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A win can be a loss when women are forced into court in the #MeToo era
How one woman’s ‘victory’ failed to make her whole

Andrea Herring was changing clothes in the restroom of the funeral home where she worked when her boss began knocking on the door. When she refused to let him in, he retrieved the key and opened it anyway.

As Herring did her best to conceal her nearly naked body, the man stood in the doorway, laughing. To him, it might have been a prank. To Herring, it was a moment of deep humiliation and an indignity that haunts her whenever she enters a similar restroom.

Getting in front of #MeToo movement
Husch Blackwell policy stresses importance of zero tolerance

Last October, Greg Smith, chairman of Husch Blackwell, stood before more than 600 lawyers and staff members at a company retreat in St. Louis and declared that the law firm was adopting a zero-tolerance policy toward sexual harassment.

“This is important to us,” he said. “We’re not going to stand for this.”

Hood named new Erlanger Health System Foundations chair

The Erlanger Health System Foundations board of directors named Lynda Hood its chair for fiscal 2019. Hood is the executive director of the Chattanooga Bar Association.

Erlanger Health System Foundations also announced new board members for the same fiscal year. CBA member Mark Ramsey, an attorney with Spears, Moore, Rebman & Williams, was included among them.

View from the Hill: Hard to find an ‘adult in the room’ in this year’s campaign ads

TV executives, ad reps and political consultants will hate to see this governor’s primary race end. But they can take solace from all the pain they’ve helped dole out while dining on caviar and grilled halibut while in the Caribbean Islands this fall, if they like fish eggs.

Ring finds the right fit with Armstrong

Golf often plays a role in business, and such is the case for Choo Choo Realty.

Last April, near the first tee of the Black Creek Club course during a charity event, two members of the community partner committee for Habitat for Humanity took time to chat near the first tee.

Smart home technology in Gig City

Many of us grew up with the idea that we’d one day be living like the Jetsons, the family at the center of the 1960s cartoon about life in the future (2062, to be exact).

While we must wait a little longer before closets button our shirts and showers comb our hair, living in Gig City allows residents to truly enjoy available smart home features because of affordable access to the fastest internet in the United States.

Making the most of the final inspection of your new home

After you build that perfect, newly constructed home, but before you go to settlement on your purchase, you and your builder will do a walk-through to conduct a final inspection.

This walk-through provides an opportunity to spot items which might need to be corrected or adjusted, learn about the way your new home works and ask questions about anything you don’t understand.

Pinnacle invests in scholarship for educator leadership training

Pinnacle Financial Partners is sponsoring a scholarship for Marthel Young, principal of East Brainerd Elementary School, to take part in the Leadership Chattanooga program.

“Chattanooga’s leadership program is one of the most-respected in the state,” says Craig Holley, Pinnacle’s Chattanooga chairman. “As this group gains insight into the challenges our region faces and the opportunities to make a difference, it’s critical that educators have a seat at the table. Pinnacle’s scholarship will provide Marthel the opportunity to strengthen her leadership skills so she may serve our community.”

State Rep. Sherrell sued for buying disputed equipment

A White County farm owner has filed a civil complaint against state Rep. Paul Sherrell, who serves on the House Criminal Justice Committee, contending the legislator wrongfully bought more than $82,000 worth of his farm equipment for $20,000 from someone not authorized to sell.

Habitat accepting homeownership applications

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area is accepting applications from families and individuals interested in becoming a Habitat homeowner.

To obtain a pre-qualifying questionnaire or for more information: www.habichatt.org or call 423 756-0507.

Chattanooga State volleyball inaugural match set

Chattanooga State’s inaugural women’s volleyball team has been practicing throughout the summer in preparation for its opening match at home on Saturday, Aug. 28, against Hiwassee College beginning at 6 p.m.

Chattanooga State women’s volleyball has 16 matches on their inaugural schedule this fall. Information, 423 697-4426 or janet.tate@chattanoogastate.edu.

Civic vs. Jetta: Historical reliability vs. longer warranty

While automakers still offer inexpensive utilitarian-trim levels of small cars, they are increasingly creating high-end, luxury-like versions, as well. With its newly redesigned Jetta, for example, Volkswagen is betting that a surprising range of gadgets and features will get buyers into the showroom.

Newsmakers: McCullough named assistant chief of investigations

Captain Zac McCullough is the Chattanooga Police Department’s new assistant chief of investigations. Chief David Roddy tapped McCullough for the position after a comprehensive internal vetting process.

McCullough is a native of Chattanooga and has served with the CPD for 23 years.