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Pope enjoying view from other side of the street
Ex-assistant D.A. wields lessons learned in his new practice

During his more than 10 years as an assistant district attorney in Hamilton County, Lance Pope prosecuted the kinds of cases that would test the mettle of the toughest skins in his profession, including a disturbing triple homicide case.

Today, as a lawyer with the Chattanooga firm of Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway, Pope handles trust disputes, represents clients in general civil disputes and even dabbles in family law.


Elliott awarded Inn of Court Civility Award

The Justices Ray L. Brock Jr. Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court has awarded attorney Sam Elliott, member of the law firm of Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon, with its 2018 Civility Award. The award recognizes extraordinary civility among local lawyers and is conferred based on a vote of local state and federal judges.


2018 Compass Award goes to Baker Donelson

Baker Donelson has been recognized by the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity as a 2018 Compass Award winner. The award honors LCLD members who demonstrate their continued commitment to building more diverse organizations and a more inclusive legal profession through their participation in and support of LCLD’s mission and programs.


Chambliss welcomes two new associate attorneys

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel recently welcomed associate attorneys Courtney Keehan and Grayson Chambers to the Chattanooga firm.

Keehan graduated this year with a degree from University of Colorado Law School and a certificate in Natural Resources Law and Policy. She will support the Business Transactions Practice Group, concentrating in mergers and acquisitions, education and tax-exempt entity areas.


Chambliss Law receives Spirit of Achievement Award

Junior Achievement of Chattanooga has presented its 2018 Spirit of Achievement Award to the law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel. The award recognizes companies that have demonstrated dedication to supporting Junior Achievement for over 25 years in their mission of inspiring and preparing Chattanooga youth for success in tomorrow’s global economy.


Women’s Council of Realtors honors strategic partners

Women’s Council of Realtors Chattanooga honored its strategic partners for 2018 during its recent networking luncheon at the Walden Club. These non-Realtor partners financially supported the WCR in its efforts this year to advance local women Realtors as leaders in the industry and the community they serve.


Hosting for the holidays: Home features for entertaining

Do you dream of hosting the perfect family Christmas celebration? Is it your fantasy to throw a New Year’s party all of your friends will remember? If you’re house hunting, these are things you should let a 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 find the perfect home in which to make those memories.


Prepare your home for winter

Colder temperatures have arrived in the Chattanooga area, and they can take a big toll on your home. That’s why it’s important to take a few steps now to prepare your home for the changing weather ahead.

Here are some tips from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help you make sure your home is the best shelter possible for you and your family during the colder months ahead.


Critic's Corner: Dark, impressive ‘Widows’ is no ‘Oceans 8’ wanna-be

 The Chicago portrayed in “Widows” is not a pleasant place. It’s a town so ensnared by corruption, the city would die a grisly death if someone were to pull out all the tentacles of bribery, fraud and vice.

Racism is present in all its forms, and its frequent and blunt expression reveals thick veins of hated running just beneath the Chicago’s top layer of skin.


Help wanted: Pruitt gets busy filling Vols’ needs

Jeremy Pruitt didn’t even wait to leave the stadium before making his pitch to potential recruits.

Following Tennessee’s season-ending loss to Vanderbilt last Saturday in Nashville, Pruitt used his postgame meeting with the media to spread the word about the program’s need for players.


Chattanooga Housing Authority plans major renovations in 2019

The Chattanooga Housing Authority plans to renovate 311 apartments beginning next spring, which means approximately 100 residents will be relocated to other affordable housing options in the Chattanooga area.

Tammie Carpenter, director of the Housing Choice Voucher Program, says, “Residents who are eligible for the Housing Choice Voucher Program will be offered a voucher that can be used to provide housing during this time. The best fit for our residents would be properties located near bus lines to allow them to work or attend school.”


TN Historical Commission accepting applications for Merit Awards

The Tennessee Historical Commission is accepting nominations for its Certificate of Merit Awards, which honor individuals or groups that work to preserve Tennessee’s heritage. The deadline for submissions is Dec. 31.

The Tennessee Historical Commission Awards program began in 1975. Certificates of Merit are presented annually to individuals, groups, agencies or organizations that have made significant contributions to the study and preservation of Tennessee’s heritage during the 12 months prior to the application deadline. Award recipients will be honored at an awards ceremony in May.


Take advantage of tax diversification

As an investor, you will have access to accounts that are taxed differently from one another. And it’s possible you could benefit from tax diversification by owning accounts in these three categories: 

• Tax-deferred – Tax-deferred accounts include the traditional IRA and a 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. When you invest in tax-deferred vehicles, your money can grow faster than if it were placed in an account on which you paid taxes every year. You also may get a tax deduction for contributions you make today.


TAW submits infrastructure projects for approval

Tennessee American Water has submitted its 2019 list of capital infrastructure projects and associated costs to the Tennessee Public Utility Commission. The capital plan is submitted annually to TPUC for approval.

Tennessee American Water has proposed that the project costs be offset by income tax savings resulting from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which would result in passing these savings on to Tennessee American Water customers.


Aquarium welcomes 25 millionth guest

The Tennessee Aquarium on Nov. 24 celebrated the passage of a major milestone with the arrival of its 25 millionth guest since opening in 1992.

Amanda Roe of Bristol came to Chattanooga with her husband and three children to visit the Tennessee Aquarium for the first time. Roe was surprised to learn she was the Aquarium’s 25 millionth guest.


Briefs: Chattanooga named best place to retire

Chattanooga has been listed as one of the 2018 10 Best Places to Retire by Livability.com, ranking No. 4.

Each of the 10 cities ranked offers access to affordable and quality health care, an accessible cost of living, retiree-friendly businesses and services, as well as amenities to keep residents active and engaged.


Events: Chattanooga Market at the Convention Center

The Downtown Chattanooga Market is moving indoors for the final three weekends of the 2018 season. Vendors will be at the Chattanooga Convention Center Dec. 1-2, 8-9 and 15-16. The market will be open Saturdays 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.