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A shelter from violence
Bulletproof tables offered as shield against school shooters

A table its maker says can save lives during an active shooting will be manufactured in Chattanooga.

Claiming a piece of furniture could prevent casualties during an attack when places like schools, stores and churches still feel soft might seem bold, but St. Louis-based First Line Furniture is certain it has a product the country needs.


Local students Zoom to mock trial championship

Just as lawyers, judges and jurors have been convening virtually to try cases during the pandemic, high school students across Tennessee recently assembled via Zoom to participate in regional mock trial tournaments.

The Tennessee Bar Association organized the COVID-friendly competitions – held in each of the state’s grand divisions – to give teams an opportunity to qualify for its upcoming statewide contest.


Christmas fund set up to honor attorney Lanzo

Family and friends of late attorney Stan Lanzo have established the Stan Lanzo Christmas Fund to honor his life and commitment to the less fortunate. The fund will provide Christmas presents to older foster children in the Chattanooga area. Contributions can be made online at fundly.com/stan-lanzo-christmas-fund or mailed to: Stan Lanzo Christmas Fund, Chattanooga Bar Foundation, 801 Broad Street, Ste. 420, Chattanooga, TN 37402. Lanzo died Feb. 4 following a battle with Parkinson’s disease.


Helping erase economic disparity
Realtor offers financial security to community often mired in debt

A little more than 10 years ago, Nadia Charmelus noticed one of the couples in the church her husband pastors was drowning in a deep pool of financial distress.

As Charmelus, the owner and managing broker of Vision Realty in Chattanooga, describes it, the husband and wife had sunk to the bottom and believed they had no means of rising above the surface.


Homeownership For All

The dream of homeownership is sadly being kept out of reach for many in this country.

A study just released by the National Association of Realtors shows the homeownership rate for Black Americans (42%) is nearly 30% less than the rate for white Americans (69.8%).


Can high-performance building strategies decrease lumber demand?

Lumber prices have soared because of supply chain issues and other COVID-19-related challenges. Solving the crisis is a critical priority for the Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga, particularly because of housing affordability implications.


Tivoli Theatre, Stone foundations launch Recovery Fund Challenge

The Tivoli Theatre Foundation has launched the Recovery Fund Challenge to help return its historic venues to life. The challenge provides donors to the nonprofit the opportunity to double the impact of any contribution.


Modus Build joins Austin Hatcher’s capital campaign

Modus Build has joined the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s capital campaign, “Transforming Lives, Building Dreams.”

After working on the construction of the foundation’s Education Advancement Center, Modus Build partnered with Austin Hatcher on its capital campaign to aid the foundation in its expansion of services.


THDA proving COVID-19 rent relief

Hamilton County renters, along with renters in all of Hamilton County’s municipalities, might be eligible for COVID-19 rent relief.

The Tennessee Housing Development Agency has implemented the U.S. Treasury’s Rent Relief Act of 2020.


Parkridge East begins $9.8M Women’s Services expansion

Parkridge East Hospital has begun a $9,759,000 modernization of its Women’s Services units.

Among the largest expansions in the hospital’s nearly 50-year history, the 4,366-square-foot project will add five postpartum beds and one labor and delivery bed.


How can women overcome obstacles to financial security?

On March 8, we observe International Women’s Day, a celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. Of course, women still tend to encounter more obstacles than men in the pursuit of financial security. Let’s consider a few of them.


Worry about the right thing with your estate taxes

Death and taxes may be the only certainties in life, but death taxes are only a remote possibility for most people. The vast majority of Americans won’t ever have or give away enough to owe estate or gift taxes.

Far more people could be affected if a tax break that benefits heirs is eliminated. While campaigning for president, Joe Biden proposed doing away with something called the “step-up in basis” that allows people to minimize or avoid capital gains taxes on inherited assets. But no legislation has been proposed yet, and such a change could have a tough time getting approved by a divided Congress.


Net Resource Foundation seeks sponsors for South Chattanooga beautification

The Net Resource Foundation is looking for individuals or businesses to sponsor benches in its south Chattanooga community beautification project.

In partnership with Westside Baptist Church, the open space at 4000 Hughes Avenue will enhance the community by offering an outdoor performance venue, tree-covered paths, a location for summer and after-school programs and a community garden.


Big comfort in GLS, Escalade, Navigator

Among luxury SUVs, the Cadillac Escalade has long made no apologies about being big and brash. Now Cadillac has redesigned the Escalade for 2021 with a new look and an infusion of new technology. Do these updates make it the best large luxury SUV you can buy?


Millennial Money: 3 strategies for an unequal recovery

The past year has fractured our world in countless ways. Now, as people look to pick up the pieces, those managing debt need to account for their position in our uneven economic recovery.

In this so-called K-shaped recovery, one part of the population is rebounding quickly while another has a longer, slower path. For example, in January the unemployment rate for whites was 5.7%, compared to 8.6% for Hispanics, 9.2% for Black workers and 6.6% for Asians, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports.


Career Corner: Careful what you wear, even if it’s just a Zoom call

It sometimes feels as if the pandemic has changed everything about the nature of work. One notable thing that has changed: Our work attire.

For most of my career, I’ve thought of my work uniform as a costume. It’s a version of ourselves that we show in a certain setting. It’s like wearing certain clothes to religious services.