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Opinion - Columnists

Griscom: Howard Baker remembered as a statesman/photographer who snapped history

Published May. 1 2016

For most, the late U.S. Sen. Howard Baker is remembered as a statesman who brought a calming hand to the...

Greeson: Pedal bike lanes somewhere other than Frazier Avenue

Published Apr. 30 2016

This paper's David Cobb had an interesting story in Friday's edition about bike lanes that are planned for Frazier Avenue.

Martin: Kevin Muhammad's 'State of the City'

Published Apr. 29 2016

I don't know Kevin Muhammad. Never met the guy. But every few months I come across his name in a...

Hart: Let's potty like it's 1999 -- unneeded restroom laws divert attention from real issues

Published Apr. 29 2016

Here is a Prince of an idea: No matter the new bathroom laws, let's potty like it's 1999.

Greeson: Historically bad presidential choices should lead to change

Published Apr. 28 2016

When wondering about the future, you can always check in with the Magic 8 Ball.

Kennedy: MOMentum provides support for college-age single moms

Published Apr. 28 2016

Cara Hicks, a 31-year-old Chattanooga mother of four, has a solid family life and a supportive husband.

Greeson: Blaming the messenger will never excuse school board mistakes

Published Apr. 26 2016

I do not know Dr. Kirk Kelly, the new interim superintendent of the Hamilton County Schools system.

Kennedy: Why men talk about sports, cars and politics

Published Apr. 24 2016

When I was a young boy, my father and I talked about three things: sports, cars and politics. To be...

Cook: Does the Gig have a mind of its own?

Published Apr. 24 2016

When city leaders and planners recast and re-branded Chattanooga as Gig City, they did so in an attempt to attract...

Aldridge: Tivoli's last picture show

Published Apr. 24 2016

In 1961, Chattanooga citizens received the shocking news that the Tivoli Theatre, the city's cherished movie palace, would close.

Good Deed: Lost wallet returned

Published Apr. 24 2016

Earlier this month my son lost his wallet.

Greeson: Politics rather than students served by school board vote

Published Apr. 23 2016

So Hamilton County Board of Education members got together Thursday afternoon and ignored years of frustration. A majority — five...


Martin: VRI: 'Fail fast' and fix

Published Apr. 22 2016

Have you lost count yet? I'm talking about gang shootings. They've come at such a dizzying pace the past week...

Hart: What to tell your young Bernie/Hillary voter

Published Apr. 22 2016

Naïve young voters are pulling the lever for Bernie Sanders in droves. In New Hampshire, for example, 83 percent of...

Falling Water: The land time forgot

Published Apr. 21 2016

Residents of the Falling Water community can tell by your smell if you are from Signal Mountain. It's not your...

Greeson: Our schools need passion, not politics, tonight

Published Apr. 21 2016

We might meet the new Hamilton County interim superintendent tonight.

Smith: Thinking outside the school box

Published Apr. 21 2016

Columnist Mark Kennedy's articles in the TFP are interesting and insightful, and though I may disagree with him at times,...

Greeson: Lowering our standards limits our potential

Published Apr. 19 2016

Is there a more powerful word in our world than potential?

Smith: Tax Freedom? Not in America

Published Apr. 18 2016

Most of us have been busy preparing our federal taxes to comply with today's IRS filing deadline. While busily complying...

Kennedy: Hey, everyone, leave algebra class alone

Published Apr. 17 2016

"Who needs algebra?"

Cook: You cannot serve both God and the N.R.A.

Published Apr. 17 2016

Many days, I tremble to read the Bible. It's no picnic, no easy street. There are lion's dens and crucifixions,...

Moore: Rev. Sallie Crenshaw was a woman ahead of her time

Published Apr. 17 2016

Born around 1900 in LaGrange, Ga., of Irish, Cherokee and African-American descent, Sallie Alford Crenshaw was reared in Chattanooga. A...

Greeson: Picking a school leader, Hillary's pass, and delivering on Chattanooga Strong

Published Apr. 16 2016

The Hamilton County Board of Education has been fighting a public relations problem for about four months now.