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Friends, colleagues celebrate Judge Greenholtz

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee inducted Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Tom Greenholtz during an investiture ceremony Nov. 1 at The Walden Club. Friends, family members, colleagues in the bar and local and state elected officials attended the event, which featured remarks by Judge Alexander McVeagh, Hugh Moore, the Hon. William Barker, Sen. Bo Watson and Lee.

Wilt’s path to the law sealed at an early age

Emily Wilt’s destiny was sealed at the age of 7 when she decided to pursue the practice of law after someone gifted her a miniature briefcase.

At that point in her still-young life, the only professionals Wilt knew were doctors, lawyers and teachers – and since she’d never met a doctor or a teacher who’d carried a briefcase, she chose to become a lawyer.

Baker Donelson adds Kabalka to Chattanooga-based corporate group

Stephen Kabalka, a corporate attorney with experience in the transportation, logistics and manufacturing industries, has joined Baker Donelson as of counsel in the firm’s Chattanooga office.

Kabalka provides strategic advice on legal matters related to commercial transactions; customer, vendor and supply contracts; confidentiality agreements; and other business issues.

Berkheimer finds help with new journey
Women’s Council, Matheny provide valuable help

Realtor Constanza “CC” Berkheimer says being a new agent is like being dropped into the middle of an ocean without a lifejacket.

“Real estate school throws a lot of information at you very quickly, and you have to retain it somehow and then pass the exam,” Berkheimer says, the memory of completing the coursework and passing the test a mere nine months ago still fresh in her mind. “Then you’re thrown into the water and told, ‘Congratulations! You own a business.’”

Realtors meet to discuss important industry issues

Last week, I wrote about how real estate is generally considered local. When most people think of real estate, three words come to mind: location, location and location. In general, Realtors help property owners in the same communities in which they live and work.

Preparing for influx of guests this holiday season

With Thanksgiving less than a week away and Christmas just around the corner, many will be opening up their homes to family and friends alike.

Preparing for overnight guests can be a daunting task, especially if it has been a while since you’ve hosted. Here are a few ideas to make things go a little smoother this holiday season.

Women’s Council of Realtors inducts 2023 leadership

The Chattanooga chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors inducted its 2023 governing board during a networking luncheon Nov. 2 at The Walden Club.

Serving the association, which works to advance women as industry and community leaders, during the upcoming year are:

Habitat for Humanity adds four to board

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga has added four new members to its board of directors. Stephen Adams, Ken Nichols, Bill Reason and Stewart Smith are the latest additions to the organization’s leadership.

Adams is a registered patent attorney with Chambliss Bahner & Stophel, where he handles intellectual property matters, trademarks, copyright preparation and prosecution as well as maintenance defense and enforcement.

Erlanger’s Dinner of Distinction to honor Hood

Erlanger Health System Foundation will honor Chattanooga Bar Association Executive Director Lynda Hood at its 19th annual Dinner of Distinction in February.

Dr. Phil Burns will be serving as master of ceremonies for the event, which will also honor Dr. Chris Young, Dr. Jon Cohen and Pat Eller Lee.

Chattanooga upgrades tax increment financing policy

Chattanooga City Council has approved a number of enhancements to rules governing tax increment financing, a tool that allows the city to leverage future tax revenue to pay for public improvements by revitalizing blighted areas.

The changes will bring the city rules into line with state rules regarding public infrastructure, the maximum term of a TIF and the process for seeking state approval while also strengthening the city’s ability to protect residents’ interests and respond to community needs.

Red Bank boasts state champion Virginia pine

The Tennessee Urban Forestry Council awarded the city of Red Bank the Tennessee Champion Tree Award this month in recognition of a 94-foot-tall Virginia pine located in the city.

Red Bank Mayor Hollie Berry accepted the award Nov. 9 at the Tennessee Urban Forestry Conference at Montgomery Bell State Park.

SAU archaeologists make linguistic discovery

A recent discovery dating to about 1,700 B.C. presents an entire sentence in alphabetic Canaanite. Engraved on a small ivory comb, it includes a wish against lice.

The alphabet was invented around 1,800 B.C. and was used by Canaanites and later by most other languages in the world. Until recently, no meaningful Canaanite inscriptions had been discovered, with the exception of two or three words here and there.

Council adopts Westside transformation plan

The Chattanooga City Council has adopted the Westside Evolves Plan, a 10-year blueprint for change in the city’s oldest public housing community.

The city developed the plan over a two-year period, with more than 82% of the area’s 4,500 residents participating in the process.

Financial Focus: Is a Donor-advised Fund Right for You?

You can find many ways to support charitable organizations. One method that’s gained popularity over the past few years is called a donor-advised fund. Should you consider it?

The answer depends on your individual situation, because donor-advised funds are not appropriate for everyone. However, if you’re in a position to make larger charitable gifts, you might at least want to see what this strategy has to offer.

Personal Finance: Will adding an accessory dwelling unit pay off?

Accessory dwelling units are known by many names: in-law suites, guest houses, backyard cottages or basement or garage conversions, among others. What all ADUs have in common is that they’re a separate living space typically added to a single-family residential lot, and they’re having a moment.

Give it to Henry and hope for the best
Predictable Titans offense somehow getting it done

As the Tennessee Titans are just past the midway point of the season, it’s a good time to reflect on where the franchise currently stands.

The Titans’ 6-3 record before the Green Bay game has them firmly in the driver’s seat in the AFC South, having already dispatched the Colts twice, squeaking by the Texans in Houston, and while both Jaguars games are still upcoming, the Jags are being the Jags.

Vols roll out the orange carpet, make ‘Dream’ come true

Tate Williams waited more than a year to make his dream of attending a University of Tennessee football game into a reality. The 10-year-old refused to let anything stop him. Not even emergency brain surgery.

Tate, a Knoxville resident, has syringomyelia, intracranial hypertension and tethered cord syndrome, which creates issues with his spine and brain. Two weeks before Tennessee’s final home game of the season, Tate began experiencing headaches again.

Long way home: EVs with longest driving range

Driving range is one of the most important factors for most shoppers in the market for an electric vehicle. The term “range anxiety” has been synonymous with EVs for most of their existence, but that shouldn’t be the case anymore.