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Jerry Summers: A life lived for the law
After 50 years ‘I can still hit the ball’

The law has been likened to a jealous mistress. But Jerry Summers stirs no jealousy within her, for she is his one and only.

Summers, 75, was married for a short time early in life, but the union didn’t last. He blames himself.

“I wanted to be a successful lawyer more than I wanted to be a husband,” he says. “That might have been a mistake, but getting married and having kids is like going to the dice tables at Vegas – you don’t know what you’re going to get.”

Realtors partner in fighting child hunger

Looking to end child hunger in the Chattanooga area, the Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors (GCAR) is getting behind the local Snack Pack program, which puts food in the hands of more than 1,000 students a week in 12 Hamilton County schools.

Harwell adept at dodging foes

Beth Harwell has been called a lot of things over the last few years, “trailblazer” chief among them as Tennessee’s first female House speaker.

Now she’s a “survivor” after eking out a Republican Caucus victory as speaker nominee to continue leading the lower chamber in the 110th General Assembly.

Florida didn’t kill UT’s season; Vanderbilt could

Tennessee’s primary goal for the 2016 football season was to win the SEC East Division, and the Vols failed.

Does that mean the season was a failure?

Not yet.

Not until the No. 24-ranked Vols play Vanderbilt on Saturday night (7:30, SEC Network) in Nashville and find out their bowl destination.

2016 Mid-South Super Lawyer listed

Super Lawyers has named dozens of Chattanooga attorneys to its 2016 Mid-South Super Lawyers and Mid-South Rising Stars lists, which recognize attorneys in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

Attorneys on the Mid-South Super Lawyers and Mid-South Rising Stars lists have received a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement, Super Lawyers said in a press release. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Critics Corner: Fantastic beasts indeed

When the final Harry Potter film faded to black, Warner Bros. must have wept. For eight films, the studio had a license to print money.

But with the story of Harry, Ron and Hermione complete, Warner Bros. was left scrambling for another cash cow. Well, they found one, and they didn’t have to go far.

Habitat for Humanity cleans up Glass Street Farms

During a month devoted to celebrating family and friends and demonstrating gratefulness, the staff and board members of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area (HHGC) have designated the second Friday of November as a day of service.

More than 30 Habitat officials, along with Glass Street Collective staff, spent the day picking up trash, removing brush and weeds from lawns, pressure washing sidewalks, completing rehab projects and cultivating relationships with residents living in the Glass Farms neighborhood.

Opportunity to make home ownership more affordable

The Federal Housing Administration’s just-released actuarial report shows that the Mutual Mortgage Insurance Fund is on a steady financial trajectory, a finding the National Association of Realtors believes is an opportunity to make FHA’s low-down-payment mortgage option available to an even broader swath of borrowers.

Breathe a little easier this winter

As the temperatures drop, you’ll be spending more time indoors. So why not get a jump start on spring cleaning? This will help you get you ahead of the game and rid your home of dust and dirt.

Below is a checklist from the National Association of Realtors, to help you breathe easy all winter long.

Questions to ask yourself about DIY remodeling

Dozens of do-it-yourself TV programs continually inspire consumers with new design ideas for their homes.

Thousands of big-name home improvement retailer locations make it more convenient to find supplies, and millions of how-to videos online highlight seemingly simple step-by-step instructions that incite confidence in even the most novice of “handymen.”

Financial Focus: Everyone benefits when you make charitable gifts

Now that we are in the heart of the holiday season, you may be thinking about ways you can put your money where your heart is. Specifically, you might be pondering which groups you should support with charitable gifts.

And as long as you choose groups that meet the right criteria, your generosity can also be rewarding to you, in the form of tax benefits.

Social media tips for real estate professionals

As social networking sites become a standard advertising and marketing tool, familiarity  with best practices and risk management has become essential for real estate agents, according to the social media risk management session, “I Don’t Give a Twit,” presented this month at the 2016 Realtors Conference & Expo.

Jewish Cultural Center hosting new exhibit

The Jewish Federation of Greater Chattanooga is inviting the Chattanooga community to view the exhibit, “Light: Religious and Secular,” through Dec. 13 at the Jewish Cultural Center, 5461 North Terrace Road.

The invitational exhibit includes art in all media. The 18 artists in the exhibit represent Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, North Carolina, Ohio and Tennessee, including seven from the Greater Chattanooga area.


A Christmas Tail 5K

The Humane Educational Society will host its third annual Christmas Tail 5K run Saturday, Dec. 10 in St. Elmo. Also featured: One-mile Mutt Strut.

Funds raised will benefit the shelter’s special needs fund, which provides lifesaving surgery and medication to treatable animals.

This land is Highland

HIGHLANDS, N.C. – Was Old Edwards Golf Course dropped from heaven to its resting place on this marvelous crest of the Continental Divide? Or was it etched into the sides of this mountain thousands of years ago by divine beings in need of a place to practice their short game?