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Tamara Best

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Hard hit by the economic downturn, real estate is attempting to lift its way out of the recession one house at a time, and local homebuilders and agents said they are optimistic for strong sales through the year's end.

As the nation searches for ways to create energy, officials for SIAG Aerisyn, a German-based company with a Chattanooga operation, said it's looking forward to a strong 2011.

Why do it this way? "Because the overuse of herbicides and pesticides are a huge problem, it's unsafe. It's not sustainable," said Andy Fazio, owner of Earth's Harmony.

Harnesses energy from the sun to help supply and conerve energy for the attraction

Melissa Cain, maker of monogrammed golf gloves, is the first to admit she’s not a golf fan though she was an avid supporter of one player, her father, Gibby Gilbert, a Chattanoogan who achieved success on the pro tour.

Customers of Porter's Steakhouse will soon have to wait to satisfy their cravings there as the restaurant undergoes a renovation.

Paul Mallchok, general manager of Eastgate Town Center, said the idea came when deciding what to do with furniture after BlueCross BlueShield moved to its new location and furniture was left behind.

Combines technology and organic material to aid erosion control, manage stormwater and landscape beautification. EVS has several projects under way, including a green roof at Red Bank High School.

With summer merely weeks away, a new Curves location is aiming to help women shape up.

The Walmart store in Kimball Crossing in Kimball, Tenn., is set to celebrate its grand reopening Friday after three months of renovation. Like the recently renovated Gunbarrel Road Walmart in the East Brainerd section of Chattanooga, the store features a

The community features 16 residences, with one residence sold and the first residents having already moved in.

If not for the sputtering of sprinkler systems, home security signs in manicured lawns and family SUVs, Ferger Place, just off Main Street, would seem as from a different place and time.

The pumps utilize the earth's temperature to provide heating and cooling for buildings. Because water is utilized as the heat transfer medium instead of air, it is more efficient and reduces carbon emissions.

Cinderella dresses. Horse and carriage rides. Sunset at the beach. White tents and string quartets.

In a few mere magical moments "I" becomes "we," when couples decide to get married. For better or for worse. For richer, for poorer.

Women dream about the moment. Men stress over finding the perfect stone. And Beyonce made it a focus in her hit song "Single Ladies," prompting women all over the world to raise their left hands.

Saying “I do” is not only a celebration of love but also has become a more than $80 billion business across the country, according to the Association for Wedding Professionals International.

Whole Foods Market Inc. plans to buy the Greenlife stores in Chattanooga and Asheville, N.C, but store officials said customers will not see much change -- at least initially -- when grocery shopping.

The center receives 1 and 2 million pounds of recyclable material a month, which is sorted, keeping it from ending up in landfills.

After three months of renovations, the Walmart on Gunbarrel Road is set to celebrate its grand reopening today beginning at 8 a.m.

Only days after floodwaters from the Cumberland River ravaged Nashville, local tourism officials said they are doing everything they can to assist that city.

How is it green: “One of the beneficial parts of bamboo comes with how fast the trees grow. They replenish themselves and don’t emit any toxins in the air,” said Matt Dickson of Club Outfitters, which specializes in interior finishes for the health and fitness industry.

First Security Group Inc. reported Thursday a first-quarter net loss, and subsidiary FSGBank agreed with federal regulators to implement steps to bolster the bank.

The Chattanooga Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, a part of the Tennessee Aquarium plaza for 13 years, will be moving a block away later this year to the lobby floor of the Bijou Theatre building on Broad Street.

Phase 1, with 75 homes sold, 10 homes under construction and four custom houses sold. “The value that you get for your money right now is phenomenal. We’ve been able to update all the features in the houses,” said Jay Bell, owner and agent for the development.

* How is it green? "100 percent of the product has been reused and there's been no use of any other additional natural resources, no raw materials or energy to fabricate or modify the materials," said John Jerman with Office Furniture Warehouse, which provided the cubicles.

The Carter Street Corp., the body that oversees the Chattanooga Convention Center, named Mike Shuford as executive director Wednesday.

Live music and food are set to be a part of the celebration Sunday as The Village at Garden Plaza in Cleveland, Tenn., hosts a Village Block Party in celebration of its new patio residences.

Mike Shuford today was appointed executive director of the Chattanooga Convention Center.

Subway is encouraging diners to "build your better breakfast," and area customers say they are excited abut the new menu options.

There's a battle raging in the aisles of supermarkets in Chattanooga and across the nation as brands fight to make it to the kitchen tables of American families.

* What: Green Lodges program certification

The owners of the Southern Star restaurant plan to open a restaurant atop Signal Mountain by the end of summer.

Jamie Miles, of Cleveland, Tenn., said eating at home is a routine for her family most days out of the week.


Cedar Crest enters third phase of construction

Phase 1 and 2 are complete with 31 homes sold, and phase 3 is currently under way.

Though e-mail and mobile devices have entered the communications fray, office machine suppliers report that faxes remain a part of the American workplace.

The Tennessee Riverpark not only has improved the options for walkers and sightseers in Chattanooga, it has done wonders for the biking community, users say.

Since 2005 owner Matt Sears has created environmentally sustainable furniture design. Locally, his work can be seen at Greenlife Grocery.

From fudge to fondue, cookies to strawberries, chocolate is a mainstay in American culture. The recent economic downturn appears to have little impact on curbing cravings or spending for confection products like chocolate and candy.

More seek advice

Incubators hunker down for recession's long haul

For aspiring entrepreneurs, help from experts can point the way to assist a new business to thrive.

A trip to a hole in-a-wall restaurant in Italy with a family friend inspired a young entrepeneur to take his love for food and turn it into a business opportunity.

Whether buyers are searching for a condo or their first home, the Chattanooga market allows consumers the ability to stretch their dollar while providing options.

* Name: Museum Bluffs Parkview

Local Realtors say this year looks promising for the Chattanooga housing market with prices for homes starting to rise.

Mall owner CBL & Associates Properties is partnering with Nashville-based shoe charity Soles4Souls in a program to recycle shoes as part of the Earth Day celebration.

A love for art plus a desire for green living led Tara McRae Kestner to create Baby Steps to a Better Earth, a jewelry company whose products are made from recycled materials.

As the first set of spring break students arrives in this area, local tourism officials are hoping for a strong start through the Spring Break Safari.

* What: ZipStream Aerial Adventure, a challenge course

Walking up to the Chattanooga Coffee Co. Roasting Studio, the aroma of coffee beans wafts through the door greeting customers.

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