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Family debates guide Vey’s career path
Hard to win an argument when both parents are attorneys

This is the second installment in a series of articles featuring families in which successive generations have practiced law. In this entry, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Shelley Rucker and her son, Miller & Martin attorney Alex Vey, trace how growing up in a home saturated with the law helped to shape his choice of career.

Brock, Spurgin-Floyd receive state defense bar awards

The Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers honored Chattanooga attorneys Matt Brock of Best & Brock and Brandy Spurgin-Floyd of Spurgin & Mattingly at its annual awards ceremony in August.

Brock received the Rob McKinney Workhorse Award for “providing essential leadership and working tirelessly for the TACDL,” reads the program for the ceremony.

Circuit Court Judge Hollingsworth steps down

A longtime fascination with judges and the courtroom led Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Hollingsworth to the bench in 2006.

“By the time 2006 rolled around, I’d been trying cases in criminal courts for almost 30 years, and I was fascinated by the judges I appeared in front of,” says Hollingsworth. “Some good fascination, some questioning fascination, but fascinated with what they did.”

Real estate and finance attorney Edwards joins Baker Donelson

Real estate and finance attorney Rachel Edwards has joined the law firm of Baker Donelson as of counsel in the firm’s Chattanooga office.

Edwards focuses her legal practice on commercial lending, property land use and zoning. She represents clients in the health care sector in complex transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, leasing and financing of long-term care facilities and senior housing.

Criminal Court Judge Poole retires

On Aug. 31, 11th District Criminal Court Judge Don Poole hung up his judicial robe and entered retirement. After 17 years on the bench and three decades of practicing law, it wasn’t easy.

“I’m going to miss being a judge,” says Poole. “People ask about my feelings. I’m happy to a certain extent, expectant to a certain extent, but I’m also sad to a certain extent because I’ve enjoyed being a judge.

Finally, a good reason to hit the floor
Dare to Dance helped Shaw beat fear, help charity

There was a time when no amount of tugging could get Brittany Shaw on a dance floor. In fact, the only thing begging and pleading would coax out of her would be tears.

“There’s a family story about me crying at a wedding because I didn’t want to dance,” says Shaw, who was 12 at the time. “I had self-esteem issues.”

What’s happening with homebuying

A few weeks ago, I wrote about the importance of consulting an expert, whether it’s a Realtor, physician or mechanic. This past week, I was privileged to do just that while attending our Economic Outlook Luncheon with speaker Jessica Lautz, NAR’s vice president of demographics and behavioral insight.

Creating your own ultimate bathroom sanctuary

Although bathrooms serve a specific function, they don’t need to conform to a utilitarian design. If anything, this space benefits from personalization.

From simple contemporary designs to chic, luxurious fixtures, today’s bathroom trends are about creating a relaxing personal retreat.

Newsmakers: 18th annual Pink! gala co-chairs, theme announced

Drs. Davey and Brooke Daniel and attorneys Jimar and Gabby Sanders will co-chair CHI Memorial Foundation’s 18th annual Pink! gala, currently scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

The theme for the annual event is “A Pink! Night in the Big Apple.”

More profits inside than at the pump
Buc-ees flips the old model for travel stores with other brands taking notice

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, buying snacks for a road trip should always look like an unsupervised 9-year-old was given $100.” Wisdom from the internet

Perhaps nothing more clearly defines the undeniable allure of Buc-ee’s to children of all ages than the staggering number of snacks. A wall of beef jerky. Yards of homemade fudge. A bakery that features Texas kolaches (picture a giant pig in a blanket). Hot-roasted sugared nuts. Hand-cut fried potato chips. And rows and rows and rows of bagged snacks, including the exclusive Beaver Nuggets and all the gummies the world has ever known. Oh, and a broad expanse of fountain drinks, including Buc-ee’s proprietary flavors.

Financial Focus: When should you adjust your investment mix?

There are no shortcuts to investment success — you need to establish a long-term strategy and stick with it. This means you’ll want to create an investment mix based on your goals, risk tolerance and time horizon – and then regularly review it to ensure it’s still meeting your needs.

Personal Finance: Money doesn’t have to be confusing with the right help

Managing money is an essential life skill, yet most U.S. adults would fail a financial literacy test. Consider the results of a survey meant to measure financial literacy, called the TIAA Institute-GFLEC Personal Finance Index. On average, U.S. adults correctly answered only 50% of its financial literacy questions in 2022.

City, police employee groups agree on truthfulness process

Mayor Tim Kelly, Police Chief Celeste Murphy and employee representative groups have reached a resolution to review the assignments of all Chattanooga Police Department officers who have sustained allegations of being less than truthful.

As part of the review process, each affected officer’s assignment will be evaluated by an internal committee made up of sworn officers of diverse ranks and roles.

Aquarium-led partnership secures $10M for water quality, farming

Tennessee is as much a patchwork quilt of farms as an intricately woven lacework of streams and rivers. Soon, farmers and the aquatic life living alongside them will reap the benefits of $10 million in federal funds to support water-friendly agricultural improvements in the rolling uplands of the state’s southeastern corner.

Chattanooga BASF begins apprenticeship program

BASF has launched an apprenticeship program at its Chattanooga facility in the hopes of producing talent for a skilled and diverse technician workforce.

As part of a regional BASF initiative, the program will focus on hiring and developing candidates enrolled in Chattanooga State Community College.

EPB launches communitywide 25-gigabit internet service

After launching America’s first broadly available gigabit-speed internet service in 2010 and the first 10-gigabit internet service in 2015, EPB has launched the nation’s first communitywide 25 gigabits-per-second internet service.

EPB will make the new broadband network speed available to all residential and commercial customers over a fully fiber optic network with symmetrical upload and download speeds.

Millennial Money: Money ‘rules’ got you down? It’s OK, few follow them

Put 20% down when buying a home. Don’t spend more than 30% of your income on housing costs. Keep child care expenses below 10% of your annual household income.

These money rules of thumb can be useful guardrails, helping you allocate spending and determine what’s affordable. They can also be incredibly defeating when they feel unattainable.

Book review: Disney’s not always the happiest place on earth

“The Disney Revolt: The Great Labor War of Animation’s Golden Age”

By Jake S. Friedman

c.2022, Chicago Review Press


320 pages

You’ve never passed up a chance to catch The Mouse.

You might have seen him on television when you were a child, along with Annette or Darlene, Britney or Justin. You’ve caught him on the big screen, in books and comics, on watches and beach towels. The Mouse has been around for your entire life, even when – as in the new book, “Disney Revolt” by Jake S. Friedman – he’s a mouse in trouble.

Behind the Wheel: Five cars that won’t be around for 2023

The collection of new vehicles on sale is constantly changing with all of the latest introductions and discontinuations. While the all-new vehicles get plenty of hype, automakers are typically quiet when they cease production of a vehicle. As such, shoppers often don’t realize they’re gone until it’s too late.