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Opinion - Columnists

Kennedy: Ridgeland's educational success story

Published Aug. 25 2016

Eighteen-year-old Tylis Green changed elementary schools five times in five years, often hopscotching across state lines in the process.

Loftin: Voting rights are about liberty and justice

Published Aug. 25 2016

When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act of 1965 a half-century ago, a year after passage of the...

Kincaid: National parks deserve our protection

Published Aug. 25 2016

From the trails of Signal Mountain to the ancient Moccasin Bend to the battlefields of Chickamauga, we enjoy the blessings...


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Greeson: Vote gives Spiegel, Erlanger another reason to look forward

Published Aug. 25 2016

Kevin Spiegel does, in fact, have a rear-view mirror on his car.

Cook: From one American to another

Published Aug. 21 2016

[Note to readers: this column is meant to be read aloud, preferably in the presence of someone who makes your...

Winick: Should Erlanger be in the psych business?

Published Aug. 21 2016

I posed this question to Erlanger hospital leadership a month after I had been assigned to assess the market for...

Kennedy's Family Life: 'Hillbilly Elegy' helps explain 2016 election

Published Aug. 21 2016

If you've watched any cable news shows in the last 10 days, you might have seen a baby-faced young man...

Sawyer: Baron d'Erlanger's impact on Chattanooga still endures after 125 years

Published Aug. 21 2016

One hundred twenty-five years ago this week, a large group of Chattanoogans gathered on a four-acre tract at Harrison Avenue...

Greeson: Hamilton County school leaders' transparency is welcomed, but more details needed from Ooltewah

Published Aug. 20 2016

The Hamilton County Board of Education voted to release the findings of an independent investigation in the Ooltewah High School...

Martin: It's high time for new pot laws

Published Aug. 19 2016

The days of fearing "reefer madness" are waning. Yes, even in Tennessee.

Hart: Conspicuously absent from presidential race is not race, but issues

Published Aug. 19 2016

Absent from this presidential race has been one thing we might regret: discussion of the issues.

Blow: Why Blacks Loathe Trump

Published Aug. 19 2016

So now Donald Trump is campaigning for the black vote. (Long, awkward pause.)


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Greeson: Charlotte schools doing a disservice to students by calling them only students

Published Aug. 18 2016

National headlines about education tell us many things.

Kennedy: It's (almost) football time in Tennessee!

Published Aug. 18 2016

Bob Arnold, a former plant superintendent at the La-Z-Boy furniture factory in Dayton, Tenn., is a lifelong University of Tennessee...

Smith: It's called democracy

Published Aug. 18 2016

Last August there were 10 Republican presidential candidates, and in my judgment, nine were more qualified than Trump.

Greeson: Here's an all-too-familiar civics lesson for all us -- test optional

Published Aug. 16 2016

We have become a cynical society.

Cook: Traumatic stress is changing the brains of children in Chattanooga

Published Aug. 14 2016

I keep thinking of that 5-year-old, the one who dialed 911 after witnessing his mother and father shot to death...

Griscom: The 25th annual meeting of the Tennessee Press Association

Published Aug. 14 2016

On June 4, 1895, the Tennessee Press Association executive committee chose Chattanooga for its 25th annual meeting.

Edwards: Heritage Center not a site to glorify military

Published Aug. 14 2016

As an American, a veteran, a board member of the Charles H. Coolidge Medal of Honor Heritage Center and a...

Kennedy's Family Life: Olympics put TV back in the picture

Published Aug. 14 2016

Sometimes I feel sorry for our lonely, little big-screen TVs.

Greeson: Magic -- and grammar rules -- missing from Brainerd rebranding

Published Aug. 13 2016

Before we begin, allow us this public service announcement: Any endeavor that could add value and liveliness to an area,...


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Hart: Trump-anomics

Published Aug. 12 2016

Donald Trump, who can easily get distracted by picking Twitter fights with Rosie O'Donnell, got back on course Monday and...

Kennedy's Life Stories: How black press put principles over profits

Published Aug. 11 2016

If necessity is the mother of invention, Brian Carroll's mastery of baseball history is proof.