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Siskin children seal Bullard’s fate
New president, CEO convinced by watching preschoolers interact

As part of his first interview for the position of president and CEO at Siskin Children’s Institute earlier this year, Derek Bullard toured the Early Learning Center, an on-site preschool where children with and without disabilities play side by side.


Dickenson, Starnes join firm

Benjamin Dickenson and Lauren Starnes have joined Husch Blackwell’s Chattanooga office as fall clerks.

Dickenson works with the firm’s real estate and development group. He earned his Juris Doctor, with high honors, from the University of Tennessee in 2018 and a degree in history, summa cum laude, from Lee University.


Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon rebrands with new logo

Gearhiser, Peters, Elliott & Cannon announces the launch of a new logo and brand identity for the iconic 44-year-old Chattanooga law firm.

The branding effort was spearheaded by firm member, Beverly Edge, in consultation with local advertising agency, Southside Creative.


View from the Hill: Lee dislikes lottery, likes education plans they make possible

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Lee didn’t exactly shock anyone by saying he would fight legislative efforts to legalize sports gambling in Tennessee.

Lee, after all, is this campaign’s most likely to wear Jesus on his sleeve. And, it marked just one more opportunity for him to disagree with Democratic candidate Karl Dean, who, like most pragmatists, says he would sign sports betting into law if it’s done correctly.


McDonalds puts generations of knowledge to work

Matt McDonald, an agent with Chattanooga’s Real Estate Brokers, grew up totally immersed in Chattanooga development, subdivision creation and land deals. A third generation in real estate sales and development, McDonald had a front row seat in the ups and downs of growth and has a unique perspective on the continued growth of the city.


Signs point to slowdown in residential real estate market

Some obesrvers of the economy are pointing to 2018 as the final period in a long string of sentences touting several happy years of buyer demand and sales excitement for the housing industry.

Although residential real estate should continue along a mostly positive line for the rest of the year, rising prices and interest rates coupled with salary stagnation and a generational trend toward home purchase delay or even disinterest could create an environment of declining sales.


Fire safety starts with prevention

Every year, home fires claim the lives of nearly 3,000 Americans and cause $6 billion in damage.

Although catastrophic house fires are on a decline – largely due to fire safety awareness and home building codes and techniques – house fires of all sizes are often preventable. To avoid having a fire start in your home, practice diligence when working with or around the most common fire hazards in a home.


River city roundabout: State of Confusion has work to do

Most people bring their appetite and wallet or purse to a restaurant. But Brittany Faith, an attorney with Grant Konvalinka & Harrison, P.C., arrives at State of Confusion, a new restaurant that’s opened on the former Estate of Confusion site on Main Street, weighed down with what appears to be the contents of her front hall closet.


Critic's Corner: ‘First Man’ explores so much more than a walk on the moon

Hollywood has made space travel seem easy. To hop across the galaxy, one simply needs to board the Millennium Falcon and punch the hyperdrive button.

“First Man” reminds us that it’s not that simple. Nearly 50 years ago, it took a monumental scientific, technical and engineering achievement to put men just 240,000 miles away on the moon.


How can you become a “sustainable” investor?

Your values are important to you – and so are your investments. But you don’t have to keep these two parts of your life separate if you pursue sustainable investing.

If you haven’t heard of this term, you might know it by other names: socially responsible investing, values-based investing and environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing.


High levels of microplastic in Tennessee River

During 34 grueling days last summer, endurance athlete and scientist Dr. Andreas Fath set a world record by swimming all 652 miles of the Tennessee River, from its headwaters in Knoxville to its mouth in Paducah, Kentucky.

Billed as a “swim for science,” the TenneSwim project also presented an opportunity for Fath – a professor of medical and life sciences at Germany’s Furtwangen University – to perform the first comprehensive analysis of the river’s water quality.


TDOT contractor to stabilize slope at second location on U.S. 127

Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews from GeoStabilization International have completed a slope stabilization project on a section of U.S. 127 (Signal Mountain Boulevard) in Hamilton County near log mile 15.97.

Permanent repairs have been made to an area of roadway that exhibited signs of instability that were very concerning to TDOT geologists and engineers.


Newsmakers: Case named to national AAMA post

Chattanooga’s Monica Case, a certified medical assistant, has been installed as the 2018-20 vice speaker of the house for the American Association of Medical Assistants.

The CMA credential represents a medical assistant who has been credentialed through the Certifying Board of the AAMA.


BASF employees donate to Chattanooga Food Bank

BASF employees collected donations to provide 2,284 meals during Hunger Action Month in September. Donating the items to the Chattanooga Food Bank, BASF employees also volunteered their time by packaging more than 6,000 pounds of food for Chattanooga families in need. BASF employees, from left, Alan McClure, Chris Orr, Ashley Thompson, Tyler Chamblin, Kathy Loeffler, Andrew Cates, Kevin Chao, Brittany Davis and Bill Thomas.


Events: Startup Week Chattanooga

Held Oct. 20-27 and presented by The Company Lab, Startup Week Chattanooga will feature more than 100 events that highlight the city’s growing startup scene. Most SWC events are free and open to the public, while others require pre-registration and an admission fee. View the schedule at www.colab.co/startupweekcha. Special events include: