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Everything old is new again

As the second oldest title company in Chattanooga, Milligan Reynolds Guaranty Title Agency has archives nearly as extensive as the registrar, says majority owner Valerie Epstein.

“If you bought and sold property through Milligan Reynolds, we probably have your records,” she says.

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel and Urban League celebrate equal opportunity

At the annual Equal Opportunity Day (EOD) breakfast on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 7:30 a.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center, the Urban League will celebrate 32 years of empowerment in the Chattanooga community and present awards to individual and corporate leaders who have championed equal opportunity, civil rights, and social justice. Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam will be the keynote speaker.

Warehouse Row reintroduces lunchtime symphony performances

Warehouse Row is bringing lunchtime entertainment to downtown once again with the return of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera performance series.

The live musical midday events will be hosted at Warehouse Row on the third Thursday of every month through the end of this year.

Bethany Christian Services of Chattanooga named ‘Angel in Adoption’

U.S. Senator Bob Corker last week congratulated Bethany Christian Services of Chattanooga on being recognized as a Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) 2014 Angel in Adoption for their advocacy of adoption issues.

“Bethany Christian Services of Chattanooga has impacted the lives of countless families through their tireless dedication to finding children permanent, loving homes, and I was proud to nominate them for this award,” said Corker.

Chief Justice Barker celebrates Legal Aid at fundraising event

Former Tennessee Chief Justice William M. “Muecke” Barker, of counsel with the firm of Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, was the keynote speaker at Legal Aid of East Tennessee’s Southern Region Annual Campaign Kick Off Breakfast at the Chattanooga Choo Choo on Sept. 16.

Supreme Court upholds trial court ruling in custody case that relied on counselor’s testimony via telephone

The Tennessee Supreme Court has reinstated a trial court’s decision to designate a teenage boy’s mother as his primary residential parent.

The boy and his teenage sister were living in Richmond, Va., with their parents when the parents decided to separate in 2011. His mother anticipated moving back to Chattanooga, her hometown, following the separation, and she expected that both children would live with her because she had raised them as a stay-at-home mother. 

Inmates are not required to sue private prison operators in county where correctional facility located

In a unanimous opinion, the Tennessee Supreme Court has determined that a statute requiring lawsuits by inmates to be brought in the county where they were incarcerated does not apply to inmates housed in a privately operated correctional facility.

When is it time to make portfolio changes?
Financial Focus

The kids are back at school and summer vacations are now just fading memories, so it must be autumn. But the seasons don’t just move on the calendar — they also change in your life. And, speaking of changes, you’ll have to make many of them as you move through the years — and that includes changes to your investment portfolio. But how will you know when it’s time to take action?

Chattanooga awarded TIGER grant to study passenger rail options

The United States Department of Transportation this month announced Chattanooga as a recipient of a $400,000 Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to study the potential use of existing railways for a Passenger Rail system in Chattanooga. There were 72 awards announced in 46 states and DC. Out of numerous grant applications across Tennessee, the study of a potential passenger rail system in Chattanooga was the only TIGER awarded grant in the state.

All you ever need to know about real estate
Under Analysis

Disclaimer: I’m not a real estate lawyer. However, I feel completely qualified to write this post because I’ve purchased a home twice. It’s kind of like how I’m sure I could compete with professional swimmers because I know how to doggy paddle … and I’m really good at it.

What are you worrying about?
View From The Cheap Seats

How much effort should a person put into worrying about things that they do not have the power to change? How much effort should a person put into worrying about something they have the power to change, but no intention to do so? Why would anyone spend even a minute of their time worrying about such things? The answer is as simple as it is complicated and everyone reading this diatribe participates in the sport of worrying every day.

PARK(ing) Day
River City Roundabout

Chattanooga last week celebrated its seventh PARK(ing) Day, an annual event organized locally by River City in which people, businesses, and other organizations

transform metered parking spaces into temporary public places.

TAR rocks Chattanooga

The Tennessee Association of Realtors last week held its 2014 convention in the Scenic City.

The three-day event beginning Wednesday, Sept. 17 took place at the Chattanooga Marriott and the Convention center, and was well attended by local Realtors and real estate professionals from across the state.

August residential market recap

Most local markets continue to recover from a soft patch earlier this year. The macro trend is still positive; the micro trend involves more moderate pinching up and down the month-to-month timeline.

This is not uncommon in a balanced market, but it’s been so long since we’ve seen one that we’re watching it with perhaps too much trepidation. Metrics to watch include Inventory and Prices, but also Days on Market, Months’ Supply, and Percent of List Price Received at Sale. Declines in pending and closed sales activity may reflect strong decreases at lower price points and may not indicate softening demand.

Fall’s here y’all, and the soup’s on!
Kay's Cooking Corner

Today, as I write, it’s the first day of fall of 2014. I don’t know about you, but for me spring and summer slipped by way too quickly, and I’m rather bummed about it. I enjoy autumn – it’s the season after that I dread.

Are We There Yet?

Last week was about holes in one, yes I wrote holes. The bad news is neither were from my swing and my rifle-shafted irons that are soon to be replaced. Yes, I blame the equipment.

Anyway, I’m sure I’ve mentioned that KM comes from a large family; in fact she was the last of the Althoff village born to Margaret and Tony. KM came in at the tenth spot, the number that seemed right to finally stop on. They were civilized after all; and this was long before reality television. 

Chattanooga area resident featured in NYC Down Syndrome presentation

Davis Reeves of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., appeared in the bright lights of Broadway, Sept. 20 as part of the National Down Syndrome Society’s (NDSS) annual Times Square Video presentation. The featured photographs highlight children, teens, and adults with Down syndrome working, playing, and learning alongside friends and family.

Neeson makes walk worth taking
The Critic's Corner

Liam Neeson has been on a box office roll in recent years, but not all of the parts he’s played have been worth remembering. While “Taken” and its sequel were popular films, both had glaring issues. Neeson then played the same grizzled, aging, tough guy character in “Unknown” and “Nonstop.” He’s had parts in other films, too, but none as good as John Ottway in “The Grey.” I still get chills thinking about that movie, and not because of its deep Alaskan setting; Neeson was fantastic.

Century Farms on Facebook
Read All About It

A few weeks back, I received an invitation to be the speaker for the Wilson County Fair Century Farm Luncheon.

It was one of those hot days in August, but it was a grand day for a visit to one of Tennessee’s top county fairs and a chance to celebrate the Century Farm Program in our state.

Puzzled groups

DAVIDSON, N.C. — A few years ago, Brown University had the largest puzzle-related student activities organization in the country. Its Puzzling Association, with over 30 members, met weekly to solve, discuss, and construct. New York Times puzzle editor Will Shortz declared a “Brown Week” in the autumn of 2010, publishing a crossword by a different student for six consecutive days. Natan Last, Class of 2012, had 14 Times puzzles published before he graduated.

Pallet bath shelf
Do It Yourself

When we bought our home, one of the things that I loved about the house was the large, soaking, whirlpool tub. There is something great about drawing a big, hot, relaxing tub full of water. Soaking in the tub is great for ridding the body of toxins, especially if you add Epsom salt and ground ginger. 

Brainbuster – Make your brain tingle!

With Halloween just around the corner, maybe we should brush up on the superstitions that could bring us good or bad luck. In doing this puzzle, I realized why I am not yet a millionaire – my bed faces north and south – quite unlucky as far as fortune goes! Check out the rest of these!

What'd They Say?

Fill in the blanks in the quote using the following words:


human, qualities, others, courage, rightly,

quality, guarantees, esteemed


“______ is ______ ______ the first of ______ ______ because it is the______ which ______ all ______.”

The Enclave at East Hamilton finalize plans for proposed project

Developers of The Enclave at East Hamilton and members of the East Brainerd Community Committee met last week to finalize plans for the proposed project.

The Enclave at East Hamilton began as a proposed mixed use development at the corner of East Brainerd and Ooltewah-Ringgold Roads. Because of concerns about the proposed apartments and increase in traffic, the project had little community support. The project also required rezoning for a portion of the site, and there were concerns about the phasing of development at the site.


Community Festival Day

Saturday, Sept. 27

East Chattanooga Improvement and the City of Chattanooga Department of Youth and Family Development are inviting residents in East Chattanooga and the surrounding neighborhoods to Community Festival Day. The event will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, at Carver Youth and Development Center, located at 600 North Orchard Knob Avenue. The festival will begin at noon and conclude at 7 p.m., and feature free medical screenings, food, drinks, and family games. Power 94’s Nori Nori will serve as MC; performers will include Eastgate’s Senior Steppers, Echoes of Heaven, Brainerd High’s Voices of Fire, Howard’s Show Choir, Catherine Boaz, G3, and Brother Charles McGraw. There is no cost to attend.

What was going on in Chattanooga in 1914?

Saturday, September 26, 1914

At a banquet in the Read House Friday night, much praise and satisfaction was expressed about the first Surgical Congress held here at the various hospitals. Visiting physicians hope this will become an annual affair.

What was going on in Chattanooga in 1964?

Saturday, September 26, 1964

Three large building projects involving investments totaling $1,536,500 will begin soon in the Chattanooga area. The largest is the Continental Apartments at 2400 Hixson Pike, for which a $950,000 permit was taken out, a new Seventh Day Adventist Church in Collegedale permit for $464,000, and the State of Tennessee took out a permit for $122,500 for a 14-room addition to its Chattanooga district highway department headquarters on Cromwell Road.