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Qualified buyers, not enough homes
One key flaw exposed in city’s Down Payment Assistance program

As Chattanooga’s chief housing officer, Nicole Heyman, addressed the Women’s Council of Realtors during its March luncheon, she announced what must have been music to the ears of the agents at the Walden Club: She has 25 pre-qualified buyers who need a Realtor to find them a home.

Great stories to tell, time enough to tell them
Retired attorney Hill runs away from the ordinary

Picking stories to hear from the life and times of retired attorney Rosemarie Hill is like wanting to greedily check out an armload of books from a library, even as you know you have to put a few back. “But which ones?” I wonder. “I want to hear them all.”

Urban Story Ventures Riverport project targets Class A industrial demand

Urban Story Ventures plans to break ground this month on a Class A industrial building. The $28 million Riverport development is an expansion situated on 19 acres within the Centre South Riverport Industrial Park, which is located in the industrial corridor along Amnicola Highway and the Tennessee River.

The value of Realtor expertise

Embarking on the journey of purchasing a home can be exciting, but it’s also one filled with many working parts and important decisions. The National Association of Realtors recently added another “105 More Ways Agents are Worth Every Penny of Their Compensation.”

Habits that are making your home unhealthy and how to fix them

In the rush of everyday life, it’s easy to brush aside the little things that could be subtly undermining the well-being of our homes. From the moment we step inside, our actions can have a profound impact on the air we breathe and the quality of our living environment.

Newsmakers: Enterprise Center CEO plans to retire

Deb Socia, president and CEO of The Enterprise Center, plans to retire this year. The nonprofit’s board of directors is searching for its next leader.

Socia, a national leader in digital equity and broadband adoption, brought her expertise to Chattanooga in 2019. With Socia at the helm, The Enterprise Center assisted in the implementation of HCS EdConnect, created by Hamilton County Schools and EPB, to bring internet access to more than 17,000 Hamilton County Schools students and their families. She also led the development of new programming like EMPACT, a Google-IT certification program launched in partnership with Chattanooga State.

Briefs: CHI Memorial awards nonprofit grants

CHI Memorial has awarded $278,000 in grants to five local nonprofit organizations to improve community health. Recipients of the funds are Medical Foundation of Chattanooga, Welcome Home of Chattanooga, Catholic Charities of East Tennessee, LIFT Youth Center and HopeSpur. The funds will support local residents without health insurance, persons experiencing homelessness and youth programs.

Shaq dunks on the competition with Big Chicken

As I was leaving Big Chicken in Hixson on a drizzly Friday afternoon, a man who was beelining from the back of the parking lot to the entrance slowed down long enough to ask, “Is it worth it?”

I don’t believe the weather alone made him wonder if he should have made other lunchtime plans, as the drive-thru was closed because the window wasn’t working. As grand opening kinks go, that’s an odd one, but it wasn’t the only peculiarity I’d encountered during my visit.

Preserve Chattanooga sells Terminal lobby

Preserve Chattanooga has sold its portion of the Terminal Station complex on Market Street after protecting it with preservation easements.

Formerly known as Cornerstones, the historic preservation nonprofit received the domed former passenger lobby space as a gift in 2018 from Choo Choo Partners LP.

How can you manage student loan payments?

If you have student loans, you likely received a “payment vacation” over the past few years, due to legislation related to COVID-19. But if you’re like millions of other borrowers, you may have recently been required to resume your payments.

Ways to keep your kids from feeling your stress about money

When it comes to parents and children, money stress can be contagious.

That’s what Amy Weimer, director of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Texas State University, found when she and a colleague studied 60 children last year. They were more likely to report feeling worried if their parents were experiencing long-term financial stress.

The evolution of retirement, what it might mean for you

Now that retirement spans more years than ever, you might need to rethink how you’re envisioning that stage of your life. Although Americans are retiring a little later than they did 30 years ago, they’re also living longer. Retirement isn’t a blip on the life radar – it’s a significant chunk of time.

Book review: Choosing a new way to deal with work stress

You know what happens next week? Of course you do. Just thinking about it now makes your palms sweat and your blood pressure soar.

And then you get mad at yourself for feeling that way and you’re guilty for being angry and there you go. Next week has already moved into your home, so read “Stress Resets” by Jennifer L. Taitz, PsyD, ABPP, and eject that unwanted roommate.

McCarron’s biggest fight was off the ice
Preds veteran works through addiction issues to post best career stats, earn contract extension

Sometimes even fighters have to ask for help.

Calling Michael McCarron a fighter has very little to do with the fact his job occasionally calls for him to drop his gloves and trade punches with some of the National Hockey League’s roughest and toughest and more to do with what he has fought to get to where he is today and continues to fight going forward.

Five best hybrid SUVs for less than $35,000

Buying a hybrid vehicle can be a smart way to help save money on gas and reduce your carbon footprint compared to a conventional gasoline-only vehicle.

In recent years, automakers have also greatly expanded the availability of hybrid SUVs. These models can get impressive fuel economy while providing plenty of cargo space, available all-wheel drive, and the latest in technology and driver assist features.