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Horses to houses: Harvey finds her fit
Soddy Daisy Realtor balances her two passions – and a few more

Growing up, Whitney Harvey tried nearly every sport and extracurricular activity available to children in Soddy Daisy. But whether she was learning to dance, playing soccer or twirling, nothing struck a chord with her, she says, and she often dropped out.

Courtroom ‘adrenaline rush’ hooks Spitalny
Now embracing new role at Best and Brock

Phil Spitalny’s interest in the law resides at the crossroads of fiction and reality. While he enjoys relaxing with a good legal thriller after a tough day in court, he says, he takes his work defending the accused seriously.

The courtroom heroics of the protagonists in John Grisham’s many legal novels sparked Spitalny’s interest in practicing the law and nudged him onto the path to becoming an attorney. Later, as he interned for Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge Susan Lee, he took a special interest in the criminal cases that came before her.

Federal court plans public reading of U.S. Constitution

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee will host a public reading of the U.S. Constitution to celebrate Constitution Day Friday, Sept. 15.

The court will hold the event on the steps of the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building (900 Georgia Avenue), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

‘Maverick Motivator’ to speak at next Women’s Council luncheon

The Chattanooga chapter of the Women’s Council of Realtors will welcome international speaker, award-winning real estate agent and lifelong entrepreneur Monica Neubauer to its monthly networking luncheon in September.

Neubauer will speak at the event, a members-only gathering that will take place Wednesday, Sept. 6 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at The Walden Club.

Home sales declined in July as prices rose

Those of us who are close to the real estate market have no doubt been keenly aware that mortgage rates have approached 7% in recent months, which continues to lead many prospective buyers to put their home purchase plans on hold temporarily.

But these higher rates have also kept many existing homeowners from listing their homes for fear of giving up the low-rate mortgages they locked in a few years ago, when rates were significantly lower, and the national and local housing markets reflect this.

When it comes to home maintenance, look up

A home is the biggest investment most people will ever make, which is why homeowners often go to great lengths to protect that investment. However, one of the more important components of safeguarding a home is also one of the most often ignored: the roof.

Newsmakers: Davis named director of Pathway Alignment

Dr. Wendolyn Davis is the new executive director of Pathway Alignment at Chattanooga State Community College. The three-year, grant-funded position will focus on creating pathways to high-demand, higher-wage careers within the local service area. Davis will report to the college president Dr. Rebecca Ashford.

Financial Focus: Should you downsize when you retire?

When you retire, you’ll experience many changes — should one of them involve your living arrangements?

The issue of downsizing is one that many retirees will consider. If you have children, and they’ve grown and left the home, you might find yourself with more space than you really need. Of course, this doesn’t necessarily mean you must pack up and scale down yourself. You might love your home and neighborhood and see no reason to go. But if you’re open to a change, you could find that moving to a smaller house, a condo or an apartment may make sense for you.

Personal Finance: Create a care plan for older parents (or yourself)

At some point, most older people will need help getting through the day. Someone turning 65 today has a 70% chance of eventually requiring assistance with basic living activities, such as bathing, dressing and using the toilet, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports.

Career Corner: Is AI nothing more than marketing?

Stating AI is a marketing tool is a bit controversial, but hear me out.

Artificial intelligence is getting so much media attention that it is challenging Taylor Swift for the number of search inquiries on Google. There’s talk about companies incorporating AI into everything they do. And, fear of AI replacing our jobs is growing.

Millennial Money: Do you need a premarital agreement? Is that still a thing?

Prenuptial or premarital agreements, often called “prenups,” have a reputation for being a tool the ultra-wealthy use to protect their assets. But as marriages have evolved, so have prenups – and they might have more uses than you think.

A little ‘Sunshine’ hits Aquarium’s boys’ club

For 31 years, the first animals to greet guests beginning their exploration of the Tennessee Aquarium have been a rollicking romp of North American River Otters. These lithe, charismatic animals have entertained tens of millions of visitors with their playfulness and agile grace in the water. However, until recently, River Otter Falls has been a boys-only club.

UTC Honors College, Chattanooga collaborate on citywide solutions

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Honors College is joining forces with the city of Chattanooga to find new and better ways to solve some of the city’s problems.

The UTC Innovations in Honors program and the Chattanooga Department of Innovation Delivery and Performance have agreed to collaborate on developing solutions to citywide challenges involving public housing and health during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Waffle House gets assist on recruitment of Campbell

By Rhiannon Potkey

Offensive linemen are often known for their love of food. John Campbell Jr. is no different.

Part of Campbell’s decision to transfer to the University of Tennessee from the University of Miami was because of its proximity to a particular Southern culinary institution.

Tannehill playing for future with Titans

In some ways, Ryan Tannehill spent a good part of the offseason twisting in the wind.

Sure, head coach Mike Vrabel said at the end of last season that Tannehill, if healthy, would be his starting quarterback for the Tennessee Titans.

And new general manager Ran Carthon, after initially saying he would evaluate the quarterback position, seemed to give Tannehill his vote of confidence.

Vrabel encouraged by Willis’ year 2 progress

Selecting Will Levis in the second round of this year’s draft signaled to most that Ryan Tannehill’s time in Tennessee might be short and Malik Willis’ time as a Titan might be even shorter.

After all, fewer players on the roster had a lower stock than Willis, a third-round pick in 2022 who was thrust into the starting role as a very raw rookie once Tannehill went down with an ankle injury.

Tesla the winner in battle for EV plug standard

You’re probably familiar with previous technology format wars, whether it be VHS versus Betamax or Blu-ray versus HD DVD. Now another has quickly brewed in the way people plug in and charge their electric vehicles.

It’s a battle of CCS versus NACS, and the winning format has a familiar backer: Tesla. Edmunds’ experts break down what EV owners need to know about the format changes.