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‘You’d be amazed if you knew my truth’
Geter offers more than empathy in role with Enterprise Center

Like many Chattanoogans, Katheryn Geter looks in a mirror before going to work to make sure she’s presentable. But as she steps away from her reflection and ventures into the community outside her home, she continues to see herself gazing back.

A new path to happier outcomes
Exum explains his decision to become Rule 31 mediator

During 17 years of work as a litigator, attorney Jim Exum has tackled complex, high-stakes cases as a member of the litigation and risk management group at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel.

His clients – which range from individuals and families to government and municipal officers – have sought his counsel in Tennessee and Georgia.

England joins Horton Ballard

Attorney Megan England has joined the practice of Horton, Ballard & Pemerton.

England is a cum laude graduate of Cumberland School of Law and brings over 18 years of litigation experience to the firm.

She has extensive trial experience in the areas of personal injury, products liability, business litigation and family law.

Two new careers? Why not?

When Ryan Ard reached the age of 50, he considered two options for a new career: Realtor and lawyer.

Instead of choosing one, Ard decided to become both.

“I need to always be moving forward,” he says. “If I’m stagnant, then I’m not growing myself or the people around me.”

Take a step back and zoom out

Real estate is about three words: location, location and location. For that reason, I think it’s easy for us to focus on our own area and forget we’re part of a much larger group.

I do spend a lot of time focusing on the greater Chattanooga area. As the 2023 president of Greater Chattanooga Realtors, I spend most of my time thinking about real estate issues that fall into Hamilton and Sequatchie counties in southeast Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in northwest Georgia.

What’s best for you: A new or existing home?

A home is one of the most significant purchases a person will make in their lifetime. And there’s no questioning that the cost of purchasing a home has been challenging recently. Yet despite affordability hurdles, many continue to buy houses to invest in their future.

Veterinary association recognizes Ooltewah vet

The Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association recently presented Dr. John Mullins, owner of Animal Care Center of Ooltewah, with the Dr. Walter R. Clark Distinguished Service award.

Mullins has been a veterinarian for almost 40 years. He served in the African bush, where he worked on the oxen, horses, sheep, goats and poultry of subsistence farmers, and then returned to his native Tennessee and began private practice.

Briefs: Soddy-Daisy celebrating Arbor Day March 4

Keep Soddy-Daisy Beautiful and the city of Soddy-Daisy will plant 35 native trees in Veterans Park as it celebrates its second annual Arbor Day festivities March 4.

“We’re thrilled to continue our efforts to beautify and improve our community,” says Jim Stewart of Keep Soddy-Daisy Beautiful. “And we’re grateful for the financial support of the city, our donors and the Tennessee Department of Forestry.”

Rogers column: Lee’s faith-based program seeks $1.2M bailout

When legislators set up the Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in 2019, among the selling points was its below-bargain-basement price tag.

“I’m pleased to say that this bill does not require an additional cent of taxpayers’ money,” Sen. Ken Yager of Kingston said when presenting the bill to the Senate. “We will depend on the donations and the grants that nonprofit organizations will receive.”

Financial Focus: Can you plan for an unplanned retirement?

Many people plan to take an early retirement, so when that day arrives, they’re ready for it. But what if you were to face an unplanned retirement? Would you be prepared to deal with the financial issues?

It’s something worth thinking about, because any number of factors — illness, a spouse’s illness, downsizing, other issues — could lead to an abrupt departure from the workforce. But taking action while you’re still working may help you make the transition easier on yourself.

Personal Finance: 5 ways to deal with coveting thy neighbor’s money success

By Kimberly Palmer

If you’ve ever scrolled through social media posts only to be gripped with envy when you see a friend posing in front of their beautiful house or enjoying themselves at a luxurious resort, then you understand how easy it is to want what other people have. Financial envy is real, and sometimes it can be ugly.

Millennial Money: New parents’ finances need nurturing, too

When you’re caring for a newborn, it can be hard enough to carve out time to shower, let alone stay on top of money tasks. In the fog of sleep deprivation, you may miss a bill payment or impulse-buy random things online to help with infant care. Suddenly, your credit scores are down and your budget is stretched.

Chattanooga River Market opens for spring

The Chattanooga River Market will return Saturday, March 11, to the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza.

For over a decade, the Chattanooga River Market has been a source of shopping and entertainment for tourists and locals alike.

The market will be open Saturdays 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in March and the first weekend in April along the Tennessee Aquarium Plaza.

Vols hope to find find their best selves in SEC Tournament

One consistent thing about the Tennessee men’s basketball team in the month of February was the team’s inconsistency.

If the defense was great, the offense went lacking. If the offense produced, the Vols couldn’t close out games. Wins over ranked opponents were followed by losses to unranked opponents.

Behind the Wheel: Honda CR-V Hybrid vs Kia Sportage Hybrid

The 2023 Honda CR-V and 2023 Kia Sportage are two highly rated small SUVs by Edmunds. Notably, they also come in hybrid versions that offer some compelling advantages.

The big advantage is significantly better fuel efficiency than the regular gas-only versions. They’re also more powerful and have the same interior space.