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David Hensley sworn in as Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board judge

For David Hensley, over three decades of practicing law ended not in retirement but in taking on a sizable new challenge: becoming a judge on the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Appointed by Gov. Haslam as one of three judges on the board, Hensley was sworn in Friday, Aug. 1 before a gathering of family, friends, and colleagues.

Signature Brokers stepping outside the box

Broker Gina Sakich jokes she came out of the womb working. By the time she was 12, she was mowing yards and washing cars, not for the money, but for the sense of accomplishment.

She tackled real estate the same way, going from agent to owner as she co-launched Real Estate Partners, which she and her partners grew from a three-person boutique to a firm with dozens of agents and a reputation for selling innovative residential projects like Loveman’s on Market.

Hamilton County Herald award winners

Editor-In-Chief Jay Edwards and Production Manager Karen Dunphy were recent winners at the Tennessee Press Association and University of Tennessee State Press Awards in Nashville. Edwards won first place in the Best Personal Humor Column category, and Dunphy placed third in the Make Up and Appearance group. 

Paty firm chooses new president, changes name

Paty, Rymer & Ulin has selected attorney Randall D. Larramore to serve as president of the firm. The firm has also changed its name to Paty, Rymer, Ulin & Larramore.

Larramore received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Chattanooga in 1989 and a Masters in Public Administration from the university in 1993. He was then awarded the Benwood Foundation’s Chapin-Thomas Scholarship to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law. While at the college, Larramore was a member of the Moot Court Board and an Edward Morill Constitutional Law Scholar. He received a Masters in Business Administration from U.C.’s Carl H. Linder College of Business in 1995, and in 1997, received his law degree from U.C.’s College of Law.

Baker Donelson’s Health Law Group earns multiple top ten rankings

The Health Law Department at Baker Donelson has recently earned several honors.

Baker Donelson was ranked seventh on the American Health Lawyers Association’s (AHLA) “Top Honors 2014” list of health law firms in the United States.

Dale Buchanan hires new attorney

Dale Buchanan and Associates has added a new attorney to its ranks of Social Security disability lawyers: Brittany Thrasher.

Brittany Thrasher grew up on Signal Mountain. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a B.A. Degree, summa cum laude, in English. She later attended Baylor University School of Law in Waco, Texas. During law school, she was awarded the Best Petitioners Brief and named a Top 10 Speaker in the Leighton B. Dawson Moot Court Competition. She graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2013.

Fall Home and Remodeling Expo coming Aug. 23, 24

Chattanooga’s annual Fall Home and Remodeling Expo will arrive ahead of cooler temperatures and falling leaves this year.

The Homebuilders Association of Greater Chattanooga, together with co-sponsor EPB Fiber Optics, on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24 will fill the massive expo space at the Chattanooga Convention Center with vendors offering an array of products and services for remodeling, new home construction, and landscaping. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, visitors will be able to browse displays featuring complete kitchen designs, household appliances, windows, doors, siding, roofing, outdoor living, and more.

Realtor, Home Builders night at the Lookouts

The Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors and the Homebuilders Association

of Greater Chattanooga on Thursday, July 31 met at AT&T Field for an evening of hot dogs, hamburgers, and baseball.

For more photos, pick up a copy of The Hamilton County Herald.

Bell adds Realtor, expanding neighborhoods

Bell Development has added Realtor Myra Jones to its sales team. Jones brings over 20 years of real estate experience to the company, which also includes new home specialist Kaye Ivey, leasing and advertising manager Manuel Martinez, and owner Jay W. Bell.

Highway sign honors late volunteer fireman

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger on Thursday, July 31 hosted the dedication ceremony of a highway sign and the naming of a section of Highway 58 honoring the late Shane Daughetee.

The sign is a memorial to Daughetee, the volunteer firefighter who lost his life on Jan. 26, 2007 while battling a house fire.

Local residents celebrate National Farmers Market Week

On almost any given day in the Chattanooga region, farmers are convening in predetermined locations, setting up their pop-up tents, and unloading boxes of farm-fresh items, including produce, meat, eggs, and more.

These farmers markets enable Chattanoogans to purchase freshly harvested, locally grown foods directly from the person or family who grew or raised them.

Girl’s Inc. presents STEM paper

Madeleine Dougherty, Girls Inc.’s Manager of Teen STEM Programs, presented her original paper, “Beyond Slacktivism: Using STEM to Engage Low-Income and Minority Girls in Advocacy and Activism,” at the national STEM Think Tank and Conference at Harpeth Hall School in Nashville this month.

Chattanooga’s first bicycle traffic signal

The first bicycle traffic signal in Tennessee began operation last week in Chattanooga at the north end of the Walnut Street Bridge at Frazier Avenue. 

The new signal utilizes bicycle-shaped red, yellow, and green indicators to alert cyclists that the traffic light is targeted at them and designed to protect their safety.

Hamilton County drug take back event

On Aug. 16, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with the Hamilton County Coalition and the Minority Health Fair, will provide an opportunity for the public to dispose of its potentially dangerous expired, unwanted, and unused medications at Eastgate Town Center, 5600 Brainerd Road.

Anthropologie and J. Crew coming to Warehouse Row

Anthropologie and J. Crew will open retail stores in the north end of Warehouse Row this fall. Putting to rest nearly two years of speculation, Warehouse Row last week announced the stores will anchor Building North along with Woodhouse Day Spa.

Unclaimed Baggage Center Museum brings unique treasures to Chattanooga

Unclaimed Baggage Center’s museum, which features unique items found in lost suitcases from airlines and other transportation industries, recently came to Chattanooga.

The treasure and thrift road show included a preserved alligator head, expensive jewelry, a West Point uniform from 1937, a pair of Google Glasses worth several hundred dollars, and more.


The Company Lab (CO.LAB) on Tuesday, July 29 hosted the third annual GIGTANK Demo Day featuring startup pitches from the entrepreneurs of GIGTANK 2014, as well as a keynote address from Terry Wohlers, the world’s foremost authority on the 3D printing industry.

Are you a baby boomer? Don’t let retirement plans go bust.
Financial Focus

If you’re a baby boomer, you’re at the point in life where, if you haven’t actually entered retirement, you’re at least approaching the outskirts.

But if you’re like many of your fellow boomers, you may be experiencing more than a little trepidation over your financial prospects as a retiree. That’s why it’s so important for you to determine what steps to take to help improve your chances of enjoying a comfortable retirement.

Email: Spammers, scammers, and other scoundrels
Under Analysis

When I first started practicing law, there was no email. We got along just fine, blissful in our ignorance of the great electronic time saver. 

In the early days of email, AOL's "You've got mail" and accompanying "Bing" was more novelty than necessity. My dial-up connection didn't bring those very often anyway.

I am Groot!
The Critic's Corner

Guardians of the Galaxy” is terrific – easily one of this year’s best movies. When it was over, my wife, who rarely expresses enthusiasm about the films we see together, looked at me and said, “I want to see it again.” She’d spent the last two hours laughing and singing along to the songs, so I knew she’d enjoyed it.

‘What is the Realtor Party?’ take two

In late June, I used this forum to answer the question, “What is the Realtor Party?” Yet, in light of recent support and endorsements, there continue to be questions and misgivings about the Association’s political activity.

Rainbow birthdays and cakes
Kay's Cooking Corner

“What kind of party do you want, Gwynnie?” I asked my four-year-old granddaughter. She replied, “A rainbow party!” I then asked what kind of cake did she want. “Ummm, a rainbow cake!” she said with a smile while jump-up in the air.

Are We There Yet?

In honor of surpassing 400 friends on Facebook (some of whom I actually know) I decided to check the posts on Tuesday morning and see if we might learn something, or better yet, just laugh.

The first one there was from myself, and my post of last week’s Daily Record column, which I got a like on from my old buddy Robert Jackson. We last saw Robert hitting two clubs less than normal somewhere near Crested Butte.

Rail houses in art and elsewhere

(Ed. note: Second of a three-part series.)

The quest continues for a definition of rail house, a term found in business names across several countries. Most Rail Houses are eateries, or drinkeries, but there’s a rec center, an event venue, a B&B, a brewery or two, office buildings, and more. A typical Rail House is near the tracks, has a train station motif, and may be located in a remodeled railway building.

And you still can’t make a mater saminch ...
Read All About It

Here we are once again in the glory days of homegrown maters, and I’m still finding folks who can’t make a mater saminch. I put out one of those videos a couple of years back, wrote articles, was featured in a few fancy magazines scraping a Miracle Whip jar with a knife, and I still have people ask me the proper way to make a mater saminch.

Epic fail
View From The Cheap Seats

I came in contact with pure evil a few weeks ago. I took the “Shut up sauce” challenge at Mean Pig BBQ in Cabot, and I failed. It wasn’t even close. Without question, it was the worst thing I’d ever put in my mouth.

I’ve always prided myself on the dubious ability to eat about anything and then keep it down. I found that I had no chance against the sandwich that I can only describe as the devil’s vomit on a bun. It makes me shiver just to think about it. 

Events Calendar

Portion of Riverwalk closed

The Riverwalk from Chickamauga Dam to Fry Center will be closed for repairs until approximately Aug. 19. A drain pipe that runs from the Chattanooga State campus under the Riverwalk to the Tennessee River has collapsed and will have to be dug up and replaced.

What was going on in Chattanooga in 1914?

Saturday, August 8, 1914

News has been received that Dr. H. Berlin, Dr. Dunbar Newell, Dr. German Haymore, and Dr. J.S.B. Woolford hope to be able to sail on American liner St. Paul from South Hampton by August 21.

Miss Margaret Saunders will return from Dayton, Tenn., where she has been visiting Miss Katherine Frazier.

What was going on in Chattanooga in 1964?

Saturday, August 8, 1964

Charles H. Jones, civic leader and owner of Jones Gulf Service Station for 30 years, was honored Friday with an Appreciation Night by Summers–Whitehead American Legion Post 14 for his outstanding service as chairman for Armed Forces Day celebration.

Brainbuster – Make your brain tingle!

Reading, writing and arithmetic – school is back in session! This puzzle has a bit of geography, science, and history. See how much you remember!

1. Sometimes, I have to look on a map to see the country in which some cities are located. Bern, Davos, and Basel are cities in what country? Switzerland; Russia; Ukraine; Norway.

What’d They Say?

Fill in the blanks in the quote using the following words:

truth, remains, improbable, once, matter,

impossible, be, eliminate

“______ you ______ the ______, whatever______, no ______ how______, must ______ the ______.”