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‘Carpetbaggers’ find soft landing in Chattanooga
Pandemic flight brings wave of new residents to the Scenic City

“There he is – the man who’s going to wreck your city!” laughs Jeff Greenspan, a former New Yorker who’s now living and working in Chattanooga, as he flips through smartphone photos of himself in the North Shore condo he recently purchased.

Chambliss Law adds 3 experienced attorneys

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel has added three experienced attorneys – Shelton Swafford Chambers, JR Glenn and M. Craig Smith – to enhance its estate and tax, financial services, labor and employment and real estate practices.

With more than a decade of experience and dual law and accounting degrees, Chambers advises high-net worth individuals and families on their estate planning and tax needs, including asset protection planning, charitable and foundation planning, conservatorships, elder law, estate and trust matters and special needs planning.

Stewart finally finds right time for Chattanooga move

For many years, Chattanooga was where attorney Jon Stewart and his family would see friends or spend a quick getaway.

“Chattanooga is a great place to visit for a long weekend,” says Stewart, who was living in Jackson at the time. “There’s a lot to do, especially outdoors.”

Stout would rather sell city than houses
Relo expert works to match clients with right area

When Realtor Susan Stout is offering advice to new agents, she tells them to find their niche.

Her niche, she says, is relocation.

“I’m not an open house person. I don’t like to tell sellers what to do with their home and I don’t like to follow buyers from room to room,” she admits. “But I can sell somebody on Chattanooga.”

High demand, low supply drive prices up

The hot local housing market continued through April. This busy spring market continues to see many multiple-offer situations driving sales prices exceeding asking price. By the time a sale closes, the market might already have moved higher than that sold price suggests.

Benefits of hiring a professional remodeler

After spending more time at home this year, you might be ready to give your dwelling a refresh. A remodel can modernize your home and add more value.

Before you start a project big or small, consider finding and hiring a professional remodeler. Working with an expert has many benefits.

Economic experts predict bright path for commercial real estate in 2021

The U.S. economy experienced one of the swiftest declines in history last year, followed by a quick and relatively significant recovery in the second quarter of 2020.

Speakers this month’s Commercial Economic Issues and Trends Forum, held as part of the 2021 Realtors Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo, discussed these historic shifts in the nation’s economy over the past 12 months while projecting a favorable outlook for the commercial real estate market in the coming year.

Aquarium offering free educational videos to teachers

Even as the global pandemic slowly recedes, many schools have placed field trips in indefinite timeout.

At the moment, many students are unable to see the Tennessee Aquarium firsthand – but nothing says the aquarium can’t come to them.

Chamber invites business leaders to sign Pledge for Racial Equity

The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce is spearheading a CEO Pledge for Racial Equity, a commitment by regional CEOs and managing leaders to enhance efforts to achieve equity of opportunity within organizations and the broader Chattanooga community.

“In Chattanooga, a CEO Pledge for Racial Equity will grow business, drive accountability and increase innovation,” says Lorne Steedley, vice president of diversity and inclusive growth at the Chamber.

Mocs add Wright to staff as offensive coordinator

Chattanooga Mocs Rusty Wright has added Assumption University offensive coordinator Tommy Galt to his staff.

“Excited to have Tommy here,” Wright says. “His experience and knowledge of the position is going [to mesh well] with the older guys we have and the young guys we need to develop. He’s done that at every level.

Newsmakers: Miles joins Erlanger Physical Therapy

Physical therapist Robbie Miles has joined Erlanger Physical Therapy as the new outpatient physical therapy supervisor for all six Erlanger clinics.

Miles has more than 20 years of experience as a physical therapist and 15 years-plus of experience as an athletic trainer.

Department of Education expands trauma-informed program to 13 Hamilton County schools

The Tennessee Department of Education has selected 13 Hamilton County schools to participate in its second cohort of trauma-informed schools.

Trauma-informed schools are schools in which adults in the school community are prepared to recognize and respond to those who have been impacted by traumatic stress. Those adults include administrators, teachers, staff and parents.

Chattanooga Motorcar Festival gets new course

Competitors in the 2021 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival will race along a new two-mile course in downtown Chattanooga during wheel-to-wheel events scheduled to take place Oct. 15-17.

The inaugural Chattanooga Motorcar Festival was held in 2019. The 2020 event was canceled due to the pandemic.

Nightfall resuming live shows June 4

Nightfall organizers will resume free live shows for the 34th season of Chattanooga’s outdoor concert series in Miller Plaza.

The start date of June 4 represents a one-month delay from the regular May kickoff, but the season will still include 15 Friday night shows.

Build It Green celebrates its new home on Glass Street

Quran Whatley sees a space he helped create with his own hands when he walks into work in the morning.

The 25-year-old graduated in 2018 from the previous version of Build it Green (BIG), the sustainable leadership and workforce development program run by green|spaces, and now serves as a leader in the relaunch in its new space on Glass Street.

Financial Focus: What to expect from a financial review

The COVID-19 pandemic may have unsettled many aspects of your life – including financial. Even if your employment and earnings were not directly affected, you might have concerns about whether you’ve been making the right investment moves in such a stressful environment.

Personal Finance: You might be entitled to free health insurance now

The latest coronavirus relief package did more than dole out $1,400 checks. The law also made health insurance free for millions more people and reduced costs for others – at least for now.

The American Rescue Plan, which President Joe Biden signed in March, expanded subsidies for people buying their own insurance on Affordable Care Act exchanges. In addition, anyone who receives unemployment benefits this year can qualify for zero-premium health insurance through the exchanges, regardless of income.

Kinley Hotel celebrates local female artists

Kinley Chattanooga Southside is celebrating local female artists with curated commissioned art placed throughout the hotel. Located in the city’s Southside district, the Kinley opened March 4.

Handmade, locally curated paintings, weavings and prints can be found in the hotel’s lobby, coffee and cocktail bar, and in each of the 64 guest rooms.

Go wild: Five top-rated off-road vehicles for 2021

It’s no surprise that trucks and SUVs continue to dominate the U.S. vehicle market. But in a further move, automakers are increasingly building more SUVs and trucks that are specifically designed for off-road driving.

With special enhancements to improve traction, ground clearance and even visibility, these vehicles can climb over rocks or blast over sand dunes that would leave regular trucks or SUVs stuck, stranded or possibly broken.