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Emerging from the pandemic's uncertainty
‘It’s OK not to be OK’ as we ease forward into new routines

Have we had enough liminal space yet? We’ve been in this time of uncertainty and anxiety for more than a year and have most certainly changed. We’ve learned new things, about ourselves and our way of life. The Before Time seems so long ago now. Can we even remember what used to be our daily routine?

Late works great for Sanders, Kuebler

Upon first meeting attorneys Michael Kuebler and William “Buster” Sanders, a client of their two-man firm might assume the pair has decades of experience in the law under their belts.

Between Kuebler’s distinguished gray mane and Sanders’ tastefully retreating hairline, they do look as though they could be seasoned attorneys.

Smith elected president of TN Public Defenders Conference

Public defenders in Tennessee have chosen Steve Smith to serve as president of the Tennessee District Public Defenders Conference.

The conference is a statewide system of popularly elected district public defenders from each of Tennessee’s 31 judicial districts. There are 441 attorneys within the 31 districts who carry out the statutory and constitutional duties inherent in representing the indigent accused.

American Inn of Court benefits Chattanooga Area Food Bank

Members of the Justices Ray L. Brock Jr.-Robert E. Cooper American Inn of Court in May conducted a joint meeting of its members with Chattanooga Area Food Bank staff and Chattanooga area court reporters.

The event, dubbed “Fill The Food Bank,” took place at the Food Bank’s Navarre Teaching Garden and Pavilion and was followed by a tour of the organization’s operations facility and warehouse.

Judge McVeagh cracks the ABA’s top 40

The American Bar Association recently honored Hamilton County General Sessions Judge Alex McVeagh as one of its 2021 On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers.

Each year, the ABA recognizes 40 young lawyers across the nation who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service.

DA’s office to use new state law to curb gun violence

Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston plans to bolster the fight against gun violence by capitalizing on a new state law.

The Tennessee legislature recently passed a law that calls for increased jail time for felons who commit crimes while in possession of a firearm. The law went into effect July 1.

Lundberg, Century 21 find right fit

As a Realtor, Marc Lundberg claims to have the Midas touch.

While selling homes for Century 21 M&M and Associates in California, Lundberg, 63, says he was the No. 5 agent out of 650 at the company’s largest brokerage.

Years later, during a brief home-selling stint with Keller Williams Greater Downtown Realty in Chattanooga, Lundberg ranked among the top 20% of the company’s 300-plus agents, KW confirms.

It’s time to build more homes

If you haven’t noticed, housing inventory is low. Very low. In fact, this past May, there were 64% fewer houses for sale than there were in May 2020.

This problem isn’t limited to the Greater Chattanooga market. Over the past month, there’s been an increase in houses listed for sale, but demand is so intense and homes are selling so fast that inventory still remains a great concern.

Tips for transforming small spaces in your home

With more time spent at home this year, finding space for everyone to work, play and relax might be a challenge. Remodeling a small area in your home can make a difference if you’re looking for more space.

A solid plan with carefully selected design elements can turn any unused space into a cozy haven for you and your family to enjoy. The following steps can help you reimagine underutilized areas in your home.

Financial Focus: Declare your financial freedom

As we make progress in moving past the COVID-19 pandemic, more of us will be able to enjoy Fourth of July activities. However you observe the holiday, it’s important to recognize all the liberties we enjoy in this country. But you may still need to work at one particular type of freedom – and that’s financial freedom. How can you achieve it?

Personal Finance: Financial vital signs you need to monitor now

A midyear financial review is often a good idea. This year, it’s almost essential.

With people going back to offices, travel resuming and Congress making significant changes to various laws affecting your finances, consider taking some time to check in on your money. You might be able to make some smart moves to reflect the new realities.

Career Corner: Discovering career independence

Are you feeling happy, or is something missing? If you’ve been thinking of making a change, this could be the perfect time. For many people, the pandemic has forced them to reevaluate what they want.

But, finding a job can take months. If you want to make a change, it’s important to get started before the winter holidays begin to approach.

Millennial Money: How points, miles credit cards can ease return to travel

As the COVID-19 vaccination era makes it safer to travel, many people who stayed home during pandemic shutdowns are vacationing again. Airport checkpoint numbers have increased about 20% from January through mid-June compared with the same time frame in 2020, the Transportation Security Administration reports.

CHI Memorial to build hospital in North Georgia

CHI Memorial plans to build a new hospital in Catoosa County, Georgia.

“About one-fourth of the people we care for live in North Georgia,” says Janelle Reilly, market CEO, CHI Memorial. “The new hospital will provide expanded access and more vital services closer to home for the residents of North Georgia.”

Market Wagon launches Chattanooga food delivery hub

Market Wagon has launched its online farmers market and delivery service in Chattanooga, giving consumers another way to order from local farms and artisanal food vendors.

Market Wagon is a startup company focused on connecting farmers to local consumers. Its Chattanooga hub is its third in Tennessee.

CFD recognizes Parkridge staff for fire emergency response

The level-headed actions of staff at Parkridge Medical Center quickly extinguished a potentially dangerous situation after a patient started a small fire while attempting to smoke in bed, Chattanooga Fire Department officials say.

CFD Chief Phil Hyman and his team recently recognized seven Parkridge Medical Center staff members for their efforts to protect the safety and welfare of patients during and following the June 10 incident.

South Bound event to feature local poet Christian Collier

Southern Lit Alliance will host an outdoor South Bound event featuring local poetry July 29 at 7 p.m. at Sculpture Fields Park.

Spoken word poet and Chattanooga native Christian Collier will recite poetry at various sculptures around the park, which is located at 1800 Polk Street.

Chattanooga to celebrate ‘Fun on the 4th’ with downtown shows

A grant from the Chattanooga Tourism Company and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development will bring a new community celebration to Miller Park and Miller Plaza this Independence Day.

Produced by Chattanooga Presents, “Fun on the 4th” will be held Sunday, July 4, 5-10 p.m.

Behind the Wheel: Drop that top: The best convertibles for 2021

If last summer was all about hunkering down, staying safe and social distancing, 2021’s sunshine season will see us reconnecting with friends and getting back out into the world. What better way to embark on new adventures than in a convertible?

Newsmakers: HHM CPAS adds 6 employees

HHM Certified Public Accountants has hired a recruiting director, four staff accountants and an administrative assistant.

As HHM’s recruiting director, Kelley Farrow will identify and then secure experienced talent.

Before joining the firm, Farrow worked in the human resources and recruiting fields, placing professionals in health care, manufacturing, accounting and administrative roles.