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What might have been
Heisman hopes? Gone Title hopes? Gone: Season finale at VU loses its luster for Vols

Hendon Hooker climbed the ladder in the southeast corner of Neyland Stadium and began directing the Pride of the Southland Band after leading the Vols to another dominating win in the final home game of his Tennessee career.

As the senior stood waving the batons, fans in the stadium began chanting “Heisman! Heisman! Heisman!”

Hot Vanderbilt takes aim at wounded Tennessee

While we’re on the topic of the difference a week can make, the Vanderbilt Commodores look to make it three memorable weeks in a row when they face the Volunteers Saturday at FirstBank Stadium on the Vanderbilt campus.

It’s been since just after the midterm elections of 2018 that the Dores strung together two back-to-back Southeastern Conference wins. Vandy took down Ole Miss and Tennessee in late November that season to become bowl-eligible, the last time the Black and Gold defeated UT and had a postseason game, a 45-38 loss to Baylor in the Texas Bowl.

May dodges, embraces inevitable law career

Savannah May made a bold fashion statement the first time she dressed as an attorney.

From the light pink T-shirt that complemented her blonde coiffure to the rosy skirt and matching purse at her side to her cherry red nail polish, she wanted to be noticed.

Chambliss Law welcomes human resources director Murray

Penny Murray has joined the firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel as human resources director.

Murray will be responsible for the firms’ talent strategies, which include managing and implementing its vision for talent, employee relations and human capital management.

USAF veteran lands in real estate
Retired colonel brings focus on service to new profession

For 25 years, former United States Air Force Col. Pualani Zuniga lived by the motto, “Service before self.” Although she loved her work, she considered her time in the military to be an offering she gratefully gave to her country.

Zuniga is now retired from the Air Force and working as a Realtor in the greater Chattanooga area. But she’s still living by the same motto. Instead of serving her nation, however, she’s attending to her family and local community.

Affordability still hurting buyers, sellers

It’s no secret that the real estate market is experiencing a much-needed and expected correctional shift. While this change needed to occur to help maintain a healthy real estate market, it’s important to look at some national housing data to see where we are in the big picture.

Keeping an eye on home security for the holidays

With the holiday season in full swing, along with trips to visit family and winter vacations, it’s important for everyone to take stock of their home security.

Each year, there are over 2.5 million burglaries across the U.S., with Tennessee reporting 22,517 and Georgia announcing 18,452 burglaries in 2021.

WCR honors Lambert as Realtor of the Year

The Chattanooga chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors has named Jan Lambert its 2022 Realtor of the Year.

Lambert, 61, is a residential agent with RE/MAX Properties on Encompass Drive and a 15-year veteran of the real estate industry.

City Council approves rezoning for supportive housing

Chattanooga City Council will allow a blighted former motel at 7725 Lee Highway to be rezoned and rebuilt into permanent supportive housing for 70 Chattanoogans in need.

The project is intended to transform a dilapidated, boarded-up building into a community asset that will create housing for formerly homeless residents.

New scholarship to honor longtime UTC executive Brown

Richard Brown confessed to being flattered when he learned the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga would be naming a new scholarship program after him.

“At first, I was humbled and honored, but then I was excited,” he says. “This will create an opportunity for access for underserved students. I believe access to higher education transforms lives for generations to come.”

Buckner makes history on Harley

Hamilton County traffic homicide investigator Ashley Buckner has completed Law Enforcement Motor School in Knox County, making her the first female in the 200-year history of the office of the sheriff to be certified as a motor deputy.

The Law Enforcement Motor School consists of an 80-hour course detailing the fundamentals of motorcycle operation.

Hamilton County UAS Team unveils new command vehicle

A new command vehicle will allow drone pilots with the Hamilton County Unmanned Aerial Systems Team to function from multiple workstations in a controlled environment.

The vehicle is designed to provide internet capabilities necessary to operate all equipment and software and is powered by an onboard inverter system that provides self-sustaining power.

COLA is sweet for Social Security recipients

If you receive Social Security payments, you’ve probably already heard that your checks in 2023 will be bigger – considerably bigger, in fact. How can you make the best use of this extra money?

Here’s what’s happening: For 2023, there’s an 8.7% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security benefits – the largest increase in 40 years. Also, the monthly Medicare Part B premiums are declining next year, to $164.90/month from $170.10/month, which will also modestly boost Social Security checks for those enrolled in Part B, as these premiums are automatically deducted.

Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater welcomes 9 millionth guest

One might think countless visitors have embarked on cinematic voyages at the Tennessee Aquarium since its IMAX 3D Theater opened its doors May 1, 1996. But the aquarium was actually counting.

Amanda Brock this month became the 9 millionth guest to visit the theater when she and her daughter, Lenie Kate, arrived at the theater from Dalton to see “Sea Lions: Life by a Whisker 3D.”

Book review: Obama offers solutions for the darkest of days

Your entire life is like a gigantic game of “Chutes and Ladders.” Shake the dice, move two steps ahead and you hit a ladder that takes you to higher places on the game board.

Three more squares, and you hit a chute that sends you back to the bottom. Life and children’s games are alike in this way: as in the new book “The Light We Carry” by Michelle Obama, the only way to win is to keep playing.

Personal Finance: Feeling burned out? Here’s how to take a career break

Back in 2016, Jamie Clark of Seattle was a software engineer who planned to take a year off work to finish a master’s degree in computational linguistics. One year turned into three and a career change into financial planning.

Nowadays, Clark, who uses they/them pronouns, believes the experience makes them a better adviser – particularly since their career break didn’t turn out as originally planned.

‘Players’ coach’ Vrabel hits 50-win milestone
Quicker than Phillips, Fisher

Unless you looked it up, you probably would never know Mike Vrabel just reached a milestone in his coaching career with last week’s win in Green Bay.

The 27-17 victory at Lambeau Field marked the 50th win of Vrabel’s coaching career (including playoff games) and made him just the third coach in the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans history to reach that plateau.

Sport sedan battle: Cadillac CT4-Blackwing vs BMW M3

The best luxury sport sedans have historically come from European automakers. But there’s one U.S. brand that isn’t ready to fully cede control: Cadillac.

Its recently launched CT4-V Blackwing has several upgrades to the regular CT4 small sedan, including a muscular engine, sharper handling, more grip and distinctive styling.