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CBA celebrates Tennessee Supreme Court
Local attorneys, judges host reception for state justices, mark Lee’s retirement

The Chattanooga Bar Association hosted a reception for the members of the Tennessee Supreme Court on Sept. 7 at the Walden Club. Pictured left to right are: Justice Jeffrey Bivins; Justice Roger Page; Justice Sharon G. Lee; the Hon. Rob Philyaw; Chief Justice Holly Kirby; CBA Executive Director Lynda Minks Hood; Justice Sarah Campbell; and Justice Dwight Tarwater.

Thornton’s avid fandom lands family on ‘Feud’
Colley team trained regularly for game show

Steve Harvey looked expectantly at Abigail Thornton as he waited for her to answer his question. Meanwhile, Thornton’s head was swimming in the aura of Harvey’s celebrity, and nothing was making its way down to her lips.

“I’d never been that close to a star,” Thorton, 24, a legal assistant with Patrick, Beard, Shulman & Jacoway, says of her upcoming appearance on the game show, “Family Feud.” “I was looking at his voluptuous mustache, his beautiful bald head, and the fabulous suit he was wearing, and all I could think was, ‘I don’t know what to say!’”

ABA adds Faith for immigration advisory role

The American Bar Association has appointed Brittany Faith, director at Grant Konvalinka & Harrison, to the advisory committee of its Commission on Immigration. ABA President Mary Smith named Faith to the appointment-only 10-person committee.

The advisory committee provides counsel to the commission in its efforts to ensure fair treatment and full due process rights for immigrants and refugees within the United States, develop and implement immigration-related policy for the ABA, and advocate for changes in the law when necessary.

Newsmakers: Bowers named new green | spaces director

Richard Bowers, Jr. is serving as the new executive director of green | spaces.

A Chattanooga native, Bowers graduated from The Baylor School and Tulane University. After earning his Juris Doctor from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Bowers settled in Detroit, where he developed a background in environmental law, including brownfield redevelopment, site remediation, municipal water treatment, solar and wind permitting, and air quality standards.

Briefs: Mad Priest bringing $444-per-pound Yemeni coffee to Chattanooga

Mad Priest Coffee Roasters, a specialty coffee roasting company, made history on Aug. 8 with the highest bid ever in a global Cup of Excellence coffee auction – $444 per pound for a lot of Yemeni coffee.

“It’s a story of David and Goliath – small business versus big business,” says Mad Coffee owner Michael Rice. “Look at what a small business can do to help raise the level of excellence and opportunity in an industry like the global coffee industry.”

Rogers column: Buffett’s home was not just a beach somewhere

The death of Jimmy Buffett – the “poet of paradise,” as President Biden described him – calls to mind for me the degree to which cities or states can rightfully stake a claim to celebrities.

You’ve perhaps read in the various obits and tributes since his passing that Buffett was born in Pascagoula, Mississippi, on Christmas Day 1946. But, as it happens, Buffett and I started life’s journey in the very same building, six-plus years apart. And neither one of us was born in Pascagoula.

A fall financial cleanse could get your spending back on track

If summer is a season of spontaneity and indulgence, then fall offers a counterpoint: It’s a chance to get back on schedule, and back on budget.

“Summer, with travel and no school, tends to be a really spendy time. The fall is a nice reset,” says Ashley Feinstein Gerstley, a certified financial planner and author of “The 30-Day Money Cleanse.”

Cybersecurity top of mind for Realtors today

It’s no surprise that industries worldwide have embraced technology to improve and streamline various processes. But these advancements have also given rise to new vulnerabilities.

Among the sectors most impacted is real estate – a massive industry that affects many local and national economies. In recent years, the prevalence of electronic crime within real estate has surged, with bad actors capitalizing on the increased reliance on digital platforms for transactions, communications and data storage.

Gateway townhomes hit the market

By David Laprad

Chattanooga Red Wolves owner Robert Martino has tapped the Kellerhals Team of Keller Williams Realty to list the townhomes that are a part of his $125 million investment in East Ridge and Chattanooga.

Jake Kellerhals and his team listed four of a planned 144-unit development at The Townhomes at the Gateway last week and is already taking phone calls from investors who are expressing interest in possibly adding a slice of Martino’s pie to their portfolio.

Use these low-cost ways to create stunning spaces

If you’re growing weary of looking at the same four walls or clutter in the corners of a room, it might be time to refresh your interior design.

Creating warm and inviting spaces in your home often does not require an extreme makeover. A few easy design adjustments with color or lighting can transform an ordinary room into a stunning space.

Career Corner: Finding work-life balance should always be a priority

In today’s workplace, it can’t be overstated how important it is to take care of yourself. Jobs come and go, but you are here to stay.

If you’re not careful, work stress can take a toll on your health and personal life. This is especially true in the United States, where work culture tends to reward those who overwork themselves.

Take a walk on the wildflower side at Reflection Riding

The native wildflowers in the lower meadows at Reflection Riding are in peak bloom and buzzing with pollinators.

Playing the lead role in this sensory experience of sight, smell and touch is the Bearded Beggartick. The landscape is virtually blanketed in golden yellow.

Living authentically can be tough in workplace

Auditions are always nerve-wracking. Will the part be yours?

You sure practiced enough before you were judged – and that’s what an audition is, a judgment. Can you handle the lines? Are you a fit for the part you want, or would you be better at a walk-on? Being someone else in a play is fun, but not always easy. Neither, says Jim Fielding in his new book “All Pride, No Ego,” is being someone else at work.

Titans: Questions abound before Chargers arrive

This “new” offense that was supposed to be a big boost for the Tennessee Titans is already facing major issues.

Judging from last Sunday’s 16-15 loss in New Orleans, the 2023 Titans offense looks remarkably like the dismal one they trotted out in 2022.

Is Tannehill still the best answer at quarterback?

The Titans chose in the offseason to try to make another go of it, adding a number of veteran free agents while riding Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry for one more go-around.

But with a poor showing in the opener, how long can the Titans afford to wait to see if that decision will pay dividends?

Four Downs: Titans vs. Chargers

The Titans home opener won’t be an easy one as Justin Herbert and the Los Angeles Chargers come to Nissan Stadium. Here are the Titans keys to victory.

First down

Get the passing game in sync. The Titans were terrible in the passing game. Ryan Tannehill was off the mark on more throws than just his three interceptions. The throws were imbalanced too much toward DeAndre Hopkins, with Treylon Burks and Chig Okonkwo barely involved. That needs to be more balanced.

Performance and affordability? It’s not just a dream

There’s often a point when car enthusiasts are looking to purchase their first new performance car or sports car. Inflation and price creep have pushed many desirable models out of reach, but fortunately, a handful of automakers remain committed to offering thrill-making machines with wallet-friendly price tags. Edmunds’ car experts have rounded up six of the best with starting prices under $33,000. These vehicles have a high Edmunds rating and are listed by the manufacturer’s suggested retail price and include the destination charge.