Chattanooga Diary

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.

Continuing with last week’s info concerning how to eliminate nuisance phone calls/telemarketers that number right at 200,000 complaints monthly, my research shows that DoNotCall.gov does help some, but don’t stop there. While we also discussed Nomorobo.com, do add the following suggestions to your help list.

Project: Lee Pointe, Miller-Motte Technical College. Owner: Pointe General Contractors, Chattanooga. Location: 6397 Lee Highway.

Sometimes new-car upgrades are evolutionary, modest tweaks to an already refined product.

• East Brainerd Council meeting Tuesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Car Barn, 6721 Heritage Business Court. Meetings cost $10 with Stu Lewis of Sandler Training.

Q: In light of what has happened recently with the puppy mill operation in Bradley County, does the BBB have tips on how to buy a dog from a reputable breeder?

  • June 20th, 2014  |
  • By By Jim Winsett
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Investors seeking income in the current climate of abysmally low interest rates have been turning increasingly to dividend-paying stocks. While this shift is rational and generally appropriate for many, it is also important to understand the risks involved. Dividends present a compelling alternative source of cash flow but are not equivalent to bond or CD income and must be evaluated carefully in view of their specific characteristics and potential downside.

  • June 18th, 2014  |
  • By Chris Hopkins

Tennessee Risk Management Trust has named Dr. Phillip Wallace as trust administrator.

It used to be that dinner time was THE time telemarketers dialed your number to sell products, request votes, solicit money, announce you’ve “won” contests, and all else on the “Leave Me the Heck Alone” list (as opposed to the “Do Not Call).

Some of the specs on this week's test car, the Volvo S60 T6, almost look like misprints.

Q: I think my dad has every tool and tie available, and I would rather buy him something different for Father's Day this year. Are there any tips the BBB has to consider to find him that perfect gift?

  • June 13th, 2014  |
  • By By Jim Winsett
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Few issues so inflame the partisans of both parties as environmental regulation. So when President Obama announced a sweeping plan to reduce carbon emission from power plants 30 percent by 2030, his proposal was greeted with a chorus of opposition.

  • June 11th, 2014  |
  • By Chris Hopkins

Kathryn M. Russell has joined the Chattanooga law firm of McColpin, Coffman & Harris, PLLC, as an associate. Russell's practice concentrates in the areas of general civil litigation, insurance defense, family law and estate planning.

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