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Attorney Drew Reynolds reaching new milestones personally, professionally

A casual examination of the life of attorney Drew Reynolds will reveal a young man who has made well-considered and intelligent decisions. His recent purchase of his first home was a significant personal milestone, for example. Becoming a partner at Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams at the beginning of 2014 was a landmark moment for him as an attorney. A closer analysis, however, reveals an interesting tidbit:


Chattanooga Police Department holds Annual Awards Ceremony

The Chattanooga Police Department held its Annual Awards Ceremony Tuesday at Chattanooga State Community College. The purpose of the event, which took place during National Police Week, was to honor the officers, civilian employees, and community members who went above and beyond the call of duty in 2014. 


Realtors, builders, mortgage bankers enjoy night at the Lookouts

Thursday, May 7 was a good night to take in a Chattanooga Lookouts game. Not only did local Realtors, builders, and mortgage bankers enjoy great food and time spent with colleagues and friends, but they also watched the Lookouts defeat the Jackson Generals 10-4. 


Buyers returning to homeownership after facing foreclosure
Realtor Association President's Message

During the Great Recession, the National Association of Realtors analyzed that nearly 9.3 million homeowners underwent a foreclosure, a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure, or a short sale. After sitting out of the market for several years to rebuild their credit, these former homeowners are slowly coming back to the market looking for another chance at homeownership.


EVENT CALENDAR

Filmmaker Amy Oppenheimer to speak

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga will host a luncheon featuring filmmaker Amy Oppenheimer on Tuesday, May 19 at noon at the Jewish Cultural Center, located at 5461 North Terrace Road. Oppenheimer is the director of “Faces of Israel” and an expert speaker on religion and state issues in Israel. RSVP by calling 493-0270 or rsvp@jewishchattanooga.com.


“Step-by-step” approach can ease estate-planning process
Financial Focus

Like many people, you may enjoy investing. After all, it can be invigorating to put away money for your future, follow the performance of your investments and track the progress you’re making toward your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement. However, you might be less excited about doing estate planning, dreading the perceived time, effort and cost. Yet, you can make the entire process more manageable by breaking it up into specific tasks. 


Gale Matthews joins Crye-Leike Ooltewah office

Crye-Leike this week welcomed Gale Matthews to its Ooltewah office. Matthews has worked in the real estate industry for the past 33 years in various areas along the east coast.

“I have learned what works in real estate,” said Matthews. “I am eager to share my years of experience with my customers.”


Downtown living: How Chattanooga got its groove back

Chattanooga’s downtown has an interesting history and equally interesting homes and buildings. In fact, there are 102 historic properties on the National Register. From the James Building to the Maclellan Building and the home of Chancellor T.M. McConnell, Chattanooga has a wide array of historical buildings that are well positioned for the future. 


Home improvement loans assist low income homeowners

On Tuesday, May 5, the Chattanooga City Council voted to provide Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise (CNE) with $100,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to help low income homeowners make repairs to their home, and $15,000 in CDBG funding for pre-purchase counseling. A long standing partner with the City, CNE has provided over 3,800 homeowners with much needed repairs.


Tastebuds makes finding local food easy

The new issue of TasteBuds, Chattanooga’s free guide to locally grown and raised foods, is hot off the presses. TasteBuds offers seasonal recipes and a listing of area farms and local-food related businesses.

Copies of the printed TasteBuds can be found downtown at multiple locations, including Chattanooga Outdoors, the Read House Historic Inn, Niedlov’s Breadworks, and Lupi’s Pizza, or by stopping by Crabtree Farms, located at 1000 East 30th Street. 


A hot mess
The Critic's Corner

Hot Pursuit,” the new comedy starring Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, reeks of the kind of moviemaking-by-committee one finds at major studios when the executives are trying to replicate the success of another popular film.


Schumer satire stings
I Swear

A recent episode of “Inside Amy Schumer” parodies the 1957 Sidney Lumet movie “12 Angry Men.” A “jury” of dudes deliberate whether Schumer is “hot enough” to be on TV. Jeff Goldblum, John Hawkes, Paul Giamatti, Nick DiPaolo, and Kumail Nanjiani are spot-on with their mimicry of the original actors from the movie—Henry Fonda, Ed Begely, Lee J. Cobb, and others.


Cabela’s employee ‘cuts the ribbon’ at grand opening ceremony

Cabela’s employee Tiffany Westbrook, a competitive archer, “cut the ribbon” to officially open the new store.

Cabela’s employee Tiffany Westbrook, a competitive archer,


The Dumpmeister
Kay's Cooking Corner

Have you been lucky enough to see the “As Seen on TV” infomercials of the lady with her “dump cakes?” She can make every kind of meal you can imagine by dumping everything in one pot and baking it. My husband calls her “the dump-meister.”


Are We There Yet?

The end is near!” screamed the street corner prophet as I put my quarters in the parking meter in front of my favorite Chinese restaurant. Then I’d better look busy, I thought to myself, remembering a funny bumper sticker.


A simple cigar box
Read All About It

You never know how someone will interpret your intentions until they have to make a decision that can either put you in the driver’s seat or on the street walking. Over the past few days, the bank made just such a call on me that stopped everything, and it was over someone reading a name wrong.


Composting made easy (well, easier)
Do It Yourself

Do you compost? Rather, do you want to compost, but think it is too difficult? If so, then I am going to explain how easy and fun composting can be. Composting is one of the best economical things you can do for the yard. It is great for the environment and the result is nutrient-rich soil that surpasses any fertilizer you can buy.


Brainbuster - Make Your Brain Tingle

Things to do and places to see. School is almost over, so it’s time for you and the kids to hit the road! Try on some of these mountains for size. Although, some of them might not be so kid friendly!

1. One of the world’s tallest peaks, the Matterhorn, is a part of which European Mountain range? Alps; Caucasus; Carpathians; Sudetes.


Baker Donelson named NLADA Beacon of Justice award winner

For the second consecutive year, Baker Donelson has been named a Beacon of Justice Award winner by the National Legal Aid & Defender Association (NLADA).

The 2015 Beacon of Justice Awards recognize law firms whose pro bono accomplishments have expanded opportunities for the underserved in areas such as education, health care, housing, and legal services.