CORRECTION: This story was updated at 12:17 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019, to correct the term "public policy" in the first paragraph. CORRECTION: This story was updated at 1:08 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 14, to correct Paige Bureau's name.

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Justin Groenert has joined the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce as vice president of public policy.

Since July 2018, Justin Groenert has served as chief of staff for Kelly Mitchell, Indiana State Treasurer Kelly Mitchell, where he oversaw office staff and six quasi-governmental organizations and served as legislative director for the Treasurer's office. Previously ,he served as government relations and public policy director for the Southwest Indiana Chamber, where he managed advocacy and lobbying at federal, state and local levels.

Groenert has worked for two members of the U.S. Congress and managed several congressional campaigns.

An Evansville, Indiana, native, Groenert studied political science and political communications at Western Kentucky University and holds a master's of public administration from the University of Southern Indiana.

"Justin brings a wide breadth and depth of public policy experience that will advance the Chattanooga Chamber's advocacy initiatives," Chattanooga Chamber President Christy Gillenwater said.


Four join Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.

Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C. is expanding with the addition of four new team members to support the firm's marketing and business development department, business practice, and litigation and risk management practice.

Paige Bureau joins the firm's marketing and business development team as marketing and business development specialist. She will assist with sponsorship and event coordination, content development, social media, digital marketing, and competitive intelligence. Her background in public and media relations, corporate communications, health care, and higher education, complement the team who works with over 60 attorneys in various practice areas.

Bureau is a member of the Southeast Chapter of the Legal Marketing Association and a member of the Public Relations Society of America Lookout Chapter. She graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's in public relations and minors in business administration and information sciences.

Jim Exum joins the firm's litigation and risk management practice groups with an emphasis on government and municipal litigation and domestic law. With more than a decade of experience in litigation, Exum brings an impressive track record to Chambliss. His work on several high profile cases with the Tennessee Court of Appeals and other courts will greatly enhance the litigation section's services.

Exum holds a Municipal Technical Advisory Service certification, serves as the administrative hearing officer for multiple local municipalities, and represents a national police union working to protect the rights of first responders. He serves on the board for the Building Owners and Managers Association and the Signal Mountain Youth Baseball Association and is a member of the Defense Research Institute and Brock-Cooper Inns of Court. Exum graduated from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Katelyn Jackson joins as a paralegal for the firm's business practice group. She will assist the firm's attorneys and clients with entity formations and dissolutions, stock redemptions, real estate transactions, and property research. Prior to Chambliss, she worked as a lease operations analyst, verifying clause language for commercial leasing. Jackson has experience in technical and creative writing and corporate bookkeeping. She holds a bachelor's in English and a minor in business administration from the University of Tennessee.

McKeehanon Rue is a member of the firm's business transactions practice group and focuses on health care compliance, nonprofit and tax-exempt entities, general business, and corporate matters. He is a member of the Tennessee Defense Lawyers Association and the Young Lawyers Division of the Chattanooga Bar Association. Rue graduated with honors from the University of Tennessee College of Law and graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's in business administration with concentrations in management, finance, and human resources from Tennessee Wesleyan University.

"We are pleased to welcome our new team members who bring rich experience from diverse backgrounds," said Mike St. Charles, managing shareholder for Chambliss.


4 Bridges Audiology opens in St. Elmo

Courtney Guthrie is the owner of 4 Bridges Audiology and Hearing Center, located in St. Elmo. She brings 10 years of experience treating patients with hearing loss, tinnitus, and cochlear implants.

The new practice is located at 3918 Tennessee Avenue, Suite 108.


Dr. Sarah Trimiew joins CHI Memorial Pediatric Diagnostic Associates

CHI Memorial Medical Group has added Dr. Sarah Mian Trimiew to CHI Memorial Pediatric Diagnostic Associates.

Trimiew received her medical degree from Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed her residency in pediatrics at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville. She also holds a masters of public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Mian Trimiew is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics, and is bilingual in English and Spanish.


Lauren Hughes joins Rockridge Venture Law

Lauren Hughes has joined the intellectual property and technology law practice of Rockridge Venture Law.

Hughes, a business graduate from the University of Tennessee at Martin who earned her law degree at UT-Knoxville, will focus on copyright, trademark and technology transactions. Sh previously worked as a commercialization analyst intern with the University of Tennessee Research Foundation.

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