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A building for building
Construction Career Center works to offset acute shortage of skilled tradesmen

In 2019, the Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee asked its members to identify the most pressing problem they faced. Most said it was a lack of qualified workers.

In 2022, this once-urgent issue is now a full-blown workforce crisis, says AGC CEO Leslie Gower.

Friends, family, colleagues celebrate Shattuck portrait

Courtroom One of General Sessions Court was filled to capacity on the afternoon of Oct. 20 as a murmuring crowd patiently awaited the hanging of the Hon. Clarence Shattuck.

A hush fell over the room as Judge Christie Sell took the bench to preside. Both the gallery and the jury box were filled to capacity and dozens of onlookers occupied the rest of the public area. A few who’d arrived too late to squeeze in were straining their necks to see from the foyer.

Federal courts protect nation’s progress and creativity

We’re living in a time when we can take for granted many things that a mere 100 years ago would have been considered miracles or the height of fantasy.

We enjoy products that make life easier and more pleasant, as well as products that prolong life. In our work, we have many tools that increase our efficiency and allow us to be more productive.

With a little help from her friends
Former classmates, kin help Kain find real estate success

Sarah Kain had been a Realtor for about a year when a client stopped her during a showing presentation and inquired about her age.

“I’m 25,” she replied. “How old are you?”

The question seemed odd to Kain. Although she was young, she’d also spent her first year in real estate taking class after class and gaining valuable experience by working with people she knew.

Looking for a way to make your listing stand out? Look down

Housing statistics across the country show that the nation’s real estate market is cooling from being red-hot over the past few years.

Even before the pandemic, housing inventory was a significant issue. Now that the market has cooled, homebuyers are finding more choices than they would have a few months ago.

Easy, inexpensive decor ideas to help usher in autumn

As the beautiful colors of fall foliage begin to paint the Tennessee valley, perhaps you’re also looking for ways to spruce up your home for autumn.

Thankfully, decorating your home for the cooler fall months doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Here are some ideas to get started.

Library bids farewell to executive director Hill

Chattanooga Public Library Executive Director Corinne Hill will resign Nov. 18 as part of a planned transition following a 10-year tenure. Hill will pursue new endeavors.

As executive director of the CPL, Hill implemented new strategies and initiatives to solidify the library as a destination for 21st century learning. Programs and services created under Hill include a 12,000 square foot makerspace, a professional recording studio, a new library branch, a library card program for public school students and an increase in circulation to over 1 million items a year.

White Oak Connector joins 92 acres of ridgeline, two cities

The White Oak Connector trail linking Red Bank’s White Oak Park to Stringer’s Ridge Park in North Chattanooga is now open to the public.

The launch represents the culmination of a long-standing partnership between the City of Red Bank, the Trust for Public Land and numerous private landowners, public utilities, real estate developers and supporting organizations.

Financial Focus: Avoid becoming ‘burden’ on grown children

Here’s an interesting statistic: Some 72% of retirees say one of their biggest fears is becoming a burden on their families, according to a 2021 survey by Age Wave and Edward Jones. Both before and during retirement, what steps can you take to avoid burdening your loved ones in the future?

Tennessee’s Brooks working to refine science of punting

Many athletes profess to be students of the game. It’s true for University of Tennessee punter/kickoff specialist Paxton Brooks on many levels.

Not only is Brooks devoted to improving his craft on the field, he’s also using his academic research to help enhance the performance of other kickers.

Vrabel on run-heavy offense: ‘That is going to be the formula’

If you play fantasy football, you probably won’t be scouring the Tennessee Titans roster for much help beyond the obvious choice with Derrick Henry.

This season, without wide receiver A.J. Brown, the Titans just don’t offer a lot in terms of explosiveness and high-scoring games. In fact, the most points the Titans have tallied in a game all season is 24 (done twice).

Hooker’s move to nickelback pays dividends

The Titans had a little trick up their sleeves Sunday to help shore up a leaky pass defense. The Titans knew Amani Hooker had cleared the concussion protocol and would be available.

The assumption was that Hooker would return to his normal strong safety position.

Titans at Texans: What to watch

The Titans have once again put themselves in a good spot in the AFC South, sweeping the Colts and putting distance between themselves and the rest of the division. That quest to rule the South continues this week when they go back on the road to face the Houston Texans.

Behind the Wheel: Hatching an upset: Mazda 3 Turbo tops Integra

Acura has brought the enthusiast favorite Integra nameplate back to the market after a two-decade hiatus. It now takes the form of a hatchback sedan rather than the hatchback coupe most people might remember. It offers roomy seating, standard turbocharged power and many helpful driver assistance features.

‘White Wall’ exposes banking racial inequities

The big, red-brick building down the road is where you get your groceries.

You have to drive there, past the shiny chrome car dealership, left by the green gas station. The yellow fast-food place in the same block is your children’s favorite. And that large brown building? That’s where you do your banking and keep your money.

Career Corner: Flip the script on your worst interview horror story

Happy Halloween! In celebration, I want to share one of my frightening job interview stories.

Years ago, I interviewed for a job in Pittsburgh. I flew in late at night, with the interview scheduled first thing the next morning. As I unpacked, I realized I had forgotten the pants to my suit. My mind was racing as I went through the options of what to do.

Millennial Money: Seven credit card moves to stretch your budget

As prices on goods and services soar, every bit of value squeezed from credit cards helps.

Perhaps paying an annual fee became less appetizing. Maybe you scaled back expenses in certain categories a credit card once rewarded, or you’re seeking opportunities to save with your credit cards.