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Veteran Realtors on disasters past, how they survived

During the Great Depression, Herman Walldorf received an offer on a property he had under contract. The number was low, and Walldorf was concerned the seller would turn it down, so he tried something creative.

As his son, Realtor Charlie Walldorf, tells the story nearly 90 years later, the elder Walldorf attached a $100 bill to the contract so it would be the first thing the seller saw.

Judiciary mourns loss of Judge Herschel Franks

Former Tennessee Court of Appeals Judge Herschel Pickens Franks, whose 42 years on the bench was one of the longest judicial tenures in state history, died March 19 at the age of 89.

Franks was first appointed to the 11th Judicial District Chancery Court in 1970. In 1978, he was appointed to the Court of Appeals – Eastern Section.

Yost joins Boys & Girls Club board

The Boys & Girls Club of Chattanooga has appointed attorney Kirby Yost to its board of directors.

Yost is a business and real estate attorney and a shareholder at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel. She began her practice as an associate at Chambliss in 2011.

Lawyers Assistance Program remains available

The Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program is available to assist attorneys who are facing additional stress and pressure due to the coronavirus outbreak and related closures.

TLAP provides free and confidential consultations, referrals, interventions and crisis counseling for lawyers, judges, bar applicants and law students who are struggling with substance abuse, stress or emotional health issues.

From horror movies to happy ending
Zachary’s unusual journey (boxing Holyfield?) finally delivers him home

Like many native Chattanoogans who leave the city and then return years later, David Zachary has learned there’s no place like home.

He says this after having spent most of his adult life experiencing diverse corners of the world. From visiting Southeast Asia and Europe as a Marine to making low-rent horror films in California to working on Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign in New Hampshire, Zachary has seen and lived in places that are very different his hometown.

Yes, we’re still selling houses; but be careful

Real estate is STILL happening. People STILL want to buy and sell. Yet we need to take certain precautions to keep the market and consumers healthy.

This means Realtors and others involved with real estate need to think outside the box. Luckily, we have a number of tools at our disposal to help navigate this tricky time.

Robinson earns major Keller Williams award

Ali Robinson of The Robinson Team received the WI4C2TS Award at this year’s Keller Williams Greater Downtown Realty Awards Breakfast. The prestigious award honors the agent who best exhibits the values of the Keller Williams mission.

The winner of this award exhibits the following principles, according to the Keller Williams website, You Drive the Success (www.youdrivethesuccess.com):

Color trends for your home in 2020

From bright, bold hues to cool tones to convey a contemporary look, color is the cornerstone of home design in communities all over the Tri-state area.

Each year, the leading paint manufacturers announce their most inspiring color and color palettes. This year, colors that conjure a sense of calm dominated the choices.

Hunt finds perfect fit with mugs, being her own boss

Like most pottery, Tori Hunt’s creations are made of clay and glaze. But her popular mugs also contain other elements that are just as evident to the beholder, including her love of the Blue Ridge Mountains and her passion for creating functional art.

Rogers column: Ride it till the wheels fall off? We’re past that

As an early-warning coronavirus screening, Kayne tested our new temporal thermometer on my forehead for evidence of a fever. Initial results – 87.6 degrees – showed I was apparently freezing to death

The Rogers household is woefully unskilled at dealing with this rapidly advancing health threat.

Time for some financial spring cleaning

Spring is officially here, and for many of us that means it’s time for some spring cleaning around our homes and yards. But why stop there? This year, why not do some financial spring cleaning, too?

You can apply some of the same principles of traditional spring cleaning to your financial environment. Here are a few suggestions:

Personal Finance: How to create a retirement paycheck that lasts longer

Saving and investing for retirement might actually be easier than deciding how to safely spend what you’ve accumulated.

Withdraw too much and you could run out of money. Withdraw too little and you might stint on some retirement pleasures you could actually afford. Taxes and Medicare premiums should be considered, too, since both could be inflated by the wrong withdrawal strategies.