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Let's face it, most people who drive pickups for basic transportation don't need big, half-ton work trucks such as the Nissan Titan or the Ford F-150. For folks who just need a truck to get the kids to school, or maybe to haul an occasional Christmas tree or a pile of mulch, a compact truck does the job perfectly.

Q. At my home we are receiving Medicare Insurance programs and free medical device solicitations every day. How do we know if the business is a reputable company and the products valid?

  • Oct. 24th, 2014  |
  • By By Jim Winsett
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After a full month of declines, the S&P 500 index last week came within a whisker of a so-called correction, defined as a drop of 10 percent from the previous peak.

Michael Lawley has joined Airnet Holdings as chief operating officer.

• Project: North Shore apartments. • Location: 110 Tremont St. • Developer: John Wise. • Contractor: Wise Construction Co.

AARP advises anyone who might be considering an open enrollment insurance move to beware of identity thieves.

Typically, I spend about five minutes a year thinking about minivans — and I'm a car guy.

Q. My wife and I wish to donate to a worthy Breast Cancer Awareness fundraising event during October. Is there advice from the BBB?

  • Oct. 17th, 2014  |
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The value of the U.S. dollar has rallied sharply, up nearly 15 percent since May when measured against a basket of other currencies. This is the highest exchange rate for the greenback since mid-2010. So what does that mean for American families and for the U.S. economy?

  • Oct. 15th, 2014  |
  • By Chris Hopkins

Bea Lurie, president and CEO of Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, has been elected to the National Board of Girls, Inc., the organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold.

While the stock market seems pretty stable right now, layoffs at work still occur and unemployment remains too high.

Project: Dayton City School expansion. Location: 520 Cherry St., Dayton, Tenn. Owners: City of Dayton, Dayton City School.

Q: I am looking forward to Halloween, but have yet to find a costume to wear, buy candy, and set up the decorations. I plan to go shopping this weekend for my items, but does the BBB have any tips to keep in mind while I go Halloween shopping?

  • Oct. 10th, 2014  |
  • By By Jim Winsett
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Americans are understandably concerned about the potential for an outbreak of the Ebola virus in the United States. While the situation is clearly dire in West Africa, public health officials here are justifiably confident in their ability to stanch the spread if the disease gets inside the U.S.

  • Oct. 8th, 2014  |
  • By Chris Hopkins

James K. Rochat has been hired as director and assistant treasurer of investments and cash management for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

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