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Brittany Cofer

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A s unemployment nationwide hovers just below double digit levels, a local company is expanding its reach to help workers enhance their job skills.

Eco-friendly soap and beauty products that are made with natural ingredients and packaged in recycled materials.

Painting party

Business adds fun to palette

Leslie Lakey flutters around the small studio in the back of her Art Warehouse business a couple times a week, showing people how to paint.

Despite a setback that developers are calling “another bump in the road,” plans are still on track to build a multimillion-dollar hotel and conference center at Canyon Ridge Club and Resort in Walker County.

Plans for a multi-million dollar hotel and conference center at the Canyon Ridge Club and Resort on Lookout Mountain continue to move forward, according to the resort's owner, Randy Baker.

A cartoon Santa peeps from the side of a green gift bag nestled in a pile of discarded wrapping paper in a blue recycling bin by the side of the road.

Four chairs sit in the waiting room of Compassionate Health Care in Hixson, a primary care practice that opened in May. Its sole physician and owner, Dr. Keith Weaver, said the perceived lack of seating was done on purpose.

Technology Lifecycle LLC is in its first phase with plans to employ about 15 to 20 people within the next three years and be able to reach a million pounds of recycling per month.

When she's not sailing or hangliding, Judy Hildebrand runs what has turned into a successful vegan food business. But it hasn't always been that way.

The Hogue family wants Chattanooga to know the best printing in the world is done in its own backyard -- and with just 37 employees.

A lthough stores throughout the Chattanooga area will be dark and empty most of today, retailers expect a surge of after-Christmas shoppers on Sunday.

After about three years of battling the effects of an ailing economy, the restaurant business appears to be picking up steam, according to industry experts.

First Security Group leaders said Monday the banking company is not in imminent danger of closing or being shut down by any regulatory agency.

Rick Strickland, owner of Preferred Cleaners, said the eco-friendly Rynex solvent he uses is non-carcinogenic, biodegradable and has a low toxicity, unlike traditional solvents long used in the industry. In addition to the solvents being easy on the Earth, a special machine is able to reclaim 99 percent of the solvent used.

Despite a statement in First Security Group's most recent quarterly report expressing concern about the company's future viability, chief executive Rodger Holley said the bank is on track for a turnaround.

Each year cleaning services count on the hectic holiday season to boost business.

Chattanooga-based FSGBank has reported with the Securities and Exchange Commission in its latest financial statement that there is "possible doubt as to its ability to continue as a going concern."

When Sallie Beckes has a busy day away from her home and can't tend to her 5-month-old puppy, she doesn't worry. Instead of keeping her Weimaraner, Sadie, cooped up in a crate or left to wander the house, Beckes drops her off at day care.

A local jewelry store's holiday contest that will give away five quarter-carat diamond rings is more than just a marketing technique.

Taco Mamacita owners try their hand at burger restaurant and bar that will feature "very interesting topping configurations."

Processes that eliminate 100 percent of hazardous waste from the galvanizing process, which involves coating irons or steels to protect against erosion.

Local Christmas tree farmers are counting on the holiday spirit to outshine the tendency for consumers to hold onto their money through tough economic times.

A small tab in the back of Shirley Green's checkbook was labeled "sofa" for years until she saved enough money to buy the perfect piece of furniture for her home.

Making the leap from farmer to executive director sounds like it wouldn't be a seamless transition, but for Joel Houser it was as natural as the food he grows.

Environmentally friendly architecture and interior design firm that helps clients choose energy saving options for building.

As Chattanooga's Southside neighborhood continues to grow, the annual event meant to highlight the renaissance of the area is also expanding.

Charlie and Courtnay McGinness ease pain every day, but they're not doctors — they sell shoes that help with lower back, heel and arch pain.

An Ohioan was recently named president and chief operating officer of First Security Group Inc., parent of FSGBank, succeeding the company's founding president who remains as chairman and CEO.

Hours into the busiest shopping day of the year, a well-dressed pair of Belk customers spots something shiny and interesting. But they're a few seconds late.

It started as a whimsical idea, brought on by a trip with several friends.

Signs with red warning letters are posted in the windows of a Chattanooga furniture store that has been seized by the state for failure to pay its taxes.

New business owners in Chattanooga's Southside say they can feel the "electricity" as more shops invigorate the transforming neighborhood.

Retailers entering the holiday shopping season are cautiously optimistic after several years of conservative consumer spending.

Operators of the Delta Queen say they are a step closer to ensuring the historic riverboat stays in Chattanooga.

By using products free of formaldehyde, ammonia, plastic and parabens, the organic services offered at Banana Tree Salon keep harmful chemicals from going down the drain or absorbing into the customer's skin, said owner and stylist Angela Oliver.

A decadelong effort to bring a hotel and conference center to Walker County received state backing on Friday.

A decadelong effort to bring a hotel and conference center to Walker County received state backing on Friday.

Looking inside Results Physiotherapy's newest Chattanooga location on the North Shore, the first thing that stands out is a lack of prominent exercise equipment.

The Chattanooga area’s fourth Life Care Center is scheduled to open early next year, adding to a budding senior care development in Hixson.

After years without a building, the Chattanooga History Center is positioning itself in the heart of the downtown tourism district with a multimillion-dollar project.

Across the Tennessee Valley and the nation, college seniors are preparing to enter one of the most dismal job markets in recent U.S. history.

Green homebuilding techniques that emphasize utility and cost savings through energy efficient design and construction practices.

As the country prepares for a renaissance of the nuclear power industry, one local organization is providing a way to prepare laborers for work in the plants.

A stock market decline followed by a deep recession and staggeringly high unemployment is the crash course through which Carrie Streets has navigated during her time as a financial planner.

Retailers entering the holiday shopping season are cautiously optimistic after several years of conservative consumer spending.

Armed with an arsenal of questions and a chunky sky blue colored pen, Cora Lesar was ready to face her future head-on Wednesday.

Owner Björn Sorenson said typically when speedometers or other vehicle instruments and gauges stop working, they’re just replaced. But by repairing and restoring the instruments, he can save the part from ending up in a landfill and can drastically reduce the cost to customers.

Chattanooga-based Covenant Transport is facing health care head-on as one of the first trucking companies in the country to adopt a preventive care program to slash costs.

The first of the retail tenants inhabiting the lower level of the North Shore’s largest residential development will open next week.

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