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Back to nature atop Whitwell Mountain
Treehouses, domes, cabins and stunning Sequatchie Valley views

While growing up in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina, Seth Bolt dreamed of building a treehouse with his father, as many country children do. The family had limited means, however, and Bolt grew up without a backyard getaway.

Legal Aid’s Colón-Velez learns to roll with life’s detours
Finds parallels between career, D&D hobby

Jaime Colón-Velez carefully considers the words he’ll say to his wife.

She’s standing beneath a guarded fortress moments after casting a spell that allowed her to fly through a crack in its foundation. Although she’s hoping to find a way inside, she doesn’t know what will happen next.

Selling, but with a decorative touch
Design works helps Vereschak stay connected

Vanessa Vereschak says real estate has been a part of her life for as long as she can remember.

This includes while she was growing up in New Jersey, where her mother owns an independent brokerage, All Jersey Realty, and her father owns a construction company. Vereschak worked in her mother’s office while she was in high school, which afforded her an opportunity to learn about the business and decide whether or not it interested her.

Changing mortgage rates and a stabilizing housing market

You’ve likely noticed the fluctuating mortgage rates while watching the news recently. It’s easy to tune out when experts talk about fractions of a percentage, but these small differences can have a big impact.

When you’re looking at purchasing something as expensive as property, those changes can mean a monthly difference of hundreds of dollars, which could mean a drastic difference in the house for which someone might qualify. That’s why keeping an eye on these changing rates is important.

Don’t try this at home: DIY mistakes to avoid

Summer is just around the corner, so you might be motivated to tackle a household project you’ve been avoiding during the cold, rainy weather we’ve experienced. If you’re preparing to tackle a large project, it’s important to take an honest assessment of what you can accomplish on your own or contemplate if you should hire a professional remodeler.

Newsmakers: Kelly names Freeman interim chief of staff

Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly has appointed Jermaine Freeman as his interim chief of staff. Freeman will take over the portfolio Joda Thongnopnua is vacating as the administration crosses the two-year mark.

Freeman previously served in senior leadership roles for both Mayor Kelly and the prior mayoral administration. Under Kelly, he’s served as the senior adviser for economic opportunity. His responsibilities have included affordable housing, workforce development and the management of several economic development projects.

Briefs: New MRI arrives at Children’s Hospital

Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is the home of a new pediatric MRI machine – the region’s only dedicated MRI machine for pediatric patients.

April 17, a crane lifted the specially designed machine into its new home in the Kennedy Outpatient Center.

Financial Focus: Are you protected from disability risk?

Like many people, you might try to stay healthy by exercising regularly, following a good diet and avoiding dangerous activities.

But as we all know, life is unpredictable and, despite your best efforts, you may encounter an injury or illness that can leave you unable to work for several months – or longer.

Pop a top again: Diet Coke fuels Rice’s Lady Vols calls

After the Tennessee softball team hired a new director of operations this season, she was given clear instructions for road trips.

Any time she went to the grocery store when the Lady Vols arrived in a new city, she needed to purchase a six pack of Diet Coke for the entire coaching staff and a six pack just for Brian Rice.

Book review: United CEO’s lesson: Listen to employees first

You know the drill: wrestle your roll-on, carry-on, a jacket, phone and a book, fast-walk like an Olympian down a hallway and pass through a hobbit-sized door. Heave one bag up and one down before plopping yourself into a minuscule seat, ready to go.

Behind the Wheel: Electric luxury sedans: Genesis vs. BMW

It seems there’s a new electric luxury SUV introduced every couple of months. But if you’re seeking old-school opulence, a luxury sedan might be more your speed. Luckily, automakers haven’t completely forsaken that category.

Two recently introduced electric luxury sedans worth looking into are the Genesis G80 Electrified and the BMW i4. Both are based on existing conventionally powered models – the G80 and 4 Series Gran Coupe, respectively – and have much to offer the luxury-sedan shopper in their all-electric guise. Which extra-posh EV should you splurge on? The car specialists at Edmunds compare the two electrified four-doors to find out.