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‘We are praying for peace’
Area Ukrainians watch tragedy unfold from afar

As the conflict in Ukraine intensified on the fourth day of Russia’s attack, a group of Ukrainians gathered in a sanctuary and prayed.

Outside the brick-walled and white-steepled building, the rubble and carnage of war was half a world away as members of Chattanooga’s Ukraine Gospel Church pleaded with the God of the Bibles they held in their hands to bring peace to not just the country some of them once called home but also to the neighboring nation and the aggressor in the conflict.

Lee embraces the ‘stress,’ finds joy in litigation
Debates with attorney father set tone for career

As business litigator Meredith Lee is getting ready for the day, she looks in the mirror and sees what she says can be the face of a “terrible experience.”

“Litigation is difficult, stressful and unpleasant,” explains Lee, 37. “If I do a good job, my client might call me again if another issue comes up. But at the end of the day, they hope they never see me again.”

Chambliss selects Adams as its intellectual property chair

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel shareholder Stephen Adams is the new section chair for the firm’s intellectual property service group, which counsels clients on matters related to patents, trademarks and copyright preparation and prosecution as well as intellectual property maintenance, defense and enforcement.

Converted introvert tries new profession
Second career, locale a big leap for Guenther

Realtor Jon Guenther sits down at a table outside the Starbucks on Hixson and produces three business cards, all of which are designed to promote his fledgling real estate venture.

On one, Guenther, 72, provides just the facts, like he’s being grilled by Sgt. Joe Friday on “Dragnet.” A quick glance reveals his phone number, email address and affiliation with RE/MAX Real Estate Center in Fort Oglethorpe.

Real estate isn’t a do-it-yourself project

Growing up, I was fortunate to be around a lot of different kinds of cars. I loved the lines and the character of the different makes and models.

I’ve always considered cars to be moving pieces of art. Their speed and thunderous growl are just bonuses to how they look. Over the years, I’ve learned more and more about how they work and how all the parts fit together.

Smart home devices are flush with creative uses

Smart home devices offer much more than the convenience of being able to turn off the lights without getting out of bed. With the increase in both smart technology and demand, you can automate everything from your coffee maker to your toilet.

Clever homeowners have realized that beyond asking Alexa about the weather, smart technology provides savings on everything from energy bills to high-cost repairs.

Tennessee’s disappearing farms
Newcomers drawn to state’s rural beauty drive demand for housing developments

The population of Spring Hill was 986 in 1980. It was a proudly rural farming community with the roots of many of the farming families going back hundreds of years.

Then came General Motors, which built a plant to build its Saturn product line on 1,000 acres that was formerly the Haynes Haven Farm.

Erlanger opens blood platelet donation center

Erlanger has partnered with local blood supplier Blood Assurance to open a blood platelet donation center in Erlanger Baroness Hospital.

Trauma patients, patients who bleed during surgery, patients with aplastic anemia, transplant recipients and patients with leukemia need platelets.

Rock City family legacy transitions to next generation

The son of Rock City co-owner Bill Chapin is prepared to purchase the outstanding shares of the company and continue the family legacy of ownership of the outdoor attraction for a fifth generation.

“Dad has always loved what he does,” Doug Chapin says. “He wears his birdhouse hat to Rotary because he loves his work and he talks with guests at the ticket plaza to share his excitement. He’s always wanted my sisters and me to find a calling about which we felt passionate and never wanted us to feel pressured or obligated to become involved in the family business.

Chattanooga tees up $337M for stormwater, sewer improvements

Work is underway to assemble multiple sources of funding to make much-needed stormwater and sewer infrastructure investments that will allow Chattanooga to address overflows and satisfy the terms of its consent decree.

The city has multiple ongoing projects that, when complete, will mitigate overflows of its sewer system into the Tennessee River.

Steward to serve as chief equity officer

Tamara Steward will serve as Chattanooga’s first chief equity officer. She will lead the Department of Equity and Community Engagement and will report to Mayor Tim Kelly.

Steward will also oversee efforts to stimulate inclusion and diversity in city government, engage philanthropic partners, drive supplier diversity programs and work to close communication gaps within our community.

Rogers column: House teases, defeats bill to preserve cash transactions

Sometimes, a piece of Tennessee legislation seems drafted specifically to address a personal beef of mine – a Joe bill, as it were. This is gratifying since most of it appears to have been drafted to tick me off.

But it’s disheartening to then see that Joe bill crash and burn.

Financial Focus: Financial advisers can help reduce anxiety

The long-running coronavirus pandemic has fueled many anxieties – including financial. But some people have had far fewer worries than others.

Consider this: Among those investors who work with a financial adviser, 84% said that doing so gave them a greater sense of comfort about their finances during the pandemic, according to a survey from Age Wave and Edward Jones.

Personal Finance: Why you (and I) should name a ‘trusted contact’

Financial services companies have been bugging me for the past few years to name a “trusted contact.” Banks, brokerages and insurers increasingly want to have someone to call or email in case they notice suspicious activity and can’t reach the account holder.

Vols’ Zeigler makes new friend in post-win celebration

Zakai Zeigler was looking for anybody and everybody to hug. After the Tennessee men’s basketball team upset No. 3 Auburn Saturday at Thompson-Boling Arena, the freshman guard was swept up in the celebration.

Zeigler spotted a fan wearing an orange jersey shirt with his name and number on the back, and wrapped him in an embrace.

Enjoy the V8-powered coupes while they last

It isn’t hard to see that the writing is on the wall for the V8-powered performance coupe. Tightening fuel economy and emissions standards, rising gas prices and the arrival of performance-oriented electric vehicles all point to the end of this famous automotive recipe.