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A specialty built on empathy
Armstrong helps homesellers navigate life’s cruelist losses

If anyone should understand the value of a will or trust, it’s Jane Armstrong. Twice widowed, Armstrong is thankful she and both of her late husbands planned for the unseen tragedies that cut their marriages short, even as they anticipated years of being together.

Safe Baby Court offers help for children

Children and families in Hamilton County can now access a state program designed to improve long-term outcomes for small children in the welfare system.

Hamilton County this week joined a dozen other Tennessee counties in offering Safe Baby Court, which began as a pilot program in Davidson County in 2015.

Garner joins Leitner Williams

Attorney Gunner Garner has joined the law firm of Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan as an associate.

Garner is primarily focused on general liability and workers’ compensation law. Before joining Leitner Williams, he served as a judicial clerk for Senior Judges William Acree and Roy Morgan in Jackson.

Chambliss welcomes Poole as risk management, health care attorney

Attorney Christopher Poole has joined the law firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, where he will serve the litigation, risk management and health care practice areas.

President and managing shareholder Mark Cunningham says Poole’s tenure at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Tennessee, where he navigated myriad complex cases, and his ability to achieve optimal outcomes for clients in challenging legal scenarios are a testament to his skill and professionalism.

April delivers promising real estate sales, more inventory

Greater Chattanooga’s real estate market delivered a robust performance in April as supply and demand continued to affect the region with an increase in homes sold despite higher prices, the National Association of Realtors reports.

Overall, U.S. existing-home sales fell from a one-year high, dropping 4.3% month-over-month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.19 million, according to the NAR, as higher interest rates and rising sales prices continue to keep some prospective buyers on the sidelines.

Median homes unaffordable for most

Housing affordability remains a critical issue across the United States, affecting millions of households. The National Association of Home Builders has updated their 2024 Housing Affordability Graph with the most recent data showing 66.6 million households (49% out of a total of 134.9 million) are unable to afford a $250,000 home.

Brackett assumes HFMA presidency

The Tennessee Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association has announced the election of Erlanger vice president Misty Brackett to its board of directors.

Brackett serves as the vice president of revenue cycle for Erlanger in Chattanooga. Before joining Erlanger, she held multiple leadership roles, including health information management director and chief compliance officer for a critical access hospital in North Dakota and director of operations for Healthport.

Love of animals, science guides Chattanooga's Shulman, new TVMA president

As a doctor of veterinary medicine, Marisa Shulman spends her days doing everything in her ability to ensure her four-legged patients are in good health. As the president of the Tennessee Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) for 2024 and 2025, Dr. Shulman continues to intercede on behalf of not only her patients but also animals across the state after her shift at Riverview Animal Hospital is over.

How is your retirement income taxed?

Once you’re retired, you will likely need to draw on several types of income for your living expenses. You’ll need to know where these funds are coming from and how much you can count on, but you should also be aware of how this money is taxed – because this knowledge can help you plan and budget for your retirement years.

Rogers column: Knoxville has a new fan in this Ole Miss alum

For Kayne, it was a chance to revisit some of her college haunts and to relive days gone by. For me, it was a debt repaid. And a long drive to get some pizza.

That pizza, from a place called Stefanos, was probably Kayne’s primary goal for the trip. I’ve been hearing about its superior merits for decades. Proust had his madeleine; Kayne has her Supreme. Whole wheat crust.

Book it: Tennessee intent on deeper run in this year’s WCWS

They might be done with classes on campus, but the University of Tennessee softball players still have some assigned reading to complete. The Lady Vols have continued their book club tradition.

They are reading “The Twin Thieves” by Steve Jones and Lucas Jadin this season, which is a story about how great teams are built by great leaders. It follows the Westlake Aviators, a football team that realizes its greatest challenge isn’t beating an opponent but rising above the fear of failure and judgment.

Newgarden dragging heavy load in pursuit of Indy repeat

Josef Newgarden’s affable smile is back. Not that it really left, but the Nashville driver has been riding an unexpected emotional roller-coaster since capturing his first Indianapolis 500 championship last year.

After crossing the finish line, Newgarden climbed out of his car into the grandstands to celebrate with fans. That feel-good moment cemented his legend as one of the most popular drivers in motor sports.

VU poll: Most Tennessee voters are now pro-choice

Slightly more than half of the state’s voters support a woman’s right to an abortion, the semiannual, statewide Vanderbilt Poll showed in its most recent survey.

Significant findings include:

• The majority of Tennessee registered voters consider themselves definitely or somewhat pro-choice, including 93% of Democrats, 54% of independents and 30% of non-MAGA Republicans.

5 things to know before buying a used Tesla

It’s a good time to be in the market for a used Tesla. Tesla’s significant price cuts during the past year on its new cars have caused the prices of used Teslas to drop significantly. But buying a used Tesla isn’t as straightforward as buying a used Toyota, especially if you’ve never owned one.