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The future is bright

By David Laprad

As Evan Allison left his hometown of Atlanta and traveled to Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., to begin his undergraduate work, he knew one thing: he didn’t want to be a lawyer. His father was an attorney with a real estate practice in Atlanta, and he had no desire to follow in his footsteps. He wanted to become a counseling psychologist instead.


‘They are not victims; they are heroes’ - Joe Biden

A Marine gives the final roll call for the Sailor and four Marines killed July 16 in Chattanooga, calling the names of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas J. Sullivan, Staff Sgt. David A. Wyatt, Sgt. Carson A. Holmquist, Logistics Specialist 2nd Class Randall S. Smith, and Lance Corporal Squire K.P. “Skip” Wells. The U.S. Marine Forces Reserve, the U.S. Navy Reserve, and the City of Chattanooga held the service Aug. 15 at McKenzie Arena. Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, Gov. Bill Haslam, Sen. Bob Corker, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, and City of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke attended. The Navy and Marine Corps and the City of Chattanooga honored the fallen service members, expressed appreciation to the Chattanooga Police Department and emergency responders, and thanked the community for its support.


Financial Focus

Summer is almost over, which means it’s “back-to-school” time. If you have young children, you may be purchasing backpacks, pencils, notebooks and similar items. But one day, you could be shopping for colleges — and when you do, you’ll find the bill is a little bit higher than the one you get from your local school-supply store. That’s why it’s never too soon to start saving.


Are We There Yet?

KM sent me the following in an email, so it’s not original, but if I can pass along the smile (and the love), originality becomes trivial. Makes me miss Art Linkletter.

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds: “What does love mean?”


Kay’s Cooking Corner
Sage before beauty; Thyme is on your side; Days of our Chives …

If you are just now learning to cook, knowing what herbs and spices go with what foods and/or drinks can be a bit daunting. I know when I started experimenting (with something other than salt and pepper) I thought I would never learn what went well with what. Below I have tried to identify basic herbs generally needed for most foods. Hopefully, this will help to un-muddy the waters!


Paula Eggert Powell joins Signature Brokers

Signature Brokers has announced the addition of Paula Eggert Powell to The Winslett Team at the Ooltewah-based real estate firm. Powell is a veteran teacher who taught for 16 years at Loftis Middle School in Hixson. She has a bachelor’s degree in education as well as a master’s degree as a reading specialist from UTC.


Realtor Association President’s Message

Greater Chattanooga Association of REALTORS®

When purchasing real estate, the buyer provides a good faith deposit known as “earnest money.” The buyer offers the deposit to secure their performance of the contract. Earnest money is applied at closing toward the purchase price. Another way to define these monies is the commitment on behalf of the buyer to try in earnest to meet the terms and conditions outlined in the contract to purchase the property. It seems pretty straightforward. Yet, questions about earnest money are some of the most common about real estate transactions.


The Critic's Corner
Almost, but not quite fantastic

“Fantastic Four” has been unfairly skewered by critics and comic book fans alike. I’ve seen it twice, enjoyed it both times, and am unclear on why it’s been universally panned. It’s not a perfect movie, but it certainly doesn’t deserve to be called “worse than worthless,” as Peter Travers of Rolling Stone wrote in his review. That kind of critical bashing should be reserved for films that get everything wrong, which “F4” doesn’t.


Do It Yourself
Lowering an electric bill

It has been hot. It has been so hot my husband and I purchased a window air conditioner unit and placed it inside our living room window just to keep the main living areas cooler. Between the months of June through August an electric bill in the U.S. averages around $395, which is down approximately 2.5 percent over the last couple of years.


I Swear
Booting up

I don’t remember where I got the quip that is the theme for today’s I Swear Crossword. It’s hardly original. The gist of it is that if you power down for a while, you’ll almost always power back up. It’s a comforting thought. Or is it?


50 and 100 years ago
What was going on in Chattanooga in 1965 and 1915?

50 YEARS AGO

What was going on in Chattanooga in 1965?

Saturday, Aug. 21

Wally Alexander, the last remaining Chattanooga Housing Board member named by former Mayor P.R. Olgiati, has submitted his resignation to Mayor Ralph Kelley. Other personnel changes at CHA in the past few months included Herbert Banks, executive director for 13 years; H.F. Temple, treasurer; Mrs. Nancy Kizziah, secretary; Ed Steiner; Arthur Kamin; Jay Solomon; and Ray Smith.