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‘Work isn’t just a job for me’
Torgerson’s early real estate success defies millennial stereotype

Millennials, the estimated 75 million individuals ages 22 through 37, are typically profiled as underpaid, underemployed, riddled with student debt and often still living at home with their parents.

Nathan Torgerson destroys that stereotype.

A young lawyer’s call to service
Lumpkin says she’s determined to make wherever she lives a better place

Attorney Allyson Lumpkin would not want to live in a community without serving it in some way. To her, giving back is as much a part of living somewhere as finding a home and a job.

When Lumpkin, 28, moved from her hometown of Bainbridge, Georgia, to Chattanooga in 2016, she knew only the people she’d met during her internship at Baker Donelson the summer before her third year of law school.

View from the Hill: Just when state workers felt safe from outsourcing

Just when workers at the state’s college campuses thought it was safe to go back in the water, corporate sharks are once again circling.

Jones Lang LaSalle, the state’s contractor for facilities management and grounds, asked to make proposals at Tennessee’s 13 junior colleges to see if it can take over. Tennessee’s colleges of applied technology are believed to be in the mix, too.

RE/MAX Properties adds new affiliate broker

Martha Alexander has joined RE/MAX Properties as the newest member of its sales team.

Alexander has been in the real estate business since 2004. She has been a RE/MAX Affiliate broker since 2007. Originally from Houston, she moved to Chattanooga in 1992.

Real estate duo earns national recognition

After recording nearly 50 million dollars in residential and commercial property sales in 2017, Chattanooga Property Shop – Keller Williams Realty, a team led by Diane Patty and Lisa Brown, has been listed among America’s Best Real Estate Professionals.

Torgerson Team sponsors Back to School Supply Drive

The Torgerson Team will be collecting in July donations of school supplies including sticky notes, EXPO markers, dry erase board cleaner, Kleenex, highlighters, pens, Clorox/Lysol wipes, paper, hand sanitizer, binder clips, pencils, Sharpie pens and paper clips. These much-needed supplies will be distributed to local teachers and students just in time for the new school year.

Pending sales jump 9%, inventory falls 19.5% in June

Housing markets across the nation are most assuredly active this summer, and buyer competition is manifesting itself into several quick sales above asking price.

While the strength of the U.S. economy has helped purchase offers pile up, the Fed recently increased the federal funds rate by 0.25 percent, marking the second rate hike this year and seventh since late 2015.

Tips to stay on budget when building a new home

When you’ve made the decision to build a new home, selecting the right builder is an important part of the process. You want to find a builder with a business approach that aligns well with your personal preferences.

And staying within your budget will be a key part of positive home-building experience.

‘Sorry to Bother You’ is quirky but don’t hang up on it

“Sorry to Bother You” is a satirical comedy packed with energy and creativity. It’s also bursting with ideas.

It’s as though first-time writer and director Boots Riley, a rapper by trade, was worried this was going to be his one shot at making a movie, so he threw in every thought that was ping-ponging around in his wildly active brain.

Election 2018: Education efforts lagging despite innovative approaches

“An educated citizenry is a vital requisite for our survival

as a free people.”

No, Thomas Jefferson did not write that, and no records exist that he said it, yet the quote has been attributed to him in thousands of arguments on the importance of education because it is apt.

Election 2018: What statewide candidates say about education

Gov. Haslam and the General Assembly have invested in education during the last eight years. Has that been a good investment and should it continue? What do the candidates propose for the next four to eight years?

Each of the major candidates for governor and U.S. Senate for their strategies concerning education.

Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge launched

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Attorney J. Douglas Overbey have announced Operation Synthetic Opioid Surge, a new program that seeks to reduce the supply of deadly synthetic opioids in high impact areas and to identify wholesale distribution networks and international and domestic suppliers.

What should you do with an inherited IRA?

Individual Retirement Accounts are quite popular. At the end of 2017, investors owned nearly $9 trillion in IRA assets, according to the Investment Company Institute, a trade association of U.S. investment companies.

Given these numbers, it probably wouldn’t be surprising if you inherited an IRA someday. But what should you do with it?

Chattanooga gets $40K grant for ‘10-Minute Walk’

Chattanooga will receive $40,000 in grant funding from the National Recreation and Park Association as part of its 10-Minute Walk campaign.

The grant funding will be used to support city planning efforts that help increase access to high-quality parks within a 10-minute walk. The 10-Minute Walk campaign is led by NRPA, The Trust for Public Land, and the Urban Land Institute

Baby golden lion tamarin welcomed to zoo

The Chattanooga Zoo announces the birth of a golden lion tamarin.

The infant was born to first-time parents, Fuego and Caliente, at the Chattanooga Zoo on July 1. The parents and infant are all doing well, according to zoo officials. The successful birth is an important step towards the Chattanooga Zoo’s efforts to help conserve the species in the wild.

Briefs: Mueller Water to expand, add 96 jobs over three years

Mueller Water Products will expand its operations in Chattanooga and create 96 jobs during the next three years.

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Mueller officials announced the expansion.

Events: Scales to sign Nathan Bedford Forrest book

Author John Scales, a retired Special Forces brigadier general, will be signing copies of his new book, “The Battles and Campaigns of General Nathan Bedford Forrest, 1861-1865” on Saturday, July 21, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Chickamauga Chattanooga National Military Park, 3370 Lafayette Road Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.