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How ‘back to normal’ tastes
Zarzour’s isn’t going to let another pandemic keep it from serving city

“Come get a burger before we both starve!” declares the Facebook page of Zarzour’s, a 10-seat restaurant with a reputation for being one of Chattanooga’s oldest eateries.

Located in a tiny cinderblock building behind Fire Station 1 downtown, Zarzour’s closed its dining room in March to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. But owners, Shannon and Joe Fuller, continue to offer pickup and delivery, which the shelter-in-place order Mayor Andy Berke issued April 2 allows.


Madison’s specialty takes center stage

Attorney Alan Madison advises clients on pressing issues as a member of Miller & Martin’s corporate group.

Within this realm of the law, Madison, 40, has developed a niche in debt financing. Through this work, he represents borrowers in financial transactions that allow them to continue operating.


Making houses look great a snap for Beach

Drew Beach won’t be joining his fellow undergraduates on a job hunt when he graduates from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in a few weeks. Rather, he intends to continue doing the only work he’s ever done: Real estate photography.


Virus’ impact felt in March housing statistics

As COVID-19’s impact spread across the country in March, the stock market decline that started in February accelerated downward before recovering slightly in the last week of the month.

With volatility across every financial market, lenders began to tighten underwriting standards, and as a result, some buyers found they were no longer approved for a loan.


How to find and hire a remodeler who’s right for you

Are you tired of cooking in a dated kitchen or spending time in cramped living space you’ve outgrown?

If you’re a homeowner who would rather upgrade than sell your house, it might be time to remodel. If your remodel involves structural, electrical or plumbing work, you should consider hiring a professional remodeler.


Support downtown restaurants and win

Takeout, curbside pickup, delivery and online shopping options for downtown Chattanooga restaurants and retailers are now listed at www.DowntownChattanooga.org.

Also, community members can win gift cards to local eateries by getting social with their takeout purchases.


VW Chattanooga implements temporary virus furloughs

As the COVID-19 public health crisis deepened, Volkswagen Chattanooga implemented temporary emergency furloughs for its production and maintenance workforce effective April 11.

These employees have been unable to work since the factory’s production suspension, which began March 21, to help prevent the further spread of the coronavirus.


Time to ‘Go Green’ With Your Investments?

 Over the past several weeks, many of us have been working from home in response to the “social distancing” necessitated by the coronavirus. Nonetheless, we still have opportunities to get outside and enjoy Mother Nature. And now, with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day being celebrated on April 22, it’s important to appreciate the need to protect our environment. Of course, you can do so in many ways – including the way you invest.


Braam takes leadership role at American Water

Tennessee American Water has named David Braam senior manager of government affairs and economic development for Tennessee.

As lead for the company’s legislative and business development efforts, Braam is responsible for economic development, legislative and regulatory strategy. Braam reports to Tennessee American Water president Darlene Williams.


Habitat for Humanity continues construction work amid COVID-19 pandemic

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga is continuing efforts to protect its staff, volunteers and community during the COVID-19 pandemic while also moving forward with construction work on the Women Build house and other exterior repair projects.


NAR survey finds many Realtors hopeful for market rebound

With an expected slowdown in spring real estate business activity, many Realtors remain hopeful for a post-pandemic market rebound, according to a new survey from the National Association of Realtors.

The majority of Realtors say buyers and sellers will return to the market as delayed transactions following the end of the health crisis. Nearly six out of 10 members (59%) say buyers are delaying home purchases for a couple of months, while a similar share of members (57%) saying sellers are delaying home sales for a couple of months.


Annual report highlights Chattanooga State achievements

Chattanooga State Community College has published its annual report for fiscal year July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019. The report highlights the school’s achievements and impact within its six-county service area.

Chattanooga State issued a record 1,049 technical certificates and diplomas. In addition, graduates reported a 97% job placement rate.


White to leave River City Company, search underway for her replacement

Kim White is stepping down as president and CEO of River City Company, leaving the board of the downtown development nonprofit to search for a new leader.

“Kim’s leadership has been invaluable in energizing our city through many successful initiatives and partnerships, and we wish her well as she pursues new opportunities,” says Tom Griscom, board chairman.