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A match made on the auction block
Holt’s quest for bargain furniture leads to love, thriving business

Steve Holt was calling an auction in Colorado Springs in 1992 when he spotted a woman unlike any he’d ever seen.

A well-fed Colorado boy raised in the auction business, Holt stood tall on the block as he sold furniture to the highest bidders. Accustomed to cowboy hats, belt buckles and starched jeans, when he saw the young lady with the big hair, make-up and bedazzle, he fumbled his words.


Middle-market deal lawyer joins Waller

R. Tyler Hand, a veteran transactional attorney with extensive middle-market experience, has joined Waller Lansden Dortch & Davis. Hand joins Waller’s Chattanooga office, which opened in March with the arrival of a team focused on mergers and acquisitions, private equity and mezzanine finance.


Chambliss expands IP and labor, employment base with new hires

Stephen Adams and Matt Wayne join Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel’s intellectual property and labor and employment practice areas.

Adams, a registered patent attorney and mechanical engineer, joins the firm’s intellectual property group whose patent attorneys and engineers have over 60 years of combined legal experience.


English launches Scout Realtor Group

Spurred by a desire to focus more time and energy on her family and community, Realtor Becky Cope English has formed Scout Realtor Group, a collective of like-minded agents who are pooling their knowledge and resources to serve clients more efficiently and effectively.


McIntyre joins RE/MAX Renaissance in Hixson

Jill McIntyre has joined RE/MAX Renaissance in Hixson as an affiliate broker. McIntyre started her career in real estate as an unlicensed assistant and has been mentored by veteran agent Katie Ashley of the Big Ridge community in Hixson.

McIntyre is a resident of Soddy Daisy and a native of this area. She will be working with Ashley.


View from the Hill: Tackling transit, reappraisal in same year not smart

Nashville’s Metro Council is taking the hit for falling asleep at the wheel in a period of unprecedented prosperity and waking up to a budget shortfall in mid-2018.

“We’ve been drunken by our growth and the label of the It City,” Councilwoman Tanaka Vercher admits. “But this is what happens in growth. It stabilizes.”


Greater Chattanooga Realtors take issues to Washington

Greater Chattanooga Realtors recently joined more than 9,000 Realtors in Washington, D.C., for the 2018 Realtor Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo to discuss and advocate for crucial real estate issues on behalf of current and future home and property owners across the country.


Relax, Star Wars geeks, and enjoy Solo’s backstory

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Han, Luke and Leia stood tall against an evil galactic empire and blew up not one but two Death Stars. These and other adventures are chronicled in “A New Hope,” “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.”


Saving for education? Consider a 529 plan

Do you know about 529 savings plans? If not, you are not alone.

Although these plans have been around since 1996, many people are still unaware of them. And that’s unfortunate, because a 529 plan can be a valuable tool for anyone who wants to help a child, grandchild, friend or other family member save for education expenses.


Hunter Museum gets $10K Art Sense program grant

The National Endowment for the Arts has awarded an Art Works grant of $10,000 to Hunter Museum for its new program, Art Sense, a group of initiatives that will make the Hunter’s collection more accessible to guests with limited vision or other sensory impairments.


Newsmakers: Nichols named Presidential fellow

Dr. Dana Nichols, vice president for academic affairs at Chattanooga State Community College, has been selected as one of 40 leaders from across the nation for the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

Aspen Presidential Fellows begin their 10-month fellowship in July 2018. Fellows will learn strategies and frameworks enabling them to lead community colleges to high levels of student success and effective partnerships.


Behind the Wheel: Some late-spring deals before summer sales season

Summer is the busiest selling season at car dealerships. The weather is nice, people have more time to shop and the discounts are attractive enough to get buyers’ attention. Dealers also make full use of the summer’s holiday weekends, beginning with Memorial Day, as you might have noticed with balloon-decked lots, inflatable eagles and scads of car ads.


Book review: How does one find time to devise time-saving strategies?

Your to-do list is a mile long. Every day, you add three things for every one you cross off and you’re starting to resent That List.

What’s worse: accommodating everything on the list means there’s no more you for you. In “Breaking Up with Busy” by Yvonne Tally, you’ll see that it’s time for the list to get lost.


See Rock City acquires Sky Harbor Court

See Rock City has purchased Sky Harbor Court on Lookout Mountain and renamed it Lookout Mountain RiverView Inn. An open house is set for June 4-5, 3-7 p.m., to showcase the updated space, which includes 10 renovated rooms, a pool, a Skybox and other amenities.


Events: Spring Garden Tour

The 31st annual Spring Garden Tour, sponsored by the Master Gardeners of Hamilton County, will take place Saturday, June 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sunday, June 3 from 1-6 p.m. This year’s tour features the McCoy Farm & Gardens plus four private gardens located on Signal Mountain.