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Skyuka Hall finally finds its home
School has a knack of bouncing back from adversity

A 5 a.m. phone call on July 17, 2018, woke Amber Beason from a deep sleep and delivered bad news: She wouldn’t need to report to work at Skyuka Hall that day because it would not be possible for her to do her job.

As director of admissions and communications at Skyuka Hall, a K-12 school for neurodiverse children, Beason decides if the families that would like their children to attend the institution are a match with its mission.

2 attorneys complete Leadership Chattanooga course

Stephen Adams of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel and Andrew Stephenson of CrowdCheck Law have graduated from the 2023 cohort of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce and Chattanooga Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Chattanooga.

Adams and Stephenson were among the 43 members of the 39th graduating class of Leadership Chattanooga.

TBA honors Fowler with legal writing award

Russell Fowler is set to receive the Justice Joseph W. Henry Award for Outstanding Legal Writing. The Tennessee Bar Association will present the honor to him during its annual convention in Knoxville June 16.

Established nearly 40 years ago, this accolade recognizes Fowler’s article published in the Tennessee Bar Journal, a distinction the TBA awards annually to the lawyer who authors the most exceptional piece in the preceding year.

Chambliss Law welcomes paralegal Emily Rice

Emily Rice will serve Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel and its clients as a paralegal in the estate and trust administration practice area.

Rice assists clients in Tennessee and Georgia with estate and trust administration matters. She’s responsible for ensuring the execution of the estate and trust administration process is done to the client’s satisfaction while making the transition as smooth as possible.

Legal counsel, social workers work to stabilize families

Eviction filings are rising throughout Hamilton County, intensifying the need for more support to keep vulnerable families in their homes, representatives from the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga report.

Maeghan Jones, president and CEO of Community Foundation, recently spoke to the Chattanooga City Council’s Affordable Housing Committee about the Eviction Prevention Initiative, a program which provides access to legal counsel and social workers for local families facing eviction.

An extrovert decides to go solo
Wilson launches Vertical after 10 years with CBRE

For more than a decade, commercial Realtor Aaryn Wilson was in his element as he and the 100,000-plus employees of CBRE – a Fortune 500 commercial real estate services firm – served clients around the world.

“As an extrovert, I like to surround myself with people,” says Wilson, who worked for the Chattanooga branch of CRBE. “I don’t do well when I silo myself off.”

The importance of a buyer’s representation agreement

Buying a home is an exciting journey for many families. Having someone on your side who understands the process and protects your interests is essential.

That’s where a Buyer’s Representation Agreement comes in. It’s a special agreement between you and a Realtor that ensures you have a dedicated professional guiding you through the home buying process.

Homeownership rates increase across generations

As the home building industry celebrates National Homeownership Month in June, new data shows homeownership rates among adults in all age groups increased compared to last year.

The Census Bureau’s Housing Vacancy Survey reported the U.S. homeownership rate at 66% in the first quarter of 2023, amid a persistently tight housing supply.

Briefs: GPS sets active shooter response training

Girls Preparatory School and the ALICE Training Institute will offer ALICE Instructor Certification Training in Chattanooga Aug. 2-3. The course will be held on the GPS campus in Caldwell Commons.

The goal of the ALICE program is to enable individuals to survive in the gap between when a violent situation begins and when law enforcement arrives. The training is age- and ability-appropriate.

City, county team to revitalize city’s Westside

A new agreement between the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County will revitalize 300 acres of downtown riverfront, expand downtown education opportunities and create more affordable housing for more than 2,000 residents of Chattanooga’s Westside, local officials say.

Financial Focus: What should you expect from your investments?

To help achieve your financial goals, you may need to invest in the financial markets throughout your life. However, at times your investment expectations may differ from actual returns, triggering a variety of emotions. So, what are reasonable expectations to have about your investments?

Personal Finance: Five ways to simplify, reduce your money clutter

Professional organizers might define household clutter as a pile of unmade decisions. Money clutter is much the same.

Those credit cards you no longer use but haven’t closed? That’s money clutter. So is the retirement account you left behind three jobs ago and the financial paperwork you keep but no longer need. Money clutter also can include broken systems that should be mended, such as a bill payment routine that leads to overdrafts or late fees.

Are the Vols ready for an NCAA run or running on empty?

Given all the talent and depth on the roster, it would have been hard to imagine the University of Tennessee baseball team not hosting NCAA tournament games for a third straight year.

But after an up-and-down season, the Vols will have to find some success on the road if they want to reach the College World Series in Omaha.

Vanderbilt heats up at right moment, ready for next ‘step’

Vanderbilt’s journey on the road back to the College World Series begins at home this weekend, while Lipscomb and Tennessee are both bound for the Clemson Regional.

The SEC Tournament champion Commodores (41-18) will host OVC Tournament champ Eastern Illinois Friday at 7 p.m., at Hawkins Field. In the double-elimination regional’s other opening game, Oregon (37-20) will face Xavier at noon.

Who offers hands-free driving systems for 2023?

Fully automated self-driving cars are still a thing of the future. But you can get a taste of what they’ll be like if your vehicle has what’s commonly described as hands-free driving capability.

A vehicle so equipped can automatically accelerate, brake and steer for the driver without the driver needing to keep hands on the steering wheel. It can seem like a neat feature, but there’s more that car shoppers should know before making a purchasing decision.