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Demand for office space remains strong
Newcomers fill voids left by workforce shift

As COVID-19 swept through the streets and interiors of Chattanooga, windows once adorned with vibrant company logos displayed a single, increasingly prolific phrase: “Available for lease.”

With companies establishing the ability to operate virtually, some experts sounded the death knell for the traditional office. Even skeptics agreed things looked grim.

New Hamilton County judges sworn in

At 2,400 feet in elevation, the Municipal Court of Lookout Mountain is the highest court in the state of Tennessee, contended Judge Flossie Weill as she opened the ceremony during which she inducted her replacement, Judge Stevie Phillips Persinger.

Realtor Safety: How to avoid cyber scams

The National Association of Realtors – as well as state and local associations across the country – recognize September as Realtor Safety Month. While we focus on safety throughout this month, safety is a focus for Greater Chattanooga Realtors all year.

Benefits of integrating plants into your home design

Having house plants can make any space look more welcoming; however, there are many other reasons to consider the use of house plants in home decor.

Even if you don’t have a green thumb, there are many plants available in the Chattanooga area that are easy to raise with minimal effort. Below are some of the benefits of bringing nature indoors.

River City: Eggman bagels: A gift from NYC to Chattanooga

If you’ve visited New York City, you probably returned with a single question burning in your thoughts. No, not, “How do New Yorkers grocery shop?” or, “Do New Yorkers really meet and fall in love at art galleries?” but “Why does the pizza there taste better than anywhere else?”

Newsmakers: Mayor appoints director of New Americans

Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly has appointed Esai Navarro as the inaugural director of the city’s Office of New Americans.

Established in October 2021 as part of the mayor’s One Chattanooga plan, the Office of New Americans connects migrants and refugees in Chattanooga with translation services, citizenship application processing and referrals for wraparound services.

Financial Focus: Look closely at open enrollment choices

Once again, it’s the season for football games and back-to-school activities. And if you work for a medium-size or large employer, it will soon be open enrollment season – the time of year when you can review your employee benefits and make changes as needed. What areas should you focus on?

WUTC goes live from new McCallie location

Just weeks after the 40th anniversary of its first locally produced program, WUTC (FM 88.1) continued the celebration with its first live broadcast from the radio station’s new home.

WUTC, Chattanooga’s National Public Radio Station, christened its new state-of-the-art studio Aug. 29, going live from the top floor of the 540 McCallie Avenue building. The University of Tennessee owns and operates the station.

Westside Evolves receives support

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann has completed the appropriation of $3 million to help renovate portions of the Westside community, Chattanooga’s oldest public housing neighborhood.

Built in 1940, the Westside community is home to more than 1,500 households with a median annual income is less than $15,000. The area has a poverty rate of 87% and has experienced a 40% increase in domestic violence and a 65% increase in violent crime since the start of the pandemic.

Chattanooga to rehouse up to 100 homeless residents

Chattanooga City Council has unanimously approved the use of $60,000 in American Rescue Plan funds to help rehouse up to 100 residents experiencing homelessness.

The funds will go to the Chattanooga Housing Authority as part of an agreement to provide housing to residents with no income at the cost of $600 per person, per year.

Giants at Titans: What to watch

It is finally time for the NFL regular season, and there are still plenty of questions to be answered as the Titans open the 2022 season against the New York Giants at Nissan Stadium. Let’s look at some of those and how they could come into play against the Giants.

Behind the Wheel: Affordable electrics: Nissan Leaf vs. Chevy Bolt EV

Shopper interest in electric vehicles, or EVs, is rising, with 40% of non-EV owners very or somewhat likely to purchase an EV as their next vehicle, data from the Pew Research Center in 2021 reveals.

But many of the latest models are also pricy. A Rivian R1T pickup, for example, starts at more than $70,000 and can easily cost more than $90,000.