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Realtor Close never far from center stage
New state president focuses on financial health of Realtors

Before agreeing to serve as president of Greater Chattanooga Realtors, Travis Close had never seen himself leading the association, he says.

His drive to strengthen the industry in which he works and his desire to see his colleagues prosper had led him to serve on the boards of the local association and the multiple listing service, he adds, but he preferred to labor behind the scenes on committees and in other capacities while others stood in the limelight.

Author pulls back curtain on ‘Contempt of Court’
Book on 1906 lynching is focus of upcoming CBA session

In “Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching,” the late Leroy Phillips and Mark Curriden revisit a Supreme Court decision that changed how justice is carried out in the United States.

Published in 1999, the book details the final chapter of the life of Ed Johnson, an innocent Black man who in 1906 was found guilty of the rape of a white woman and sentenced to die in Chattanooga.

Local Realtors serve statewide Women’s council

Realtors Connie Powell-Brewer of Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty, center, and Jamie Curtis, far right, of Crye-Leike Realtors Downtown Chattanooga will serve as officers of the State of Tennessee Women’s Council of Realtors in 2022.

Powell-Brewer was installed as liaison and Curtis was inducted as treasurer during the Tennessee Realtors conference in Chattanooga this month.

Four things proactive homeowners do in the fall

Fall has finally arrived. With cooler temps and beautiful foliage, it’s the perfect time to do a bit of much-needed maintenance on your home. After all, an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure.

Owning a home can be one of the best ways to build wealth, but it also comes with a lot of maintenance responsibilities. In a recent article from NAR’s Houselogic, Kelley Walters explores four different ways to make sure your home is prepared for the cooler weather:

Mistakes to avoid before getting a home loan

There are several mistakes homebuyers make that put their mortgage in jeopardy leading up to closing or in some cases make them miss out altogether on a loan. Here are some ways to avoid those costly mistakes.

Credit cards and financing

A big blunder before finalizing a loan is making an expensive purchase on credit such as financing a car or charging big-ticket items on credit cards.

Southern Adventist welcomes new VP

Ellen Hostetler is the new vice president for advancement at Southern Adventist University.

Hostetler has served as an adjunct instructor in the School of Business since 2017, teaching introduction to business and personal finance courses.

CHI Memorial, Morehouse partner for MD training

CHI Memorial has formed a partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine to develop and train Black physicians and advanced practice providers.

CommonSpirit Health and MSM announced a 10-year, $100 million partnership in December 2020. CHI Memorial is the first market within CommonSpirit Health to welcome MSM medical students.

Chattanooga Housing Authority unveils renovated buildings

The face of public housing in Chattanooga continues to change with the completion of renovations at Cromwell Hills Apartments and redevelopment of units scattered throughout four outdated CHA sites comprising Emerald Villages.

Over 200 units were redeveloped and repaired with over $58 million of investment.

Venom, James Bond, Dune coming to IMAX

The Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater will continue its slate of feature films this fall. Two of the movies will offer content enhancements available only to IMAX viewers.

The theater’s action-filled fall slate began Thursday, Sept. 30 with a one-week run of “Venom: Let There Be Carnage.”

Erlanger joins clinical trial aiming to reduce strokes

The Erlanger Heart and Lung Institute is participating in a clinical trial studying if blood thinners are more effective at preventing stroke in atrial fibrillation than the Watchman device for left atrial appendage closure.

The Centers for Disease Control reports patients with atrial fibrillation are five times more likely to suffer a stroke than someone with a normal heart rhythm. In people with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, more than 90% of stroke-causing blood clots that come from the heart are formed in the left atrial appendage.

Financial Focus: What does retirement security mean to you?

October is National Retirement Security Month. But what does retirement security mean to you? And how can you work toward achieving it?

Here are some suggestions:

• Build your resources. While you’re working, save in tax-advantaged accounts such as your IRA and 401(k) or similar employer-sponsored retirement plan. In your 401(k), contribute at least enough to earn your employer’s match, if one is offered, and increase your contributions whenever your salary goes up.

Personal Finance: You want out, but is a new job the right financial move?

Whether you call it “The Great Resignation,” “The Great Reshuffle” or just high time for a change, millions of American workers are looking for new jobs – and some have already quit the ones they have. Better pay isn’t necessarily the motivator, labor experts say. Many people are seeking greater flexibility, the ability to work remotely or other nonfinancial benefits.

‘Thin’ Vols hit the road with uncertainty at quarterback

It was a long shot for Tennessee to secure the first SEC victory of the Josh Heupel era against Florida in The Swamp.

The next two weekends, however, provide a chance for the Vols to break through.

Tennessee has winnable games against Missouri and South Carolina before facing a challenging stretch of opponents in No. 12 Ole Miss, No. 1 Alabama, Kentucky and No. 2 Georgia.

Lewan: ‘I’ll never forget’ being booed

It can be hard for a 6-7, 310-pound man to be humbled. But that is exactly what happened to Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan as he recalls the debacle of the season opener when he gave up three sacks to Chandler Jones of Arizona.

For Lewan, who has enjoyed mostly favor from Titans fans over his eight-year career in Tennessee, the whole experience left him with questions, bewilderment and seeking – eventually finding redemption with his play Sunday in the Titans’ 25-16 victory over Indianapolis.

With early control of AFC South, Titans can’t let down against 0-3 Jets

Mission accomplished as far as getting a leg up in the AFC South race. By virtue of their victory at home against the Colts Sunday, the Titans have established themselves as the clear early favorite in an AFC South that is severely lacking currently.

Titans at Jets: What to watch

The Titans head to New York with a 2-1 mark to face the lowly New York Jets, who are still looking for their first win of the season. Here are the keys to a Titans victory Sunday in the Big Apple.

First down

Don’t give the Jets life. The Titans have had one comeback win and one in which they let the Colts hang around for far longer than they should have, thanks to three turnovers.

Chambliss Center CEO to retire after 50 years of service

Phil Acord, CEO of Chambliss Center for Children, will retire in November after 50 years of employment with the organization. President Katie Harbison will become president and CEO, completing a five-year succession plan.

Acord, who began his career with the agency in 1971, will transition into the honorary role of CEO emeritus as Harbison, a 16-year employee with Chambliss Center, becomes president and CEO Nov. 12 and assumes oversight of the organization and its partner agencies’ $10 million budget and more than 300 employees.

2022 Corolla is good but it can’t top the Civic

The fully redesigned 2022 Honda Civic, which is now at dealerships, will certainly be of interest for many small-sedan shoppers. After all, the Civic has been one of the most popular cars sold in America for decades.

The most noteworthy change is the Civic’s more conventional styling. You might find it boring, or maybe it’ll be a relief from the previous generation’s generous use of angular creases. Under the smoother sheet metal is a similar lineup of engines and a smattering of new features.