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New hope for immigrants
Election ushers in change from Trump policies

Less than 48 hours after Joe Biden became president of the United States, Chattanooga area immigration attorney Martin Lester says he started hearing something he’d nearly forgotten when he answered the phone in his office: The sound of hope.

Leitner Williams names new members

Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan has named two new members in Chattanooga: Attorneys Andrew Godbold and Terri Daugherty.

Godbold is a native of Chattanooga and a Baylor School alumnus. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and went on to receive his juris doctor from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Inns of Court raises $14,650 for Ronald McDonald House

The Justices Brock-Cooper Chapter of the American Inns of Court raised $14,650 for the Ronald McDonald House through a charity auction hosted and attended by Inn members in December and from private donations.

Jane Kaylor, CEO of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga, said the nonprofit “greatly appreciates” the donation.

‘Preserve the past and inspire the future’
Medal of Honor Heritage Center a passion for former commercial builder

From designing top-secret military installations during the Vietnam War to erecting malls and office buildings during a 36-year career as a civilian builder, Noah Long has had a hand in many large-scale endeavors.

By comparison, his work on the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga is one of his smallest jobs – but he says it might someday be his most culturally relevant.

Year begins with strong January sales

The January housing market had a strong start with significantly increased buyer demand.

This beginning is a sure sign of things to come when the traditional homebuying season starts in the spring. Thanks to December’s sizable uptick in housing starts, signs point toward an active year for new construction, which would give some relief to current inventory concerns.

Home improvements under $10,000 to help sell your house

Trying to sell during the COVID-19 pandemic and looking for some low-budget home renovations that will pay off?

Despite the pandemic, house sales boomed in the Chattanooga area in 2020. Many homebuyers are looking for turnkey properties, so a little TLC can make a big difference in getting your home sold. Here are some expert tips to get the most bang for your buck.

Newsmakers: Trust Company taps Hurst for Chattanooga office

The Trust Company of Tennessee has promoted Zach Hurst to vice president and managing director of its Chattanooga office.

Since joining The Trust Company in 2017, Hurst has served as a certified financial planner and relationship manager. In his new role, he will oversee the firm’s Chattanooga office while continuing business development.

Erlanger launches new GI trial to increase early colon cancer detection

Erlanger Health System has launched a clinical trial looking at the use of artificial intelligence technology for improving polyp detection during colonoscopies conducted with Magentiq Eye’s ME-APDSTM device.

The trial utilizes artificial intelligence software during routine colonoscopies to identify abnormalities called polyps in the lining of the colon.

Erlanger makes strides to improve health for opioid impacted mothers and newborns

Erlanger Health System has positively impacted the health care and health outcomes of pregnant women and their newborns affected by Opioid Use Disorder, the hospital reports.

In the spring of 2019, Erlanger and several hospitals around the state partnered with the Tennessee Initiative for Perinatal Quality Care to implement the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health Program’s Obstetric Care for Women with Opioid Use Disorder Maternal Safety Bundle.

Bloomberg Philanthropies awards Chattanooga national grant

Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded the Chattanooga Department of Transportation a $25,000 grant as a part of its Asphalt Art initiative, which is designed to help cities use art and design to improve street safety and revitalize public spaces.

The City of Chattanooga will paint a mural at Crutchfield Street, between Glass Street and Dodson Avenue, due to its proximity to Hardy Elementary, the East Chattanooga Youth and Family Development Center and the new Save A Lot grocery store.

Leadership Chattanooga opens nominations for 2021-22 class

The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce has opened nominations for the Leadership Chattanooga class of 2021-22.

The 10-month leadership development program provides local professionals with opportunities to learn about and engage with the community where they live and work.

CHI Memorial Regional Sleep center opens in North Georgia

A CHI Memorial Regional Sleep Center is now open in North Georgia.

The new sleep lab, where sleep study tests are conducted, is located at CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia in Ft. Oglethorpe.

The sleep clinic, for pre-study consultation and post-study evaluation and treatment plan development, is located at CHI Memorial Parkway in Ringgold.

Financial Focus: Protect benefits for children with special needs

If you have a child or other family member who has special needs due to physical or mental conditions, you face a variety of challenges planning for their care, including financial ones. You may also have some well-meaning relatives who want to help, but who may not realize that their moves could actually result in some serious lifestyle and monetary problems for your loved one.

Personal Finance: Why you don’t want to be named an estate executor

Being asked to be an executor is an honor you might want to pass up.

Settling an estate typically involves tracking down and appraising assets, paying bills and creditors, filing final tax returns and distributing whatever’s left to the heirs.

Behind the Wheel: Battle of the bigs pits Chevrolet Tahoe vs. Ford Expedition

The Chevrolet Tahoe and the Ford Expedition are by far the most popular large SUVs in terms of sales. They offer big-time capability and utility, even if it comes at the expense of fuel efficiency and comfort compared to more carlike crossover SUVs.

Career Corner: Wishin’ and hopin’ won’t deliver better work conditions

I hear from job seekers every day who are unhappy at work. They wish things were different and would like to stay if there were improvements:

• If only their boss were better

• If only the pay were better

• If only there was room for upward movement.

Help! I bought too much! How to turn your quarantine clutter into cash

I placed more online orders than I can count in 2020. And I justified all of them.

My front porch was filled with boxes containing all sorts of things: Furniture (I needed to redecorate), paper towels (I needed to stock up), crafts (I needed activities), board games (more activities) and a treadmill (I needed exercise).