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Check it out: Our libraries have changed
Books? Sure. You also can make T-shirts, record a song

The dollar doesn’t buy as much as it used to. It buys less food, less gas and less house, among other commodities.

But there is one asset people can use to acquire more than ever – and it doesn’t cost a dime: a library card.

Judges go out with laughs at CBA retirement fête

Retirement receptions can go one of two ways. They can be maudlin affairs during which colleagues pay flowery tribute to the guest of honor and the future retiree reminisces about the past and thanks those who made it possible.

Or they can include Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Don Poole.

District Court to unveil portrait of Judge Harry Mattice

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee will unveil a portrait of retired U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice, Jr., during a 3 p.m. Friday ceremony at the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse.

The unveiling will take place in the third-faloor courtroom, where Mattice presided before retiring on Sept. 30. A reception will follow in the courthouse.

Hoops and houses: Gaines loves coaching in both arenas

Realtor Saneca Gaines says favor and hard work have opened doors for her since she was young.

At the age of 23, Gaines rocketed up the ranks at TitleMax, where she advanced from assistant manager to manager of her own location in 90 days.

“When my name is attached to something, I give it 100%,” says Gaines, now 41.

Summer to-do’s to save money, get ready for fall

Summer means hot temperatures, kids on break from school and maybe a bit of traveling. But if your busy schedule allows, this time of year could be a terrific opportunity to knock out some home projects that could make things easier on your wallet and your life in general – and help to maintain the value of your home.

Top signs your home might have a water problem

Regular maintenance is key for living comfortability in your home. A tidy yard and checkups on home appliances are a good start, but it’s also important to monitor your home periodically for water damage.

A variety of issues can cause water damage, especially in older homes, and can show up at any time. If water damage is ignored or goes undetected, it can lead to costly repair bills or, in the worst-case scenario, become a hazard to your health.

KCH Transportation to open King Street Station office

KCH Transportation, a Southeast-based logistics company with a Chattanooga hub, will be the largest and last tenant to fill King Street Station.

Real estate development group Urban Story Ventures acquired King Street Station, a historic building once used for cold storage, in 2019 and began its revitalization.

Signalization project begins in Red Bank

The city of Red Bank has begun a signalization project at the intersection of Morrison Springs Road and Dayton Boulevard. The project will improve traffic control signals, the pedestrian crosswalk and signalization.

The Morrison Springs Road and Dayton Boulevard location is the first of five phases in the project. The city expects to complete it in three to four weeks.

River City: Co-op: Come for the sandwiches, have a frosé

Watching “Sesame Street” has helped several generations of children develop a solid vocabulary. Each episode, Elmo or Big Bird introduces a simple word and explains its meaning in a way young brains can understand.

I watched “Sesame Street” more than 50 years ago – and I probably still use all the words I learned.

Newsmakers: Kelly appoints Yates for communications

Kirsten Yates is the newly appointed senior adviser for communications and digital strategy for Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly. Working with the mayor and his chief of staff, as well as other senior administration officials, Yates will lead the development and implementation of a communications strategy for the city of Chattanooga.

Financial Focus: 529 plans: Underused but valuable

Students will be heading off to college in just a few weeks, and parents will be getting out their checkbooks.

Without a college-bound student in your home right now, you might not be thinking much about tuition and other higher-education expenses, but if you have young children, these costs may eventually be of concern. So how should you prepare for them?

Personal Finance: How to budget realistically for expensive home repairs

If you’re a homeowner and haven’t faced a big repair bill yet, just wait. Stuff will wear out or break even in the best-maintained homes.

Budgeting for these inevitable bills isn’t always easy. One commonly cited rule of thumb – to save 1% to 4% of your home’s value each year for maintenance and repairs – can give homeowners sticker shock as real estate prices soar.

Aquarium hatches endangered short-tail nurse sharks

The Tennessee Aquarium reached a milestone just in time for Shark Week with the recent hatching of three critically endangered short-tail nurse shark pups.

The diminutive youngsters, who hatched July 7, are the product of three adult short-tail nurse sharks – one male and two females – that arrived at the Aquarium along with eight juveniles and eight fertilized eggs from a facility in Canada last year.