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A lawyer walks into a bar ...
Chance NYC encounter alters Chandler’s life, career, address

Attorney John Chandler was sitting at a bar at the Copacabana in New York City when he turned and saw a beautiful woman standing next to him.

Although he was there for business, not pleasure, he introduced himself anyway. “I’m John Chandler,” he said.

Humble sworn in as Signal Mountain town judge

It’s official: Former federal prosecutor Gary Humble is now judge of Signal Mountain following his recent investiture by the Hon. William “Chink” Brown at Signal Mountain Town Hall.

Humble won the non-partisan election for the post Aug. 2.

Burnette, Dobson & Pinchak announces new associate

University of Tennessee at Knoxville law graduate Kathleen Siciliano has joined the law firm of Burnette, Dobson & Pinchak as a new associate.

Siciliano is a Chattanooga native, a graduate of Girls Preparatory School and the daughter of Gerard and Paula Siciliano.

Best Lawyers recognizes Autumn Witt Boyd

Autumn Witt Boyd has been selected to the 25th edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the category of Litigation – Intellectual Property.

Prior to opening her own practice, Boyd served as an associate with the law firm Harmon & Seidman, where she represented photographers, visual artists and stock photography agencies in copyright lawsuits.

Federal bar to host public reading of the U.S. Constitution

The Chattanooga Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in partnership with the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee will host a public reading of the United States Constitution to celebrate Constitution Day on Monday, Sept. 17.

View from the Hill: Come fly with Phil, Marsha on gilded wings

Early in his U.S. Senate campaign, former Gov. Phil Bredesen shied away from talking about his opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, preferring to focus instead on ideas.

But a new TV ad paid for by Majority Forward, a Democrat-leaning group, dubs her as “Air Blackburn” for taking all sorts of junkets and voting herself pay raises over 10 years in Congress.

Hudson wearing his heart on his sleeve – and his tie

When ZZ Top sang about how girls love a sharp-dressed man, the band included black ties, not pink ones, on its list of alluring accessories.

But when Realtor Jay Hudson recently purchased seven spanking new pink ties, no one told him about his fashion faux paux.

Realtor safety tips for home buyers, sellers

The National Association of Realtors this month released its 2018 Member Safety Report, which surveyed over 3,000 Realtors about how safe they feel while on the job, their personal safety experiences and the safety procedures they follow.

The report found that nearly a third of Realtors experienced a situation that made them fear for their personal safety or the safety of their personal information, and 43 percent of Realtors choose to carry self-defense weapons.

Emergency preparedness at home

Recent natural disasters around the world remind us that our lives can quickly be turned upside down with little warning. September is National Preparedness Month, which makes now a perfect time to prepare your family and household for emergencies that are most likely to impact our area.

Critic's Corner: Worst habits of genre confirmed in nonsensical ‘Nun’

If the “The Nun” has any value, it’s as a cautionary tale about the dangers of following spooky things into shadowy places.

The characters in this spin-off of “The Conjuring” repeatedly follow creepy-looking nuns, a demon-possessed boy and even a tiny bell tied to a string into the dark corners of a medieval Romanian castle.

TDOT to begin Cummings Hwy. drainage improvement project

Tennessee Department of Transportation contract crews soon will begin a project to address drainage issues at the I-24 West ramps at Exit 174 to U.S. 41 (Cummings Highway) in the Lookout Valley community in Chattanooga. The area frequently floods during heavy rainfall, requiring interstate ramps and U.S. 41 to be closed to traffic until the water recedes.

TEMA re-launches ReadyTN mobile app

The Tennessee Emergency Management Agency is reintroducing its ReadyTN application after making improvements to the app’s coding, design and functionality.

Tennesseans can download ReadyTN and use the app on mobile devices running either the Apple or Android operating system.

Can you benefit from an annuity?

Retirement isn’t cheap. You might have heard that you will need 70 percent to 80 percent of your pre-retirement income, but the real figure might even be higher, depending on your circumstances. And retirement isn’t short, either – you could spend two or three decades as a retiree. Taken together, these factors highlight the need to identify as many sources of retirement income as possible – and one of these sources might be an annuity.

Jail achieves national accreditation

The Hamilton County Jail achieved full compliance with American Correctional Association standards and best practices for jails during a recent accreditation audit.

“This is an exceptional accomplishment for a facility over 30 years old and is a testament to the dedication and professionalism of the people who work at the Hamilton County Jail,” says Sheriff Jim Hammond. “I’m proud of each employee.”

Cyberbullying program heads to area schools

For the past 39 years, Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block has provided educational programs to schools and communities using the KOTB puppets, focusing on awareness and prevention topics.

With cyberbullying on the rise, KOTB continues to educate children through the newly developed program, “Cyberbullying: Safe at School.”

Newsmakers: Memorial welcomes Dr. Holley Davis

Dr. Holley Davis has joined CHI Memorial Chattanooga Internal Medicine Group.

Davis earned her medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She completed a residency in internal medicine at St. Louis University Hospital in Missouri. Davis previously worked as a hospitalist at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis. She’s board certified in internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Symphony opens 86th season with ‘Four Seasons of Buenos Aires’

The Chattanooga Symphony & Opera will open its 86th season on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the Tivoli Theatre with Piazzolla’s “Four Seasons of Buenos Aires.” The performance will feature award-winning 21-year-old violinist Eduardo Rios.

Name that alley

Nashville has Printer’s Alley, Seattle has Post Alley and now Chattanooga will soon have a destination alley of its own. Community members can vote on the name of the alley where the new permanent installation will be installed in October.

The alley name has been narrowed to four options sourced from building and business owners surrounding the alley. The options include:

Hunter Invitational: Special exhibition at Hunter Museum features eight regional artists

Hunter Invitational IV, an exhibition highlighting regional artwork, opens Friday, Sept. 21 at Hunter Museum.

The opening reception and exhibit preview on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. will allow museum guests to meet the artists.

Hunter Museum began the Invitational series in 2007 to recognize and promote regional artwork. This fourth iteration features the work of Amanda Brazier, Tara Hamilton, Mindy Herrin, Charles Ladson, Sisavanh Phouthavong, John Douglas Powers, Andrew Scott Ross and Vadis Turner.

Chattanooga Pro Soccer announces downtown HQ, retail space

The Chattanooga Professional Soccer organization is opening a team headquarters, which will feature executive office space, a retail store and a gathering area for fans.

“This space will be the hub for all things Chattanooga Pro Soccer,” says Sean McDaniel, team general manager and president. “It will be the headquarters not only for our operation but a dedicated place for fans.”