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If you needed another sign that social media has changed the world, look no further than the newest addition to the Twitteratti pantheon: his holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

Throughout my entire childhood and into young adulthood, I never understood the meaning behind the song "The 12 Days of Christmas."

Art. Arts. The arts. What do those words conjure up in your mind, and are the three variations different to you? I would imagine we all have differing thoughts.

Ever since hearing that Finley Stadium officials were inspired by what they saw at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, which now hosts the Football Championship Series Championship game that used to be in Chattanooga, I've been trying to imagine how our stadium and the facilities around it could host big-time concerts of the type that we don't get now.

You might have noticed that the formats of local TV newscasts have changed over the years. Like many other things, TV has been adapting to smartphones, the Internet and the 24-hour news cycle. One of the biggest changes has come in the area of sports coverage.

As we head into the new year, it's a good time to reflect on the past and look to the future.

Today's topic is electricity. That might seem odd, but many of us will be out and about today looking for good deals on electronics.

It's almost unnatural what is happening these days for Natural Habitz, a local hip-hop group. Movies, a tour and a new distribution deal for their latest CD are all in the immediate future.

A couple of weeks ago, nearly 70 people -- classmates and some spouses -- gathered for my high school class's 30-year reunion.

Like a lot of other industries over the years, the music business has had to adapt. Everything from radio to nightclubs to festivals has made changes in an effort to continue to draw customers.

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