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When thoughts, prayers are not enough
CPD’s Cook leads group providing aid in Ukraine

When Russia launched its unprovoked large-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, people were drawn to news outlets to learn the details of the conflict. Sgt. Jeremiah Cook of the Chattanooga Police Department was compelled to travel to the combat zone to provide humanitarian aid.

Driven to law from early age
Stiggons tweaks the aspirations of her younger self

If attorney Yasmin Stiggons could travel back in time and speak with her 6-year-old self, she’d probably have some explaining to do.

At that tender age, Stiggons had already decided she wanted to be a judge when she grew up. She didn’t realize she’d have to clear at least one professional hurdle first – becoming an attorney – but she liked the idea of wearing the robe and presiding over a trial.

Chambliss attorney Exum now listed as Rule 31 mediator

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel litigation attorney Jim Exum is now listed as a Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil Mediator after completing the required education, training and work experience.

“I’m honored to have earned my Rule 31 mediator designation,” says Exum. “This opportunity will allow me to step out of my normal role as a litigator and take on one of a neutral facilitator. I hope to strengthen the depth of my practice by accepting this responsibility of bringing about peaceful resolution.”

Dancing into a more reliable career
Pandemic pushes Farrell to step in a new direction

Born in the Caribbean and raised in Tennessee, Danielle Farrell has a family tree whose branches create a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors. From African, to French Creole, to Spanish, she’s a melting pot of ethnicities.

The traditions and customs of these cultures added flavor to the daily life of her household, an effervescent setting steeped in music, dance, food and parties.

Realtors are good neighbors

During a conference in Nashville last week, Tennessee Realtors honored me with its 2023 Good Neighbor Award for the work my wife, Lindsey, and I have done with Camp Horizon. We started the program in 2005 to serve young people who have special needs.

How to modernize your home with light, dark spaces

Giving your home a more modern style might be more attainable than you think. One common approach is to use light and dark color combinations throughout your interior design, from paint colors to light and dark wood, furniture and carpets or other décor items.

Newsmakers: Garrett serving on TSA legislative committee

The Tennessee Sheriffs Association’s legislative committee has enlisted Hamilton County Sheriff Austin Garrett to serve.

The TSA’s legislative committee is comprised of sheriffs who review and assist with legislation that supports victims’ rights and impacts men and women serving in law enforcement.

Briefs: Leadership Chattanooga 2023-24 nominations open

Nominations for Leadership Chattanooga’s class of 2023-24 are open.

“Our Leadership Chattanooga graduates tell us our program propelled them to a deeper understanding of how our community works and how they can give back with intention and purpose,” says Toya Moore, leadership development director and the Chattanooga Chamber Foundation. “Graduates also talk about the long-term bonds they forge, many of which are with people they might not have otherwise encountered.”

Financial Focus: Don’t let fear drive investment decisions

 In the past year, we’ve seen some big swings in the financial markets. This volatility may make you feel as if you have little control over your investment success. But the truth is, you do have more control than you might think — as long as you don’t let fear guide your decisions.

No. 2-ranked Vols looking for deeper postseason run

Given the talent, recent history and swift rise under head coach Tony Vitello, it’s not unexpected for prognosticators to have high expectations for this year’s Tennessee baseball program.

The Vols enter the 2023 season ranked No. 2 in the country by Baseball America – rivals Florida and Vanderbilt are Nos. 3 and 6, respectively – and picked to win the SEC Eastern Division. The Tennessee roster is stocked with potential draft picks and more promising young stars.

Behind the Wheel: Trends, tips for buying your new car in 2023

Shopping for a new or used car over the last few years has become a frustrating and expensive undertaking. Car shoppers have had to deal with vehicle shortages, high prices, dwindling incentives and rising interest rates. Will 2023 bring any relief? Yes and no.

Book review: Book offers cure for weak, disingenuous apologies

Man, were you ever wrong.

You know it, your boss knows it and your customer sure knows it. If it could be on a highway billboard, it would scream YOU WERE WRONG, and now you must make amends. So how can you do that, sincerely and without sounding smarmy?

Tennessee Aquarium taps eco-friendly vehicles for community engagement

The Tennessee Aquarium’s education team is hitting the road and bringing the natural world to classrooms and communities across the region with the help of a pair of environmentally friendly additions to its outreach fleet.

The new Toyota RAV4 hybrids will ensure the aquarium can continue reaching students around the Southeast while reducing its environmental impact. Wrapped with vinyl decals showcasing some of the saltwater and native freshwater species exhibited at the aquarium, the pair of vehicles offer a new face to a program that has been a cornerstone of the institution’s interaction with the community since opening in 1992.

UTC to become hub for schools collaborative

A new partnership between the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and the Rural Schools Collaborative aims to improve the K–12 education workforce throughout Appalachia and offer additional opportunities to increase the visibility and profile of rural schools and educators.