Chris McCarty interviewed and quoted by WBIR for the segment on free speech

NFL ANTHEM PROTESTS SPARK FREE SPEECH DEBATE The movement first started with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick taking a knee to protest police brutality. Now the movement is growing as players protest President Trump’s call to fire anyone who doesn’t stand during the national anthem.  As nearly 200 NFL players kneeled or locked arms on the field this … Read More

Youth court raises funds at Garden to Gavel

Milling about the grounds of the old Camp Montvale in muggy mid-August heat late Sunday afternoon, guests at the second Garden to Gavel dinner enjoyed good music and good food in service of a good cause. That cause would be the Blount County Youth Court, a four-year-old program that sees local high school students serve as “jurors” in select juvenile … Read More

Lewis Thomason Knoxville’s 2017 Annual Construction Seminar

Lewis Thomason Knoxville’s 2017 Annual Construction Seminar, The Business of Construction, will be on September 8, 2017. It will be a full day seminar covering: Construction Outlook, Contract Drafting, Changing Federal Regulations, Hostile Work environment Claims, Wage and Hour Labor Issues, IRS Audits, Construction Law, and Construction Dispute Resolution. For more information and to register please click here.

Commercial Drones in the Construction Industry

Better enjoy those long lunches while they last. According to a recent article in the Economist, commercial drones may soon find their way to a job site near you as a means of improving efficiency and safety in the construction field. Goldman Sachs has run the numbers and predicts that $100 billion will likely be spent on military and civilian … Read More

Contracting in Tennessee – 5 Simple Tips

It never ceases to amaze how contractors, particularly those based out of state, run afoul of Tennessee laws. As 2017 progresses, here are few laws that should be kept in mind. Are You Licensed? – A Contractor’s license is required prior to contracting. In Tennessee, “contracting” includes bidding, offering to engage, or negotiating a price for projects of $25,000 or … Read More

Lewis Thomason Names Special Counsel

Congratulations to Wally Irvin, Jonathan May, and Marshall Stair who are now Special Counsel at Lewis Thomason. J. Wallace Irvin, special counsel, is in Lewis Thomason’s Nashville office, where he focuses his practice on construction law with an emphasis on the representation of architects and engineers against professional liability allegations.  Mr. Irvin also represents contractors in a wide variety of … Read More

Executive Order Creates Temporary License Exam Waiver

In response to the recent wildfires that swept through Gatlinburg and surrounding areas in east Tennessee, Governor Haslam issued Executive Order No. 61.  The Order permits a temporary contractor’s license to be issued to provide for the protection of the health, safety and welfare of the public.  Qualified contractors may apply for an examination waiver for a temporary six (6) … Read More

Contractors, did you know . . . ?

The Tennessee Board for Licensing Contractors has statutory authority to impose civil penalties for violations of statutes, rules, or orders enforceable by the Board.  Orders of the Board are often based on a finding of misconduct.  Did you know that failure to abide by a warranty agreement is an enumerated form of misconduct.  So is the failure to respond to … Read More

Ready. Set. Go Build!

Construction is booming in Nashville.  If there is any doubt, simply look at the Nashville Business Journal’s “Crane Watch.” Construction of smart buildings are also easier now thanks to the advancements in technology. One of them is Digital twins for cities that helps builders design and conceptualize large-scale projects. Despite vast amount of new construction, contractors continue to struggle to find … Read More