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Signs of life for Chattanooga tourism
Research, bookings show vaccinated visitors eager to return after year of sheltering at home

From the top of Lookout Mountain to the cool depths of the Tennessee River, Chattanooga has a long history of tourism.

A little more than 100 years before the Tennessee Aquarium began welcoming visitors in 1992, Lookout Inn started inviting guests to lodge on the eastern face of the mountain. A few years later, the Incline Railway began carrying them there.


Alston named fellow of the American Bar Foundation

The American Bar Foundation has named Husch Blackwell managing partner Michael Alston a fellow.

The fellows of the ABF is a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities.


Legal Aid’s Fowler preserves pieces of history

During a time when people are digitizing everything from contracts to signatures, Russell Fowler is something of a modern-day Indiana Jones, a raider of the lost art of putting pen to paper.

The artifacts Fowler seeks are not made of gold or jewels, but of yellowed paper and faded ink.


GPS mock trial teams win first, third place in state competition

The Mock Trial Club at Girls Preparatory School has experienced a year of firsts. It was the first year the school had enough participants to fill five teams – the most in the program’s nine-year history. It was also the first time the school competed in an all-virtual contest.


Crutchfield and Ghaly join Miller & Martin

Attorneys Alexis Crutchfield and Fady Ghaly have joined the Chattanooga office of Miller & Martin.

Crutchfield practices within the firm’s litigation department, primarily working on business litigation and labor and employment matters.


Sizemore, 23, builds on quick start
Young Realtor leaves Keller, makes his mark on local rankings

When it comes to the key numbers in real estate, the CEO and principal broker of the Austin Sizemore Team is pleased with how well he and his agents are doing.

Sizemore says he believes residential sales in excess of 100 units and $20 million in 2020 placed his group among the top 20% of teams in the greater Chattanooga area.


Who the heck is buying all these homes?

Those of us in real estate have certainly noticed how fast the market has been this past year. Despite record-low inventory, more homes are being sold and quicker than any time in recent memory.

But who’s buying these homes? Everyone’s reasons for buying a home are different, but thanks to extensive research conducted by the National Association of Realtors, some nationwide trends have started to become apparent.


Ten quick ways to update appearance of bathrooms

Looking for simple, inexpensive ways to refresh your bathroom that can be knocked out in a weekend? Here’s a list of ideas that will add style and function, some of which can be completed in mere minutes!

1. Replace linens: Clean out the ratty, faded towels and linens and replace them with vibrant new colors or give your bathroom a resort-like Zen effect with the clean look of crisp new white linens.


Financial Focus: How much risk should you take before retirement?

If you’re planning to retire in just a few years, you might be getting excited about this next phase of your life. However, your ability to enjoy retirement fully will depend, at least partially, on the resources you can draw from your investment portfolio. So, while you still have time to act, ask yourself if you’re comfortable with your portfolio’s risk level.


Personal Finance: Overburdened IRS won’t be much help this tax season

Getting help from the IRS this tax season is going to be a challenge.

The IRS has finally opened the 23.4 million pieces of mail that piled up after the pandemic shuttered its processing centers last spring. But the agency still has a backlog of paperwork from last year even as it ingests this year’s returns, issues a third round of relief payments and gears up to send monthly child tax credit payments to millions of families.


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

The McNabb Center is launching a monthlong social media awareness campaign to bring attention to Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Throughout April, the center will be sharing information about how to recognize and prevent child abuse and neglect.


HCSO deploys enhanced electronic inmate services

Inmates at Silverdale Detention Center can now file their grievances in a new complaint box with a modern touch.

Instead of using pen and paper forms to file grievances, medical requests and commissary orders, inmates can use the new VendEngine kiosks located throughout the center.


HCSO gets federal grant to support employee mental health

The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services at the Department of Justice has awarded the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office a mental health and wellness grant to enhance the services it offers its employees.

The HCSO is one of only 41 recipients nationally to receive the $98,572 grant.


Minority-owned telehealth company opens Chattanooga facility

Minority-owned health care information technology company KaZee has opened a data center at 807 E. 16th Street in Chattanooga.

The company has similar facilities in Atlanta and Nashville and expects to continue to expand its operations in Tennessee.


MIllennial Money: Recovering from COVID-19? Here’s how to handle the financial hit

Testing and vaccination for the coronavirus is free thanks to laws passed last year. Treatment isn’t, however, and may be about to get more expensive.

A new vaccine is in production, millions of doses are being administered daily and President Joe Biden says there will be enough vaccines for all U.S. adults by the end of May. That’s great news. But there’s still a risk of getting COVID-19 and facing medical bills.


Carer Corner: You’ll learn more in college than by taking year(s) off

Should high school seniors go straight to college or enter the workforce first? This can feel like a difficult question as young people face such big decisions.

Those who argue they should work a few years say 18-year-olds are too young to make such life-altering decisions. They will take college for granted, select the wrong major and incur high student debt before they know what they really want to do.


Book review: There’s a reason (many)why family businesses fail

They say not to take work home with you.

Leave it at the office, they say. Lock the door and forget about work, seize the down-time, relax. Leave work at work, they say, but how can you? Your eldest child is the chief financial officer, her brother is the sales manager, two close cousins run the ad budget, you’re grooming the next generation, and you need “Harvard Business Review Family Business Handbook” by Josh Baron and Rob Lachenauer.


Behind the Wheel: Get the right vehicle for your towing needs

You might be thinking about hitting the road this spring with a new SUV or truck and pulling a trailer or toy hauler. But figuring out what kind of vehicle to get without overspending can be a confusing process.

To help, Edmunds’ car shopping experts have advice on how to better understand the jargon and interpret the potentially misleading towing numbers offered by automakers.


Newsmakers: McNabb joins Magnolia Trust

Attorney Rebecca McNabb has joined Magnolia Trust Company as an adviser to support the areas of complex estate planning and trust administration issues.

A recent graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Law, McNabb is pursuing her Master of Laws in taxation from the University of Alabama.