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Downtown developments putting urban living on the map

Kim White, CEO of River City Company, lives, works, and plays downtown. She walks to work, to the bank, and to get her hair cut. When she’s not walking somewhere specific, she’s simply walking her dog – or rather, her dog is walking her. White loves living downtown, but says one thing is missing.


American Cancer Society to host Gala of Hope

The American Cancer Society (ACS) will host the inaugural Gala of Hope: Lighting the Way fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 19 from 7-11 p.m. at the Celebration! Event and Conference Center, located at 6425 Lee Highway. The evening will feature live and silent auctions, live entertainment, and more. Funds raised will help the ACS fight cancer. To purchase tickets, call (423) 855-2778 or visit gala.acsevents.org/hopegalatn.org. Members of the Gala of Hope: Lighting the Way committee include (L-R): Melinda Craft (ACS staff), Joel Henderson, Jenny McFarland, Lynda Hood (chair), Beverly Lee (co-chair), Sheryl Dodson, Donna Morrison, Angela Ballard, and Laura Brown (ACS staff). Not pictured: Clint Barfield, Carolyn Dodd, Tiffany Holland, Kendra Lee, Patricia LeGere, Kara Lemons, Carolyn Paskert, Anna Pitts, Kelly Reece, Darlene Smith, and Dr. Laura Witherspoon.


Counterfeit money on the rise in Chattanooga
Secret Service seminar teaches participants how to spot bogus bills

Despite looking as innocent as a newborn lamb, Juan Alicea is unable to pass off his fake one-dollar bill as the real thing. The lack of hair on George Washington’s dome gives it away.

“Washington is bald,” someone says, stating the obvious.


Best Lawyers names top attorneys

Best Lawyers has announced the 22nd edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Attorneys named in the guide were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 140 practice areas.

Best Lawyers also recognized the 2016 Lawyer of the Year recipients. Lawyer of the Year honorees receive this award based on high overall feedback within specific practice areas and metropolitan regions.


Financial Focus
Investors can learn much from the American workforce

We’re getting close to Labor Day, a celebration of the men and women who roll up their sleeves and go to work each day. If you’re in the workforce yourself, you can appreciate this recognition of your efforts. And as an investor, you can employ these attributes of the American worker:


Kay’s Cooking Corner
Quinoa - nothing to laugh at but the name

Hubby and I, along with two other couples, went to Jason’s Deli to eat lunch after church not long ago. Jason’s Deli is always good and always crowded, but the food helps us to completely forget the latter fact and just pile in with everyone else.


Are We There Yet?

Reprinted from Hamilton County Herald, July 4, 2008 (with a few minor changes)

“Camping is not a date; it’s an endurance test. If you can survive camping with someone, you should marry them on the way home.” ~ Yvonne Prinz   


Better housing market coming in 2016 and 2017, says NAHB economist

Despite the uneven nature of the recovery and the consumer reluctance that has resulted, the housing market will see improvements in 2016 and 2017, says National Association of Homebuilders Chief Economist David Crowe.

Crowe made his comments during the Homebuilders Association of Greater Chattanooga (HAGC) and the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors’ (GCAR) annual joint economic luncheon, held at The Chattanoogan Hotel Tuesday, Aug. 18.


Realtor Association President’s Message
Real estate deposits 101: part 2 of 2

In continuing with last week’s topic on Earnest Money, there are a few additional questions that often arise about these deposits made by the buyer when entering into a real estate contract.

Does the seller have any recourse if the buyer never provides the earnest money deposit? What if the check bounces? When putting their home on the market, sellers take some risks. It’s not uncommon for sellers to become frustrated when a transaction appears to be in jeopardy – they’ve lost time on the market because of a buyer’s failure to perform according to the contract. However, the standard purchase and sale agreement available to Realtors by the Tennessee and Georgia Associations includes language to protect the seller in such situations. In the contract, the parties designate the entity (often a real estate firm or title company) to hold the money. When the money is not remitted in accordance with the contract, the holder should give notice to the parties. Typically, the buyer then is put on notice to remedy their breech within a specified time. And if not, the seller may exercise their right to terminate the agreement and get their home back on the market as quickly as possible.


The Critic's Corner
‘Straight Outta Compton’ earns its success

“Straight Outta Compton” wasn’t on my movie-going radar until after its opening weekend, when it doubled what its distributor, Universal Studios, expected it to make. That said, anyone who measures the movie’s success by dollar bills is missing the point.


Do It Yourself
Skim coating walls

Have you ever moved into a home with less than fabulous walls? Perhaps the previous owner wallpapered a design uncharacteristic of your style. Later while removing it, were you able to get rid of it without tearing up the drywall? This recently happened to me with one of my bathrooms that I was trying to bring out of the eighties.


I Swear
Punny puzzler’s passing end of era

Reflecting at the end of an era: Park City, Utah. January 20, 2006. Susan and I clamber onto the bus that stops at the edge of the snow-filled parking lot. We remain standing, as the bus is full. We’re trying to explain to the driver that we’ve no idea where we are and only a faint idea of where we’re going.



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