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More is the English way
Q&A with new Greater Chattanooga Realtors president

Realtor Derek English knows how to pile his plate high.

In 2013, English was doing renovations and remodels as an independent carpenter when he and his wife, Realtor Becky Cope English, assumed guardianship of their nephews, who were 13 and 11.

Fleenor embraces grueling legal path

The very thought of the long days, grueling nights and lost weekends that can make up an attorney’s work load is enough to steer some college students away from law school. But not Michelle Fleenor.

The nose-to-the grindstone nature of the legal profession is part of what attracted Fleenor to it.

Three Chattanooga attorneys to participate in TBALL

Three Chattanooga attorneys will participate in the Tennessee Bar Association’s 2022 Leadership Law program.

Zack England of Best & Brock, Micah Guster of Advice Law Firm and Mark Litchford of Litchford, Pearce & Associates will join 31 other attorneys from across the state in receiving training the TBA has designed to equip lawyers to serve as leaders in their profession and local communities.

AIM Center welcomes Protano-Biggs as president, CEO

Chattanooga attorney Anna Protano-Biggs has joined the AIM Center as the organization’s new president and CEO. Originally from England with an Italian background, Protano-Biggs is a barrister-at-law and attorney-at-law.

Protano-Biggs is the founder of the Hamilton County Mental Health Court and served as its inaugural director. She also worked for nine years as a public defender in Chattanooga, where she was the lead attorney working with mental health consumers and clients with traumatic brain injury and developmental and intellectual disabilities.

Crye-Leike honors top Chattanooga producer Hibbett

Realtor Mac Hibbett, Crye-Leike co-founder Harold Crye and Crye-Leike Downtown Chattanooga broker Vicki Trapp at Crye-Leike’s annual Chattanooga kickoff, held Jan. 25 at the Chattanooga Golf & Country Club. Crye honored Hibbett for being the top local producer in terms of sales volume and units sold in 2021. Hibbett sold 76.75 units last year on his way to the top spot. Overall, Chattanooga Crye-Leike agents closed 1,921 units and $514 million worth of real estate in 2021, a 13% increase from 2020.

Five winter tasks for every homeowner

The new year is upon us and colder weather has moved in. But we don’t have to sit around and wait for better weather just because it’s cold outside.

We can accomplish a lot during this time. To that end, Gabriela Barkho with the National Association of Realtors’ consumer website, HouseLogic.com, provides several tips that will save time, money and hassles all year long.

How Tri-State Home Show can provide benefits for your business 

We’re excited to be just a few weeks away from the 2022 Tri-State Home Show, scheduled for Feb. 25-27.

The Tri-State Home Show is the premier event for the local home industry, with over 500 booths featuring products and services for new home construction, whole house renovations, flooring, bathrooms, kitchens, landscaping, remodeling and more.

Newsmakers: Austin Hatcher chooses Osborn as its new CEO

The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has named Amy Jo Osborn as the organization’s first CEO.

The AHFPC is a Chattanooga-based nonprofit organization that provides therapies to families impacted by pediatric cancer. All programs and services offered at the foundation are provided at no cost to individuals and the foundation does not bill insurance.

CHI Memorial unveils MaryEllen Locher Way

CHI Memorial has designated a portion of road leading to the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center as MaryEllen Locher Way.

The Chattanooga City Council approved a resolution for the designation this month. A public works crew installed the sign on Healthy Street between Glenwood Drive and de Sales Avenue by the CHI Memorial Hospital Chattanooga campus.

Financial Focus: Does your business have an exit strategy?

If you’re a business owner, you’ve got so much to think about. And you work so hard that it might be difficult to envision the day when you’re in a different place in life. However, that day will likely arrive, so you’ll want to be prepared for it, which means you’ll need an exit strategy. But how do you create one?

Personal Finance: More than money: Retiring brings mental health risks

The late Pamela Hixon of Leipsic, Ohio, was eager to retire from her job running a hospice agency. Soon after she quit, however, Hixon spiraled into depression and anxiety. She sought help from counselors and her pastor, but it wasn’t enough. Six months after retiring, she took her own life.

‘Brutal’ or not, Tannehill will return

By now, some of the sting of the Titans again blowing a No. 1 playoff seed has dissipated as reality has set in that yet again this team will not be in the Super Bowl.

Everything was seemingly lined up for 2021 to be the year the Titans finally got over the hump. After all, they had overcome injuries and having to use a record 91 players throughout the course of the season.

Hindsight: More Foreman, less Henry

Derrick Henry is still the king, but the Titans might have erred in relying on him in his return Saturday.

Henry, who had been out for nine weeks is, of course, the franchise running back, and everything the Titans do begins with him.

But in the 19-16 loss to the Bengals, the Titans might have been better off had they not relied so much on Henry. Even though he was healthy, he certainly looked a bit rusty at times. Henry ran the ball 20 times for 62 yards and one touchdown out of the wildcat formation.

Conference championship predictions

Kansas City won a playoff game for the ages in knocking off the Buffalo Bills in overtime, becoming the only home team to win in the second round. And the 49ers ended Aaron Rogers’ season. The NFL will have a hard time matching the quality and closeness of last week’s games, but it should be fun.

Behind the Wheel: The hottest cars to look out for in 2022

The chip and supply chain shortages of 2021 have been difficult for automakers and consumers alike. But something positive has emerged from the chaos for 2022: More new car introductions.

Among other things, the shortage forced many brands to delay the release of all-new and redesigned vehicles that were originally scheduled for 2021. To help you sort through the debuts, the experts at Edmunds have compiled a list of the five hottest vehicles that will arrive at dealerships in the next six to nine months.

Police accepting applications for Citizens Police Academy

The Chattanooga Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy is accepting applications for its upcoming nine-week session, which begins Thursday, March 17. Each session runs from 6-8 p.m.

Police officers will cover topics such as SWAT, EOD, patrol, narcotics, special investigations and internal affairs.

Low-cost community dental center to open in Chattanooga

Revive Dental is scheduled to open a low-cost community dental center in Chattanooga in February. The first clinic opened in Birmingham in 2011 and has cared for more than 35,000 patients.

Revive Dental is a nonprofit community clinic that serves patients with limited access to traditional dental care. The clinic is staffed by local dentists who volunteer to serve others.