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Hunt Brothers devours huge slice of US pizza market
Nashville brand’s 9,000 locations top Pizza Hut, Domino’s. Who knew?

Finch’s Country Store is a quaint wood-sided shop on Highway 70 in Pegram. A gathering place for the community since 1971, locals come in for hunting and fishing supplies, coffee and lottery tickets.

Oh, one more thing. Finch’s is the epicenter of a pizza empire that now spans more than 9,000 stores across 30 states.

‘Who doesn’t love gas station pizza?’

The Two Way Stop in a rural section of Nolensville is a nondescript convenience store, except for the bold Hunt Brothers Pizza sign at the right of the entrance. It’s a popular stop for day workers grabbing a breakfast biscuit in the mornings or a hamburger at lunch. But the pizza is the consistent big seller.

An attorney, pastor, father with no time to ‘waste’
Simmons’ tenet guides his life, family, practice

Among the items attorney Scott Simmons displays in his home office is a simple jar of seashells. A visitor might think the vessel is merely decorative, or that it contains shells his two daughters gathered during one of his family’s many trips, but neither assumption would be correct.

Our first freedoms: A look at the First Amendment

Inarguably the most important responsibility of the federal judiciary is to interpret and apply the United States Constitution. And as they affect the ordinary citizen, the first 10 amendments to the Constitution are the most important.

These amendments – the Bill of Rights – were demanded by framers who feared the proposed Constitution posed a risk to the rights of ordinary citizens. These proponents were concerned about concentrated power in a central government and insisted on explicit protections for individual liberty in the proposed Constitution.

TBA honors Legal Aid’s Anne Boatner

Each year, the Tennessee Bar Association recognizes outstanding service by attorneys who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to increasing access to justice for underserved individuals and communities in Tennessee.

This year, the TBA’s Access to Justice Committee recognized Legal Aid of East Tennessee staff attorney Anne Boatner as the Ashley Wiltshire Public Service Attorney of the Year.

Tennessee Bar Foundation elects Chattanooga attorneys as fellows

The Tennessee Bar Foundation has extended the honor of becoming a fellow to Chattanooga attorneys C. Douglas Dooley and David McDowell.

The purpose of the TBF is to recognize attorneys who have distinguished themselves in the community and the profession and to administer a grant-making program.

Calfee, Carter mark Source anniversary

Pop the Champagne, toss the confetti and cue the celebratory “woo-hoo” – The Source is 1 year old.

The Source is the wonderwork of Realtors Lisa Padgett Calfee and Linda Carter (no, not that Linda Carter; Chattanooga’s own Linda Carter), two Keller Williams agents who left that company to bring a unique vision to life.

Outdoor projects that make a big difference

The spring homebuying and selling season is officially upon us. Many people seek to increase their property’s appeal to buyers by taking on some outdoor remodeling to help curb appeal. When looking at a property, there’s nothing quite like a fresh look to make your property stand out.

Ready to remodel? Five tips for hiring a contractor

Are you among the growing number of homeowners who would prefer to remodel than try to purchase a new property? As you request estimates, you’ll soon learn that even simple remodels can cost a significant amount of money.

With that type of investment on the line, it’s important to find a contractor you can trust.

Social media gets it right (for a change) with Han-Mi

As the debate about Korean barbecue raged in the Chattanooga subreddit, I sat back and watched the spectacle I’d unwittingly unleashed.

“Zaya will blow your mind and is worth every cent,” lobbed one user. “I go whenever I can.”

Newsmakers: Wood named to lead Chamber of Commerce

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce has tapped Charles Wood to serve as its new president and CEO.

“Charles was the right choice, having proven his leadership abilities and economic development acumen both during his interim role as president and CEO and his overall tenure with the Chattanooga Chamber,” says Janelle Reilly, board chair.

Briefs: Latino Leadership nominations sought

La Paz Chattanooga is accepting nominations for its 2023 Latino Leadership Awards. The annual awards recognize the work and dedication of individuals who have positively impacted the Latino community.

View award categories and nominate individuals, organizations and businesses at www.lapazchattanooga.org/awards through May 25.

Financial Focus: Some ‘did-you-knows’ about estate plans

If you’ve done any estate planning, or even if you’re just familiar with it, you probably know the basics — that is, a comprehensive estate plan can help you pass on assets to your family while also achieving other goals, such as designating someone to take care of your affairs if you become unable to do so. But you may not know about some other estate-planning issues that could prove important in your life:

How to bolster your financial confidence

Melinda Perez, a financial educator, still remembers the first time she felt financially confident. She had recently started investing money outside of her employer-sponsored retirement account because she was finally earning more than she spent.

“It was exciting because, for once, I had what felt like extra money,” recalls Perez, who lives in San Antonio, Texas.

Book review: Can’t work through it? 4 ways to work around it

Point A to Point B. That’s the route a map will take you. It’s how plans are written, but sometimes you know that’s not how life goes.

A meandering path offers better vistas. A circuitous drive might be faster. You can assemble small parts before putting together the big ones. In “The Four Workarounds,” author Paulo Savaget explains why a straight line isn’t the only direction to go.

Hard to go wrong with Honda Civic Type R or VW Golf R

If a traditional two-door sports car isn’t practical enough for you, consider one of these hot hatch options: the Volkswagen Golf R or the Honda Civic Type R.

The Volkswagen Golf R’s excellent combination of fun driving dynamics, all-wheel-drive traction and generous cargo space has made it a long-running favorite for driving enthusiasts. Its 2022 redesign brought many upgrades, including more power.