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‘Litigation is my wheelhouse’
Carrion relies on her skills as a former prosecutor to defend claims at Unum

Crystle Carrion had just started working as a paralegal in Orlando, Florida, in 2011, when she got the horrific news that her little sister had been shot by a 16-year-old suspect in a drive-by incident in California.

“She survived, but it was absolutely terrifying,” recalls Carrion, 36, a former prosecutor and now litigation counsel for the Unum Law Department. “My sister was not involved in that kind of lifestyle. She just went to California to follow her dreams and was there for a very short amount of time and was attacked in this very random way.”

Neumann finds solution with forensic geneology

Once the purview of scientists and lab technicians, the word “forensic” has entered the mainstream through popular television procedurals like “CSI,” “Bones” and even “Dexter.”

But forensic genealogist Christine Neumann won’t be found analyzing blood spatters at a crime scene or puzzling over a corpse’s demise during an autopsy. Instead, she does her work in courthouses and the dusty backrooms of libraries, where she scours old records for clues that point to the locations of missing or unknown heirs.

Real estate by design
A few detours didn’t stop Kathy Boehm from finding her career home

Torn between a hankering to own an interior design business and her father’s insistence that she choose a more practical career, Auburn University freshman Kathy Boehm came up with what she thought was the perfect compromise: an international business degree with an emphasis on French.

Lower prices, more turmouil in 2023 market

If you, your friends or family have considered buying or selling a property in the last 12 months, you’re aware that 2022 was a turbulent year for the housing market. Inflation, soaring interest rates and elevated sales prices combined to cause a slowdown nationwide.

Briefs: Life Force adds high flow oxygen capability

Medical transport company Life Force has announced its newest capability: offering high flow oxygen therapy to patients during air medical transports. They are the first air medical team in the state of Tennessee to offer this therapy.

 High flow oxygen therapy, primarily used in a hospital setting, helps reduce the need for invasive ventilation. This method of oxygen delivery has been proven very effective and allows patients to receive oxygen while reducing strain on their body to support healing.

Newsmakers: Stewart named to Chiefs for Change cohort

Hamilton County Schools deputy superintendent Sonia Stewart has been selected as part of the seventh cohort of Future Chiefs by the national organization Chiefs for Change.

Chiefs for Change operates on the premise that bold, sustained leadership is critical in order to have a highly effective education system that meets the needs of all students. Members of the organization lead state and district education systems that together include approximately 7 million students, 410,000 teachers and 11,500 schools.

Open the (back) door to a Roth IRA

There aren’t many drawbacks to having a high income – but being unable to invest in a Roth IRA might be one of them. Are there strategies that allow high-income earners to contribute to this valuable retirement account?

Before we delve into that question, let’s consider the rules. In 2023, you can contribute the full amount to a Roth IRA – $6,500, or $7,500 if you’re 50 or older – if your modified adjusted gross income is less than $138,000 (if you’re single) or $218,000 (if you’re married and filing jointly).

Personal Finance: How to tackle your holiday debt in January

After years of being in debt, Rachel Kramer Bussel came to a realization: “If I don’t become proactive about it, I will be in debt for the rest of my life.”

For Bussel, a freelance writer near Atlantic City, New Jersey, that meant scaling back spending and putting any available money toward the debt principal.

Millennial Money: Children aren’t cheap: 4 expenses for parents to rethink

When inflation rises, child care expenses rise. If you’re a parent, you may be hoping to get a little financial relief during the upcoming tax season through deductions or credits. But since there have been recent reductions to both of the child tax credits, you may not get as much back as you anticipated.

Chattanooga gets first public outdoor pickleball courts

Chattanooga’s Parks and Outdoors department has announced the city’s first public outdoor pickleball courts, coming to Batter’s Place in East Brainerd, with additional locations in Lookout Valley and Hixson, planned to open in the spring.

Most signs point to Tannehill return for 2023

Beyond hiring a new general manager and a new offensive coordinator, one of the biggest questions the Tennessee Titans will have to answer this offseason is who will play quarterback.

Starter Ryan Tannehill, who ended the year on injured reserve with a high ankle sprain that required surgery, has one year remaining on his contract with a $27 million base salary that would count more than $36 million against the Titans salary cap in 2023.

Titans QB options: Status quo, Willis or pick from free agents

If the Tennessee Titans decide that 2023 is time for a new start, and decide to move on from Ryan Tannehill, they likely won’t have the chance to replace him with a first-round pick in the draft.

The Titans have the No. 11 pick, and chances are Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud, the top two prospects in the 2023 draft, will likely be long gone from the draft board by the time the Titans’ pick rolled around.

Behind the Wheel: Edmunds cites top car-tech trends from CES

CES – formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show – in Las Vegas tends to showcase vehicles and technology that are further out than one might find at a traditional auto show. Edmunds attended this year and reports on the most notable vehicles and what new technology car shoppers might see in the coming years.