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Pay scale, politics make it harder to find, keep teachers
Largest pay raise in state history still has school systems scrambling to fill classrooms

One way to get teachers into Tennessee classrooms, and keep them there? Show them the money.

That’s why state and local education officials have focused on boosting salaries in recent years to stabilize retention and boost recruitment. More is needed, however, so the state also has put into place programs for ongoing education, career advancement and, in the case of non-educators, to ease the path into a teaching job.

Playing defense just comes naturally to Levitt
Former Illini DB followed brother to law, Chattanooga

Before Lloyd Levitt defended accused murderers, rapists and thieves in Hamilton County courtrooms, he was a 6-foot-1, 185-pound starting cornerback for the Illinois Fighting Illini. Levitt was no garden-variety cornerback, either, but the kind who grew up playing 16-inch softball with bare hands in the shadow of the Chicago skyline and had no qualms about tackling one of Woody Hayes’ pass receivers at the very feet of the infamously hotheaded college football coach.

It’s all about attending to clients’ needs
McCarty works dual careers as Realtor, publicist

As a publicist to Hollywood stars, Nancy McCarty has learned the value of a referral. To illustrate, she twists her right hand into an imaginary phone and recreates a conversation she had with a client in 2005.

“Hi, Nancy, can you help Jeff? He has a guest role on ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’”

Five signs of a home improvement scam

Across the country, housing inventory remains an issue for people looking to move into a home that better fits their changing needs.

One way of dealing with this issue is to have someone make improvements to their existing property to make it into the home they desire. Unfortunately, scammers are seizing this opportunity to take money from unsuspecting homeowners.

UTC names Ward director of community engagement

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga assistant professor of sociology Chandra Ward has accepted the role of director of community engagement for the university’s Center for Urban Informatics and Progress.

Ward, a UTC faculty member since 2017, is an urban sociologist with expertise in public housing policy, low-income neighborhoods, community networks, displacement, urban development and transportation.

Financial Focus: Smart ways to invest in bonds

Most investors are aware of the different types of stocks: big-company, small-company, technology, international and so on. And it may be a good idea to own a mix of these stocks as part of your overall investment portfolio. But the importance of diversification applies to bonds, too – so, how should you go about achieving it?

Personal Finance: When is it better to repair or replace your appliances

When our 17-year-old refrigerator started wheezing, I fully expected we’d need a new one. I was shocked – and frankly a little disappointed – when a repair technician fixed it for less than $200. I had to postpone my dream of a shiny French-door replacement, but our no-frills Frigidaire is still working fine eight years later.

Millennial Money: Issuer closing your card? Act fast to preserve credit

It’s not uncommon for credit card issuers to close accounts. Sometimes they do so to lessen their risk when the economy is in distress, generally as a reaction to your spending activity – or lack thereof.

After all, issuers make money from every tap or swipe, so inactive cards aren’t fruitful for them.

Titans free agent signee LB Key adds leadership, levity
What’s needed most is consistent play

Arden Key enjoys being the life of the party. The veteran linebacker, who signed with the Titans as a free agent this spring, figures to have the role that Bud Dupree had the past couple of years.

What will be interesting to watch with Key – other than his pass-rushing skills – is the fun and energy he seems to bring to every situation.

Landry looking for productive, healthy season after missing 2022

Last year, the Tennessee Titans plan of having bookend edge rushers in a healthy Bud Dupree and Harold Landry derailed pretty quickly.

In a move that seemed to foreshadow nearly everything about their 2022 season, the Titans lost Landry for the season before he ever took a snap, thanks to a torn ACL during a closed practice shortly after roster cuts had been made.

Vols love Iamaleava – but only in an emergency

Nico Iamaleava generated plenty of headlines during his recruitment to the University of Tennessee. From his athletic ability to his reported $8 million NIL deal to sign with the Vols, the five-star prospect was in the spotlight.

But if everything goes according to plan for Tennessee this season, Iamaleava won’t be mentioned much over the next few months. The Vols are hoping to see sixth-year senior Joe Milton III excel as the starting quarterback while Iamaleava watches and learns from the sidelines as a true freshman.

Behind the Wheel: Electric luxury: Mercedes-Benz EQS vs. BMW i7

BMW and Mercedes-Benz are well known for their 7 Series and S-Class flagship sedans. But now you should get familiar with their electric counterparts: the BMW i7 and Mercedes EQS sedan.

These two all-electric sedans are among the most expensive, technologically advanced and luxurious electric vehicles on the market. But which one most successfully represents the pinnacle of EV design? Edmunds compared the i7 and EQS to find out.