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Opinion - Columnists

Kennedy: Ex-crack addict pens book about his struggle

Published Nov. 26 2015

Seven years ago today, Russell Lanier was languishing in a Chattanooga crack house watching his life go up in smoke.

Greeson: Thanksgiving wishes in a year that Chattanooga was truly strong

Published Nov. 26 2015

I am thankful for so many things, and I should be thankful so much more often than I am.

Smith: Living 101

Published Nov. 26 2015

All incoming freshmen should take the course "Living 101" with the following course objectives and background sources from required text...

Greeson: With rounded edges, 'banning the box' worth exploring

Published Nov. 24 2015

The "Ban the Box" push has come to Chattanooga.

Fisher: What we learned from a citizen's fight for public records in Sumner County

Published Nov. 24 2015

At a cost of about three or four college educations at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Sumner County's school officials and...

Smith: Questions prove America needs vertebrates

Published Nov. 23 2015

Following the terrorist attacks in Paris, our public officials, who are elected to "support and defend the Constitution of the...

Cook: A Muslim, a Christian and the quest for reducing ignorance

Published Nov. 22 2015

In the days after 9/11, Boyd Patterson, an assistant district attorney for Hamilton County, began reading the Quran.

Dad tells son he'll give him $1,000 every year he delays getting a driver's license

Published Nov. 22 2015

Several years ago, I made a bold offer.

Gaston: Abby Crawford Milton, advocate for women

Published Nov. 22 2015

One hundred years ago, in 1915, Abby Crawford Milton became co-chairwoman with Nashville's Catherine Kenny ...

Greeson: Now images are our best words, and an idea for Signal's movie magic

Published Nov. 21 2015

Not sure if you saw it this week, but the Oxford Dictionaries' word of the year was announced and, of...

Loftin: In your heart, you know

Published Nov. 21 2015

Republicans anxious to win the White House in 2016 have for months seemed afflicted with angst — "anxiety, apprehension, or...

Martin: Syrian sleight of hand

Published Nov. 20 2015

Just when it seemed social media couldn't get any more annoying than it was during last week's University of Missouri...

Hart: Academia held hostage by crybullies

Published Nov. 20 2015

Higher education in America continues to fail us. Colleges and universities have priced themselves out of the market by raising...

Greeson: Why it's crazy to just welcome Syrians into the U.S.A.

Published Nov. 19 2015

Almost 30 governors around the country have said they do not want Syrian refugees in their states.

Kennedy: How a thrift store trench coat from Chattanooga made it to the White House

Published Nov. 19 2015

Dan Lothian, 51, is a dashing fellow.

Greeson: Hey, FBI, let's protect freedom more than feelings

Published Nov. 17 2015

Two lead stories in Saturday's Times Free Press were sad. And startling.

Kennedy: Whatever happened to "sticks and stones"?

Published Nov. 15 2015

When I was growing up, being an over-protective parent was considered a no-no. So-called "sheltered" kids were thought to be...

Summers: Chattanooga Glass Co is part of Coca-Cola's history

Published Nov. 15 2015

A concrete slab in Alton Park holds the demolished remains of a thriving business that supplied bottles, especially for soda,...

Cook: The church of 10,000 inmates

Published Nov. 15 2015

The United States imprisons more of its own people than any other nation — democracy or not — on Earth....

Greeson: The deliberations of protests, legal missteps and Starbucks

Published Nov. 14 2015

Want a little hint on why America is angry at the system?

Martin: Bikes meant business (for a day)

Published Nov. 13 2015

On Tuesday this week, area bicycle enthusiasts organized a Bikes Mean Business hour-long "slow ride" down Broad Street to highlight...

Hart: Carson's rise invites selective media scrutiny

Published Nov. 13 2015

As they seek to discredit Republican presidential front-runner Ben Carson, the media's new mantra is "Black Lies Matter." But when...

Greeson: Davis Guthrie helps Butch Jones' big day in Knoxville

Published Nov. 12 2015

Justin Guthrie remembers the "big" day exactly.