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Chattanooga attorneys honored
51 in area among the 2.5% statewide on SuperLawyers list

Fifty-one Chattanooga-area attorneys have been named to the 2019 edition of Mid-South Super Lawyers, which recognizes attorneys in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee.

To attain Super Lawyer status, attorneys must first be nominated by their peers in Tennessee. Each year, an attorney-led research team at Super Lawyers undertakes a selection process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent evaluation of candidates, a peer review of candidates by practice area and a good-standing and disciplinary check.

English Scouts a different approach

Signs from a new real estate brokerage – Scout Realtor Group – are popping up in yards around Chattanooga, sparking questions about who’s behind the new venture.

The answer: Both new and familiar names.

Leading the venture is longtime Chattanooga Realtor Becky Cope English, Greater Chattanooga Realtors’ Realtor of the Year in 2017 and the recipient of the association’s prestigious George Kangles Community Citizenship Award.

Low interest rates will help offset end-of-year real estate lull

As we begin the slower time of year for home sales, historically low mortgage rates will continue to support buyer demand and may create additional lift to home prices as excellent affordability gives buyers the ability to offer more to secure their dream home.

Realtor Erin Farris becomes Protege Chattanooga mentee

Crye-Leike Realtor Erin Farris has joined the 2019-20 class of Protege Chattanooga, a team-based mentoring program that helps emerging talent develop professional and civic leadership skills.

Farris joins 24 other mentees as the Young Professionals of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce launch the new cohort.

Habitat’s Raise the Roof luncheon nets $100,000

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga’s annual Raise the Roof luncheon raised $100,000 for the organization.

The event, which was chaired by Gina and Alnoor Dhanani and headed by fundraising committee chair Mark Hite of Keller Williams Realty, culminated with a sold-out event at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Five burning questions about fireplace safety

There’s nothing better on a cold night in the Tennessee Valley than a roaring fire in the fireplace. Fireplaces provide a generous amount of warmth and add a special ambiance to your home.

Before you relax and enjoy your fireplace during the fall and winter months, here are key answers to common questions about how to safely enjoy this unique home feature.

Critic's Corner: Not even Cameron could save this ‘Terminator’ chapter

I had a good reason to be optimistic. Twenty-eight years and three wretchedly bad sequels after the release of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” series creator James Cameron was returning to the franchise that first displayed his considerable talents for storytelling, world building and nail-digging action.

Newsmakers: Natalie Hunt joins SmartBank

Natalie Hunt has joined SmartBank’s Miller Plaza team as senior vice president and relationship manager.

Hunt previously worked as a commercial lender and served as senior vice president of sales and development for Community National Bank. She serves as a board member for Top of Georgia Economic Development and North Georgia Healthcare Center and is a member of the Catoosa County Chamber of Commerce’s legislative committee.

Share your bounty with family

As Thanksgiving approaches, it’s meaningful to reflect on the origin of the holiday – Native Americans and Pilgrims sharing their bounty of food with each other. As you gather with your loved ones this year, perhaps you can think of ways to share not only your dinner, but also your financial bounty.

Neyland getting $180M in Phase 1 renovations
New entry plazas, restroom upgrades, donor lounge among improvements

The University of Tennessee has been given the green light to continue renovating Neyland Stadium.

As the facility nears its 100-year anniversary, Tennessee unveiled a revised year-by-year progress plan last week that school officials hope will enhance the game-day experience for fans and help with recruiting.

2020 grant funds available for nonprofits

First Horizon Foundation is accepting nonprofit funding requests for the 2020 grant cycle.

The application deadline is Jan. 17.

Decisions will be announced by March 31.

For more information or to apply, visit firsthorizon.com/foundation.

Portion of History Collections moves to public library

The Chattanooga History Collections have been in good hands since the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Library and the Chattanooga Public Library acquired them in June 2017.

Professional archivists and librarians have preserved, inventoried and provided access to the collections, which contain thousands of items, including photographs, textiles and industrial equipment that document Chattanooga’s storied past.

River City Co. receives recognition for Passageways 2.0

During its 65th annual conference and trade show in Baltimore in October, the International Downtown Association recognized River City Company with the Downtown Achievement Award of Excellence for its work related to Passageways 2.0.

The award acknowledges “an excellent response to an industry challenge,” notes a news release from the IDA.

King Street Station hits 100% occupancy, bringing new businesses, hundreds of jobs to Southside

Urban Story Ventures is announcing the second phase of King Street Station, a $35 million investment in Southside Chattanooga.

In two years, the multistory redevelopment turned an abandoned cold storage facility and dilapidated surface lot into an adaptive reuse office building and boutique hotel, adding about 470 new jobs to the area.