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Right team has Cochran in the pink
Crew finds success following bouncing ‘pingpong ball’

It’s 6 a.m. on a weekday, which means Realtor Bekah Cochran is awake and working.

She didn’t set an alarm the night before. As a mother of four, she’s developed an internal alarm that rouses her before anyone else in the house has an inkling it’s morning.


Friends, colleagues help Shattuck celebrate 36 years on bench

The Chattanooga Bar Association hosted a retirement reception for the Hon. Clarence Shattuck on May 23 at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre to celebrate his 36 years as a

Hamilton County General Sessions Judge. Family, friends and members of the bar attended.


Mikel, Hamill launch new law firm

Attorneys Donna Mikel and Doug Hamill have opened a new law firm – Mikel & Hamill PLLC.

Mikel & Hamill focuses on serving individuals needing employment law advice, representation and assistance while also offering solutions to businesses and other parties seeking solutions to employment-related dilemmas.


Life after Casada: A ‘kinder, gentler’ TN House

Tennessee House members can expect a lower-key, collegial atmosphere when they return in January without Glen Casada as their speaker, several members say.

It’s also possible the number of House committees and subcommittees, 43, will return to the pre-Casada level of 28.


RE/MAX’s Purcell earns broker license

Realtor Mike Purcell has earned his real estate broker’s license. He has been affiliated with RE/MAX Renaissance in Hixson for three years.

Purcell started his real estate career after 36 years in engineering and management with the Tennessee Valley Authority.


Four reasons why summer is the best time to move

On the fence about moving this summer? Realtor.com highlights these reasons that might make you want to take the plunge and jump into the hot housing market.

Long days with plenty of sun

Weather conditions in the winter can make moving difficult. But warm weather means you won’t have to deal with snow or cold, which can make a move difficult or uncomfortable.


Taking the steps to find, purchase your home

As the homebuilding industry celebrates National Homeownership Month in June, new data from the National Association of Home Builders reveal that starting in 2019, a majority of senior (56%) and millennial (50%) buyers have moved beyond planning to purchase a home to actually starting the search process.


Different goals require different investment strategies

To achieve any of your financial objectives, you need to save and invest – that much is clear. But just how you save and invest may differ from goal to goal. Let’s look at two common goals to see the differences in your savings and investment strategies.


Critic's Corner: Inconsistencies? Just ignore them, enjoy ride with ‘Rocketman’

“Rocketman” begins and ends with Elton John ditching a gig at Madison Square Garden and storming into rehab in a kitschy devil suit.

Although the film is said to be biographical in nature, this never happened.

But that’s beside the point. John putting his career on pause and entering rehab to deal with his many addictions was a turning point in his life. And “Rocketman” needed something more dramatic than John gaping horrified at footage of himself at a funeral (the thing that actually spurred him to enter rehab) to make that point.


Around Neyland in 8 games: UT offers variety with Vol Pass

Declining attendance is an issue facing college football programs across the country.

Many fans find the comforts of home – and the picture quality on their high-definition TV – reason enough to avoid the crowds. Others are turned off by the poor quality of matchups or a program’s lack of success. Other are simply busy with other priorities.


Hixson’s Watson selected to chair Healthy States National Task Force

Tennessee Sen. Bo Watson (R-Hixson) has been selected to chair the Council of State Governments’ Healthy States National Task Force. Watson will lead the task force with co-chair Delaware State Sen. Bryan Townsend (D-Newark).

The group will spend two years surveying best practices and state initiatives during planned task force meetings, some of which will be held at the annual CSG national conferences.


Spero Health opens addiction treatment center in Chattanooga

Spero Health is opening an outpatient addiction treatment clinic in Chattanooga. Located at 7030 Lee Highway, the clinic is expected to start seeing patients at the end of June.

Spero Health accepts TennCare and participates with select commercial insurance plans.


Newsmakers: Austin Hatcher hires coordinator

Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has named Lauren Kelly its new family service coordinator.

Kelly is a 2014 University of Alabama graduate. Before joining Austin Hatcher, she spent 2½ years teaching pre-school. She also has extensive volunteer experience in her hometown of Birmingham and was an intern at two different nonprofits, where she assisted with fundraising, special event coordination, donation requests and volunteer management.


Diversity expert Elam to keynote Chamber luncheon

The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce will host Diversify, a half-day summit highlighting inclusion in the 21st century workplace, Wednesday, June 19 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Diversify will feature breakout sessions and a lunch program keynoted by diversity expert Deborah Elam.


CHA partners with city’s homeless program to offer housing vouchers

The Chattanooga Housing Authority and the City of Chattanooga are partnering to provide vouchers to homeless individuals in the city.

With the city adding seven new housing navigators and case managers, access to the vouchers should become easier for individuals seeking assistance.


Advocates urge Congress to restore Chattanooga's national parks

Ahead of National Trails Day, National Park Partners Executive Director Tricia Mims led a tour of trails near the Point Park destination on Lookout Mountain to highlight the nearly $50 million in deferred maintenance facing Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park.


Echelon Studio opens free weekday classes

Echelon, a provider of indoor cycling and innovative fitness technology, is offering free classes at its cycling studio in Chattanooga on weekdays, every week, to give back to the community and help people achieve their fitness goals.

Since launching in September, the studio has been the buzz around the Chattanooga Choo Choo, opening its doors to the local community and vacationers in its mission to offer fitness for everyone.


Events: Gallery at Blackwell’s spring show reception

The Photographic Society of Chattanooga (chattanoogaphoto.org) will present its spring exhibit during a reception at the Gallery at Blackwell on June 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The theme of the exhibit is Springtime in Chattanooga. Refreshments will be provided. The gallery is located at Blackwell Automotive at 71 Eastgate Loop in Chattanooga. Contact The Photographic Society at 423 344-5643 or info@chattanoogaphoto.org.