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Starting a revolution in home building
Green|spaces is building net zero energy homes affordably in an attempt to shift Chattanooga toward green construction

What green|spaces is trying to do on the NorthShore might sound like magic. But Executive Director Michael Walton is no wizard. He and the others at the nonprofit simply want to prove it’s possible to build a home that consumes no net energy for a price that either matches what it would cost to build a house using traditional techniques or is negligibly higher.

The Insider wearing pink to raise funds to end breast cancer

Jay Kennamer, co-owner and president of McMahan Law Firm, is participating in Real Men Wear Pink.

Kennamer says he wants to help those stricken with the unfortunate diagnosis of breast cancer. “I have an interest in finding a cure for future generations. I have a daughter, and I don’t want her to worry about breast cancer,” says Kennamer. “She could be affected, and I’d like to prevent that.”

CWLI appoints new executive director

The Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute’s (CWLI) board of directors and members are pleased to announce Holly Ashley as the new executive director of the nonprofit organization. Beginning Monday, Oct. 17, Ashley will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Mical Traynor, the former executive director.

Petunia’s Silver Jalapeno is back!
River City Roundabout

A Chattanooga favorite makes a quiet return after a two-year absence.

I couldn’t believe my eyes – or rather, the corner of my left eye – when I saw the now iconic silver Airstream trailer parked next to the Granfalloon on East Main Street as I was driving to another lunchtime destination. My neck snapped involuntarily to the left to make sure I wasn’t seeing things. I wasn’t! There, in all of its shiny retro glory, was the trailer, complete with “Silver Jalapeno” scribbled in green across the side and a drawing of a green jalapeño nestled in a deep pink petunia blossom framing the take-out window.

Guard against identity theft – and protect your finances
Financial Focus

In 2015 alone, more than 13 million Americans were victimized by identity theft, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. What can you do to guard your identity and protect yourself from potential financial losses?

Bros wear Bras for great cause

The Women’s Council of Realtors held its Second Annual Bras for the Cause on Friday, Oct. 7 at Chattanooga Marriott Downtown.

A portion of the proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the MaryEllen Locher Foundation, which provides scholarships to students who have either lost a parent to breast cancer or are children of breast cancer survivors.

September 2016 home sales report
REALTOR Association President's Message

As anticipated at the outset of the year, demand has remained high through the first three quarters of 2016, propping up sales and prices despite heavy reductions in inventory and months of supply across the country.

‘Girl on the Train’ never picks up steam
The Critic's Corner movie review

“The Girl on the Train” has arrived with all of the fanfare Hollywood can muster. “It’s a sexy, erotic thriller” growls a deep, husky male voice in one of the trailers. Someone must have swapped the script for the trailer with the marketing text for another movie because “The Girl on the Train” isn’t sexy, erotic, or thrilling. It is, however, flat, dull, and disappointing.

Tips on how to reduce energy bills
Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga

With summer fading to fall and winter lurking only a few months away, it’s a good time to review your energy saving efforts both inside and outside your home. There a few simple tricks of the trade that are easy to follow and quite possibly could save you a few extra dollars each month.


RiverRocks public finale

The Best Town (For)Ever Party will serve as the RiverRocks finale Friday, Oct. 14 on the 700 block of Cherry Street. From 6:00-10:00 p.m., the free public event will feature music, food trucks, and brews from Chattanooga Brewing Company and Chattanooga Whiskey. Activities will include elevated slack lining, a climbing wall, and a jungle gym geo dome. There will also be a small expo of outdoor outfitters and non-profits. Entertainment will include acrobatic street performances and local music by African rock band Ogya World Music Band from 6:00-7:00 p.m., TJG & the 423’s from 7:20-8:20 p.m., and reggae band Milele Roots from 8:40-10:00 p.m. For more information, visit RiverRocksChattanooga.com.

Police launch Each One Reach One
Each One Reach One aims to improve diversification efforts of the Chattanooga Police Department

The Chattanooga Police Department is joining forces with the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga to launch the Each One Reach One (EORO) initiative. The EORO collaboration will offer financial incentive to those community members who support and facilitate the recruitment of a minority candidate to the CPD.

Sheriff announces grant to hire new school resource officers

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) a Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant for $750,000 dollars. The grant will support the HCSO’s efforts to improve the safety and mentorship of the young people in Hamilton County’s schools.

Jane Doe’s outing gives new life to Durham scandal
View from Capitol Hill

Like sands through the hour glass, these are the days of our Legislature’s lives.

When General Assembly candidates run for office, they talk of high ideals such as reforming education, creating jobs, saving tax dollars and stifling sexual offenders, even restricting abortion, adopting a state rifle or making the Holy Bible Tennessee’s state book.

Is this finally the year Tide rolls out with a loss
Tennessee’s best chance in years to snap Bama streaks

Tennessee defensive end LaTroy Lewis was raised in Akron, Ohio, and recalls a special Saturday of football each fall when he was a youth: Ohio State vs. Michigan.

“That’s what I was taught my whole life,” Lewis says, “and then I got down here in the South, and it was kind of like: ‘Is there any other game beside Tennessee and Alabama?’”

Mail room guy busted
I Swear

Twelve states have cities named Greenville: Alabama, Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas. Tennessee has Greeneville.

I tied this down in 1975, breaking an unwritten rule along the way. This, when I wrote a byline article about cities named Green Something. 

50 Years Ago
What was happening in Chattanooga in 1966?

Saturday, Oct. 15, 1966

Georgia-Pacific Corp., one of the nation’s largest forest and gypsum products manufacturers, will establish a major building materials distribution center in Chattanooga about Nov. 1, according to Harold E. Sand, vice president. A  modern 22,000 square-foot building is just being completed in the Southern Railway’s industrial park on East 28th St.

100 Years Ago
What was happening in Chattanooga in 1916?

Saturday, Oct. 14, 1916

Misses Julia and Florence Flint of Birmingham, Ala., are the guests of Miss Annie Mary Moon.

Miss Alice Huffaker was hostess of an afternoon party honoring Miss Katherine Abeel, a future bride. Misses Blanche and Lois Sowers, Mary Louise White, and Lena Blair assisted in serving. About 25 guests were present.