Home Is Where The Heart Is

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Front Row: Idris Nduwamungu and Hawa Hamisi
Second Row: Erick Manirakiza and Habitat homeowner, Veronica Niyibigira
Back Row: Ron Morris, Thrivent Financial, and David Butler, Habitat's executive director
Front Row: Idris Nduwamungu and Hawa Hamisi Second Row: Erick Manirakiza and Habitat homeowner, Veronica Niyibigira Back Row: Ron Morris, Thrivent Financial, and David Butler, Habitat's executive director

On Saturday Veronica Niyibigira and her family of three received the keys to their new 4-bedroom, 2-bath Southside home with the support of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga and Thrivent Financial.

Thrivent Financial joined forces with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area to build the Niybigira’s new home. It is the seventh Habitat home built by the Southeast Tennessee Northwest Georgia Chapter of Thrivent Financial since 2007 and the 247th built by Habitat since 1986.




Trent Development Seeks PILOT For $17 Million Highway 58 Apartment Project

Trent Development is seeking a PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) tax break for a planned apartment complex on Highway 58. The Flats at 58 is a project costing over $17 million across from Linda's Produce and just up from Central High School. Alex Trent said rents will range from $595 for two-bedroom and $835 for three-bedroom. There will be 120 units in the complex that ... (click for more)

Building On South Market Near 20th Street To Be Auctioned Feb. 24

A building on South Market Street near 20th Street will be auctioned on Feb. 24 at noon. Marc Gravitt of Gravitt Auction said the owner has retired, moved out of town and must sell the property. He said, "This is a highly visible piece of real estate on the south end of Market Street near the 20th Street intersection. The building, built in 1997, has approximately 1,152 ... (click for more)

Boyd Says He Is Not On Witch Hunt Against CVB, But Intends To Seek Full Audit Of Agency; Graham Backs Visitors Bureau 100%

County Commission Finance Chairman Tim Boyd has told Chattanooga Visitors Bureau President Bob Doak that he is "not on a witch hunt" against the CVB, but he said he intends to seek a full audit of the agency. He said he was inspired to "take an even closer look" at the Visitors Bureau after he said Mr. Doak "unleashing a fire storm of emails condemning my accusations." ... (click for more)

Man, Child Killed In Crash On Highway 136 In Walker County; 2nd Child Who Was Seriously Injured Dies On Monday

A man and an unrestrained five-year-old child were killed when a vehicle went out of control on Highway 136 in Walker County on Saturday. A 10-year-old in the car was seriously injured, and later died on Monday. The driver was thrown from the van and was dead at the scene. The five-year-old was trapped in the vehicle and also died at the wreck site at Ponder Creek Road. ... (click for more)

Judge Doug Meyer Lived A Full Life Helping Many

I was sadden to learn of the death of Judge Doug Meyer.  Judge Meyer retired from the Criminal Court bench here in 2006.  Prior to that he had been the Chattanooga city judge for several years.  As a young attorney I tried many cases in front of Judge Meyer.  Also while I was awaiting my case to be tried, I would observe him on the bench.  Judge Meyer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Blackburn Good As Gone

I didn’t know until I read John Adams’ column in the Knoxville News-Sentinel that one person who doesn't personally know UTC Athletic Director David Blackburn said he heard he has a drinking problem. I also didn’t know that “the best thing to ever happen to UTC athletics” had health problems, according to a second person who does not personally know him. It is also being said David ... (click for more)