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Big screen vs. real legal dramas
How one great courtroom movie gets it right, wrong

This is the first installment in a series of articles exploring the storylines and themes of classic films in which the U.S. system of justice plays a central role. In this entry, Criminal Court Judge Tom Greenholtz discusses the 1957 version of “12 Angry Men” and its enduring relevance. Spoilers for the film are included.

Fleenor, Steelman, Hedrick named to Tennessee Judicial Conference

Eleventh judicial district Chancellor Pamela Fleenor is the new president-elect of the Tennessee Judicial Conference.

Fleenor has served Hamilton County since she won election in 2014. She earned her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Faith honored twice by American Immigration Lawyers Association

The American Immigration Lawyers Association has elected Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison attorney Brittany Thomas Faith to its board of governors.

As a board member, Faith will “support the association and its mission to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members,” the firm reports.

Rookie Realtor eager to make mark

Realtors don’t come any greener than Cindy Volhein.

Not only is the proverbial ink still wet on her license, when it comes to clients, she’s still looking forward to landing her first homebuyer or seller.

“I’ll jump right in and do the best job I can do,” Volhein, 58, chimes cheerfully.

Inventory tight despite more new listings

School’s out, and vaccination rates are rising as America enters a new normal. Thus, the U.S. housing market continues at a fast and frenzied pace, with low interest rates and limited inventory fueling record high sales prices.

May saw the national median existing-home sales price exceed $350,000, which is a whopping 24% increase. The National Association of Realtors reports this change as the largest year-over-year increase since 1999.

Hamilton County tops $4 billion in real estate sold in fiscal 2020-21

More than $4.1 billion in Hamilton County real estate was sold or transferred in Fiscal Year 2020, reports Hamilton County Register of Deeds Marc Gravitt.

This represents an increase of more than 30% from the previous fiscal year.

Additionally, over $6.8 billion in mortgages were recorded – an increase of more than 34% from Fiscal Year 2019.

Top three trends for living better at home post-COVID

Although life will settle into a new normal post-COVID, the experiences of spending more time at home will resonate for years to come. Not only are homeowners thinking about home design and furnishings, they’re also exploring how the systems in their homes can affect their health and finances.

Leonard’s latest, Giardino, certainly worth return visit

New grills, fusion joints and ethnic diners open like clockwork in Chattanooga and rarely fail to capture the attention of the perpetually famished public. But nothing spikes the interest of local foodies like a new Italian restaurant.

At least that’s what I gathered as my dinner companion and I pulled up to Giardino during its first Friday night in business. Word had spread like grapes on a fertile vine about the new pastaria, and every parking spot was occupied.

Tennesseans roll dice on COVID
New variants do little to get more in state to opt for vaccination

It’s been more than two months since the federal Centers for Disease Control relaxed its recommendations on masking for the fully vaccinated and Hamilton County’s masking restrictions expired April 29, although residents are still being encouraged to get the vaccine.

Newsmakers: WRCB announces 2022 leadership changes

Tom Tolar will retire Jan. 9 after 40 years of service to WRCB-TV. Tolar will retire as the COO of WRCB’s parent company, Sarkes Tarzian.

Tolar began his career with Sarkes Tarzian as general manager of WATI Radio in Indianapolis and was president and general manager of WRCB for 35 years. He has served as president of Sarkes Tarzian Television and chief operating officer for the past three years.

McLemore concerts to feature bluegrass, Cuban swing, cool jazz

The success of the Songwriter’s Series at McLemore has inspired the Lookout Mountain resort to schedule a smaller series of eclectic performances dubbed “Experimental Batch.”

The series will feature performances by Dan Tyminski, the Sunrise Cuban Jazz Quartet and the Charlton Singleton Jazz Quartet.

9/11 Air Force One pilot will be the featured speaker at fall Friends of Scouting Luncheon

The pilot at the controls of Air Force One on Sept. 11, 2001, will speak at the Friends of Scouting Luncheon this fall.

Retired Col. Mark Tillman will speak at the Cherokee Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America’s annual fundraiser on Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Financial Focus: The right emotions can be useful in investing

You may have heard that it’s important to take the emotions out of investing. But is this true for all emotions?

 Certainly, some emotions can potentially harm your investment success. Consider fear. If the financial markets are going through a down period – which is actually a normal part of the investment landscape – you might be so afraid of sustaining losses that you sell even the investments that have good prospects and are suitable for your needs.

Personal Finance: You must decide who gets keys to your digital estate?

You may not own cryptocurrency or nonfungible tokens. You may not have a big Instagram following or run an online business. But if you do almost anything online, you probably have digital assets — electronic records that you own, control or license. Failing to make arrangements for those assets while you’re alive could cause unnecessary costs, stress and heartache to those you leave behind.

Career Corner: What the Great Resignation means to your job situation

Countless news stories have popped up in the last few weeks about the Great Resignation. Millions of American workers are quitting their jobs.

You’ve probably heard about it (and maybe even considered it). So, what does it mean for your career?

Behind the Wheel: Get dirty with these 5 affordable off-road vehicles

Does a little outdoor adventure sound enticing to you? It does to many Americans, as evidenced by crowded national parks and increased demand for trucks and SUVs. If you’re looking for a vehicle that can handle going off-road yet still be your inexpensive source for daily transportation, there are several options at your disposal.