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Yun: Rebound, trouble loom
NAR economist sees sales growth, urges virus caution

Following the meteoric impact of the pandemic on the U.S. economy, National Association of Realtors chief economist Lawrence Yun sees the return of strong housing activity in the coming months as the nation reopens.

However, Yun warns that a second wave of the coronavirus could stall the recovery and advises following all Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19.


Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway welcomes Bush, Lype as associates

The law firm of Patrick, Beard, Schulman & Jacoway has hired two graduates fresh out of law school: Bryson Lype and Bill Bush.

Lype and Bush join Patrick Beard as associates who are permitted to practice under supervision pending admission to the bar.


Signature Brokers adds two agents

Better Homes and Gardens Signature Brokers has added two agents to its roster of Realtors representing home buyers and sellers through the Greater Chattanooga area: Yamilee Nielsen and Denver Denham.

Nielsen is a Houston native who made Chattanooga her home after she and her family decided quality matters more than quantity.


Realtors must update status of listings

We’re in the deep summer months, which traditionally is a popular time for those looking to buy or sell. Even during the ongoing pandemic, we’re still seeing buyers and sellers enter the market despite the low inventory in some price points.


Clarification on list of top Realtors

The Hamilton County Herald published on June 10 a list of the Chattanooga real estate agents and teams included in REAL Trends’ newest edition of America’s Best Real Estate Professionals.

America’s Best Real Estate Professionals ranks participating agents and teams based on residential transaction sides and sales volume. The results include five Chattanooga Realtors and 24 local real estate teams REAL Trends identifies as being among the most productive in Tennessee.


Tips to prepare for a remodel

If you’re like most Chattanooga-area residents, you’ve spent a significant time at home this year. Our homes are more important to us than ever, which is why many have been considering a change to one or more areas within them.

Maybe you want to add a new home office, or perhaps you’ve decided your dated bathroom finally needs some attention. A renovation can modernize your house, increase your comfort and potentially add value to your investment.


La Paz plans Taco Tour to aid struggling eateries

La Paz Chattanooga will host the 2020 Taquiza Taco Tour the week of July 27 to support local Latino restaurants struggling to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

La Paz’s Taquiza traditionally is a taco contest and fundraising event for the organization. The inaugural event took place in October at Miller Park. There, participating restaurants set up food festival-style and eventgoers spent tokens at the different booths and voted for their favorite tacos.


EPB issues open call for artists for 10th Street mural

EPB is inviting local artists to submit bids for a community mural project along 10th Street. The murals will highlight the history, heritage and significance of downtown Chattanooga’s Martin Luther King Boulevard area. The open call ends Friday, July 31, at 4 p.m.


CPD to enforce pedestrian traffic laws

Chattanooga Police officers stepping up the enforcement of pedestrian traffic laws, citing this summer’s protests and concerns for pedestrian safety as reasoning for the new emphasis.

Police are focusing on pedestrians violating Tennessee law TCA 39-17-307(a), which prohibits obstruction of a street or sidewalk and makes the offense a Class C misdemeanor.


Pandemic pushes CTC schedule back one year

In response to the ongoing pandemic, the Chattanooga Theatre Centre has moved its entire 2020-21 season one year down the road.

The new season was due to open in September with “The Sound of Music.” The CTC’s performance is now scheduled to debut in September 2021.


COVID-19 cases trending toward phase two threshold for Hamilton Co. schools

As the Aug. 12 start date for the new school year approaches, COVID-19 cases in Hamilton County are trending toward the phase two threshold. While in phase two, students would attend two days a week on campus and three days remotely.

The Hamilton County Schools reopening plan uses active COVID-19 case data from the Hamilton County Health Department to determine the school district’s phase at a particular time.


Organizations partner for Black women’s health initiative

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women is partnering with the Black Women’s Health Imperative to host a webinar series titled “Our Health, Our Community:  Mobilizing for the Survival of Black Women Beyond COVID-19.” The series will be held July 30, 7 p.m.


Newsmakers: EPB names Webb sr. VP, chief talent, inclusion officer

EPB has promoted Marie Webb to senior vice president of human resources and chief talent and inclusion officer. In her expanded role, Webb will head diversity and inclusion and community workforce partnerships in addition to leading human resources.


Create strategies to help achieve your financial goals

Like most people, you probably have many financial goals: a comfortable retirement, long vacations, college for your children or grandchildren, the ability to leave something behind for the next generation, and so on. To achieve these various goals, you may have to follow different investment strategies – and you might have to make some tradeoffs along the way.


Helen Ross McNabb Center readies therapeutic preschool

The Helen Ross McNabb Center will welcome the first class of its Therapeutic Preschool program in the fall.

The program will provide early intervention services to children ages 2-5 who have been abused or neglected or experienced trauma of any kind.


Marsy’s Law for Tennessee honors Rep. Patsy Hazlewood

Marsy’s Law for Tennessee this month presented State Rep. Patsy Hazlewood of Signal Mountain with the Champion of Victims’ Rights Award for her dedication in the Tennessee General Assembly to protecting the rights of crime victims.

State Sen. John Stevens of Huntingdon also received the award.


Chattanooga Airport breaks ground on $25 million parking garage

Representatives of the Chattanooga Airport and Hoar Construction have broken ground on the airport’s $25 million, four-level, 1,300-space parking facility.

“Our new parking facility will create an additional layer of convenience and accessibility for thousands of travelers,” says Terry Hart, president and CEO of the Chattanooga Airport.


Gardenhire says new grant will boost Hamilton County’s COVID-19 response

State Sen. Todd Gardenhire says this week’s announcement that Hamilton County will receive a $5.6 million Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Detection Grant will boost local COVID-19 response efforts.

Governor Bill Lee and the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group announced the Tennessee Local Government Reimbursement Program’s Coronavirus Relief Fund grant to help local governments respond to the pandemic.


Benwood Awards $300,000 in scholarships to students

The Benwood Foundation, in partnership with the Public Education Foundation, has announced the 18 recipients of its inaugural Bridging the Gap scholarships, which will total $300,000 over the next four years.

In a continued commemoration of its 75th anniversary, Benwood established a scholarship program to support Hamilton County high school seniors through their college journey by annually awarding last dollar scholarships to help cover unmet college costs.


IRONMAN cancellations represent $22.7 million economic loss for area

The COVID-19 pandemic has canceled the Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga triathlon and the Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga triathlon, resulting in an economic loss of $22.7 million to the city, the Chattanooga Tourism company reports.

The Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga triathlon, scheduled for Aug. 23, is scheduled to return May 23, 2021. The Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga triathlon, scheduled for Sept. 27, is scheduled to return Sept. 26, 2021.