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Whiskey bent and trail bound
Tennessee Whiskey Trail becomes a tourism force since launching in 2017

The foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains have long played host to distilleries, though their grand openings weren’t always accompanied by a news release.

These days, instead of being underground operators living in fear of the “Revenuers” breaking up their equipment, Tennessee’s distillers have become a cohesive group of entrepreneurs working to drive economic development and tourism across the state.

New CBA president has full plate

Chattanooga Bar Association President Lee Ann Adams has taken on a second leadership role in her bid to turn 2022 into a blur of volunteer service.

The University of Tennessee Alumni Association inducted Adams as president of its board of governors in June and will welcome her to active duty in August when she’ll participate in a graduation ceremony at the UT Health Science Center in Memphis.

Three apply for 11th judicial district criminal court vacancy

The Trial Court Vacancy Commission is considering three applicants from Hamilton County for the criminal court vacancy in the 11th judicial district. The confirmation of the Hon. Tom Greenholtz to the Court of Criminal Appeals – Eastern Section created the opening.

Tucker joins Real Estate Commission
Broker is first Chattanoogan on TREC since 1970s

Crye-Leike managing broker Kathy Tucker is doing what no other Realtor in Chattanooga has done since the 1970s – serve as a member of the Tennessee Real Estate Commission.

The five-year appointment makes Tucker one of the nine commissioners in Tennessee who are responsible for executing the mission of TREC, a state government agency that registers and regulates real estate firms, brokers and affiliate brokers.

Rising inventory a good sign for local home sales

Rising inflation, soaring home prices and swelling mortgage interest rates have combined to cause a slowdown in the U.S. housing market.

To help quell inflation, which reached 8.6% in May, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by three-quarters of a percentage point in June – the largest hike since 1994.

Celebrating the rich tradition, value of log homes

If you’ve been dreaming about a cozy log home nestled in our beautiful mountains, you’re not alone. More and more Tennesseans are building modern versions of these rustic residences steeped in tradition in our great state.

The warmth of wood, the solid construction and that powerful connection to nature add up to a feeling of safety and sanctuary that many of us crave in today’s uncertain world.

New CO.LAB CEO carries strong, varied resume

Tasia Malakasis says the most invigorating moment in the life of a business is not the end, when its owners reap the benefits of a successful exit, but the moment of creation when courage, optimism and brilliance have combined to form a startup.

Malakasis, 52, has helped to nurture several embryonic businesses beyond that stage and to a lucrative exit for their founders, but nothing she’s done has matched the exhilaration she’s felt at the beginning of a venture or the satisfaction of spurring its initial growth.

Newsmakers: Health Department hires Miller as health officer

Dr. Stephen Miller is the new health officer for the Hamilton County Health Department. Miller has a background in family work and medical experience that ranges from emergency room physician to private practice.

Miller is a Chattanooga native and a graduate of the College of Osteopathic at Nova Southeastern University. He completed his family practice residency at the St. Joseph Hospital System in South Bend, Indiana, and went on to practice emergency medicine full time.

Bike Chattanooga kicks off 10th anniversary

Bike Chattanooga is preparing to celebrate a decade of making bike sharing available to residents and visitors in Chattanooga.

To mark 10 years of service, Bike Chattanooga will offer unlimited free 60-minute station-to-station trips for 24 hours Thursday, July 28.

Volkswagen formalizes Guard, Reserve support

Volkswagen Chattanooga recently confirmed its commitment to employees who serve in the United States Guard and Reserve units by signing a statement of employer support.

“Many of our team members have selflessly given their time for active and reserve service in the military,” says Chris Glover, CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga. “We’re proud of these brave men and women. With this statement of support, we reinforce our commitment to the members of our team who are also members of the nation’s Guard and Reserve military units.”

McLemore selling memberships for second golf course

McLemore has attracted tens of thousands of golfers since opening its 18-hole Highlands Course in 2019. In three years, the resort has achieved national and international recognition, particularly for its 18th hole.

McLemore now plans to add a second mountaintop golf experience called The Outpost.

Financial Focus: Avoid these estate -planning mistakes

When many people hear the words “estate planning,” they assume it’s just for the wealthy. But that’s not the case because everyone can benefit from an estate plan. And when you’re creating one, you’ll want to avoid some common mistakes.

Personal Finance: Paying more no guarantee that things will last longer

Savvy consumers consider price, performance and reliability when making a major purchase, such as a car or home appliance. The greatest of these is reliability – particularly lately.

Supply chain disruptions can mean long waits for parts or replacements if something breaks. Getting a new refrigerator, dishwasher or other major appliance now often takes weeks or even months, says Paul Hope, home and appliances writer for Consumer Reports. Plus, the microchip shortage means many manufacturers prioritize making their most expensive models, which are typically the most profitable, Hope says.

Book review: A tough read for ‘partners’ not carrying their share

Plates on one end, bowls on the other, glasses on top.

It’s your turn to load the dishwasher tonight, but if you plead ignorance on how it’s done properly, maybe you could worm your way out of it. Somebody else will do it, so go sit down. Take a rest and read “Equal Partners” by Kate Mangino, then ask yourself if you could’ve assumed another chore tonight.

Behind the Wheel: MPG boost: Top hybrid pickup trucks for 2022

The average national price for gasoline has gone up almost $2 during the past year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reports. That’s not good news for some of the thirstiest vehicles on the road: pickup trucks. But there is a relatively new option if you’re looking to save on gas: a hybrid pickup.