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Holidays too much? Time for a mini vacation
There’s no shortage of nearby day trips, from daring to relaxing

Make no mistake … the restlessness will set in. It might come after the craziness of the holidays or right in the middle. Maybe it’ll be when you realize you need to burn some vacation time before it’s too late. Or maybe you just haven’t logged enough time behind a wheel and outside your house lately.

Portrait of Judge Carter unveiled

The Chattanooga Bar Association and General Sessions Court unveiled the portrait of the late Hon. Mike Carter in courtroom one Dec. 12.

Carter served as a Hamilton County general sessions judge from 1997 to 2005 and as a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives from 2013-2021. He died after battling pancreatic cancer in 2021.

Urban League honors Judge Collier for longtime service

U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier received a board emeritus seat for his outstanding service and support to the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga at the organization’s 41st annual Equal Opportunity Day celebration Dec. 7 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Women’s Council of Realtors welcomes 3 new members

The Women’s Council of Realtors Chattanooga found three new members in its stocking during its annual holiday luncheon Dec. 6 at the Walden Club.

Bayli Young Williams and Kaitlynn Creasman of Exit Realty Professional Group in Soddy-Daisy and Teresa Shramko of Coldwell Banker Pryor Realty in Chattanooga joined the local council, which works to advance women as business leaders in real estate and in the local community, following its November meeting.

Five tips for improving water savings at home

We all know water is an essential resource for daily living. However, many homeowners might not realize how much water they waste at home.

There are a number of measures you can take to improve your water savings, and many of them are easy and affordable. Here are five tips you can follow to get started:

Newsmakers: UTC chancellor joins CUMU board of directors

The Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities has elected University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Chancellor Steven Angle to its board of directors. CUMU is a consortium of presidents and chancellors of member institutions.

Angle, who assumed his role as UTC chancellor in 2013, was one of four new members-at-large chosen to two-year terms, joining University of Houston-Downtown President Loren Blanchard, Florida International University President Kenneth Jessell and Rutgers University-Camden Chancellor Antonio Tillis.

Crabtree Farms eyes plans for 2024, beyond

Over the past 25 years, Crabtree Farms has become a Chattanooga cornerstone that promotes community connections, urban farm-based education and sustainable agriculture.

The urban farm is now looking ahead to the next several years when it will strive to make an even greater impact on the local community, the initiatives outlined in its new strategic plan reveal.

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga announces 2024 UnBought and UnBossed honorees

Girls Inc. of Chattanooga will honor the women it’s chosen as its 2024 UnBought and UnBossed honorees during the UnBought and UnBossed Sneaker Gala and Silent Auction May 4 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

The event will celebrate outstanding achievements in STEM, education, advocacy and media.

IMAX 3D Theater raises funds for Young Marines

Funds raised from Veterans Day weekend screenings of a film that chronicles the heroism of soldiers on the beaches Normandy in 1944 are helping to send youth from an area service program to France next year.

On Dec. 8, the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater presented a representative from the Young Marines a check for $1,500.

Financial Focus: Know the key benefits of Roth IRA

As you save for retirement, you’ll want to take full advantage of the investment vehicles available to you – and one of the best is a Roth IRA. But what sets it apart from other accounts?

Three key factors distinguish the Roth IRA:

Personal Finance: Why you might want to reconsider that 403(b)

Like many other educators, high school science teacher Robert Curtiss of Dearborn, Michigan, thought he was doing the right thing by investing in his school district’s 403(b) retirement plan. Then federal regulators charged the company handling Curtiss’ investments with fraud.

Millennial Money: Would your documents make it through a disaster?

By Kate Ashford

Floods, fires, historic storms – severe weather events are on the rise. If your home was hit by high water or a wildfire, would your important papers be safe?

“Unfortunately, I’ve had clients who’ve been victims of fires, flooding, hurricanes,” says Sev Tamayo, an agent with Goosehead Insurance in Palm Coast, Florida. “Some of them were prepared and some of them weren’t.”

Wycheck was more than a player

Frank Wycheck is forever etched in the annals of the Tennessee Titans history.

Wycheck, 52, who died Saturday at his Chattanooga home, made his mark with the franchise in so many ways, though most remember him being the linchpin in the Jan. 8, 2000, Music City Miracle play, firing a cross-field lateral to Kevin Dyson for a 75-yard kickoff return with 16 seconds left in the AFC Wild-Card Playoff Game that gave Tennessee a 22-16 win and propelled the team to its only Super Bowl appearance to date.

Titans show fight in upset win at Miami

One trademark of a Mike Vrabel-coached team is “fight.”

Eight losses in 13 games will tell you that this Titans team has been outmatched most of the season. Despite that, this edition of the Titans reflects a trait that Vrabel probably admires and appreciates more than any other – the ability and drive to play hard despite the odds being stacked against them.

Texans at Titans: What to watch

Texans (7-6) at Titans (5-8)

Sunday, December 17 | 1 p.m.

Nissan Stadium, Nashville


The Titans haven’t had much success this season, but there is one game left on the schedule that many in the organization would like to win: Sunday’s home game with the Houston Texans.

The best alternatives to all-wheel-drive SUVs

You can find all-wheel drive on most new SUVs on sale today, and some of the most popular models even come standard with this feature. All-wheel drive can be beneficial for the additional traction it provides on slippery or icy roads, especially when you’re trying to accelerate from a stop or up a hill.