Chattanooga Diary

As last week’s column concerned a question from a vacationing reader, I decided the next few summer columns should also feature travel news that readers can apply this season or stick aside to use for future vacations. This week concerns one of my least favorite before-trip chores: packing. Most of the following suggestions are commonplace, although sometimes we need a nudge to remember to follow them.

Carolyn Freeman was recently named vice president of Life Care Centers of America's Cumberland region, which encompasses nine skilled nursing facilities in the company's eastern division.

  • July 13th, 2014  |
  • By Wesley Holloway

Q: My sister's birthday is soon, and she has been asking for a particular type of luxury handbag. I did some searching online, and found a really good price for the handbag she wants, but it seems a little too good. I want to be sure I'm getting her the real deal but not break the bank. Does the BBB have tips on how to be sure I get the real item, and not a fake?

  • July 11th, 2014  |
  • By Jim Winsett

Several pharmaceutical and medical device firms have been in the news recently, and not for their latest blockbuster drugs or lifesaving devices.

  • July 9th, 2014  |
  • By Chris Hopkins

Unum recently announced the promotion of Preston Rogers to assistant vice president of the customer contact center where he will manage operations and ensure high standards for customer service.

Project: New multi-lab center at Chattanooga Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Center. Owner: Chattanooga Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Center. Location: 3924 Volunteer Dr.

Happy Belated 4th of July.

Q: I got a call from someone saying I won an $8,400 government grant. All I had to do was get a Green Dot money card, load $240 on it, give them a call back with the card numbers, and they promised the money would be released to my bank. Sounds a little off, is this a scam?

  • July 4th, 2014  |
  • By By Jim Winsett
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It is hard to overestimate the importance of a good credit score. So if your own credit history is less than pristine, it might be easy to fall under the spell of a so-called credit repair agency, especially one that promises to miraculously restore your standing and quickly erase negative information.

  • July 2nd, 2014  |
  • By Chris Hopkins

In the past few months, I’ve lost one phone and my husband’s was stolen. Since we both maintain confidential information on our phones, what precautions can we take to protect ourselves?

George G. Hixson recently joined the law firm Duncan, Hatcher, Hixson & Fleenor.

The word "fit" has two common meanings. It can mean ideal dimensions, as in: "The man's suit fit perfectly." Or it can mean an efficient level of performance, as in: "The soccer player is physically fit."

Q. We're in the summer doldrums, what scams should we be looking out for?

  • June 27th, 2014  |
  • By By Jim Winsett
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Since Congress amended the U.S. bankruptcy code in 2005, retirement assets like IRA accounts, pensions and 401(k) plans have generally been protected from creditors in the event of personal insolvency. However, a recent court ruling has drawn a clear and stark distinction regarding inherited IRAs: they don't count as retirement assets.

  • June 25th, 2014  |
  • By Chris Hopkins

Cornerstone Bancshares, Inc., parent company of Cornerstone Community Bank, has added Monique Prado Berke to its board of directors.

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