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Restorations a passion for Apyan
Hips, knees or Model Ts, surgeon fascinated with ‘how things work’

One step inside Dr. Paul Apyan’s waiting room, and it’s clear this is no ordinary doctor’s office.

On one wall hangs a convex Model A Ford windshield converted into a black-framed mirror. A working replica of an antique popcorn machine greets patients with a comforting, buttery smell that permeates the entire fourth floor of the medical building. A red-and-yellow 1930s Gilbarco gas pump topped with a lion image towers near the check-in desk.

View from the Hill: Legislators can’t get past threat of medical marijuana

Heading into the 2018 legislative session, Rep. Jeremy Faison is looking to send a message about his medical marijuana bill: Tennessee won’t open the door to recreational pot without General Assembly action.

“The No. 1 thing I hear people are frustrated about with me is they just think this is the gateway to legalize marijuana,” Faison says.

Summers closes book on Schoolfield

With the publication of “Schoolfield: Out of the Ashes,” attorney Jerry Summers completes the tale of Raulston Schoolfield, which he began in “Rush to Justice – Tennessee’s Forgotten Trial of the Century.”

Summers covers the years of 1958-1982 with his new book, walking the reader through Schoolfield’s disbarment, his efforts to regain his law license and his post-impeachment political career.

Realtor Cooper cuts a bigger ‘piece of the pie’

Kelly Cooper has never known her purpose in life, but says she believes everything happens for a reason. This conviction has led her down different paths and helped her experience things she would have missed had she stuck to a master plan.

Cooper, 41, points to her career as a Realtor in Chattanooga as an example of how this principle has worked in her life.

River City: Bleu Fox has your new favorite cheese

As part of the Southside’s makeover, Niedlov’s Breadworks, Main Street Meats and Velo Coffee Roasters unintentionally but fortuitously formed a small specialty food hub. Nearby residents are spoiled, as they can walk to Niedlov’s to buy their favorite bread, hop next door to pick up locally cured meats and then grab fresh-roasted coffee on the way home.

Critic's Corner: Money couldn’t buy Getty’s happiness

“What would you do if you had all the money in the world?” More interesting, perhaps, is “what wouldn’t you do if you had all the money in the world?”

American industrialist J. Paul Getty’s answer to the second question would include ransoming his 16-year-old grandson from kidnappers. Although he didn’t have all the money in the world when this happened in 1973, the $17 million the abductors wanted would have been chump change to him.

Vols' Pruitt makes most of early signing date

Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt could have done a lot worse during the Dec. 20-22 early signing period, the first-ever for high school recruits in college football.

It was a recruiting whirlwind for Pruitt, named UT’s coach Dec. 7 while still serving as Alabama’s defensive coordinator.

Tennessee signees, commitments and decommitments

Tennessee's early signees, hard commitments and decommitments for the 2018 recruiting cycle. Winter signing dates are Feb. 7-April 1.

Early signees

PositionRatingHeight, weightSchoolCity
D tackle 4 star 6-3, 280 North Side Jackson
Receiver 4 star 6-0, 184 Coffee Co. Central Manchester
D tackle 4 star 6-3, 285 Nashville Christian Nashville
tight end 4 star 6-5, 245 Arizona Western Coll Yuma, AZ
O tackle 4 star 6-4, 330 Cordova Cordova
O tackle 3 star 6-5, 278 Arizona Western Coll Yuma, AZ
D end 3 star 6-4, 230 City Coll of San Fran San Francisco, CA
running back 3 star 6-2, 215 Cordova Cordova
pro-style QB 3 star 6-3, 190 William S. Hart Newhall, CA
tight end 3 star 6-6, 211 Farragut Knoxville
O tackle 3 star 6-5, 260 Ensworth Nashville
O guard 3 star 6-5, 285 Gibbs High Knoxville
D tackle 3 star 6-3, 285 IMG Academy Bradenton, FL
kicker 3 star 6-5, 170 Airport West Columbia, SC

Hard Commitments

PositionRatingHeight, weightSchoolCity
D tackle 3 star 6-2, 302 Riverdale Murfreesboro
running back 3 star 5-11, 200 Buford Buford, GA
linebacker 3 star 6-0.5, 213 Madison Flint Gurley, AL


PositionRatingHeight, weightSchoolCityStatus
O tackle 4 star 6-6, 318 Catholic Knoxville Signed with Georgia
dual-threat QB 4 star 6-2, 205 Clovis West Fresno, CA Signed with Nebraska
cornerback 4 star 6-0, 180 Alpharetta Alpharetta, GA Signed with South Carolina
running back 4 star 6-0, 191 Rockledge Brevard County, FL Has not signed
safety 4 star 6-2, 180 Dutchtown Hampton, GA Signed with Florida
safety 4 star 6-0.5, 205 Baylor Chattanooga Signed with Florida
running back 4 star 5-10.5, 178 Taylor Co Butler, GA Signed with Clemson
D end 4 star 6-3, 260 College of the Canyons Valencia, CA Has not signed
D tackle 3 star 6-2.5, 258 Rome Rome, GA Has not signed
Receiver 3 star 6-2, 176 Baldwin Milledgeville, GA Signed with Louisville
Receiver 3 star 6-1, 175 Dunbar Fort Myers, FL Signed with Pittsburgh
pro-style QB 3 star 6-2, 195 Tampa Bay Tech Tampa Signed with Indiana
safety 3 star 6-1, 190 Buford Buford, GA Signed with North Carolina
cornerback 3 star 5-10, 182 Jones Orlando Has not signed
cornerback 3 star 5-9, 180 Dr. Phillips Orlando Signed with North Carolina State
cornerback 3 star 6-1, 170 Olive Branch Olive Branch, MS Has not signed
punter 3 star 6-4, 180 Nation Ford Fort Mill, SC Signed with Alabama
athlete 3 star 6-0, 185 Northwest Clarksville Has not signed

Women’s Policy Conference set for Feb. 9

The Mayor’s Council for Women in Chattanooga will host the Statewide Women’s Policy Conference on Friday, Feb. 9 at the Westin.

The mission of the all-day conference is to bring together women from across Tennessee to learn about current legislation affecting women’s lives and to inspire new policy initiatives that will impact their future.

Boots on: Cumberland Trail series begins Jan. 13

Outdoor Chattanooga is offering a new Cumberland Trail Hiking Series to help local residents fulfill their New Year’s resolutions to hike more in 2018.

The Cumberland Trail is a scenic footpath along the eastern edge of the Cumberland Plateau that begins on Signal Mountain.

Financial Focus: Time is a key factor in investing

With the arrival of the New Year, many of us will pause and ponder the age-old question: “Who knows where the time goes?” And, as is always the case, none of us really do know. However, wherever the time goes, it will usually be a key factor in your success as an investor.

Career corner: Stuck in a rut? Get moving

If 2017 left you feeling disappointed at work, today is the perfect day to start turning things around for 2018.

How many times did you think the following to yourself: “If only I work a little harder, my boss will recognize my value. Next year, I really will get a decent raise and a promotion. I’m really not happy, but I have no other choice.”