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.

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.

Faith News

Published Jan. 24 2015

To be included in Faith Briefs, send information to sryan@timesfreepress.com.

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...

'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...

Courter: Things I wish my kids would ask me

Published Jan. 23 2015

Q: Dad, how do you save money?

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...

Cleaveland: Getting a read on health care spending

Published Jan. 22 2015

Health care spending consumes a large portion of personal, business and governmental finances.

Ask A Doctor: What should I expect from a knee replacement surgery, what is the recovery like?

Published Jan. 22 2015

Q: I'm planning on getting a knee replacement. What does the recovery look like, exactly? What should I expect?

Pointing the way to success: New Weight Watcher tech makes it easier to adapt favorite recipes, track point counts

Published Jan. 21 2015

It had been 10 years since Sandy Norris Smith last walked into a Weight Watchers meeting. But she did so...

Side Orders: Making, freezing meals for later

Published Jan. 21 2015

We've all done it, gotten so busy with day-to-day activities that dinner gets put on the back burner -- nothing...

Fare Exchange: Using venison for meatloaf and homemade hummus

Published Jan. 21 2015

Welcome, cooks and consumers, to Fare Exchange. We would eagerly ask you to add to a couple of discussions, most...

Not-so-tickled ivories: Sales of pianos sagging as kids find other things to do

Published Jan. 20 2015

When rocker Jason D. Williams tried to shove a Steinway grand piano off Riverbend's Coca-Cola Stage and into the Tennessee...