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Finding what’s hidden in medical records
Nurses serve as expert witnesses in variety of cases

Medical expert witnesses have traditionally included physicians, surgeons and other practitioners whose skills and experience qualify them to testify in cases centered on a particular medical issue. For example, attorneys often use such witnesses in the discovery and trial stages of personal injury or medical malpractice lawsuits.

Signal Mountain, Aaron Academy advance to state mock trial finals

Two teams – Signal Mountain and Aaron Academy – will represent Hamilton County in the 2023 State High School Mock Trial Competition taking place Friday and Saturday in Nashville.

In locally organized matches that took place March 8 in courtrooms at the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building – including the one in which Jimmy Hoffa was tried for jury tampering in 1964 – Judge Shelley Rucker presided over Signal Mountain’s victory against GPS, and Judge Tom Greenholtz presided over Aaron Academy’s victory versus CSTHEA Green.

Chambliss Law welcomes new shareholder Brian Eftink

Brian Eftink is the newest shareholder at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel.

“Brian’s recent role as regional general counsel to one of our area’s largest employers afforded him the unique opportunity to handle complex local and multinational issues on a daily basis,” says Mark Cunningham, president and managing shareholder. “He’s walked in the clients’ shoes and has the ability to view intricate legal and business-related issues from the client’s perspective.”

ABA recognizes Gossett as pro bono leader

The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has named Chattanooga attorney Richard Gossett an ABA Free Legal Answers 2022 Pro Bono Leader.

The committee presents this annual recognition to individual attorneys, law firms, corporate law departments and other organizations that have provided “extraordinary pro bono services” through ABA Free Legal Answers, a pro bono legal advice portal, a news release notes.

Inns of Court auction raises more than $14,800 for Children’s Advocacy Center

The Chattanooga Chapter of the American Inns of Court raised $14,848.88 in December during a charity auction to benefit the Children’s Advocacy Center.

The total fundraising effort includes the amounts raised through auction items Inn members purchased at the Dec. 8 Inns of Court event as well as the donations Inn members made.

Accountant Kadrie finds his passion in real estate

Karim Kadrie grew up watching his Lebanese American parents make a name for themselves in Chattanooga.

His father, Dr. Hytham Kadrie, moved from London, Ontario, to Chattanooga in 1977 to serve as one of the city’s first neurologists. His mother, Osmette Kadrie, volunteered at CHI Memorial Hospital for 13 years after recovering from cancer treatment at the hospital.

Staying vigilant against land scams

Most everyone will buy or sell property at some point, which is why real estate can be lucrative. Because of this – and due to the prevalence of internet advertising and online listing platforms – scammers are always seeking new avenues to exploit unsuspecting individuals.

Homes are growing older. Is it time for a remodel?

Professional homebuilders construct homes to last. However, over the decades, homeowner needs and preferences evolve.

If you’re a homeowner who’s recently purchased an older home or spent decades making memories in your current home, you’re not alone, as the median age of owner-occupied homes is 40 years, a National Association of Home Builders analysis of America Community Survey estimates reports.

Newsmakers: Mayor fills four key roles

Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly has made four appointments to fill the roles of director of community engagement, city attorney, administrator of economic development and executive director of community safety and gun violence prevention.

Shadrina Booker will serve as the city’s director of community engagement. She’ll spearhead efforts to facilitate communication between the city and the neighborhoods it serves, ensuring transparency and collaboration around the mayor’s initiatives.

News Briefs: River City Company seeks Hawk Hill input

Economic development nonprofit River City Company has launched a community survey focused on the best use of Hawk Hill, the location of AT&T Field. With the anticipated relocation of the Chattanooga Lookouts baseball team from AT&T Field to the U.S. Pipe & Wheland Foundry site, Hawk Hill will become available for redevelopment.

Financial Focus: Time for financial ‘spring cleaning’

Now that we’ve put winter behind us – at least on the calendar – it’s time for us to think about sprucing up our homes, inside and out. But it also may be time to do some financial spring cleaning.

Some of the same ideas involved in tidying up your home can also be used to help put your financial house in order. Here are a few suggestions:

Personal Finance: How to fight the ‘pink tax’ amid high inflation

Trae Bodge, a shopping expert who lives in the New York City area, sees higher prices for products and services marketed to women everywhere: Socks, razors, shampoo and apparel are a few of the product types aimed at women that tend to cost more.

“I don’t know why brands think this is acceptable,” Bodge says. “It’s another punch to the gut as we’re trying to manage our budgets right now,” she adds, referring to rising prices across consumer goods categories due to inflation.

Aquarium bids farewell to longtime COO Jackson

To say a young Jackson Andrews couldn’t have foreseen becoming a senior leader at the Tennessee Aquarium is an understatement.

After graduating from a university in Maine with degrees in English and marine science, his hope was to work aboard an ocean research vessel. Aquariums, he thought, couldn’t possibly measure up to the real thing.

Pink! raises $433,000 for MaryEllen Locher Breast Center

CHI Memorial Foundation’s 18th annual Pink! gala raised $433,000. All proceeds will benefit the MaryEllen Locher Breast Center at CHI Memorial.

The sold-out crowd of 1,100 guests helped bring the total amount raised during the annual fundraising gala’s 18 years to more than $5.6 million.

Latina Navy veteran opens body positive women’s clothing store

A new fashion boutique is open at 313 Manufacturers Road.

Latina Navy veteran, mother of three and nonprofit board member Josselyn Nielsen is the founder of North Star Boutique. Nielsen never expected to be an entrepreneur, but as a person of faith – Nielsen is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – she says she felt called to open a body positive boutique in Chattanooga.

Coldwell Banker Kinard Realty honors top agents

Coldwell Banker Kinard Realty held its annual awards luncheon at The Farm Golf Club in Tunnel Hill, Georgia, March 3. More than 100 agents and guests attended the event.

President and broker Mike Maret reviewed the company’s record-breaking 2022, during which its agents closed $420 million in real estate. The grand total earned the company Coldwell Banker’s President Award of Honor for the fifth consecutive year. Coldwell Banker presents this production award annually to 45 companies out of 519 internationally.

Behind the Wheel: No-compromise EV SUVs: BMW vs. Rivian

Buying an electric vehicle used to mean choosing from battery range, performance, utility or luxury. You might’ve found a car possessing two of those attributes, but rarely all of the above.

But the BMW iX and Rivian R1S are two electric SUVs that require no compromise, combining stellar performance and long-distance capability with plenty of convenience and tech features. Which one is the best for your money? The vehicle experts at Edmunds compare both to find out.