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You don’t miss your water til your well runs dry
Haslam-appointed panel considers how to maximize state’s water supply

As people and businesses pour into Tennessee, state leaders are working on a plan to keep its taps flowing.

The water management plan, TNH2O, is a legacy project for Governor Bill Haslam, who assembled a high-level group in January to ensure the state’s water supply can flow in abundance and to the right places as population growth, development and new business transform the face of Tennessee over coming decades.


New fellows of the Tennessee Bar Foundation

The Tennessee Bar Foundation has honored five local judges and attorneys by electing them to be fellows of the organization.

The Tennessee Bar Foundation is an association of 855 attorneys across the state. Invitations to membership were extended to 32 attorneys this year by the Board of Trustees. The introduction of new Fellows took place in May at the annual Fellows’ Dinner in Nashville.


Tennessee Bar Journal’s highest award goes to Lype

Chattanooga attorney Bob E. Lype will be honored with the Justice Joseph W. Henry Memorial Award for Outstanding Legal Writing at the Tennessee Bar Association’s annual Convention, held at The Peabody in Memphis this week.

The Joe W. Henry Award is given each year to a member of the Tennessee Bar Association who contributes the most outstanding article to the TBA’s monthly magazine, the Tennessee Bar Journal. Lype was chosen this year by a panel of judges for “How to Deal with Bullying, Threats and Physical Violence in the Workplace,” which was published in the April 2017 edition. This is Lype’s second time to receive the award - a rare feat in Bar Journal history.


Baker Donelson named a finalist for Women in Law Awards

Baker Donelson has been named one of six finalists for the Outstanding Firm in Advancing Gender Diversity and Inclusion Award by the Chambers Women in Law Awards: USA 2018.

This award recognizes a firm’s efforts to promote a working environment that cultivates a diverse workforce, driving the firm forward with its diversity and inclusion programs.


Veteran Realtor Williams, 70, ‘renewed’ by late matriculation

Realtor Joe Williams says he’s proof that an old dog can learn new tricks.

The 70-year-old Williams and Williams Realty Services owner has earned the Master of Real Estate degree from Realtor University, an accredited program from the National Association of Realtors.


Bev Boss affiliates with Re/Max Renaissance

Bev Boss has joined Re/Max Renaissance in Hixson as an affiliate broker.

Boss started her career in real estate as an unlicensed assistant for the owner and broker of Re/Max Renaissance, Brenda Purcell, in 2003 while attending The University of Southern Mississippi.


Midstate transit future is paved with tired ideas

Will it be trains, planes or automobiles? If you ask state Rep. William Lamberth, Davidson County voters gave a resounding answer on the future of mass transit in this region. Based on their overwhelming defeat of an early May referendum, they don’t want to raise taxes for mass transit, preferring to be more like Atlanta and Los Angeles and less like New York.


Why homeownership matters

June marks National Homeownership Month, which recognizes the value of homeownership and its positive impact on families, communities and the nation’s economy. This month provides a time to celebrate and promote the American dream of homeownership and identify the many benefits of owning that roof over your head.


Protecting your home from severe summer weather

As temperatures continue to increase around the Chattanooga area, the likelihood for severe weather also rises. Tornados, thunderstorms and flash flooding all threaten homes and communities during the warmer months. The good news is that you can be prepared by taking proactive steps now to protect your family and home when Mother Nature takes a wild turn.


‘Hereditary’ shares DNA with past horror classics

The supernatural horror film “Hereditary” begins with the camera zooming in to a room in a dollhouse, where a small figurine lies in bed.

The implication for what follows is clear: the characters in the film are actors on a stage placed there by an unseen hand. Although they will try to go about their lives, their fates are controlled by that same hand.


Judges have new tools to protect victims

Two laws recently passed by the Tennessee General Assembly have given the state’s judges new tools to help protect victims of domestic violence.

One law, SB1796/HB2033, targets cell phones. Judges can now order wireless telephone service providers to grant domestic violence victims control over their own cell phone numbers if those cell phone numbers are on an account held by an alleged abuser.


Green|spaces raising funds for student electric car contest

After the inaugural electric power race car competition this spring, green|spaces is expanding the Chattanooga Green Prix to allow at least 20 more schools to participate next school year, thanks to a matching grant offered by the Lyndhurst Foundation.


Saying ‘I do’ might mean ‘I can’t’ for Roth IRA

June is a popular month for weddings. If you are planning on tying the knot this month, it’s an exciting time, but be aware that being married might affect you in unexpected ways – including the way you invest.

If you and your new spouse both earn fairly high incomes, you may find that you are not eligible to contribute to a Roth IRA.


McLemore Cove Preservation Society drops chicken plant lawsuit

Members of the McLemore Cove Preservation Society are dropping a lawsuit against Walker County and Pilgrim’s Pride, saying they believe it has fulfilled what they set out to accomplish. The lawsuit was filed to block the chicken processing plant from opening a facility in McLemore Cove, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.


AEGIS donates equipment to enhance school safety

AEGIS Law Enforcement Foundation recently donated equipment to 10 law enforcement agencies to help them respond in the event of an active shooter callout. AEGIS Executive Director John Cosgrove presented the 34 dynamic entry tactical backpacks to the chiefs of area law enforcement at the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.


Events: Summer fashion show

The NCBW’s Summer Fashion Show will be held Saturday, June 23 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. A vendor showcase opens at 9:30 a.m. The show begins at 11:30 a.m. Fashion show tickets are $50 each.

Bestselling author Karen White to speak

New York Times bestselling author Karen White will speak at the FocusLit fundraiser on Thursday, June 24, 5:30 p.m. The event will take place at the Peyton venue on Broad St. White will also read from her new novel, “Dreams of Falling.” Tickets for the event are $60 per person. VIP tickets are $125 and include dinner with White after the main event.