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Opinion - Columnists

Kennedy: Pastor says ride-and-run sport crucial to a balanced life

Published Apr. 19 2018

When she was 15 years old, Sarah Krueger made her dad, Courtney, a deal.

Smith: Debating same topics over and over and expecting something different is social insanity

Published Apr. 19 2018

As a child I read the Scripture about Jesus healing a man possessed by evil spirits (Mark, Chapter 5) many...

Blackburn: Tennesseans' fight against the state income tax

Published Apr. 17 2018

Every time rumblings of a state income tax became prevalent in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tennesseans across the...

Greeson: Unlimited breadsticks, salad and kindness at local Olive Garden

Published Apr. 17 2018

Monday morning, there was a slew of bigwigs getting together to have the serious conversation about safety in our schools.

Smith: Democrats' future plans all wrong for America

Published Apr. 16 2018

We live in a perpetual cycle of political campaigning, which leaves public officials too little time to govern. And, yes,...

Hart: Loretta Lynch on NBC tells us a lot about the swamp creatures

Published Apr. 15 2018

Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch shopped for a soft interview to preemptively rebut former FBI Director James Comey's upcoming book....

Kennedy: Three reasons Atlanta is kicking it in soccer

Published Apr. 15 2018

I recently witnessed the most amazing thing.

Cook: The gold and dust of Jane Henegar

Published Apr. 15 2018

Two moments from last week reminded me of the importance of powerful teaching, especially as the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program...

Bowen: My Point, Exactly...My Millennials

Published Apr. 15 2018

My family loves to play games. We started years ago with Password, Monopoly, charades and bridge. It's not that we...

Gaston: The amazing career of Francis Lynde

Published Apr. 15 2018

Few Chattanoogans are aware that our most prolific local author lies in Forest Hills Cemetery, where he was buried on...

Nation depending on our sound votes and more letters to the editors

Published Apr. 15 2018

An April 3 letter, "America hurtling down an irreversible path," was 100 percent correct.

Event raises money to 'Press Out Domestic Violence'

Published Apr. 15 2018

The month of April means it's time to for the annual Bench Press competition at Erlanger's downtown campus in which...


Greeson: School leadership - good and bad - and the one person who hates Chick-Fil-A

Published Apr. 14 2018

We are going to move quickly today. In addition to other items on the honey-do list, we have to respond...

Greeson: Speedy conclusion on Tim Boyd case should be an elementary truth

Published Apr. 12 2018

I sat in the back left corner of the Hamilton County Commission meeting Wednesday.

Kennedy: Love beer? Hop on the bus

Published Apr. 12 2018

Two Chattanooga couples say it's about time the city has its own beer bus.

Greeson: It's impossible not to have a cow in today's PC world

Published Apr. 10 2018

In today's overly politically correct state, TV comedies are left in an uneasy place.

Smith: Social justice ain't what it used to be

Published Apr. 9 2018

The term "social justice" has been thrown around a lot lately. It sounds like something that should be supported. And...

Wamp: Weigh carefully a Southside stadium

Published Apr. 9 2018

My wife and I, and many of our friends, hope the redevelopment of the Wheland Foundry site will become a...

Kennedy: Holy carp! Here come those crazy fish

Published Apr. 8 2018

If you saw Monday's newspaper, you probably noticed this jaw-dropping Page 1 headline: "Invasive carp heading toward Chattanooga."

Cook: Presbyterians, peace and the nuclear bomb

Published Apr. 8 2018

On Good Friday, just days before Easter, the U.S. Department of Energy gave final approval to complete construction on the...

Martin: Hamilton County's Name Sake: Alexander Hamilton

Published Apr. 8 2018

On Oct. 25, 1819, the Tennessee General Assembly met at "Murfreesborough," and set up a new county out of lands...


Protect the lives of all children and more letters to the editors

Published Apr. 8 2018

How many potholes did you hit on your way to work? I personally hit at least 10 unavoidable potholes on...

Community volunteers urged to participate in Good Deeds Day

Published Apr. 8 2018

Good Deeds Day is an international day of volunteering that will take place next Sunday. Community volunteers will provide service...