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50 years ago...
What was happening in Chattanooga in 1960
Sunday, November 20
An estimated 3,000 visitors attended the 17th annual open house Saturday at the Chattanooga Division of Combustion Engineering, Inc. A tour two-and-a-half miles in length was taken through the plant on the 110-acre site to view the equipment used to make some of the world’s largest steam generators and most advanced vessels for nuclear tractors used in commercial power stations, submarines, air craft carries and elsewhere.

Mock trial team places third in international competition
To prepare for her role as a witness in the international Empire City Invitational high school mock trial tournament, junior Hannah Atherton watched “Sunset Boulevard,” in which a screenwriter writes a screenplay for a former silent film star who’s faded into obscurity. Atherton studied the character of Norma Desmond, famously played by Gloria Swanson, to get a feel for playing a showy, pretentious Hollywood has-been.

Read 20 program prepares children for school, jobs, life
Because cities usually gauge how many beds they need for a prison by the number of children in the community that are unable to read at grade level by third grade is one reason. The fact that reading is the foundation for getting hired – if you can’t read you can’t work – is another reason. And the sad but true statistic that children in low-income areas share only one book per 300 kids is yet another one of the many reasons that Read 20 is in our community, working to make these shocking statistics turn in Chattanooga’s favor.

Under Analysis
Evil, pigskin, and code: One of these is like the other
In the “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,” television special, Lucy pleads with a reluctant Charlie Brown to let her hold the football for a placekick.
Lucy delivers Charlie Brown a document stating that she will not move the ball. Charlie marvels at the document: “It is signed. A signed document. I guess if you have a signed document in your possession, you can’t go wrong. Maybe this is the year I finally kick that football.” With the contract in hand, Charlie agrees to play football. Any of us who have watched Charlie Brown or practice law know what happens.

Read all about it...
Don’t skip Thanksgiving
I just can’t believe the Christmas lights I’m already seeing. I saw a Christmas tree in a window on November the first and heard a lady bragging about how she was already finished with all her shopping! My Halloween jack-o-lantern is just now barely drying up with its snaggle tooth smile all turned in on the front porch, but the Rockettes are already dancing to Christmas songs on TV.

Southern Style
Take off the gloves and put on the mitts
The election season is finally over, barring any post-count legal maneuverings by either side.
It is now time for all candidates on every tier of government to take off the boxing gloves, shake hands and come out fighting for the American people rather than against each other.

Case Digests: Tennesse Court of Appeals Syllabus
Michael Szemborski, et al vs. Roger Sayner
Hamilton County – The order from which the appellant Roger Sayner seeks to appeal was entered in the trial court on Aug. 18, 2010. A notice of appeal was filed with and received by the trial court clerk on Sept. 21, 2010. Because the notice of appeal was not timely filed, we lack jurisdiction of this appeal. Accordingly, this appeal is dismissed with costs taxed to the appellant.

Are we there yet?
The kid from Philadelphia
Marcus Dupree was an athlete, but even more than that he was a running back. You may remember Dupree, if you watched college football back in the early eighties. If you do remember, but even if you don’t, you should catch his story on ESPN called “The best that never was.” It is one of the two-hour shows in the “30 for 30,” series on the sports network.

I Swear...
‘She’s Gone’ – quite the song!
“Everybody’s high on consolation.”
That’s the first line of the Hall and Oates song “She’s Gone.”
I recently was put in mind of this song. So much so that I borrowed the title for today’s I Swear Crossword.
If you are reading this online, you can find that crossword at http://www.fleetingimage.com/wij/xyzzy/10-dr.html, where you will need Acrosslite software to download it.

River City Roundabout
Pizza-capades II
This is part II of II in the Pizza-capades series.
What distinguishes a good pizza from a great pizza? There are several components that can be argued as the “heart” of a pizza, an essential quality that brings the eater and the pizza closer together.

The Bookworm
“The Dog Who Couldn’t Stop Loving”
There’s a wolf at your door. Eh, more or less.
He looks like a wolf, anyhow, but not quite. He has large teeth and a wolfish body, but he barks and wolves don’t. He will look you in the face and not mean it as a threat. And he has a large capacity to love you, unlike wild canids.

Executive Women International helps single mothers around the world
Margaret Browning grew up in an era when college options for single mothers were few to none. Now, as president of the Chattanooga chapter of Executive Women International, the firm she represents and others all over the world are helping these women.

Chattanooga murals express community values
Long before Michelangelo chiseled David out of marble or Leonardo da Vinci gave Mona Lisa her enigmatic smile, primitive man etched murals into the walls of caves. The crude pictures might not have been great art, but they did express the values of the people who created them. While murals evolved as an art form over time, their purpose remained the same: to visually articulate the things that make a group of people who they are.

Women’s Council of Realtors retain control as experts
The Women’s Council of Realtors launched their November Resource and Learning Luncheons with a new dining twist as the members were directed to the chic restaurant in the DoubleTree Downtown restaurant called “Eleven.” There the members could choose from a buffet of meatloaf, macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and a salad bar with no topping missing before digging into learning about how to put the edge on their real estate skills.

Third-generation Realtor enjoying career more than ever
Karen Riede didn’t choose a career in real estate; a career in real estate chose her.
Growing up, Riede listened to her mother, Elwynn Schwartz, and grandmother, Bettye Harrison, talk shop every night at the dinner table. Riede learned the ins and outs of the business from their conversations, and by the time she was ready to purchase her first home at the age of 19, she knew far more about the process than the average person.

Real Estate Facts
Look before you leap
If my recent column about the three types of foreclosures peaked your interest in making such a purchase, read on to learn a few of the common mistakes to avoid when you’re ready to make an offer.
First, don’t get caught up in a bidding frenzy. Banks may under-price their offering, hoping to generate multiple bids and sell quickly. Don’t get overexcited – there’s another foreclosure to bid on tomorrow!

Kay's Cooking Corner
This past weekend my husband and I took our annual trip to Branson, Mo. It is a trip we have been taking to celebrate our anniversary for the last 10 years, so it is pretty much routine now.
What got us started going there is because, we won tickets for two for a weekend in Branson at a silent auction through one of the newspaper conferences. We had so much fun, we decided that it was a perfect and quick little get-a-way for us to celebrate and just have some down time.

The Critic's Corner
"Morning Glory"
Have you ever been at home or the office and heard construction taking place? The hammering, drilling and sawing can be a tremendous distraction while you’re trying to relax or concentrate on work.
I experienced something similar while watching “Morning Glory,” a new comedy starring Rachel Adams as Becky, a young television producer who sets out to revive a struggling morning show. While watching the film, I could hear the carpentry behind the scenes. As Becky arrives in New York City to begin her new job, there was a loud buzzing in the background – and BAM, there was Adam, her love interest. Later, when the movie needed a crisis, I heard someone hammering nails – and WHAM, Adam and Becky break up over her workaholic tendencies.

Coach's Corner
Determing factors of a qualifyed prospect: Strong motivation
Motivation is simply the desire to do something. The stronger the desires on the part of the Buyer, the easier it will be for you to satisfy or even exceed their expectations. The stronger the motivation, the lower the expectations they will have for a property or your service. A low motivation prospect is willing to look for extended periods of time until they find the perfect home. In essence, they are looking for something that doesn’t exist in many cases.