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A lioness and a legend
SETLAW names Magistrate Judge Susan Lee its 2019 Lioness of the Bar

In the animal kingdom, the female lion is a symbol of elegance and power. Generally leaner, faster and more cunning than her male counterparts, the lioness is a skilled hunter whose greatest asset is her patience as she waits for the right moment to leap from the brush and sprint toward her prey.

William Colvin listed in Best Lawyers

The Best Lawyers in America recognizes William Colvin as the 2020 Litigation Lawyer of the Year in Chattanooga.

This marks the second consecutive year the peer-review publication has recognized Colvin as a Lawyer of the Year, as he was Construction Litigation Lawyer of the Year in 2019. This also marks the fourth year Best Lawyers has recognized Colvin for construction litigation and the third year the publication has recognized him for insurance litigation.

Grant Konvalinka welcomes two associates

Grant, Konvalinka and Harrison welcome Gwen Kennedy and Kane Shepherd as associates.

Kennedy, a native of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, graduated from Mississippi State University in 2014 with a degree in communications and earned her juris doctorate in 2017 from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Chambliss paralegal receives national award

The National Association of Legal Assistants and the Tennessee Paralegal Association have recognized Aleyce Fontenot, a paralegal with the business practice group of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, with its Affiliate Award.

Fontenot was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the paralegal profession through volunteer service.

Real estate executive Kyle joins Hutton as chief dev. officer

Hutton, a Chattanooga-based commercial real estate, development and investment company, has named Douglas Kyle its chief development officer. Kyle brings more than 35 years of real estate and development experience to the company, which has completed over 1,100 projects for more than 100 vendors across 40 states.

Study: It costs sellers more to work with iBuyers

Home sellers who choose to sell directly to an iBuyer, such as Zillow or Opendoor, often end up paying higher fees than if they had sold the traditional way with a Realtor, a new study by real estate analytics firm Collateral Analytics finds. Recently Realtor Magazine examined some of consequences of sellers who utilize iBuyers.

Living in your home after retirement

As baby boomers in the Tennessee Valley approach retirement age, many are opting to remain in their homes. If you’re among this growing population of aging adults, it’s important to make sure your home has both long- and short-term solutions to ensure your safety and comfort throughout your golden years.

Goal for UTC’s Mack: Learn from the best
‘What’s up old man? Teach me something’

When Isaiah Mack survived final cuts a month ago, the Titans rookie from UT-Chattanooga joined a special fraternity of players with roster spots despite no draft pedigree.

“It’s not a dream yet, but I’m having fun,” says Mack, who had a sack in the season opener and has been active each week for the Titans. “I’m enjoying it. I’m just taking it day by day.

Just follow the crowd to avoid being lost in ‘Downton Abbey’

That gang’s all back in “Downton Abbey,” the theatrical offshoot of the popular Masterpiece series. Or so I was told. Having never seen a single episode of what my wife assures me is an outstanding drama, I felt like the only stranger at a party.

Consider some year-end investment tax moves

It might be hard to believe, but we’re getting close to wrapping up 2019. And if you have a year-end to-do list, here’s one more item you might want to add: Lower your investment-related taxes. To help meet this goal, consider these moves you could make before year-end:

Area utilities receive trafficking awareness training
Former Sen. Bob Corker shares how this will help fight the problem

About 40 service technicians from EPB, Chattanooga Gas and Tennessee American Water last week learned how to recognize possible human trafficking during a class led by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Human trafficking occurs when individuals are compelled by force, fraud or coercion to provide labor or sex.

Newsmakers: Parkridge welcomes orthopedic surgeon

Fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon Dr. Joshua Lawson has joined the medical staff at Parkridge Health System. Lawson is a hip and knee replacement specialist with Orthopedic Surgical Specialists and sees patients in his office on the Parkridge Medical Center campus.

Chattanooga Symphony & Opera opens Chamber Series with Haydn

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera’s Chamber Series will return to the Chattanooga State Humanities Theatre on Sunday, Oct. 6, 3 p.m., with “All Haydn.”

The concert will feature the “Il Mondo Della Luna” overture, Symphony No. 83 and Symphony No. 82, also known as “The Bear,” by Franz Joseph Haydn.

Tennessee River Rescue to spruce up waterways across three counties

Whether they’re burbling brooks, creeping creeks or the serpentine sprawl of the Tennessee River itself, the lacework of waterways in Southeast Tennessee teems with life and provides drinking water to more than 4 million people.

Despite their importance to native animals and as a natural resource, these same waters are also cluttered with occupants of a less-savory sort, from waylaid water bottles and forgotten furniture to abandoned appliances.

Greenway Farms resumes outdoor concert series

Fireside is a free, family friendly outdoor concert series that takes place at Chattanooga’s Greenway Farms Park on Thursday evenings in October, 7-9 p.m. The series is sponsored by Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union and hosted by Outdoor Chattanooga and Open Spaces Chattanooga.

Pinnacle Financial Partners opening Ooltewah office

Pinnacle Financial Partners is opening a new office in Ooltewah – its third in Chattanooga. Longtime local banker Gary Reese will serve as office leader, joined by veteran financial adviser Roger Qualey.

Both joined Pinnacle over the summer and bring a combined 49 years of experience to their roles.

Events: Children’s Festival

The Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House will host its annual Autumn Children’s Festival Saturday, Oct. 5, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 6, 1-5 p.m., at the Tennessee Riverpark, 4301 Amnicola Highway. The festival will feature food, games and activities. Admission and parking will be free.

Hunter Museum presents ‘Blak Origin Moment’

Hunter Museum is preparing to host a solo exhibition of works by artist Noel W. Anderson. The exhibition will look at a variety of recent works by Anderson, from his erased Ebony magazine pages to his woven jacquard tapestries.

‘Blak Origin Moment’ will be on view beginning Friday, Oct. 11, with an opening reception and artist presentation taking place Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m.

‘4 Courses and 4:44’ focuses on cultural diversity, food, music

“4 Courses and,” a new dinner series founded by Carmen Davis, Kenyatta Ashford and Alex Curry, will feature guest chef and James Beard award winner Michael Twitty at its inaugural event.

The dinner, “4 Courses and 4:44,” will take place Sunday, Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m. in The Read House’s Silver Ballroom.