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Held giving juries a clearer picture

On. Aug. 23, 2020, Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer Rusten Sheskey shot and critically injured a 29-year-old Black man named Jacob Blake after Blake opened the door to the SUV that belonged to the mother of his children.

To the millions of Youtubers who watched the brief cell phone video of the shooting, in which Sheskey fires his weapon seven times at an apparently calm and defenseless Blake, it likely appeared that the shooting was unjustified.

Chambliss welcomes Casteel, LaMar

Two new attorney hires are settling in at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel. Jarrod Casteel and Melani LaMar will both serve the firm’s real estate section.

Casteel specializes in a broad spectrum of matters, such as commercial leasing, acquisition, financing, development and property management. His experience extends to collaborating with contractors, architects, property managers, investors, developers, entrepreneurs and growth-focused individuals and businesses.

American Bar inducts Killian as fellow

The American Bar Foundation recently inducted former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Tennessee Bill Killian as a fellow.

Fellows of the American Bar Foundation represent an honorary society of lawyers, judges, law faculty and legal scholars who demonstrate outstanding leadership in their profession and service to society. Fellows are recommended by their peers and approved by the American Bar Foundation board.

Black history is inextricably intertwined with the history of American courts

In previous years, we’ve honored Black History Month by highlighting important African American legal figures, many of whom were the first in their respective positions. However, this year, we’ll use cases to point out some of the ways African American history is inextricably intertwined with American legal history.

Court announces sixth annual civics essay contest

The Chattanooga division of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee and the Chattanooga chapter of the Federal Bar Association are inviting high school and middle school students in 17 area counties to participate in their annual civics essay contest.

Fresh start energizes Burson’s real estate career

Realtor Rachel Burson says she’d reached the end of her tether to real estate. The work is never easy, she knew, even when the market has a rosy complexion, but it had become harder than she believed she could endure.

So, after investing the considerable time and resources it takes to become a Realtor, Burson, 30, decided to retire her license.

Navigating offers with precision and grace

Real estate transactions are an intricate dance, and every step is critical. Letting your Realtor lead and relying on their expertise ensures a seamless and fruitful journey.

As we continue focusing on the National Association of Realtors’ “179 ways agents who are Realtors are worth every penny of their compensation,” here are six dance moves showcasing how a Realtor’s role extends beyond crafting and presenting offers.

Spring into action with these home maintenance tips

As the days grow longer and the chill in the air disappears, it’s time to prepare your home for the vibrant season of spring. With warmer weather and blooming flowers on the horizon, dedicating some time to maintenance will help ensure your home remains in top condition.

Minority groups increase homeownership rates

Homeownership rates for racial minorities increased in 2022, with Asian and Hispanic Americans achieving historic peaks. Despite these advancements, disparities persist among racial and ethnic groups, notably with Black homeownership lagging.

People of color continue to endure significant buying challenges throughout and after their home purchases, according to a new report by the National Association of Realtors.

Newsmakers: Journey Health Foundation bolsters leadership

Journey Health Foundation has hired Denise Dye and promoted Jasmin Rippon.

Dye joins Journey Health as vice president of Pathways Data Hub. She brings more than 30 years of experience in data management and analytics to the position, through which she’ll work to advance data-driven initiatives to improve public health throughout Hamilton County.

Briefs: Sign appeals going to zoning board

A Chattanooga City Council ordinance change will move all appeals of violations of the city’s sign ordinance to the Board of Zoning Appeals and dissolve the Board of Sign Appeals.

“The sign ordinance, which makes it needlessly difficult to do business in Chattanooga, is in desperate need of an update,” says Mayor Tim Kelly. “This change is the first step of making that change happen. Having an entire board dedicated to regulating and overseeing signs was ridiculous and an example of unnecessary bureaucratic processes that impeded business growth.”

Events: AmuseUm Fundraiser at Creative Discovery Museum

Creative Discovery Museum will host its AmuseUm ‘24: 1995 fundraiser on Saturday, March 2, 7-10 p.m. A VIP hour will begin at 6 p.m. The museum is encouraging ticketholders to don their favorite ’90s attire for an evening of food, drinks, throwback jams, karaoke, roller skaters, caricature artwork and more. Tickets are available at cdmfun.org/amuseum. VIP tickets will include an exclusive bar and a ‘90s throwback swag bag. Creative Discovery Museum (321 Chestnut St.) is a nonprofit children’s museum that offers educational programs and exhibits in the arts and sciences. It opened in 1995.

Powell builds bustling biz hub on Facebook

It’s a Saturday, and one of Chattanooga’s busiest gathering spots is buzzing with questions. “Is there a female landscaper here?” asks one person. “I’m looking for a custom glass shower door company,” queries another.

Avoid tapping into retirement savings early

If you want to make a big purchase, such as a new car or a piece of property, or you were faced with a large, unexpected expense, such as a major home or auto repair, would you have the funds readily available? If not, you might look at what may be your biggest pool of money – your 401(k) or IRA. But should you tap into these accounts well before you retire?

Personal Finance: Fighting over money? Find common ground

Figuring out how to manage money together might be an important part of a happy relationship, but it’s a skill that doesn’t always come naturally.

“When there’s conflict or discord, it’s usually not about the money itself, but related to the meaning each person is attaching to money. There’s always something deeper,” says Cohen Taylor, a licensed family and marriage therapist and behavioral wealth specialist at the registered investment advisory Wealth Enhancement Group.

Going from cash-only home to managing credit cards

As you’re growing up, you learn about money from the people who raise you. Their lessons are based on their life experiences, which means there’s likely some bias built in.

That’s not necessarily a bad thing – you may have a savvy aunt who taught herself to manage her own money after a divorce, or a parent who cautioned you about debt because they struggled to pay down theirs. Hearing their stories can spare you from making financial mistakes. Even with all that history, though, you’re likely to make some financial decisions that will cause your relatives to wince.

NHL players have to watch language

When an NHL player does an interview, many might take for granted that the player isn’t a native English speaker because they are often so well-versed in a language that is not their first.

But like their hockey pursuits, most of them have worked very hard to get to the point of being comfortable in front of a camera or speaking to reporters.

Glass experiences the joy of a good night vs. team that let him go

Professional athletes are nomadic by nature with players rarely staying with the same organization for their entire career. So it’s not uncommon for a player to be facing an old team in a particular game.

Still early in his NHL career, Predators forward Cody Glass is with his second team. After being drafted by the Vegas Golden Knights sixth overall in the 2017 draft, Glass was traded to Nashville after two mostly injury-plagued seasons with the Golden Knights.

More wins, bigger crowds: UT baseball adjusts to Vitello era

Since head coach Tony Vitello took over the Tennessee baseball program in 2017 and resurrected a speedy rebuild, the demand for tickets to home games has been off the charts. The university has responded with its own rebuild.

 Lindsey Nelson Stadium is undergoing a $95.8 million renovation that is expected to nearly double the capacity by 2025. Construction is ongoing this season, but many new elements have already been put in place.

Five things to know before buying a used EV

Buying any car is complicated. Want to make it even more complicated? Consider buying a used electric vehicle.

There are good reasons to consider a used electric vehicle. Perhaps you want an EV as an additional household vehicle – for your teenager who just started to drive, perhaps – or as a replacement for a vehicle you already own. But there are additional aspects about buying an EV that you’ll need to consider in order to get the best value. The car experts at Edmunds have put together five tips on what you need to know.