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Real estate reroute
Luken strays from family path to pursue career in residential sales

As a daughter of Chattanooga businessman Henry Luken, Heather Luken has endured more than a few barbs about her allegedly riding her father’s coattails. But as she’s proving with her new venture as a residential Realtor that she’s actually making her own way in the world.


SETLAW names Weill 2020 Lioness of the Bar

Chattanooga attorney Flossie Weill has joined an elite group of jurists in Chattanooga who are known as Lionesses of the Bar.

The Southeast Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women last week named Weill its 2020 Lioness of the Bar. Each year, SETLAW bestows the honor on a local woman attorney or judge for her “exemplary legal expertise, strong community involvement, dedication to SETLAW and furtherance of the careers of female attorneys,” the program for the 2020 ceremony reads.


Summers weaves history, folklore in ‘Trivia’

The reviews are in on Jerry Summers’ new book, “Tennessee Trivia No. 1,” a compilation of short articles about persons, places and events in the Volunteer State.

Fellow Chattanooga attorney, author and historian Sam Elliott calls the tome “a well-researched volume of history and folklore that will delight the reader.”


Homebuilder market ‘all good’ despite issues

When growing concern about the potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the housing market caused builder confidence to plunge 42 points in April to 30, it was the largest single monthly change in the history of the National Association of Homebuilders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index and marked the lowest builder confidence reading since June 2012. (See “Builder Confidence Posts Historic Decline on Coronavirus Pandemic” on nahbnow.com.)


Helpful tips for November

The holiday season is going to look much different this year in many ways. But one thing is certain – your home won’t be taking any time off.

Your most valuable asset needs to be maintained, and the cooler temperatures and impending holidays might be the perfect time to check these items off your list.


Tips for hiring a reputable remodeler

Families in the Chattanooga area are enjoying their homes more than ever these days, and many homeowners are motivated to hire a remodeler to modernize, update or retrofit high-use areas of their homes.

Some projects are more complicated and can take weeks to complete, so it’s critical to find a reliable professional to oversee your remodel from start to finish.


Symphony set free digital, live Veteran’s Day concert Wednesday

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will perform a free Veteran’s Day concert Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7:30 p.m., at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Chattanooga. Sponsored by Compass Commissioning & Design, the ninth annual concert will include patriotic classics such as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” alongside contemporary works, including local composer Kenyon Wilson’s “Five,” a tribute to the five service members lost in the 2015 attack on Chattanooga’s U.S. Navy Reserve Center.


UTC’s IGTLab receives multiple mapping awards

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab won two awards at the Tennessee Geographic Information Council Summit. The IGTLab was named winner of the Best Map Overall and the Best Static Map categories.


Souther Lit announces creative writing workshop

Southern Lit Alliance will offer a creative writing workshop titled “Writing Your Life: Mining the Details” Nov. 24-Dec. 8. Taught by UTC lecturer and author Kris Whorton, the workshop for adults will be held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. on Zoom.


Newsmakers: McKamey Animal Center welcomes new executive director

Inga Fricke has joined McKamey Animal Center as its new executive director. Fricke brings a long history in animal sheltering to McKamey. After managing private and public shelter facilities in Ohio and Virginia, she spent many years working at the Humane Society of the United States promoting best practices and supporting animal sheltering organizations around the world.


Protect your finances from “cyberthieves”

You’ve no doubt heard reports of personal data being stolen and used for financial fraud – anything from online shopping on your credit cards to actual theft from your financial accounts. This problem won’t go away anytime soon, but you can take steps to defend yourself.


Titans: Head coach Vrabel needs better from defensive coordinator Vrabel

Mike Vrabel had the opportunity to go out and find a new defensive coordinator after Dean Pees retired following the Titans loss in the AFC Championship Game.

Instead, Vrabel decided that the best solution would be to keep as much continuity from Pees’ system in place and just run the defense himself with help from outside linebackers coach Shane Bowen and the rest of the Titans defensive staff.


Personal Finance: The upside to thinking about when you will die

Social Security’s life expectancy calculator predicts I’ll live to about 86. An insurance company’s version says I should expect to die at 98. A longevity calculator created by actuaries demurs, putting the odds at only 32% that I’ll make it to 95.


Millennial Money: A few minimalist tips to maximize the holidays

After spending nearly $2,000 in gifts for her daughter’s first Christmas in 2017, Meg Nordmann knew her holiday strategy had to change.

“I totally blew it that first Christmas with her,” says the Florida-based author of “Have Yourself a Minimalist Christmas.” “I bought everything this child needed through the first five years of her life.”


2020 has shown us we might not need offices anymore

Has your work changed as a result of the pandemic? If you have a corporate desk job, the answer may very well be no. While where you do your work has changed, the nature of your work has not. You are still focused on the same projects. You’re meeting with the same people. Work is moving ahead.


Behind the Wheel: New technology aims for easier, safer driving

Whether it’s a ghostly image that makes objects seemingly disappear or a spectral presence turning the steering wheel, modern cars are loaded with more tricks than a haunted house.

But these are simply the latest driving aids designed to make piloting a car easier. Here are a few of Edmunds experts’ favorite tech features: