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Trusted Team brings Keller Williams to Northwest Georgia

Nestled in a short strip mall next to Panera Bread on Battlefield Parkway, a new real estate firm sports two familiar names in the Greater Chattanooga market: Keller Williams and The Trusted Team.

Inside, administrative assistant Callie Wordon is working behind a service counter, surrounded by freshly painted red and gray walls and tasteful modern décor. The Trusted Team logo – which looks like a giant seal of trust – occupies a large portion of the wall behind her, and adult contemporary music is playing in the background. Wordon’s bright smile and cheerful “Hello” add to the relaxing ambience.


Chattanooga attorney Travis McDonough officially becomes a federal judge

Travis McDonough is officially a federal judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee following his investiture ceremony last week.

Held Friday, May 20, the occasion drew judges, politicians, and a large crowd to the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.


Chambliss’ litigation team grows with new business law attorney Logan Threadgill

A new associate attorney has joined the ranks of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel’s growing litigation and risk management practice. Logan Threadgill – a Knoxville native with a focus in commercial law – will serve as an advocate for Chambliss’ clients in the realm of business litigation.


TBA launches State Supreme Court candidate evaluation poll

The Tennessee Bar Association (TBA) is conducting a Tennessee Supreme Court Candidate Evaluation Poll to compile the views of TBA members on the upcoming retention election for three justices.

The TBA conducts the poll in its efforts to help ensure the elections maintain a fair, impartial, and accountable judiciary. In 2014, more than 2,086 TBA members gave their recommendations of the three justices then up for retention election.


Reducing gun violence (while keeping the Second Amendment)
Problems ... and solutions

I wrote this article just after the shootings of July 16, 2015. I chose not to publish it at that time because of the service position I held last year with our local bar association. The opinions expressed herein are mine alone, and are not the opinions of this newspaper or of any association with which I am affiliated.


St. Jude Dream Home open for tours

The 2016 St. Jude Dream Home is open to the public for tours. The 4,000 square foot residence is located at 10924 Prairie Lake Drive in Apison, Tenn.

The house, which features a large master suite with a walk-in closet and a vaulted covered porch that exits to the back deck, will be open Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sundays noon-5 p.m. through June 19.


Diplomas or student loan debt - weighing the impact on future home owners
REALTOR Association President's Message

When GCAR leadership was in Washington, D.C. for the National Association of Realtors Legislative Conference, we heard from Senator Elizabeth Warren, who asked Realtors to get behind a bill to provide relief to those burdened with student loan debt.


How to find a professional remodeler
Home Builders Association of Greater Chattanooga

Remodeling your home is a big decision that requires planning and resources, but doing so can enhance the comfort and look of your home, increase its value, and improve efficiency.

Many remodeling projects are more complicated than the average DIY-er is able to handle, so consider these steps when searching for a professional remodeler:


Crye-Leike hosts annual picnic

Local Crye-Leike offices met at Harrison Bay State Park Tuesday, May 17 for the company’s annual picnic. 

Although General Manager Dan Griess attended to a modicum of business, the focus was on good food, camaraderie, and door prizes.


Talk to your adult children about smart financial moves
Financial Focus

If you have children who are finishing college or embarking on their first full-time job, you obviously want them to get off to a good start in their adult and working lives. And by virtue of your years of experience, you probably have some good advice to offer – especially when it comes to making smart financial moves.


Crossroads Market at Signal Mountain Road provides facts for community consideration

The proposed Crossroads Market at Signal Mountain Road is designed to meet the needs of daily commuters, says Houchens Industries, the developer of the project.

In a press release issued May 19, Houchens said the 10,000 square foot market will feature locally grown produce along with well-known name brand products. Located across the street from the disc golf course at the foot of Signal Mountain, the market will also feature local brands such as Fleetwood Coffee, MoonPie, and other Chattanooga brands.


Nice guys finish first
The Critic's Corner movie review

Some movies get everything right, or at least get enough things right you don't mind the things they get wrong. "The Nice Guys" gets just a few things right, but they were so right, I didn't mind the misfires.

Shane Black is the writer and director of "The Nice Guys." Black is the guy who wrote the first two "Lethal Weapon" movies, "The Long Kiss Goodnight," and "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang," all of which should put a knowing smile on the face of anyone who loves neo-noir mystery comedies. (He's also the writer and director of "Iron Man 3," but I'm not holding that against him.) Black does two things well: he writes great dialogue, and he nails the modern male friendship, especially the bonding rituals. Think Murtaugh and Riggs (Danny Glover and Mel Gibson) in the "Lethal Weapon" films.


Beer run
I Swear

Last week I wrote a brief account of my high school football career. And that got me to thinking about other memorable high school experiences. A decade or so ago I wrote a column based on Bill Bryson’s “The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid” and another book that I was reading at the same time. Both books, I noted, had funny stories about teenage boys stealing alcoholic beverages.  


Forget your table manners; sniffing and slurping is the way it’s done
Kay's Cooking Corner

Not long ago I visited a store I have deliberately avoided. You see, I knew that if I ever opened those doors, it would be the end of my rational thinking, and the temptation to purchase various items would overwhelm my ability to keep my American Express card in my wallet. And that is exactly what happened. I visited Saggio Olive Oils and Vinegars in the Chenal Promenade.


Are We There, Yet?

“Pneumonia,” the doctor said. I wasn’t surprised. What did surprise me was the text I received from Karen, our production manager, which came almost the same instance I sent my own text out to her, and others at the office, on my diagnosis. 


50 Years Ago
What was happening in Chattanooga in 1966?

Saturday, May 28, 1966

E.L. Carter has been appointed manager of the Chattanooga Sears, Roebuck and Co. store, succeeding R.A. Strauss who is now manager of Sears Pnnce de Leon store in Atlanta.


100 Years Ago
What was happening in Chattanooga in 1916?

Saturday, May 27, 1916

“Doll Shop,” a clever play, was given by the pupils of the McIntyre School at closing exercises held Friday night at the courthouse. Dr. J.W. Bachman presented certificates to the graduates: Laura Voigt, Helen Glover, Alice Burke, Albert Keyser and Garland West.