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Rucker gets her day in court
Colleagues gather to send celebrate her retirement

The fate of Judge Shelley D. Rucker hung in the balance as the Hon. Suzanne Bauknight took the bench and courtroom deputy Tanya Wallace opened the special session of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Everyone in attendance at the March 28 event knew the stakes. From the panoply of local and state judges seated in robed dignity near Bauknight to the assortment of Chapter 13 trustees, former law clerks, friends, family members and special guests who crowded the rest of the courtroom where Rucker had rendered decisions for 14 years, everyone was anxious to hear one thing: Bauknight’s ruling regarding her colleague’s proposed retirement.

Artist’s statement on the portrait

Judge Rucker delivered the following comments during the unveiling of her portrait March 28.

“We are here for a portrait unveiling, and my dear friend and former art teacher Lynn Winningham taught me that any work of art should have an artist’s statement explaining the work. For those of you who might not be familiar with this type of writing, one source describes an artist statement as a ‘not too long series of sentences that describes what you [made] and why you [made] it. It’s a stand-in for you, the artist, talking to someone about your work in a way that adds to their experience of viewing that work.’

Realtors embrace Fair Housing Month

Every April, the Greater Chattanooga real estate community joins hands with Realtors across the country to celebrate Fair Housing Month. This time of the year is more than a calendar event; it’s a heartfelt reaffirmation of our collective commitment to ensuring everyone has equal access to housing.

Efficient ways to repurpose unused household items

As spring arrives, many of us feel a surge of energy to declutter and take on home improvement projects. Instead of simply discarding everything, consider these eco-friendly ways to recycle unwanted items and dispose of hazardous materials responsibly. Not only will this help tidy up your home, but it also contributes to reducing waste sent to landfills, conserving natural resources, and supporting local recycling and manufacturing industries.

Having piece performed is a dream fulfilled for Fair

Before UTC student Katherine Fair penned her maiden composition in college, before her fifth grade hands grasped a violin for the first time and before she clambered onto a piano bench not long after learning how to stand, her mother knew she’d love music.

Newsmakers: Cempa Community Care promotes Taylor

Cempa Community Care has promoted Maggie Taylor to director of dental services at its Dental Clinic. Taylor has been part of the Cempa Dental Clinic team since assisting with the opening of the clinic in 2023, as well as hiring, training and coaching the team. Taylor currently oversees the day-to-day operations of the clinic.

Events: Men’s Health Summit

Tennessee Men’s Health Network, Mount Canaan Baptist Church and Purpose Point Community Health will host the 2024 Chattanooga Men’s Health Summit April 6, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at Mount Canaan Baptist Church (4801 Highway 58). The event will be free and feature health discussions, screenings, vendors and door prizes.

Financial Focus: Slow and steady: A smart way to invest

You’ve probably heard stories about fortunate investors who “get in the ground floor” of a new, hot company and quickly make a fortune. But while these things may happen, they are exceedingly rare and often depend on hard-to-duplicate circumstances – and they really don’t represent a viable way of investing for one’s goals. A far more tried-and-true approach is the “slow-and-steady” method.

Personal Finance: What you need to know about Social Security

Only about one in eight adults know when they’ll be eligible for full retirement benefits through Social Security, the Nationwide Retirement Institute 2023 Social Security Survey revealed. And compared to 2014, fewer people age 50 and up now know whether they might be eligible for Social Security benefits based on an ex-spouse’s record (they might) or if Social Security might offer benefits for their spouse or children (also yes).

Millennial Money: Adding a child to card might not help their credit

As parents, we want the best for our children: health, happiness – and hardy credit. Having a strong credit profile can determine whether your kid gets approved for a loan or how much they’ll pay for car insurance when they’re grown. But establishing credit for someone with no credit history is challenging.

Rogers column: Logic goes for a spin in debate over guns stored in cars

The General Assembly ought to come with a warning label: Watching legislators in action may lead to eye-rolls, head-shakes and muttered oaths of exasperation.

Case in point, last week, when Sen. Jeff Yarbro spoke in support of his bill that would have encouraged the safe storage of guns in vehicles. Not mandated, mind you. Encouraged.

Knecht, Barnes find joy in season despite Elite Eight loss

To overcome a big hurdle, Tennessee had to overcome a big man.

The Vols fell just short.

Trying to reach the first Final Four in program history, second-seeded Tennessee lost to top-seeded Purdue and center Zach Edey 72-66 in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in a thrilling showdown at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

Behind the Wheel: Midsize SUVs: Passport vs. Grand Cherokee

Midsize SUVs with two rows of seating are an excellent option if you want something a little bigger than the ubiquitous small SUV. They have room for five and plenty of storage space but also are less expensive and easier to park than three-row SUVs.