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Simple goal: Affordable housing
Heyman’s challenge is to make sure city’s workers can afford a place to live

When Nicole Heyman moved from New Orleans to Chattanooga last fall, people naturally assumed she left her home of 30 years to take a job as the city’s chief housing coordinator. But they were wrong.

Heyman hadn’t mulled leaving the Paris of the South, or even thought she ever would. “Who leaves New Orleans?” she asks rhetorically. “My life was there.”

Former Bush AG helps celebrate Law Day

Observed annually May 1, Law Day is a national day for celebrating the rule of law. Law Day provides an opportunity to understand how the law and the legal process in the U.S. protects the liberty of its citizens, strives to achieve justice and contributes to the freedoms all Americans share.

Law Day: Recognizing the value of civics, civility, collaboration

May 1 is Law Day. This date is set aside to honor the rule of law in the United States.

President Dwight Eisenhower started Law Day in 1958 through a proclamation intended to enhance the public’s understanding of how law contributes to American freedom, liberty and justice.

Spare time? Realtor Bomar has none
He’s also a teacher, bartender, church music leader, dad

Kelly Bomar is a man who wears many hats. In his own words:

“I’m a Realtor, a politician, a father, a husband, a music leader at church and a school teacher,” Bomar, 42, says with the alacrity of a man who’s speed dating and has two minutes to make a good impression. He’s driving from one job to the next and appears to be accelerating both his vehicle and his speech.

Thin inventory puts pressure on market

The housing market is shifting all over the country, and inventory remains tight nationwide.

With 980,000 units available for sale heading into April, that’s a 5.4% increase from one year earlier. However, the number of homes for sale is down compared to the same period in 2019 – before the pandemic.

Residential construction offers high-paying careers

As graduates cast aside their caps and gowns and contemplate their futures, quite a few might be eager to enter the workforce. A career in residential construction offers multiple trade options along with on-the-job training.

The construction industry in our state is growing at a high pace, with an expected 315,000 job opportunities in skilled trades through 2026, according to Go Build Tennessee. Skilled trades such as carpentry or plumbing do not require a four-year degree and apprentice opportunities allow students to earn while they learn.

Briefs: Executive director exiting green | spaces

Green | spaces executive director Michael Walton is transitioning to an advisory role at the nonprofit to build a presence in Chattanooga for Emerald Operating Partners, a global energy transition advisory firm.

While at the helm of green | spaces, Walton oversaw growth in staff from one in 2014 to 29 today, increased the diversity of the organization’s personnel and board and quintupled the annual budget.

Financial Focus: Are your goals ‘must have’ or ‘nice to have’?

Like everyone, you may have a lot of financial goals. But are they all of equal importance? Probably not. And do they share a similar timeline? Again, it’s unlikely. So, your first step may be to prioritize your goals — and then follow a process that can help you achieve them.

How to set and vet money goals midyear

If you set money goals for 2023 back in January, now can be a smart time to check in on your progress. And if you didn’t, it’s not too late to create goals for the next six months and beyond.

“If you don’t have your goals, everyone is so busy with life that a year will whiz by and you’ll have forgotten to start,” says Dan Casey, owner of Bridgeriver Advisors, a financial firm in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Millennial Money: Millennial Money: How to pick a socially responsible bank

It has never been easier to open a bank account, especially with the spread of online services, but there has also never been so much choice about where to put your money. If you’re overwhelmed by your banking options, think about your ability to shape social change with your money.

Hunter brings bounty, beauty of American landscape to Chattanooga

Opening May 25 at the Hunter Museum of American Art, “In Nature’s Studio: Two Centuries of American Landscape Painting” tells the story of the American landscape as it transformed throughout the early 19th century to the late 20th century.

A few tips for new graduates on fitting in at the office

It’s that time of year when graduates have just received their college diplomas and are heading into the world of work. First, if you haven’t found a job yet, know it’s not just you. This isn’t the easiest year to graduate.

Excessive celebration? Lady Vols earning it

As her players round third base after hitting home runs, Karen Weekly is there to greet them with a high-five and some encouraging words.

The University of Tennessee softball coach watches as they return to the dugout to don a “Mommy” hat while their teammates shower them with fake money.

Behind the Wheel: How Hyundai, Kia have eclipsed competitors

In the past few years, Hyundai and Kia vehicles have skyrocketed to the top of Edmunds’ rankings in some of the most popular vehicle segments. For example, you’ll find a Hyundai or Kia in the top spots for three-row midsize SUVs, midsize sedans, and multiple categories of electric vehicles.