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Virtual change of plans
Charity parties, runs and even a Christmas parade are forced to re-route in the age of COVID-19

Enjoy a lovely glass of Bear Flag cabernet sauvignon with notes of black raspberries, red cherry jam and dried fruit while conversing with the winemaker.

Indulge in an Italian feast of chicken diavolo, osso buco and tiramisu as you browse the work of world-renowned artists.


Gant brings spice to practice with McCallie mates

Chattanooga is home to attorneys who focus on a variety of civil matters. There are immigration attorneys, family law attorneys, workers’ compensation attorneys and more.

Now that Christopher Gant is living and practicing in Chattanooga, the city also has a kabob man.


Mochel, Cox find synergy in combined law practice

After three years of working down the hall from each other, criminal defense attorney Meredith Mochel and family law lawyer Tracy Cox have combined their solo practices in order to extend their legal services to more clients.

Since 2017, Cox has leased an office in Mochel’s Market Street building, where she has largely represented divorce clients as a solo practitioner. Now Cox has joined Mochel’s practice in an of counsel capacity.


Divine recognized in 2020 Who’s Who Legal

Baker Donelson attorney Robert Divine is included in the 2020 edition of Who’s Who Legal, which recognizes lawyers based on feedback from clients and peer attorneys.

Divine has been recognized in the area of corporate immigration. He has extensive experience serving clients throughout the world in the arrangement of all types of business-based temporary and permanent immigration status, including specialty occupations, individual and blanket international transferee programs, traders and investors, medical workers, religious workers, labor certification, national interest waivers and extraordinary ability aliens, according to Baker Donelson.


Criminal Court Clerk’s office moves closer to paper-on-demand

The minutes of the daily court proceedings in the three criminal divisions are now being retained in electronic format. These minutes have historically been kept in large leather binders located in a file room in the clerk’s office.

“Since the beginning of time, our office has retained a printed copy of the daily proceedings in each of the three criminal courts, which are courts of record as designated by the State of Tennessee,” says Hamilton County Criminal Court Clerk Vince Dean.


Hite, Keller Williams part company
Disagreement earlier this year leads Hite to leave 13-year home

When Realtor Mark Hite left Keller Williams Downtown last week after 13 years with the company and moved his business to Real Estate Partners, people asked why.

The transition came as both Hite and Keller Williams were enjoying banner years – despite the pandemic, despite social unrest and despite the uncertainty that surrounds the upcoming election.


Sales jump 27.9% in September

As outside temperatures start to dip and we look toward fall, we usually see housing activity begin to slow a bit. But as we all know, this year has been far from normal.

While there’s still uncertainty on what effects any seasonal resurgence of COVID-19 might have, the healthy housing demand we see today will create significant tailwinds in the near term.


Outdoor living design ideas

This year, getting fresh air and spending time outside the home is more important than ever to individuals and families in the Tri-state area.

Even before the pandemic, the demand for outdoor living space had been steadily growing. A majority of homebuyers (87%) ranked a patio among the top essential features in a home, a recent analysis from the National Association of Home Builders reveals.


Register of deeds launches property fraud alerts

Marc Gravitt, Hamilton County’s register of deeds, says it’s going to be harder for someone to steal privately owned property in the county now that his office has launched a property fraud alert system.

Citing a growing concern among property owners, law enforcement and the Register’s Office over the pilfering of real estate through fraudulent recordings, Gravitt oversaw the development and launch of the system, which is available to residents of Hamilton County.


Chattanooga Symphony to perform at First Cumberland Presbyterian

Tickets are now available for the next public performance of the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera. “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” will take place Saturday, Oct. 17, 3 p.m. and 6 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 18, 3 p.m., at First Cumberland Presbyterian.


BBB to shred confidential documents for free this weekend

The Better Business Bureau will host its bi-annual shredding event from 9 a.m.-noon, Friday, Oct. 16, at Clear Creek Church of Christ, 5612 Hixson Pike, and Saturday, Oct. 17, at Lee Pointe (the intersection of Lee Highway and Highway 153.

The program is part of the BBB’s effort to help people protect themselves from identity theft. The public is invited to bring up to three boxes of documents to be shredded for free.


Erlanger, Vanderbilt partner for cancer care

Erlanger Health System and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, on behalf of the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, have entered into a professional service agreement to provide comprehensive cancer care, including VICC hematology-oncology services at Erlanger Oncology & Hematology and infusion locations.


Financial assistance available for breast screenings

The MaryEllen Locher Breast Center is partnering with the Tennessee Breast and Cervical Screening Program, the Georgia Breast and Cervical Cancer Program and the Susan G. Komen Foundation to provide eligible uninsured and underinsured women with breast screenings.


Chamber’s MidTown Council launches Brainerd food pantry

A significant increase in the need for food among the Brainerd community’s most vulnerable residents recently prompted the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce MidTown Council to convene community stakeholders to help fight hunger in their footprint, says Bess Steverson, MidTown Council president.


Caregivers must also care (financially) for themselves

If you’re a caregiver, possibly for a loved one dealing with an illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, you’re probably already facing some significant emotional and physical challenges – so you don’t need any financial ones as well. Yet, they are difficult to avoid. What steps can you take to deal with them?


Suddenly retired? Here’s how to make money last

The pandemic seems to be driving a surge of early retirements as businesses close or downsize and older people weigh the health risks of continuing to work.

The share of unemployed people not looking for work who called themselves “retired” increased to 60% in April from 53% in January, a study by three economists reveals. The study was done in the early days of the pandemic, well before tens of thousands of businesses nationwide closed permanently and others began offering early retirement packages to trim their workforces.


Ah, small talk: It’s a bigger loss than you think

If you’re working from home, you might be as productive as ever. You can focus without interruption. There are no long chats around the water cooler. There’s no wasted time commuting.

You can wake up and get straight to work. There’s a good chance you may be skipping breaks and lunch. You’ve started to find your work from home groove.


Use COVID-19 crisis to build helpful money habits

As millennials, we’ve learned about money the hard way. From the Great Recession to stratospheric student loan debt to a pandemic, there’s been no shortage of life giving us lemons.

While the long-term economic effects of the pandemic are yet to be fully realized, you may have noticed one positive trend in the short term: For once, your debt may have dropped.


The NFL knew this would happen

Never mind the cross-field lateral from Frank Wycheck to Kevin Dyson that beat the Bills more than 20 years ago. The real Music City Miracle might be taking place in 2020 for the Tennessee Titans.

If the Titans can somehow navigate the rest of the season without another COVID-19 case – and somehow not transmit it to others, as well – it truly would be an incredible feat.


Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4 hybrids vie for market top spot

The Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is the brand’s bestselling hybrid, with 2019 sales outpacing even those of the Prius. It provides significantly higher fuel economy – an estimated 40 mpg combined – than the regular RAV4 SUV with minimal compromise.


Newsmakers: Corker joins One-to-One Health

Former U.S. Senator Bob Corker will serve as chairman of One-to-One Health, a physician-led corporate health management company that partners with employers to provide health care services to their employees.

CHI Memorial adds Meredith

Bryn Meredith, D.O., has joined CHI Memorial Pediatric Diagnostic Associates. Meredith received his medical degree from Via College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, and completed his residency in pediatrics at Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California.