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Climbing off the corporate ladder
Chattanooga drew Wise with 2 passions: Climbable cliffs, law

Fisher Wise is slicing through a forest just off the Sequatchie Valley on a cool November morning, his feet kicking up a thick layer of fallen leaves as he makes his way to a clifftop at the end of a trail. Once there, he and a friend who’s tagging along will drop into the valley below and begin an afternoon of climbing back up.


Husch Blackwell welcomes two associates

Caroline Shea and Derek Terry have joined Husch Blackwell’s Chattanooga office as associates.

Shea focuses her practice on a variety of client matters including commercial litigation, toxic tort and bankruptcy. Shea earned her juris doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School and her B.A. from Wofford College.


Baker Donelson’s health law group earns top rankings

The Baker Ober Health Law Group at Baker Donelson has earned multiple honors recognizing the group as one of the leading health care practices in the United States.

Baker Donelson was ranked third on the 2019 edition of Modern Healthcare’s “Largest Healthcare Law Firms.”


Chambliss sends care packages to MaryEllen Locher

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel recently delivered patient care packages to CHI Memorial MaryEllen Locher Breast Center. The items in the packages were collected during the Chambliss Champions for Women Soiree in October and assembled by members of the law firm. Each bag included a pink ribbon cutout with a handwritten message of encouragement. The care packages will be given to women going through breast cancer treatment at the center.


Hood named fundraiser of the year

The Association of Fundraising Professionals named Chattanooga Bar Association Executive Director Lynda Hood its Leadership Fundraiser of the Year during its 2019 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon held Nov. 13 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.


Gearhiser Peters named Best Law Firm

Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon has earned four Tier 1 Metropolitan rankings for the following practice areas in the 2020 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list:

• Bet-the-Company litigation

• Litigation – municipal


Legg making up for lost time after marketing career

At 34, Realtor Hannah Legg is already wishing she had started her real estate career at a younger age. She also says the knowledge and experience she acquired as a marketing director for prominent Chattanooga firms made the success she’s experiencing possible.


Find a home to fit your party needs

Do you dream of hosting the perfect family Christmas celebration? Is it your fantasy to throw a New Year’s Eve party all of your friends remember? If you’re house hunting, these are things you should let your Realtor know.

Realtors work every day to help their clients find the ideal house that feels like home. If to you, home is where you invite your friends and family to celebrate the holidays, then your Realtor will help you find the perfect home in which to make those memories.


Assess home’s efficiency with an energy audit

Winter is on its way to the Chattanooga area, and if you want to save money on energy bills, a good first step is to conduct a do-it-yourself energy assessment, also called an energy audit. An audit can identify many of your home’s energy inefficiencies, helping you make simple improvements to save money in the long term.


Lack of tension, plot holes take toll on ‘21 Bridges’

“21 Bridges” is an action thriller in which an NYPD detective locks down the island of Manhattan to locate a pair of cop killers. It’s also a movie that must have read better on paper than it plays on the screen.

The film’s concept is interesting. After a pair of small-time hoods mow down several cops while stealing cocaine hidden in a restaurant, Detective Andre Davis orders every bridge, tunnel, subway and other access route blocked to prevent the men from escaping.


Invest in your family and community

Why do you invest? For many people, the answer is they want to enjoy a comfortable retirement. And that’s certainly a great reason, because all of us should regularly put money away for when we’re retired.

But you can also benefit by investing in your family and your community.


No, God hasn’t been banned from public schools

They’re cherished relics now: Pages of lined notebook paper on which an earnest young fellow copied the lyrics of Christmas hymns probably posted on an elementary school blackboard.

 “Round yon virgin Mother and child, Holy Infant so tender and mild.”


Chattanooga Police install third set of public safety cameras

The Chattanooga Police Department has added eight public safety cameras to its network, bringing the number of cameras around the city focusing on violent crime and deterring acts of violence to 37. Provided by Convergint Technologies, the system is known as Crime Eye.


2-1-1 kiosks offer access to support

A partnership between United Way of Greater Chattanooga, various corporate partners and Hamilton County Schools will make the local 2-1-1 service more widely available to those in need.

The free, confidential information and referral line, which connects people across the Tennessee Valley with local resources, will soon be accessible via several community-based kiosks.


Newsmakers: Obleda to coach Red Wolves

Jimmy Obleda will lead the Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club as head coach and technical director in the team’s second season of United Soccer League play.

After playing professionally for eight years in Latin America and the U.S., Obleda coached at the collegiate and competitive youth levels, including as director of coaching for BOCA Orange County and head men’s soccer coach at Santiago Canyon College. The NSCAA named Obleda Regional Youth Coach of the Year and National Youth Coach of the Year in 2011.


Viget opening Chattanooga office

Digital agency Viget is opening an office in Chattanooga, staffing it with 25 local employees.

Viget is a strategy, design and development firm that specializes in branding, designing and building software products and platforms.

Viget launched in Washington D.C., nearly 20 years ago and has since opened offices in Durham, North Carolina, and Boulder, Colorado.


Hatch’s Giving Trees to benefit Austin Hatcher Foundation

Chattanooga businesses are partnering with the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer to collect supplies through Hatch’s Giving Trees.

Each holiday season participating businesses receive special ornaments to display on the Christmas trees in their locations. Ornaments have information about items the foundation needs, including healthy snacks, gift cards, educational books and toys, cleaning supplies and more.


Parkridge Health addressing social determinants of health in Orchard Knob

Parkridge Health System has teamed with the Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area and United Way of Greater Chattanooga to address poor living conditions that correlate with chronic illness.

Catalyzed by a $40,000 initial investment by Parkridge Health and its parent company, HCA Healthcare, the Orchard Knob Collaborative will orchestrate a phased approach to address social determinants of health, beginning with the assessment and renovation or repair of five Orchard Knob homes.


Chattanooga Track Club gearing up for 50th anniversary

Runners and walkers from far and wide participate in the many races the Chattanooga Track Club hosts each year. In 2020, these participants will have a chance to accumulate the miles gleaned from each of those races and earn a 50th anniversary jacket by completing at least 50 miles worth of CTC races during the year.


Magnolia Trust launches Chattanooga office

Magnolia Trust Company has opened in Chattanooga. Owned by the shareholders of Moore Colson CPAs and Advisors in Atlanta, the company provides trust administration services for high net worth individuals and families.

Magnolia Trust is one of 15 state-chartered trust companies in Tennessee. The company focuses solely on trust administration and does not serve in the area of investment management.


New Avondale Youth and Family Development Center opens

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, District 8 Councilman Anthony Byrd and the Department of Youth and Family Development celebrated the opening of the Avondale Youth and Family Development Center on Nov. 23.

“Over the last few months, I’ve talked about how East Chattanooga is rising to make this part of our city stronger and safer for all the people who live, work and worship here,” Berke said. “For years, a big part of that vision has been to replace the Avondale Youth and Family Development Center with something special and state-of-the-art.”


UT faculty get feel for life on the river

Phillip Daves was intrigued when he received the invitation from Abbe Craine.

The senior rower is a student in Daves’ finance class at the University of Tennessee, and she wanted him to join the Lady Vols for a practice session on the Tennessee River.