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Attorney Edge enjoying new challenge as COO of HHM

For decades after its formation 1981, HHM CPAs toed the line of traditional public accounting firms. Leaning on the timeless principles of expertise, integrity and hard work, the company spent years providing conventional CPA services to business of all sizes.

Founders depended on well-informed citizenry

This month, we celebrated Independence Day, our nation’s birthday. The Fourth of July holiday reminds us of the founders’ tremendous civic activism and engagement in forming a new nation.

In the years leading up to the decision to separate from England in 1776, they engaged in debates, arguments, assemblies and public appeals on the pros and cons of separation. They also agreed to serve in colonial assemblies and in the Continental Congresses.

Atherton celebrates the big six-oh

The Clerk and Master’s office hosted a birthday luncheon July 19 in honor of Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton, who turned 60 this year.

There to help celebrate were Judge Kyle Hedrick, Chancellor Pam Fleenor, Judge Jeffrey Hollingsworth (not pictured) and Judge Marie Williams, who gave the blessing before the meal.

Realtor Hensley saves the first dance for charity event

The first thing Realtor Bonnie Hensley said when the Kidney Foundation of Greater Chattanooga asked her to be a celebrity dancer for this year’s Dare to Dance fundraiser was, “You’re kidding, right?”

They were not. Several people had nominated her, and the person on the other end of the phone was calling to recruit her as a cast member.

Housing and appliance shortages

The residential housing inventory shortage has been burdensome for some years. However, since the pandemic began, the lack of homes for sale is creating even more problems – intense buyer competition, high home prices and an historic supply crunch. Thus, the National Association of Realtors is urging a “once in a generation” federal response to address decades of underinvestment and underbuilding.

Made with the shades: Window treatment basics

Windows are a crucial design element of a house that affect the lighting and mood of rooms. Considering the importance of windows in a home’s architecture, the treatment of a window should be one of the first design decisions.

If this is your first time decorating a bare window, the sheer number of window treatments available might surprise you.

Volunteers in Medicine wants your gowns

As the co-chair of Gowns for Good, Chattanooga Bar Association Executive Director Lynda Minks Hood wants everyone to dig through their closets and pick out something nice for someone else to wear.

Volunteers in Medicine will host Gowns for Good Wednesday, Nov. 3, at The Mill of Chattanooga. The inaugural luncheon will aim to raise funds for the medically underserved.

Newsmakers: Life Care Center names new executive director

Life Care Center of Hixson has named Brian Horvath its executive director.

Horvath completed his administrator training at the skilled nursing and rehab center before most recently serving as executive director at Life Care Center of Morristown.

East Ridge sets centennial celebration for Sept. 25

What’s a few more months after waiting 100 years to throw a party?

The city of East Ridge turned 100 years old in 2021, and after delays due to COVID-19 precautions, will finally host a belated birthday celebration this fall.

Taking place at Camp Jordan Park Saturday, Sept. 25, the event will include local bands, 5K, 10K and half-marathon races, local artists, crafts, homemade goods, food trucks, a local business showcase, a beer garden and yard games.

Mechatronics Academy partnership renewed for 5 years

Mechatronics Academy celebrated its five-year anniversary with a formal renewal of the program.

Volkswagen Group of America Chattanooga Operations, Hamilton County Schools and Chattanooga State Community College renewed the joint venture for another five years by signing a memorandum of understanding. The MOU is effective through June 2026.

Millennium Bank donates school supplies to Urban League

Millennium Bank recently donated hundreds of school supplies to the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga as part of its annual Shoes for School initiative.

Items were collected through donation drives at all five Chattanooga branches this summer. Shoes for School provides a new pair of shoes and backpacks filled with supplies to 600 Hamilton County students in need. The items will be donated to children and their families during the Shoes for School event at Miller Park July 31.

City receives grant for Orchard Knob climate project

Chattanooga will receive more than $380,000 in Partners for Places matching grants to improve the predominantly Black neighborhood of Orchard Knob, which suffers from an aging housing stock, inland flooding and high surface temperatures due to urban heat island effect.

Aquarium’s director of learning had early inspiration

Childhood visits inspired Tennessee Aquarium’s new education leader

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people experience powerful moments of connection with animals while exploring the Tennessee Aquarium.

The bonds forged through close encounters with the aquarium’s living collection can have a lasting impact on a person’s relationship to the natural world. In a few rare cases, however, a visit can shape the trajectory of a person’s entire life.

How many coaches does it take to change the Titans’ woeful defense?
Can veteran coaches, fresh faces alter the course?

The optimism that surrounds the Tennessee Titans as training camp 2021 opens is no doubt centered on the addition of wide receiver Julio Jones to what was one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses in 2020.

In putting up an 11-5 mark and winning their first AFC South Division crown in 12 years, the Titans relied primarily on the rushing of 2,000-yard back Derrick Henry and balanced it with the passing of Ryan Tannehill and the playmaking of receivers like A.J. Brown.

Financial Focus: Are trust services right for you?

If you’re extremely busy with your career and family and you’ve accumulated a fair amount of assets, you might be concerned about a variety of issues related to financial management and legacy planning. Specifically, you might think you don’t have the time or expertise to deal with these matters effectively. If this is the case, you might want to consider using a trust company.

Personal Finance: More to retirement than being financially secure

Most advice about retirement planning focuses on how to save enough money to replace your paycheck.

But work provides us with a lot more than income. Many of us get a sense of meaning, accomplishment and even identity from what we do. Work also provides social connections and a structure for our days.

Millennial Money: Growing investment strategies in backyard garden

Soil, sun, water and seed: The ingredients of a garden are simple, but the final product is never guaranteed. Willing a plot of land into a vibrant state of bloom takes intention, know-how and no small amount of trial and error.

Like many people staying at home, I spent much of the past year tending to the soil of my yard and crafting a garden oasis of my own imagination. The work wasn’t easy, and I’m sure many now-dead plants wish that I’d been a little more proficient.

Behind the Wheel: Buyer’s remorse: Can I please return the car I just bought?

With car prices at record highs and inventory getting thinner, shoppers might be tempted to rush through a deal this summer without giving it much thought. But what happens if you later have buyer’s remorse, whether it be from too high of a car payment or realizing your new car isn’t actually what you wanted?

Chattanooga Motorcar Festival tickets on sale

Tickets to the 2021 Chattanooga Motorcar Festival, taking place Oct. 15-17, are on sale at www.chattanoogamotorcar.com/tickets.

The festival is returning for its second year after being canceled in 2020.

Tickets allow access to all festival events, including the Concours d’Elegance and the awards ceremony Sunday, the Mecum Auctions Saturday and Sunday at the Convention Center, racing at the Pace Grand Prix at the Bend, the Friday and Saturday West Village Road Rallye and other events.