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On your Marks, get set, go to war
‘Local Mark’ Hite fights back against Spain’s marketing armada

Air superiority is the most important factor in deciding the outcome of a modern conventional war, reads an article in Air Force Magazine. Sensing this, Realtors in Chattanooga took notice when billboards featuring Atlanta-based Realtor Mark Spain began to appear in the air above the Scenic City’s major thoroughfares in the spring of this year.

‘Retired’ Mattice returns to private practice
Building own firm after 15 years on the federal bench

Sandy Mattice hasn’t carried the title “United States judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee” since Sept. 30 when he stepped down from the bench after 15 years of service.

But that doesn’t mean Mattice, 67, has been basking in the ease of retirement.

Mattice shares faith that country will right itself

Former federal judge Sandy Mattice delivered these remarks following the unveiling of his portrait in the third-floor courtroom of the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse on Aug. 5.

As I’ve looked back on my time as a judge, I’ve tried to think about things that have made the greatest impression on me. While it’s difficult to narrow it down to one or two things, if pressed, I’d say it was the jurors: Ordinary citizens who were called away from their daily lives, sometimes at great expense or sacrifice to themselves and their families, to perform one of the most basic – but also one of the most important – obligations of citizenship.

Grant Konvalinka welcomes April Sawhill

April Sawhill has joined the law firm of Grant, Konvalinka & Harrison as counsel.

Sawhill began her practice in commercial litigation and insurance coverage matters in Grand Rapids, Michigan after graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Odum finds success with Spain team

Realtor Tauris Odum was visiting his brother in Atlanta in 2019 when he noticed he was repeatedly seeing one particular face beside the interstate as he drove through the city – that of Realtor Mark Spain.

Odum, 51, remembers Spain smiling down on traffic from billboards that appeared and disappeared like a looping GIF.

July 2022 local housing market statistics

At a time of year when homebuying activity is typically strong, soaring costs have caused home sales to decline nationwide for the fifth consecutive month. In addition, existing-home sales have fallen 5.4% month-to-month and 14.2% year-over-year, the National Association of Realtors reports.

Five easy fall maintenance tasks for your home

With schools back in session and temperatures starting to cool slightly, now is the time to focus on a few simple home maintenance projects to prepare for the fall weather.

Not all maintenance projects require a significant amount of time or money. Instead, seasonal projects are low or no-cost DIY projects that can also help you save money on your energy bills.

Federal court plans public reading of U.S. Constitution

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee will host a public reading of the U.S. Constitution Friday, Sept. 16.

The event will be held on the steps of the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building, located at 900 Georgia Ave., from 11:30 a.m. to about 1 p.m.

Newsmakers: First Horizon selects new senior VP

First Horizon Bank has tapped Chris George to serve as senior vice president and private client relationship manager. A native of Chattanooga, George comes to First Horizon after serving as a relationship banker and then moving into leadership at Regions Bank. George most recently served as a vice president in wealth management before joining First Horizon.

Chattanooga receives $25M federal grant to replace Wilcox Bridge

The city of Chattanooga will receive $25 million in federal funds to replace the 70-year-old, long deteriorating Wilcox Boulevard Bridge with a new, modern structure.

The funding, which the U.S. Department of Transportation’s RAISE (Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability & Equity) program funded, represents one of the largest single-item transportation investments in Chattanooga’s history.

Volkswagen Chattanooga celebrates graduating apprentices

Volkswagen officials last week recognized the achievements of 11 new graduates of the Volkswagen Academy Robotronics Program.

“These graduates have been qualified in a high-level, in-demand profession,” said Burkhard Ulrich, Volkswagen Chattanooga senior vice president of human resources. “As we ramp up Industry 4.0 assembly and continue to electrify our fleet, these new graduates will be assets to our team.”

South Chattanooga to participate in Resilient Communities program

South Chattanooga is one of four Tennessee and Georgia communities Thrive Regional Partnership has selected to participate in the pilot of its new Resilient Communities program, an initiative designed to help communities plan for and address environmental challenges, including the increasing effects of climate change.

Rogers column: Return to reruns, bad eating habits while wife’s away

I’ve been watching the first episodes of “Lost in Space” from 1965. Watering the plants every day or two. Taking the trash and recycling to the curb. Now I’m wondering: Should I be feeding the birds?

I’m a bachelor again.

Financial Focus: Are you properly insured?

You probably won’t see it on your calendar, but September is Life Insurance Awareness Month. And it is indeed important to be aware of the importance of life insurance. Are you adequately insured?

Many people aren’t. About 40% of Americans face some type of life insurance gap, either because they’re uninsured or underinsured, a 2021 survey by the research and advocacy groups LIMRA and Life Happens reveals.

Personal Finance: Three reasons not to tap your home equity now

Soaring real estate values mean many homeowners are awash in equity – the difference between what they owe and what their homes are worth. The average-priced home has increased 42% since the start of the pandemic, and the average homeowner with a mortgage can now tap more than $207,000 in equity, reports Black Knight Inc., a mortgage and real estate data analysis company.

New coach, high hopes for preseason No. 11 Lady Vols

Former UT women’s soccer head coach Brian Pensky may have departed to take over the programs at defending national champion Florida State, but he didn’t leave the cupboard bare.

The No. 11 Tennessee women’s soccer team returns 10 starters from a 2021 season that saw the Lady Vols finish second in the SEC regular season and capture the SEC tournament title.

Vrabel ‘encouraged’ by progress of top-pick Burks at WR

First-round NFL draft picks face plenty of scrutiny. When the previous two first-round picks for four team – in this case the Tennessee Titans – (offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson in 2020, cornerback Caleb Farley in 2021) didn’t contribute much in their rookie seasons, it adds even more attention.

Rookie Phillips making name for himself as receiver, punt returner

By Terry McCormick

While Treylon Burks has gotten the attention that naturally comes as a first-round pick, another Titans rookie receiver has been a big hit in training camp and preseason.

Kyle Philips, a fifth-round pick from UCLA, comes to Tennessee as a ready-made slot receiver and punt returner, something the team has needed for a while in a league where quick, shifty receivers who can get open seem to find a niche.

Behind the Wheel: Small, luxurious: Genesis GV70 vs. Acura RDX

The Genesis brand, a luxury spinoff of Hyundai, is a newcomer, having come into its own in late 2016. But it’s been steadily building out its portfolio of vehicles since, and one of the latest is the GV70, its first compact luxury SUV. The GV70 faces off against many more established rivals, one of which followed a similar path to creation: the Acura RDX.