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Tamara Best

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Walking into the Walmart on Gunbarrel Road, customers may notice that things look a little different as the store undergoes an extensive renovation through May.

About 30 local restaurants have decided on the same business menu -- helping two Girls Preparatory School students in their efforts to raise funds for the Unicef Tap Project.

Looking beautiful while having a sense of saving the planet is getting easier for consumers -- while helping the bottom line for some companies.

* Located: Park Place Condominiums on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard

A short drive from Chattanooga lies a Collegedale community where the whir of plane propellers is merely ambient noise.

Stop by Thrifty MedPlus Pharmacy and there's a chance owner Nick Akins is handing out gummy bears to children as their parents pick up medicine at the drive-through window.

With thousands expected to stop in at the Chattanooga Convention Center this weekend for the Tri-State Home Show, exhibitors setting up Thursday said remodeling will be a large focus this year.

The findings of a state probe into the purchase of vehicles at the Chattanooga Convention Center confirm the acquisitions weren't competitively bid in violation of board policy.

Winter and an economic downturn may not be the best equation for success for companies specializing in outdoor recreation. Yet, both in their own way have helped some see an increase in sales.

The Chattanooga Convention Center violated its policies on how vehicles were bought and sold, according to an audit.

An alumna of Girls Preparatory School has a simple message for students: Don't stand on the sidelines.

Although antique shop owners say that their products can give some comfort to consumers in this economy, they also are reporting they have felt the uncertainty reverberating across many markets.

The Chattanooga Convention Center's board plans to examine the next budget cycle before making a decision on whether a search will begin to permanently fill the executive director position left vacant in January.

With the arrival of the tax season, several organizations are offering free services throughout the Chattanooga area.

Hotel reservation, check. Perfect outfit, check. Spa appointment, check.

Call it a luxury, call it a necessity. Either way the spa industry continues to expand and see an increase in revenue as clients seek ways to relax and momentarily escape.

One bar of soap, though small, can make a big difference in the war on preventing diseases.

In a matter of moments, fire and water damage can put lives on hold and turn businesses upside down. Friends William B. Barbee and Robert White, through their new ServiceMaster Cleaning and Restoration company, are aiming to help those impacted put the pieces back together.

With unexpectedly faster growth in the fourth quarter of 2009, local leaders say Chattanooga has held its own and is poised to grow this year.

Almost everyone at some point is asked the question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?"

Little Debbie, the snack brand recognized in grocery stores across the country, and its links to a longtime area company have reached a golden point this year.

Terenine Technology Solutions is a new technology services company that its executives say brings big-business information tech services to small businesses.

Connie and Chuck Rudwall attribute the success of their East Brainerd store to their customers appreciating having plenty of choices.

Some North Georgians are now singing their way to what they hope will be a familiarity with German.

Key points: The Volkswagen plant under construction and the new East Hamilton School could help spur business for Brock Pointe despite the current housing market.

As Nissan readies mass production of its first electric car, the Leaf, officials of area dealerships said they are excited to pioneer a market in the auto industry.

Electric runabout

Dealerships excited about battery-run car coming yearend

As Nissan readies mass production of its first electric car, the Leaf, officials of area dealerships said they are excited to pioneer a market in the auto industry.

Roofs across Chattanooga continue to receive “green” makeovers with the number of green roofs increasing.

Downtown trend turns another roof green

Downtown green roof trend continues to flourish

Roofs across Chattanooga continue to receive "green" makeovers with the number of green roofs increasing.

Sushi restaurants in Chattanooga * Sekisui -- 200 Market St. * Raw Sushi Bar -- 409 Market St. * Sushi-Nabe Of Kyoto -- 110 River St. * Mikado Sushi Bar Noodle House: 7003 Lee Highway * Shogun Japanese Steak & Sushi: 1806 Gunbarrel Road * Ichiban Japa

This month McDonald's joins a growing list of fast-food restaurants offering free Wi-Fi service in an effort to enhance the customer experience.

Business representatives looking to become possible suppliers for the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga were told Thursday that opportunity comes to those who are ready.

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