuals representing the three grand divisions of the state.


Juvenile Court adds info kiosk for self-represented litigants

The Administrative Office of the Courts has launched an information kiosk in Hamilton County Juvenile Court to help self-represented litigants with access to legal information and connect them to local legal resources.

Since his election in 2010, Court Clerk Gary Behler has introduced several technology upgrades to improve the services the court provides, including becoming the first fully digital state court clerk office in Tennessee.


Clerk’s courthouse doubles capacity

The office of the clerk’s courthouse has doubled the amount of equipment required to issue the REAL ID driver’s license, says County Clerk Bill Knowles. The Tennessee Department of Safety installed the equipment this month.

Sen. Todd Gardenhire urged installation of the extra equipment while speaking with a driver’s license legislative committee on which he serves.


Southern Realty expands Chattanooga presence

Real Living Southern Realty owner Vickie McBryar can remember when the company was down to one agent and herself. It was 2009, the economic downtown had hit the housing market hard and all of the other agents at her Trenton, Georgia, brokerage had left the industry.


Realtors are advocates for our community

As a Realtor, my job involves more than putting “For Sale” and “Sold” signs in the ground.

You might be surprised to know that as the 2020 president of Greater Chattanooga Realtors, much of my time is spent being an advocate. In fact, I would say Realtors in our area are not just advocates for homebuyers, but advocates for our entire community.


All the buzz about electronic doorbells

Homes with technology features are prevalent now more than ever. From large appliances to smaller gadgets that connect to your mobile device, there are plenty of opportunities to stay connected to the activity in your home.

One key home accessory gaining in popularity is electronic doorbells. These devices can be personalized to fit your needs and have a variety of features.


Critic's Corner: ‘Fantasy Island’ crashes shortly after ‘the plane!’ is spotted

The makers of the new “Fantasy Island” flick must be smarter than the movie would suggest. This dawned on me near the end of the film, which isn’t nearly as bad as its beginning.

With nothing to hold my attention as “Fantasy Island” drew to a daft conclusion, my mind wandered and I realized writer, producer and director Jeff Wadlow must have wanted people to leave the theater thinking the movie didn’t turn out as badly as they had initially thought it would.


Can you improve your relationship with money?

You will have all sorts of relationships in your life with your family, your friends, your co-workers and even with civic groups and charitable organizations you support. But have you ever considered another key relationship, the one you have with money?


Leadership Chattanooga nominations open

The Chattanooga Chamber Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2020-21 class of Leadership Chattanooga.

The 10-month program provides local professionals with opportunities to learn more about the community in which they live and work. Meetings explore the various aspects of leadership and the challenges Chattanooga faces.


Sheriff’s office awarded $2.2 million for FUSE

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office has received a $2.2 million federal grant dedicated to helping the mentally ill. The local agency is one of only three communities nationwide to receive this funding from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Pay for Success Initiative.


Lady Vols' Key erases ‘a lot of mistakes’ with blocked shots

Her last name fits her perfectly because Tamari Key does her best work in that area on the basketball court.

Although most players thrive on scoring, the 6-foot-5 Tennessee freshman center takes more pride in preventing points.

Key wants to block as many shots as possible as often as possible.


The Camp House to reopen in April with new partners

The Camp House is teaming up with two local hospitality vendors to open a permanent home in Chattanooga’s Onion Bottom district in April.

The Camp House and Mission Chattanooga, a local church, will move to 806 E. 12th St. in March and serve as anchor tenants for the revitalized development.


Four sporty SUVs for less than $45,000

Just about every luxury automaker offers a high-performance version of one of its SUVs these days. But not everyone can afford a $70,000 Porsche Cayenne, let alone a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus.

To serve more mainstream buyers, some non-luxury brand automakers have begun to offer sporty SUVs, as well. These are the models you’ll want to consider if you want a sports car but life dictates you have to own a SUV.