X marks the jewelry: Trendy X rings, bracelets haven't made it here -- yet

Published Jan. 26 2015

Just because Hollywood stars Jennifer Lawrence, Megan Fox, Amy Adams, Jessica Alba and Octavia Spencer have been sporting the chic...

Off the Couch: Blue Man Group, Elvis, Tater Salad in town

Published Jan. 26 2015

BARRY COURTER: So here's the idea: We go into the basement and get some old cans of paint, shave our...

Grand Thoughts: Turning a negative into a positive

Published Jan. 26 2015

It has been something I've delayed for six months -- cleaning out my late mother's house. And doing it has...

Countertop composting catches on among apartment dwellers

Published Jan. 26 2015

Composting and collecting kitchen scraps, once the province of those with gardens or space for a big, pungent, outdoor composter,...

Miss Colombia crowned Miss Universe in Miami

Published Jan. 26 2015

MIAMI -- Miss Colombia Paulina Vega, a relative pageant newcomer, has been crowned Miss Universe, beating out first runner-up Miss...

'Birdman' tops Screen Actors Guild Awards; Redmayne upsets Keaton

Published Jan. 25 2015

The backstage farce "Birdman" topped the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Award, winning best ensemble cast, even though its star,...

Fun and brains: National Puzzle Day celebrates fun -- and seriousness -- of head games

Published Jan. 25 2015

Chase Foster is trying to concentrate, but the noise around him is borderline chaos.

Celebration of Southern Lit set for April, evening events added

Published Jan. 25 2015

The Celebration of Southern Literature for 2015 will bring such familiar names to town as "Cold Mountain" author Charles Frazier,...

Kennedy: Why audiences are falling silent at the end of 'American Sniper'

Published Jan. 25 2015

Everybody is buzzing about the film "American Sniper."

Thanksgiving on Ischia: American living in Italy appreciates quiet calm of the island

Published Jan. 25 2015

Southern Italy is known for its sunny skies and gorgeous terrain, but on this day, the sun won't even get...

Birth, decay and werewolves: sculptor uses stop-action animation to create worlds

Published Jan. 25 2015

Monica Cook, a Dalton, Ga. native now living as a successful sculptor in Brooklyn, creates entire alternate worlds with interactive...

Baumgardner: Finding ways to make Tennessee healthier

Published Jan. 25 2015

Did you know that, for the first time in history, the life expectancy of the children in Tennessee is less...

Chalk one up to creativity: Chalk-based paint can change the way you look at your cast-offs (slideshow)

Published Jan. 24 2015

Chalk painting had its first brush with design about about six years ago when its slate-look finish began showing up...

Faith Focus: An atheist deserts the flock

Published Jan. 24 2015

Sometimes, a bit of satire says it best...

Around the Region

Published Jan. 24 2015

Concert of Spirituals: First Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Faith News

Published Jan. 24 2015

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Mohney: Finding serendipity in everyday moments

Published Jan. 24 2015

The word "serendipity" comes from a letter written by Horace Walpole to a friend in 1754.

5 things to look for as government writes new dietary advice

Published Jan. 24 2015

For years, the government has told Americans to eat their vegetables. A rewrite of the government's dietary guidelines could include...

Creativity, thinking on their feet give students a leg up in Destination Imagination

Published Jan. 23 2015

Quick! Solve this: Build a tower in five minutes that is strong enough to hold a golf ball, using a...

Courter: Things I wish my kids would ask me

Published Jan. 23 2015

Q: Dad, how do you save money?

'Lucky bamboo' may be lucky, but it's not bamboo

Published Jan. 23 2015

At this time of year, lucky bamboo appears in supermarkets and plant stores across the country. It may or may...

Blue Man Group brings multisensory spectacle here Tuesday

Published Jan. 22 2015

Dennis Norwood calls them "electrifying."

'Live from New York, it'ssss ... Saturday Night!'': Iconic show celebrates four decades of laughs, controversy

Published Jan. 22 2015

A famous public service announcement of the '60s, '70s and '80s used to feature celebrities looking into a television camera...