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Chattanoogans rise to celebrate the Constitution
On Thursday, Sept. 16, close to 100 people came together on the steps of the federal courthouse to celebrate the most basic thing we share as Americans: That together, we are “We the people,” and the Constitution is for all of us.
Congress has established Sept. 17 as an annual holiday to recognize the adoption of the United States Constitution. It was on Sept. 17, 1787, that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the new document to create our present form of government. Afterwards, they sent it to every state to be debated and ratified by conventions of the people themselves.
Retired Maj. Gen. Raines receives 2021 Liberty Bell Award
A patriot descended from a Revolutionary War patriot who moved to Bledsoe County in the early days of Tennessee is the 2021 recipient of the Chattanooga Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award.
The award recognizes community service that has strengthened the American system of freedom under the Rule of Law.
Chambliss Law names Yost real estate chair
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel shareholder Kirby Yost is the new chair for the firm’s real estate practice group, which advises local, regional and national clients on commercial transactions and developments.
Yost follows Michael Stewart, who served as section chair for several years.
Baker Donelson achieves Mansfield Certification Plus status for 2nd year
Baker Donelson has for the second consecutive year achieved Mansfield Certification Plus status. It is among 118 law firms that have completed a 12-month collaboration with Diversity Lab with built-in measurement, transparency and accountability.
The goal of the Mansfield Rule is to boost the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership by broadening the pool of candidates considered for these opportunities.
Judge Atchley explains 'American exceptionalism’
This is an edited version of the keynote speech U.S. District Judge Charles Atchley provided during the Chattanooga Bar Association’s 2021 Law Day celebration, held Sept. 15 on Zoom and in person in the Silver Room at The Read House.
While not nearly as acknowledged or feted as other special days of celebration in the United States, Law Day is arguably one of the most important.
State Realtors installs Close as president
Travis Close is shown following his induction as 2022 Tennessee Realtors president during the association’s annual awards and installation ceremony Sept. 17 at the Chattanooga Convention Center. Close is a Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Realty Center in Signal Mountain. He first served the organization as a divisional vice president in 2015. During that same year, Close served as president of his local association, which named him its 2015 Realtor of the Year.
MLS director receives certification from NAR
The National Association of Realtors has awarded Greater Chattanooga Realtors MLS director Tonya Bell the Realtor Association Certified Executive designation, which recognizes exceptional efforts made by Realtor association executives.
Bell is one of more than 500 Realtor association executives and one of only 14 Realtor association executives in Tennessee who have achieved this mark of excellence, reports Greater Chattanooga Realtors.
Keeping Realtor safety top of mind throughout the year
September is winding down, and Realtor Safety Month will soon be behind us for another year. Before it’s gone, I want to take one last opportunity to focus on safety, as this topic is vital in our profession year-round.
Earlier this month, one of our fellow Realtors was shot while at a property adjacent to one where there was an issue. While the incident was unrelated to a real estate transaction, and this Realtor is thankfully recovering, it shows that our industry is especially susceptible to violence.
Some money-saving tips for Chattanooga shoppers
You’ve probably heard a recurring phrase recently if you’re shopping for pretty much anything: “Prices are up because of COVID.”
The higher prices shoppers are experiencing are largely due to surging demand and COVID-related delays as companies struggle to increase supply and hire employees.
Chattanooga Bar Foundation welcomes five new fellows
The Chattanooga Bar Foundation introduced five new fellows during the Chattanooga Bar Association’s 2021 Law Day celebration Sept. 15 at The Read House.
Misty Harris (Harris Law Firm), Paul Hatcher (Duncan, Hatcher, Holland & Fleenor), Jim Levine (Baker Donelson), Richard Rose (Miller & Martin) and Jerry Tidwell (Tidwell & Associates) joined the 142 fellows who make up the current roster.
TDOT contractor completes first phase of I-75 at I-24 interchange modification
Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews have completed the phase one project of the I-75/I-24 interchange modification in Hamilton County on time and within budget, TDOT reports.
C.W. Matthews Contracting was the contractor for the $132.6 million project that began construction in June 2019 and was completed in August.
Care Hospice purchases Hospice of Chattanooga
Care Hospice, a multistate provider, recently assumed the operations of Hospice of Chattanooga and its four-state network, which for more than 40 years has provided family focused care aimed at meeting the medical, emotional and spiritual needs of patients and their loved ones.
Chamber of Commerce rolls out Healthy Chattanooga Coalition
The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the city of Chattanooga and member businesses, is launching the Healthy Chattanooga Coalition, a group of employers that will provide incentives for vaccine use among workers and to increase vaccination rates across the city’s employers.
Aquarium virtual fundraiser features animal encounters, artwork
Tennessee Aquarium’s virtual fall fundraising event is underway and will continue through Monday, Oct. 4, 5 p.m.
Among the items for which participants can vie are a variety of artwork created by human and animal artists, behind-the-scenes encounters and travel adventures, including an eco-tour in Costa Rica.
Rossville Blvd. residents, businesses push improvements
While stakeholders continue to invest money in the development of Chattanooga hot spots like the Westside and Southside communities, a grassroots nonprofit is shining a light on what its executive director says is one of the city’s most neglected assets – Rossville Boulevard.
Behind the Wheel: Hot hatch showdown: Volkswagen Golf GTI vs. Hyundai Veloster
Volkswagen’s redesigned 2022 Golf GTI will be arriving at dealerships this fall, the latest generation of the car that pioneered the hot hatch segment when it launched in the U.S. for the 1983 model year. Nearly four decades later, the GTI still stands as a benchmark for sporty performance and everyday practicality on a budget.
Rogers column: TV was easier when there were fewer choices
I used to be a professional TV viewer, as a critic for a daily newspaper. I thought it would be a dream job. It was not. Turned out that a lot of the stuff I had to watch was bad.
For every “Hill Street Blues” there was a “Manimal.” For every “Cheers” an “AfterMASH.” For every “Greatest American Hero” a “Mama’s Family.”
HCSO to be featured on another season of ‘COPS’ television series
Sheriff Jim Hammond, Chief Deputy Austin Garrett and the men and women of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office will once again be featured on “COPS.”
The TV show’s film crews rode with Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office deputies for nine weeks beginning in September 2020 to film for season 33 and captured numerous stories and incident footage.
Prepare yourself financially for illness … just in case
All of us hope to live long, healthy lives, so we do what we can to take care of ourselves through proper diet, exercise and avoiding unhealthy activities. However, none of us can predict our future, so it pays to be prepared for anything – including a serious physical illness or the onset of some type of mental incapacity, such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Don’t let Social Security workers steer you wrong
Few retirement decisions are as critical, or as easy to get wrong, as when and how to take your Social Security benefits. The rules can be so convoluted that many people rely on what they’re told by Social Security employees, but that could prove to be an expensive mistake.
Career Corner: Keep your mouth shut as the door closes on old job
Leaving your current employer for a new career opportunity is a big decision, similar to the breakup of a romantic relationship. The process can be sad and painful – and you might never again see co-workers you once saw daily – but it’s a necessary step of growth.
Millennial Money: 5 steps to level up your side hustle
The pandemic isn't crushing the entrepreneurial spirit. It's fueling it.
People normally tied to a desk or working double shifts used lockdown to launch side hustles, often out of necessity. And some have turned those side gigs into full-fledged businesses.