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From CPA to attorney to coach
Combs’ journey leads to helping next generation

Assistant U.S. district attorney Tammy Combs is accustomed to change. In some respects, her life has consisted of a series of adjustments – some intentional, some not. But there’s a shift coming she says will be unlike anything she’s gone through.


American Bar Association names Baker Donelson an ABA Free Legal Answers leader

Baker Donelson is a recipient of the American Bar Association’s Free Legal Answers 2020 Pro Bono Leader Award. The ABA selected the firm in recognition of its contribution to the virtual legal advice clinic at abafreelegalanswers.org.

The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service presents this annual recognition to attorneys, law firms, corporate law departments and other organizations that have provided “extraordinary pro bono services” through the ABA Free Legal Answers website, reports Baker Donelson in a news release.


The face behind the technology of virtual mock trials

Things appeared to go smoothly during the Chattanooga Bar Association’s annual meeting in February, a live and virtual hybrid of the organization’s yearly soiree. But there was more to the technically seamless occasion than met the eye or ear.


Bishop joins Grant Konvalinka as associate

Hunter Bishop has joined the law firm of Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison as an associate.

Bishop, a native of Polk County, graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2016, where he earned a degree in political science and a minor in business administration. Bishop then earned his juris doctorate from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2020.


Your employer can’t force you to get vaccinated – yet
Most say it’s best to ‘encourage’ vaccinations

A steady stream of people line up quietly on a weekday morning to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “We’ve been waiting for this for months,” one man says as he reaches the head of the line.

Those in line have decided on their own to be vaccinated. Others might not have a choice if they want to keep their jobs.


Morway on another winning run
Former college soccer player works to master new hometown

When a debilitating injury sidelined Kara Morway at the beginning of her senior year as an Illinois State Redbird, she had a decision to make: End her Division I collegiate soccer career on a sour note or dive into rehab and do her best to return to the sport she’d been playing since she first toddled onto a field at age 3.


National commercial real estate insights

It’s easy for people to think only about homes when we talk about real estate. We drive in our neighborhoods and we see “For Sale” signs. Real estate is where we live, right?

Yes, but there’s another crucial component to real estate that helps to provide a full picture of the market. Commercial real estate is just as integral to the community as residential real estate. Even in an era of online business, brick-and-mortar establishments provide crucial needs every day.


Top design trends for 2021 connect indoors, outdoors

More than 160 single-family, multifamily, interior design, remodeling and community projects were honored at last week’s 2020 Best in American Living Awards virtual ceremony.

BALA winners showcase top design trends homebuyers can expect to see in homes and communities over the next several years, including:


Newsmakers: Bishop joins WWTA board of commissioners

Bobby Bishop will serve as the Lakesite representative on the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority’s board of commissioners. Bishop is a 23-year veteran of Davron Technologies, where he serves as office manager. He has an associate’s degree from Chattanooga State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Science in business from Bryan College.


Is Tennessee ready for the slippery slope of legislating by phone?

During the pandemic, members of local and state governing bodies have been allowed to conduct meetings electronically per executive order by Gov. Bill Lee.

They have not had to hold physical meetings in a physical place. They can hold meetings on Zoom or even by telephone conference call, as long as they allow the public real-time live audio or video access and follow other rules.


Resilience is key to meeting financial goals

In just about any endeavor, you’ll benefit by showing resilience. And that’s certainly true when it comes to achieving your financial goals.  

You can demonstrate this resilience by answering these questions:

• What is your specific goal?


Personal Finance: Common tools can save you time, money on taxes

Receipts, like memories, tend to fade with time. That’s just one reason to digitize and track tax-related information. The right apps and habits can save space, time, money and hassle – but only if you use them.

“Apps should make things easier, not more complicated,” says Clare Levison, a certified public accountant in Blacksburg, Virginia. “The definition of a good app is what works for you, not the one that’s the trendiest.”


Erlanger Gastroenterology now seeing patients at Bradley County office

Erlanger Gastroenterology now offers patient appointments on Mondays at the Erlanger physician offices in Cleveland.

Dr. Arslan Kahloon and nurse practitioner Sharlotte Manley are seeing patients at the Bradley Heritage Medical Park location.


Medical Society and Foundation funds grant for Brainerd Food Pantry

The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society and Foundation recently funded a $10,000 grant to assist in opening the Brainerd Community Food Pantry.

“One of the tenets of our organization is promoting community health,” says Dr. James Haynes, past president of the Medical Society and chair of the Healthy Community Work Group. “A major facet of health is nutrition. In our area, nearly 200,000 people could face hunger. Of those people, 41% are children.


Career Corner: Safe in-person return to work might be pronlem for employers

Business owners and managers are beginning to worry. And, it’s not what you’d think.

With the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations accelerating, so is the number of workers who can more safely return to their workplaces. This should be great news.


Behind the Wheel: How the 2021 Tesla Model S compares to Porsche Taycan

The Tesla Model S debuted nearly a decade ago and instantly portended the future of electric vehicles. Here was a sleek EV with intriguing new technology features and unmatched performance and range.

Tesla’s continual updates have kept the rest of the automotive industry in catch-up mode. Only recently has a model come out to rival the Model S: the Porsche Taycan.