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Realtor LaRue knocking on door of national honor

If you ask Chattanooga Realtor Aubrey LaRue if she works well under pressure, she might tell you about the time she became a finalist for Realtor Magazine’s annual “30 Under 30” feature.

Each May, the publication features 30 rising stars in real estate who are successful in the business and have demonstrated leadership in their profession and community.


Baker Donelson expands coronavirus task force

Baker Donelson has expanded its multidisciplinary task force focused on providing counsel to clients navigating the growing impact of the coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak.

This team, which in January began monitoring the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on global supply chains and employees overseas, brings together legal professionals across multiple Baker Donelson practice groups with experience in the operational, legal, regulatory and governmental issues that will be vital to ensuring businesses implement a comprehensive approach to preparing for and responding to the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak, the firm says.


Boys & Girls Clubs names Morgan to board of directors

Attorney John “Jay” Morgan has rejoined the board of directors of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Chattanooga.

Morgan began his practice as an associate for Morgan & Garner in 1983. He is a member of the Chattanooga, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, American Trial Lawyers Association and a barrister in the American Inns of Court. Morgan’s civic involvement includes the First-Centenary United Methodist Church, where he has served for many years as a Sunday school teacher and is a former chairman of the church council.


Moore ready to share inspection expertise with area Realtors

During over 35 years of construction and property inspection experience, Melanie Moore has learned a thing or two about what makes a house tick. Now she wants to pass on her knowledge to Realtors.

Moore is now accredited to teach continuing education classes covering home inspection topics to real estate agents in Tennessee and Georgia. Her offerings include nine classes totaling 19 CE credits in Tennessee and nine classes totaling 27 CE hours in Georgia.


Spring means it’s time for a deep clean

Winter is almost over, and spring is knocking at the door. That means it’s time to make your home sparkle and shine with a bit of spring cleaning.

Cleaning out clutter and grabbing the vacuum are some of the obvious chores, but here are four tasks you might not think of that can help get your house ready for those warmer temps and longer days ahead.


DIY mistakes to avoid

Spring is around the corner in the Tennessee Valley, so you might be motivated to tackle a household project you’ve been avoiding all winter long.

Regular household chores such as changing air filters or replacing lightbulbs are low cost and easy ways to keep your home running optimally. But if you’re preparing to take on a bigger project, you might want to take an honest assessment of what you can accomplish or if you should hire a professional remodeler.


Another compelling redemption story found on ‘The Way Back’

I’m a sucker for sports movies in which an athlete or team overcomes daunting obstacles to win a medal or championship. There’s something about beating the odds and claiming the crown that captivates me, no matter how many times I see it.


Don’t let coronavirus infect your investment strategy

The coronavirus has become a major health concern, not just in China but in other parts of the world, too. It’s also shaken up the financial markets. As an individual investor, how concerned should you be?

The impact of the coronavirus on the markets isn’t surprising. China is the world’s second-largest economy, and when it experiences factory closures, supply chain disruptions and city lockdowns, the ripple effect on the world’s other economies is considerable. Plus, the financial markets simply don’t like uncertainty – and there’s a lot of that associated with this outbreak and the efforts to contain it.


Volkswagen to recruit 600 new production team members

Volkswagen Chattanooga is aiming to hire up to 600 production employees during the next three months. This is the first time since 2009 the company is accepting applications for production employees directly versus through a staffing agency.

Volkswagen will accept applications March 23-June 30 for production positions and select candidates to move to the assessment process.


McNabb Center begins building therapeutic preschool

Helen Ross McNabb Center will soon complete construction on a therapeutic preschool that will provide early intervention services to children ages 2-5 who have been abused, neglected or have experienced trauma of any kind.

“We are excited to begin offering this service in our community,” says Gayle Lodato, Helen Ross McNabb Center’s senior director of services in the Chattanooga region. “Children affected by adverse experiences have special emotional needs that many child care and school facilities are not equipped to accommodate.”


Millennium Bank to acquire Columbia Bank

Chattanooga-based Millennium Bancshares plans to acquire First Columbia Bancorp. First Columbia is based in Lake City, Florida, and has branch locations in Gainesville and Ocala.

The proposed transaction would create one community bank headquartered in Chattanooga under the Millennium Bank brand.


Symphony receives $10K National Endowment for the Arts Works grant

The National Endowment for the Arts has approved the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera for a $10,000 Art Works grant to support concerts of works by female composers and female guest artists, as well as related educational activities.

The award will provide funding for the CSO’s April 30 season finale, “Pictures at an Exhibition,” which will feature Chinese-American composer Wang Jie’s “America the Beautiful.”


Red Wolves will play in CHI Memorial Stadium

CHI Memorial Hospital has claimed the rights to name Tennessee’s first professional soccer stadium.

CHI Memorial Stadium will host the Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club, the Chattanooga Lady Red Wolves, various professional men’s and women’s exhibition games, the USL League Two Dalton Red Wolves and college national championships.


Chattanooga Market’s opening set for April 25-26

The Chattanooga Market will open for the 2020 season the weekend of April 25-26. This will be the 20th season of the local farmers and artists market.

Held typically on Sundays, the Chattanooga Market is a part of weekend life for locals who congregate to shop, socialize and eat.


Behind the Wheel: Five sedans worth considering amid the SUV mania

SUVs are among the most popular vehicles on the road, and their sales growth has come at the expense of the traditional four-door sedan. Many shoppers are attracted to the greater utility and higher seating positions these vehicles typically provide.