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Celebrating Chattanooga’s suffragettes
Events set to mark city’s role in securing women’s right to vote

Chattanooga, with a population of almost 58,000, was Tennessee’s fourth-largest city in 1920, but it played an outsized role back then in ensuring that women across the country gained the right to vote. Chattanooga and Hamilton County will mark that history and the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment next year in community events that residents can help create and plan right now.


Arora heeds emotional pull to family law

Sonali Arora’s fast-track journey to a corporate law career took an abrupt turn when, while studying at the University of Tennessee School of Law, she participated in a tax clinic in Oak Ridge helping attendees navigate their problems with the IRS.


Baker Donelson scores in U.S. News-Best Lawyers list

Baker Donelson has garnered 197 first-tier metropolitan rankings in the 2020 U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” list.

The 10th edition of the annual analysis includes more than 14,000 U.S. law firms.

These Tier 1 rankings across 13 markets in nine states earned Baker Donelson the second-highest number of first-tier metropolitan rankings in the nation.


'Best Law Firms' picks Leitner, Williams for 9th year

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan, PLLC has been ranked in the 2020 edition of “Best Law Firms” for the ninth consecutive year.

Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise.


Christopher named 'Rising Star'

Kevin Christopher has been selected to the 2019 Tennessee Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers.

Each year, no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business.

Chattanooga’s Christopher is the principal of Rockridge Venture Law, the state’s first Certified B Corp law group and a 2019 Best For The World community honoree.


Pierce & Huisman earn 'Best Law Firm' ranking

The law firm of Pierce & Huisman, PLLC has been selected for inclusion as a 2020 U.S. News-Best Law Firm in the area of trusts and estates law for the Greater Chattanooga area.

Firms included in the 2020 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with consistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must first have a lawyer recognized in The Best Lawyers in America, which recognizes the top 5% of private practicing lawyers in the U.S.


Hill, Sakich rap expansion plans

One morning a few months ago, real estate agent Kathryn Hill woke up with the idea for a rap song she could hardly wait to write down. It started like this:

My name is Kathryn and it must be fate. I live in Chattanooga and I sell real estate! What’s going on? Are prices up or are they down? I go by ChattaKat and I can tell you about your town!


Should you sell your home this holiday season?

The holidays are approaching, and many home sellers are wondering whether they should keep their properties on the market or take them off. Or, if owners haven’t listed their home yet, should wait until spring or brave the winter real estate market?


Realtor English joins Heritage Center board

The Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center has announced new board members, including Chattanooga Realtor Becky Cope English.

The planned National Medal of Honor Heritage Center will be a 19,0000 square-foot facility that honors the tradition, culture and values of the Medal of Honor. Located in downtown Chattanooga at Aquarium Plaza, the Heritage Center will feature exhibits to tell the real-life stories of these ordinary people who demonstrated extraordinary heroics under the most difficult circumstances.


Newsmakers: Beacon Children’s welcomes Asbury

Pediatrician Laura Asbury, M.D., has joined the Chattanooga-based Beacon Children’s Diagnostic Center.

The pediatrician’s office offers regular daytime appointments, as well as a night clinic.

Asbury is now accepting patients at the center, 7550 Goodwin Road, in the East Brainerd area.


Events: Big Band Day

Rounding out the 2019 season, Chattanooga Market brings back a local favorite for many, Big Band Day.

The day features local favorite Sweet Georgia Sound playing big band and swing tunes from the 1930s and 40s. Sweet Georgia Sound will take the stage at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 10. The 20-plus member band is known for a variety of ballroom dance music that includes classic and modern big band, swing, Latin and waltz tunes.


What can investors learn from veterans?

Each year, Veterans Day allows us to show our respect for the sacrifices military veterans have made for our country. But have you ever stopped to think about what lessons our veterans can teach us about how we conduct various aspects of our lives?


MCA opens new tech facility

MCA has officially opened an additional building on its Chattanooga technology campus.

The MCA Support Center is a showcase of technical talent, bringing local help desk support to the MCA customer base. During the past three years, the MCA help desk has grown at an exponential rate leading Mike Collins, president of MCA, to purchase the 11,000-square foot building adjacent to the MCA headquarters in the Bonny Oaks Industrial Park.


Fall Take Back Day gets rid of medications

The Hamilton County Coalition and its local and federal partners collected more than 1,500 pounds of medication on National Prescription Take Back Day.

A 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted by the Drug Enforcement Administration found 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study showed a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.


MTSU extends pact with Chattanooga State

Middle Tennessee State University has signed an agreement to extend the “MTSU Promise” to Chattanooga State Community College, the eighth such pathway established for students with associate degrees to move seamlessly to the four-year university.


Redfin brokerage comes to Chattanooga

Redfin, a tech-powered real estate brokerage, has announced its launch into Chattanooga.

Buyers and sellers can now use Redfin’s full-service agents and website and iOS and Android app to search all homes for sale.

Redfin’s local agents are able to provide full service and charge a lower fee. Redfin will sell homes for just a 1.5% listing fee.


Urban League honors supporters

The Urban League of Greater Chattanooga recently held the affiliate’s 37th annual Equal Opportunity Day Breakfast and honored corporations and individuals who support the organization.

The group recognized Ted and Kelly Alling, Chattanooga Preparatory School, Chancellor Steven Angle and students, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and the Sankofa Fund as award recipients.