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50 years ago...
What was happening in Chattanooga in 1960
Sunday, January 1
Theodore F. King, Jr. and J. B. Rudisill, Jr., have been admitted to partnership in the Trotter, Boyd & Keese Insurance organization effective January 1, the firm announced Saturday.

Monday, January 2
A total of 43 new busi-

Chattanooga attorney enjoying fourth decade with same firm
According to a number of studies, the average time a person spends with a single employer is four years. While that might seem brief, it would be even lower if Chattanooga attorney David Noblit wasn’t bumping up the average.
In March 1979, Leitner, Williams, Dooley & Napolitan offered Noblit, who was nearing the completion of his legal education at Memphis State, a job. Noblit accepted, and has been with Leitner ever since.

Locally based truck accident lawyer helps nationwide
If there’s one thing attorney Morgan Adams doesn’t need, it’s more work. As a nationally recognized trucking litigation expert who represents victims of accidents involving large commercial vehicles, he has more than enough cases to keep him busy. So he spends a lot of time trying to prevent accidents from happening.

Under Analysis
2011 and an emergent America
It may not seem like it. We all know people who are out of work and still struggling a bit. Many of us have clients who are continually complaining that banks won’t lend money, despite overflowing reserves. Yet, the bottom line is that the bad times are behind us and America has emerged from the ashes of our own hellfire.

Read all about it...
Am I getting old or did 2010 move really fast?
All right, I know it was here just a little while ago, but where did 2010 go to in such a hurry? Did the days of this year really happen one by one as they used to, or with all of this “change” stuff going around up in Washington, did the government figure out some way to speed up the days like Daylight Saving Time or offer the clock and calendar makers a buy-out?

Southern Style
What a wonderful world
When I was just about just about six years old, I remember our family had a special reason to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Day – my brother Jerry returned from his service in the Navy during the Vietnam War.
For my brother, whose birthday fell on New Year’s Eve, I am sure that was an even more fantastic present than he could have wished for in his life.

Case Digests: Tennesse Court of Appeals Syllabus
Karim Skaan v. Federal Express Corporation, Inc.
Shelby County – Plaintiff/Appellant filed an action alleging breach of contract and retaliatory discharge. Defendant moved for summary judgment on both claims, and asserted the action was barred by a contractual limitations provision in the application for employment. The trial court awarded summary judgment to defendant with respect to the retaliatory discharge claim, and denied summary judgment with respect to defendant’s assertion that the matter was timebarred. Plaintiff appealed. We dismiss this appeal for failure to appeal a final judgment where the trial court has not entered an order adjudicating or otherwise disposing of plaintiff’s breach of contract claim, and plaintiff has failed to show cause why this matter should not be dismissed.

Are we there yet?
At last it snowed
(yeah it’s a rerun – too much Christmas cheer)
…because we don’t know when we will die, we get to think of life as an inexhaustible well. Yet everything happens only a certain number of times, and a very small number, really. How many more times will you remember a certain afternoon of your childhood, some afternoon that’s so deeply a part of your being that you can’t even conceive of your life without it? Perhaps four or five times more. Perhaps not even that. How many more times will you watch the full moon rise? Perhaps twenty. And yet it all seems limitless.

I Swear...
Mental workouts benefits validated
We Americans spend billions on our physical well-being, “but there are no comparable efforts to keep people mentally agile and strong.”
This was according to a Washington Post article by Shankar Vedantam awhile back.
The author was addressing “the first definitive study to show that honing intellectual skills can bolster the mind in the same way that physical exercise protects and strengthens the body.”

River City Roundabout
Here comes a regular
There are some restaurants where it’s almost guaranteed that the food you eat will always be comforting, satisfying and affordable enough that repeat visits are sure to follow. These places evoke in us a sense of nostalgia and become places where we associate good memories with friends, good places to think or good places to be in general with an unchanging menu, a friendly everyday staff and an atmosphere that always welcomes us in.

The Bookworm
“Long Way Home” by Laura Caldwell
You’ve seen some pretty amazing things in your life.
In your travels around the world or around the block, there’s always something to view. People with unusual attributes. Buildings going up, down, or staying in the same place for centuries. Nature in all its glory. You’ve seen birth and death, highs and lows and some things you wish you’d never seen.

CADAS helps equip addicts with the tools for starting life over
A young man walks out of the Center for Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Services in Chattanooga before his quest for sobriety is complete. Both of his parents are using, and his counselor tells him if he goes home before he’s ready, he’ll die. “I know,” the youth replies. Four months later, the counselor’s prediction comes true.

DOGood unleashes dog-friendly areas for responsible Chattanooga owners
Chattanooga is a town that loves its puppies, and enjoys bringing them along wherever its people go. From walking the Walnut Street Bridge to docking with them at Ross’s Landing, we enjoy having our dogs at our favorite downtown locations alongside us.

Realtor giving her career all she’s got and then some
If Realtor Marsha Cowan ever needs to pick a theme song for her life, “She Works Hard for the Money” by Donna Summers would be a good place to start. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, she mans the front desk at the office of Dr. Nicolaas Van Zyl, DDS, for 12 hours. While that would be enough to put most people off their feet for the rest of the day, Cowan spends her lunch breaks and evenings keeping in touch with her real estate clients. Thursdays through Sundays, she wears her “little blue R” full time, meeting with buyers and sellers and hitting the streets between appointments to drum up business. If God created an eighth day in the week so Cowan could rest, she’d fill it with work anyway.

Successful projects rely on contractor, designer, products
The first clear indicator of Randall Soules’ competency and experience with design is the numerous Web sites he has built, writes for and maintains alongside his business, Ardis & Soules, which does residential planning and design.
The first Web page is www.designthenbuild.com, which is the Ardis & Soules Web site that helps people understand why they should design, tells them about the work Soules does and includes a photo gallery of design work. People should seriously consider design because it affects a home sale in a big way, Soules says.

Real Estate Facts
The buyer’s blueprint
Once you find a home you love and are ready to make the commitment, consider the Offer To Purchase as your blueprint for executing a successful transaction. Your real estate representative will present your offer to the seller’s agent, and the ball will be rolling.

Kay's Cooking Corner
Sweet Green Bean Bundles
This past few weeks cooks both young and old have been whipping, beating, slicing, dicing, browning, and boiling. New cooks have experimented and seasoned cooks have prepared the perfect dish. After all, isn’t that what family holiday gatherings are all about?

The Critic's Corner
“Tron: Legacy”
The existence of “Tron: Legacy” is miraculous. The original “Tron,” released in 1982, was a critical and box office bomb. The movie has acquired cult status among a group of hardcore fans, but warm geek love for an old movie that can only be found in tattered clamshell boxes in the “value” sections of video rental stores is hardly a compelling argument for spending $175 million on a sequel. Nevertheless, “Tron: Legacy” is showing in a theater just a few blocks from where I’m typing this column.