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Brown lauded for service, humor
Retired judge honored for 48-year career

When attorney Roger Dickson of Miller & Martin learned the Chattanooga Bar Association would be honoring his colleague and friend Judge William L. “Chink” Brown with the Jac Chambliss Lifetime Achievement Award, he thought they were kidding. If Brown were receiving an award, surely it was in spite of the things he’d done rather than in honor of them.


New CBA president focuses on minority outreach

Marc Harwell called the Chattanooga Bar Association’s 120th annual meeting to order with an ear-piercing whistle. He ended it with a promise to Chancellor Jeff Atherton that he’d return to court, where he was trying a case, as soon as he was able to leave.


Officers and board of the 1968 Chattanooga Bar Association

Fifty years ago, this is what the Chattanooga Bar Association’s board and selection of officers looked like.

Retired Judge Herschel P. Franks of the Court of Appeals in Tennessee provided this photo of the CBA’s slate of officers for 1968.


Customer-focused government not always a pleaser

Gov. Bill Haslam is fond of saying government should run more like a business, and during his eighth and final State of the State address he invoked the term “customer-focused” at least twice in a victory lap.

Touting education improvements, budget reductions, tax cuts, low unemployment and a growing rainy day fund, the Republican governor says Tennessee made unprecedented strides during his two terms, largely because of newfound efficiency.


Just dive in, enjoy ‘Shape of Water’

There’s a brief scene in “The Shape of Water,” a fantasy drama from filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, that has the potential to turn viewers off for good. I’m not going to describe it because you’d snort and turn the page, vowing to never see the film. And that would be a shame because you’d miss a movie that was beautifully made on every level.


Realtors attend Day on the Hill

 Each year, Realtors across Tennessee join forces for the Realtors Day on the Hill when they meet with state senators and representatives to discuss issues vital to property owners and the real estate industry in our community and to influence the legislative process in the Tennessee General Assembly. On Jan. 30, Greater Chattanooga Realtors met with other Tennessee Realtors in Nashville for 2018’s Realtor Day on the Hill and to represent as Greater Chattanooga’s voice for real estate.


Four tips for converting basement to living space

A finished basement can be a valuable addition to your home. It can be a playroom for your kids, a place for family to stay during visits, a media room the whole family can use, or even a space to rent out for extra income.

However, depending on the current condition of your basement, it can also be a pretty daunting project to take on. Here are four tips to help you feel comfortable jumping in and transforming your basement into your home’s newest feature.


What’s the investment outlook for 2018?

By most measures, 2017 was a pretty good year for investors. But what can you expect in 2018?

It’s difficult to precisely predict the immediate future of the financial markets. However, many signs point to improved global economic growth and rising corporate earnings – both of which are important drivers of stock prices. In the United States, economic growth may be more modest than in other regions, which could result in international stocks outperforming domestic ones.


Eight additional schools to receive Volkswagen eLabs

Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, in partnership with the State of Tennessee, Hamilton County Department of Education and Public Education Foundation, have selected eight additional Hamilton County schools to receive digital fabrication equipment as part of the Volkswagen eLabs initiative.


Crye-Leike Real Estate breaks record with $6.5B in closings

Crye-Leike Real Estate Services is celebrating a record-breaking year in 2017. The company sold $6.5 billion in real estate and closed 32,583 transactions corporate wide to make it their highest sales performance in the company’s over 40-year history.


Downtown parking study completed

Downtown Chattanooga has more than 43,000 parking spaces, but less than one-third of those spaces are publicly available.

This is one of the many findings from a year-long, $250,0000 comprehensive parking study led by the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority, the Chattanooga Parking Authority and River City Company, in partnership with the Lyndhurst and Benwood Foundations, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Siskin Hospital, Erlanger Health System and the City of Chattanooga.


New owner for Lucidity Float & Wellness Center

For two years, Angela McAllister sought refuge from her busy life in regular floatation sessions at Lucidity Float & Wellness Center.

“Imagine 90 minutes without your phone, with zero distractions, where you feel weightless, centered and relaxed,” McAllister says. “It was my place for calm and meditation when work was overwhelming.”


See Rock City makes record donation to Ronald McDonald House

See Rock City presents its largest donation to date to Ronald McDonald House Charities of Greater Chattanooga following the Enchanted Garden of Lights event, the best-attended in the attraction’s history.

This season’s gift from ticket proceeds is $19,251.75, making the partnership’s grand total almost $200,000.


Saving nature’s unseen architects

With wide, spade-like claws and sturdy hind legs, the gopher tortoise seems almost built to move earth. Like shelled bulldozers, these reptilian excavators dig deep, winding tunnels beneath the scrublands and coastal dunes of the American Southeast. These burrows provide crucial shelter for the tortoises as well as hundreds of other species, from Eastern Indigo snakes to gopher frogs to burrowing owls.


PAPER opens at Townsend Atelier

Townsend Atelier is preparing to host PAPER, an art exhibition and sale by artists Daud Akhriev, Timur Akhriev and Melissa Hefferlin. The exhibit will feature works on paper including gouache, watercolor, oil, drawings, pastels, etchings and linoleum prints signed and numbered by the artists. Some work will be framed and some will be loose for custom framing after purchase. Over 50 works will be available and will range in price. The public is invited to a free opening reception on Friday, March 2 from 5:30-9 p.m. at Townsend Atelier, 301 E. 11th St.


Luxury compared: Lincoln Navigator vs. Cadillac Escalade

Just a handful of automakers offer three-row luxury SUVs. If you want one with robust towing capabilities, your choices narrow even further. Within that group are two well-known domestic models: the 2018 Cadillac Escalade and 2018 Lincoln Navigator.


Events: Festive Music for Early Brass & Voices

St. Paul’s Artist Series presents Festive Music for Early Brass & Voices featuring the Washington Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble with the St. Paul’s Senior Choir performing music from the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. The concert will take place at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 305 W. Seventh at Pine St., on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased in advance through the St. Paul’s website (www.stpaulschatt.org/concert-season). Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of the concert.

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