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Tyler York expands into local real estate market
Cole to lead Nashville brand emphasizing specialization

Rebecca Cole was 19 when she packed her Jeep Wrangler and drove from her home in Seattle, Washington, to Covenant College.

Cole had never been to Chattanooga, let alone Covenant, but she had friends who had, and they’d assured the former was a “quaint little city” and the latter was “a beautiful college on an amazing mountain.”

Constance Baker Motley – A lawyer’s lawyer

February is Black History Month. It is designed to honor and recognize “the too-often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans,” as President Gerald Ford stated in 1976. We devote this article to one such Black American’s accomplishments.

Immigration attorney Walker joins La Paz board

After participating as a volunteer attorney in various La Paz Chattanooga clinics and events, immigration attorney Melanie Walker has joined the board of the nonprofit.

La Paz promotes the inclusion of the Latino community in Southeast Tennessee.

Court announces 5th annual civics essay contest

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee – Chattanooga Division is accepting entries in its annual civics essay contest for high school and middle school students.

The prompt for this year’s contest is a question currently before the Supreme Court: Should race be a factor in college admissions?

Faulk, Ehly sign with Tyler York

Realtors Ana Faulk and Beth Ehly have joined Tyler York Chattanooga as associate brokers.

A native of Guatemala, Ana Faulk arrived to live on Lookout Mountain by way of Brazil, Morocco and Puerto Rico, where she achieved a degree in modern languages.

Rising inventory bodes well for spring sales

When one looks at the big picture, the national housing market began the year in a state of rebalance, with many buyers and sellers remaining cautious while they wait to see where the market is headed.

Nationally, pending sales rose 2.5% month-to-month, marking the first increase since May, while sales of existing homes fell 1.5%, according to the National Association of Realtors.

Tennessee Realtors presents Sharpe with Good Neighbor Award

The spotlight is shining even brighter on Greater Chattanooga Realtors President Steven Sharpe as he basks in the gratitude of the statewide association, which granted him its 2023 Good Neighbor Award during TNEX 2023 in Nashville this month.

Tennessee Realtors included a $5,000 donation to Camp Horizon in the award package.

Open space among top remodel projects for 2023

More than two-thirds (69%) of 20,000 homeowners questioned want to update their home’s appearance, a recent survey conducted by One Poll found.

What is the heart’s desire of these homeowners? Topping their wish lists are features including more open space (31%), more natural light (30%) and improved function (34%).

Newsmakers: Mayor appoints 9 to CARTA board

Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly and the Chattanooga City Council are revitalizing the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority with the appointment of nine board members.

The appointments include eight new members and one reappointment, bringing the board of directors to its full 11-member complement.

Briefs: Big Brothers Big Sisters to celebrate new Hub

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Chattanooga will celebrate the grand opening of its new facility, the Warner Mentoring Hub at 2015 Bailey Ave., on Friday, Feb. 24.

The new structure will allow the agency to serve an estimated 400 children in 2023, with the goal of serving 600 children per year by 2025.

Financial Focus: Can you count on Social Security?

If you’re getting closer to retirement, you might be thinking more about Social Security. Specifically, can you count on it to contribute part of the income you’ll need as a retiree?

There’s been an increase in alarming language surrounding the solvency of Social Security, but in reality, its prospects are not nearly as gloomy as you might have heard.

Personal Finance: Make your credit cards less vulnerable to fraud

Last year, one of my family’s credit cards was used to rack up hundreds of dollars in bogus charges at Apple.com. Another card was compromised four times, as thieves repeatedly charged merchandise and Uber rides.

We ultimately got our money back, but repeated credit card fraud can be frustrating and disheartening. Dealing with the aftermath taught me to prize security over convenience, and to change some bad habits that made me an easier target.

Millennial Money: Use ’em or lose ’em: Avoiding points, miles hoarding

Most personal finance advice boils down to this: Save as much as you can and spend as little as you can. That’s the simplest way to accumulate wealth, build investment income and achieve financial independence (even if it’s not so simple in practice).

UTC plans new engineering center

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga expects a new facility to address the need for engineers who can use additive manufacturing – better known as 3D printing – to overcome barriers and solve problems.

The new Innovation and Advanced Manufacturing Application Center will be located on the 700 block of M.L. King Boulevard.

Hamilton County legislative delegation presents joint resolution honoring Mitchell

The Hamilton County legislative delegation last week presented a joint resolution honoring WDEF-TV retiree William “Bill” Mitchell after 26 years with the station and 62 years total in broadcasting.

Sen. Bo Watson, Sen. Todd Gardenhire, Rep. Greg Martin, Rep. Patsy Hazlewood, Rep. Yusuf Hakeem, Rep. Greg Vital and Rep. Esther Helton signed the resolution, a portion of which reads:

Tennessee bill a $1M takeover of foreclosure advertising sales

The Secretary of State’s Office would gain nearly $1 million in new annual revenue under a bill that allows it to take over the business of advertising foreclosure sales from local community newspapers where they have appeared for years.

The bill also would remove requirements that banks post notices of upcoming sales in physical locations in the county where the property is located.

UT looks for better finish with overhauled softball roster

Tennessee softball is blending the old with the new this season in hopes of contending for the SEC title and reaching the Women’s College World Series.

After graduating eight players, Tennessee’s roster has undergone a major overhaul. The Lady Vols feature 13 new players, 10 freshmen and three transfers joining the program.

What to know before towing with electric pickup

Gas-powered light-duty pickups are a go-to choice for people needing to tow a trailer. But electric light-duty pickups are muscling their way into the market, too.

Demand is high for the Ford F-150 Lightning and the Rivian R1T, and the Chevrolet Silverado EV is set to debut this spring. Some versions of these trucks are rated to tow around 10,000 pounds, which is enough to pull a medium-sized travel trailer or toy hauler.