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Realtists work to rid industry of inequities
Group advocates for Black Realtors, buyers, sellers

Jai Williams and Sabrina Hagood are proud to be Realtors in Chattanooga. As members of the largest trade group in the nation, they adhere to a rigorous Code of Ethics as they serve homebuyers and sellers across the city.

But that is not where their story ends.

Chattanooga Bar Association celebrates 2021 award winners

The Chattanooga Bar Association named these recipients of its yearly awards during its annual meeting, held Feb. 2 at The Read House.

Chattanooga Bar Association inducts Adams as president

Hamilton County Clerk and Master Robin Miller installs attorney Lee Ann Adams as the 2022 president of the Chattanooga Bar Association during the organization’s annual meeting, held Feb. 2 at The Read House.

Following her induction, Adams said she is drawn to the idea of community. “While the attorneys involved in a business transaction might be averse to the other side, everyone has the same goal: To get the business sold; to get the estate settled; to get the lease signed.

Lee in a hurry to achieve career success
19-year-old finds youth sometimes can be a benefit

Realtor Asha Lee is not one to waste time. Not days, weeks, months or especially years.

When Lee was 18, for example, she decided to become a real estate agent someday. So, she started researching the industry and saving the money she was earning working for McKee Foods so she could one day pay for school.

The Voice of Real Estate: That’s Who We R

When people ask what I do for a living, I tell them I’m a Realtor. While most people have an idea of what that entails, they might not be aware of all that happens behind the scenes.

Property and market reports, inspections, lender and appraisal communications and many more daily routines keep our clients on track whether they’re buying or selling a home.

Career and Technical Education Month encourages success

The HBAGC recognizes February as Career and Technical Education Month and takes this occasion to celebrate the achievements of CTE both locally and nationally.

CTE is education that prepares students for high-skill, high-wage, in-demand careers. It includes many different types of education, from classroom learning, to certification programs, to work-based and apprenticeship opportunities outside the classroom.

Second Story Real Estate Management joins SVN

Second Story Real Estate Management has joined SVN, a commercial real estate brand that markets its properties to the brokerage and investment community.

Operating as SVN | Second Story Real Estate Management, the firm can now access the broader reach of Boston-based SVN International and its network of more than 1,600 advisers in 200 offices serving over 500 markets.

NAR calls on Realtors to apply for the 2022 Good Neighbor Awards

The National Association of Realtors is accepting applications for its 2022 Good Neighbor Awards. The program recognizes Realtors who have made an extraordinary impact in their communities through volunteer service.

Five winners will receive a $10,000 grant for their nonprofit organization and will be recognized at the November 2022 Realtors Conference & Expo in Orlando, earning travel expenses to the event and media exposure for their causes.

Newsmakers: Byrd appointed city court clerk

Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly has appointed Anthony Byrd to the position of city court clerk. Byrd served for more than 20 years at the Hamilton County Criminal Court clerk’s office before resigning from his position in 2017 to become a Chattanooga city councilman.

Sportsbooks, state coffers win big on sports betting
Tennesseans wagered $3B-plus in first 14 months

With Super Bowl LVI fast approaching, you might be surprised by the number of friends and co-workers who are talking about bets they’ve placed via one of Tennessee’s nine legal online sportsbooks.

Don’t be. Sports betting – legalized in Tennessee 15 months ago – has blossomed into a multibillion-dollar industry and generated almost $50 million in tax revenue during that span. And the Super Bowl is the industry’s biggest day.

Jewish documentary film series to begin Feb. 15

The Jewish Cultural Center will screen four Jewish-themed documentary films virtually during four consecutive weeks beginning Tuesday, Feb. 15.

Each film will be available for 72 hours beginning Tuesdays at noon.

To register to view the films, visit www.jewishchattanooga.com. A subscription for all four films is $36. Films can also be viewed individually for $12 each.

4 Bridges Arts Festival to return in April 9-10

The Association for Visual Arts will host the 4 Bridges Arts Festival in downtown Chattanooga in April.

The 2022 4 Bridges Arts Festival will take place April 9-10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission will be $5 for adults and free for children under 18.

Chattanooga raises pay rates for Head Start teachers

Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly is augmenting the pay of Head Start and Early Head Start workers, whose salaries are paid by the federal government with a city supplement.

Kelly has directed that all full-time Head Start and Early Head Start employees in the city be paid a minimum of $13 per hour and all part-time employees receive a wage of at least $11 per hour.

Financial Focus: What should you do with a tax refund?

Are you expecting a tax refund this year? If so, what will you do with it?

The answer largely depends on the size of your refund. For the 2020 tax year, the average refund was about $2,800, the Internal Revenue Service reports. But whether your refund this year will be about that size, smaller or larger, you can find ways to benefit from the money.

Replacing Tannehill won’t be easy
And, no, Aaron Rodgers isn’t the answer

The offseason has already begun for the Tennessee Titans, and with it comes plenty of questions that must be answered in the coming months.

One that won’t have to be answered concerns the quarterback position. General manager Jon Robinson, head coach Mike Vrabel and anyone who has any authority on the matter has said that Ryan Tannehill will be the Titans quarterback in 2022.

Bengals seem to be a team destined to win Super Bowl LVL

By Terry McCormick

No one expected the Cincinnati Bengals to be in the Super Bowl this year. Heck, very few expected them to even make the playoffs. Vegas had them open at 200:1 to reach Super Bowl LVI.

But here they are after wins over the Raiders, Titans and Chiefs in consecutive weeks ready to challenge the Los Angeles Rams, who will host the big game in their own stadium.

Ex-Titans, Tennesseans in Super Bowl

There are a few players with Tennessee ties who will suit up in Super Bowl LVI for the Bengals and Rams.

The Bengals have wide receiver Tee Higgins, who is from Oak Ridge and played at Clemson.

Then there are two former Titans players on the Bengals roster, guard Quinton Spain and outside linebacker Wyatt Ray.

Behind the Wheel: Ford F-150 leaves Tundra out in the cold

Ford’s F-150 has been the bestselling truck in America for more than four decades and it will likely continue that trend in 2022. But there’s another full-size truck that’s also garnering a lot of attention, the 2022 Toyota Tundra.