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Enough with the thoughts and prayers
Honor student leads fight for sensible gun laws

Yoonie Yang was in Spanish class at her South Florida high school when she heard the students at the table next to hers whispering about a live shooter at another school.

At the time, Yang didn’t realize the incident was taking place about an hour away at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. She also didn’t know the scale of the horrific tragedy.


Tennessee high school mock trial teams take top honors in international mock trial competition

Tennessee high school mock trial teams have historically competed strongly in national and international competitions. and 2020 has been no exception.

Unfortunately, the Tennessee Bar Association’s State High School Mock Trial Competition, scheduled for March, was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. District champions crowned before the cancellation included Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville and CSTHEA (Chattanooga/Southeast Tennessee Home Education Association) from the Scenic City.


Tennessee Supreme Court issues new order related to court operations during COVID-19

In response to the increased number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the Tennessee Supreme Court has issued an order designed to protect all of the participants in the judicial system and the public at large while keeping the courts open and accessible to carry out essential constitutional functions and time-sensitive proceedings.


Best Law Firms recognizes Autumn Witt Boyd for IP work

The Law Office of Autumn Witt Boyd is ranked in the 2021 U.S. News-Best Lawyers Best Law Firms list in two practice areas.

Firms included in the 2021 Best Law Firms list are recognized for professional excellence, with clients and peers providing impressive ratings.


Dancing Realtor or home-selling dancer?
Farrell just can’t seem to separate the two, aims for excellence in both

Many Realtors claim to have their finger on the pulse of the housing market. But as a dancer, Realtor Danielle Farrell hopes to be able to feel the rhythm of the industry.

Farrell, 26, certainly feels the rhythm of the music she hears. In TikTok videos posted on her Facebook page (www.facebook.com/danielle.farrell1), she grooves in perfect time to various hip-hop songs, demonstrating attitude and swagger few real estate agents offer as part of their business persona.


No winter slowdown in area housing market statistics

When the temperature starts to dip in early fall, home sales usually follow. People start preparing for the holiday season and are less inclined to buy or sell a home.

But the predictable has been anything but in 2020. Real estate hasn’t cool, and Realtors are as busy as we’ve been all year.


A closer look at water conservation in your home

From hand-washing to yard maintenance and everything in between, homeowners in the Tennessee Valley use a considerable amount of water throughout the day. In fact, the average American family uses more than 300 gallons of water per day at home, the Environmental Protection Agency reports.


Southern Adventist University students receive scholarships

Three students at Southern Adventist University were awarded the 2020-21 Rita Vital Endowed Scholarship for Faith and Service Learning last week.

Chosen for demonstrating a desire to serve others while in college, this year’s honorees are biology majors Kevin Singh and Nicole Pustea and music major Angelyn Edwards.


Newsmakers: Steedley joins Chamber as VP

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce recently welcomed Lorne Steedley as vice president of diversity and inclusive growth.

Steedley served as a board member for the Four Corners Development Corporation, which developed the Langham Court project in Boston’s South End community, and as a project manager for Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development.


Center for Spine & Pain Medicine offers new treatment

The Center for Spine & Pain Medicine is now offering the Vertiflex Interspinous Spacer for treating pain related to lumbar spinal stenosis.

LSS is wear and tear on the lumbar spine that causes narrowing around and compression of the nerves.


Managing your retirement plan under a new employer

Your employer-sponsored retirement plan is a valuable asset. But sometimes things happen that can affect the status of your plan. So, for example, if you work for a hospital that changes ownership, and you have been participating in a 403(b), 457(b) or 401(k) retirement plan, what should you do with it now?


Warrior Freedom connects combat veterans to trained service dogs

Warrior Freedom is expanding its efforts to connect veterans to trained service dogs rescued from area animal shelters.

“The American soldier has sacrificed every part of his or her life to serve our country,” says Adam Keith, executive director and co-founder of Warrior Freedom. “It’s now our duty and privilege to help them reconnect to society through a new canine life partner.”


Trout Unlimited contributes $11,000+ to aquarium’s program

Trout Unlimited has provided another round of critical funding to the Tennessee Aquarium’s effort to restore the state’s only native trout species.

Since 2013, Trout Unlimited’s Appalachian chapter has funded the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute’s propagation of Southern Appalachian brook trout. This golden-speckled, red-finned game fish is the only trout species native to the southern reaches of the Appalachian Mountains.


Habitat for Humanity calling for volunteers at Restore locations

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area is calling on volunteers to serve at their ReStore locations this holiday season.

The Chattanooga ReStore, 1201 E. Main St., and the Ooltewah ReStore, 9408 Apison Pike, are open Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.


New music education program launches in Chattanooga

Two music industry mavens have teamed to launch a new music education program for all ages in Chattanooga. Chattanooga Music Academy will offer private instruction in voice and piano and provide a comprehensive study of music technique, theory, history and performance.


Southern Honda Powersports donates to Austin Hatcher Foundation

Southern Honda Powersports has donated two motorcycles, made by BSA and Triumph, to the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.

Austin Hatcher’s patients will modify these motorcycles as a part of their industrial arts therapy, which is provided at no cost to the individuals facing childhood cancer.


SmartBank assists local family after tornado destroys home

Among the homes destroyed by the April tornado was that of SmartBank client Tracy Haire.

As she searched for a new home, Haire approached SmartBank for assistance with her loan. Thanks to the Federal Home Loan Bank Disaster Reconstruction Program, a program designed to allow homeowners to rebuild, purchase or rehab their home, SmartBank was able to assist her immediately.


Titans seem at their best in worst of times

What doesn’t kill the Titans seems to make them stronger.

Given up for done, the Titans somehow seem to save their most improbable performances for when its least expected.

And they’ll need another one Sunday when they visit 7-3 Indianapolis 17 days after losing 34-17 at home to the Colts in a Thursday night game.


Colts once again stand in way of playoff goals

If the Titans want to win the AFC South and guarantee themselves at least one home playoff game, they probably must win this week at 7-3 Indianapolis.

The 7-3 Titans put themselves behind the 8-ball two weeks ago when they allowed the Colts to come in and manhandle them in the second half on their way to a 34-17 win. Now, the Titans have to find a way to return the favor to retake control of the division.


Your first new car? Consider these picks

While most people start learning how to drive with a hand-me-down car from parents or relatives, there comes a time when they want to get their first new car. With hundreds of models to choose from, narrowing the list to just one can seem overwhelming.