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Finding joy in fighting for a ‘higher purpose‘
Gilbert loves a challenge, especially when it involves helping children

Every client who’s needed an attorney to fight for justice on their behalf has needed Atticus Finch. Some – a single mother being wrongfully evicted from her apartment, a man accused of a crime he didn’t commit and a juvenile who’s made mistakes – are fortunate to find him.


State Democrats work to rebuild thin roster of viable candidates

Murfreesboro resident Jon Santee woke up “a different person” on Nov. 9, 2016, the day after Donald Trump won the U.S. presidency.

“I saw something that in my time I thought was pretty much unfathomable at a top political level,” says Santee, a 41-year-old father of four who works in the IT field.


View from the Hill: Democrats look to Bredesen to run, reinvigorate party

Tennessee Democrats are canvassing the state to find candidates at every political level, but their next star is a well-known veteran who has people of all political stripes holding their breath.

Phil Bredesen, the former mayor of Nashville and a two-term governor, could alter the landscape of Tennessee politics if he enters the race for U.S. Senate to fill the void by departing Republican Sen. Bob Corker in 2018.


Legal Aid adds two to Hall of Fame

Two Chattanooga attorneys are this year’s inductees into Legal Aid of East Tennessee’s Pro Bono Hall of Fame. Solo practitioner Jay Ku and Leslie McWilliams of McWilliams & Gold both focus their volunteer efforts on family law cases.


Barels at home in real estate, on dance floor

The spicy notes of Latin music fill the studio at Dance Tonight Chattanooga as co-owner Kyle Barels settles into a table seat in the small kitchen, his perfect posture a testament to years of holding his upper body “in frame.”

In the next room, his high-energy business partner, Casey Haywood, is giving a salsa lesson as Barels talks about his dual role as a dance entrepreneur and Realtor with Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Signature Brokers.


When did it all go wrong? A look back at Butch Jones’ 5 seasons as Vols head coach

Butch Jones was introduced as Tennessee’s football coach along with his family to media, donors and fans on Dec. 7, 2012 by former UT athletic director Dave Hart.

After Jones introduced his wife, Barb, and their three sons, Alex, Adam and Andrew, Hart took the microphone for another introduction of Jones.


Vols' motivation going forward? Bowl game, saving Jones’ job

Butch Jones will be Tennessee’s football coach Saturday night against Kentucky in Lexington.

It could be his last as the Vols’ coach.

Jones is on a sizzling hot seat after the Vols (3-4, 0-4 SEC) were dominated by No. 1-ranked Alabama 45-7 last Saturday. Speculation is rampant Jones will be fired or already is on his way out.


Critic's Corner: ‘Only the Brave’ a touching tribute

“Only the Brave” is based on the true story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a crew of 20 firefighters from Prescott, Arizona, 19 of whom perished while battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in 2013.

A spoiler alert seems unnecessary for a film based on a well-documented event, but if you feel blindsided, know that your awareness of what happened will add weight to everything that precedes it. When one of the firefighters talked like a love-struck school boy about a girl he’d just met, my heart twisted in place.


Pass it Down receives Spirit of Innovation Award

Storytelling platform Pass it Down is the recipient of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Spirit of Innovation Award.

“Thank you to the Chamber and this city,” said founder and CEO Chris Cummings during the awards luncheon Oct. 20. “My wife and I moved here two years ago. We feel embraced and at home because Chattanooga welcomed us with open arms and made it easy to start a company.”


Amanda Banks joins Pinnacle’s Broad Street office

Amanda Banks has joined Pinnacle Financial Partners as a mortgage advisor assistant for the firm’s downtown Chattanooga office at 801 Broad St.

Banks, with 10 years of experience, most recently served as a mortgage loan processor for Peoples Home Equity. Prior roles included serving as a loan officer for Principal Mortgage, First Horizon Bank and United Capital Mortgage.


NAR explores top reasons for choosing a career in real estate

Most Realtors self-initiated their career in real estate and identify strong people skills as the most important trait to be a successful agent, according to the National Association of Realtors’ new research report, “Choosing a Career in Real Estate: A Perspective on Gender, Race and Ethnicity.”


Proposed tax reform hurts homeowners

Federal income tax reform is a hot topic in Washington right now, and some elements being discussed might actually harm middle-class homeowners, according to the National Association of Realtors.

The NAR issued a “call to action” last week for its 1.3 million members to contact their senators and congressmen in Washington to encourage them to reform our tax code and protect middle class homeowners.


Does market volatility scare you?

Halloween is almost upon us. Of course, on Halloween night, you may see a parade of monsters, demons, Transformers and other frightening individuals stopping by your house, exercising their right to demand candy.

Fortunately, their appearance will be unlikely to cause you unpleasant dreams. But some people seem to have real fears about other things – such as what may happen in the financial markets. One way to keep those fears at bay is to avoid certain impulsive moves, such as the following:


Events: Drive-through flu vaccine clinics

CHI Memorial Convenient Care locations in Signal Mountain and LaFayette, Georgia will host drive-through flu vaccine clinics on Saturday, Oct. 28, 8 a.m.-noon. Most insurance companies will pay 100 percent of the cost. The vaccine is $25 for those who don’t have insurance.



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