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Clint Cooper

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If you’ve only seen Salvation Army bell ringers who man their red kettles with only a grunt — if you’re lucky enough to get a word at all — you haven’t met “Perky.”

• Burks United Methodist Church, 6433 Hixson Pike; 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday; concert including songs, dance and musical instruments by Young Africans group; free but offering will be taken; 423-842-4219.

A decade ago, as the layers of paint on the walls of the former service station in Dalton, Ga., were removed, the pages of history flew quickly past.

The singers, musicians and dancers who are members of the Young Africans group that will perform at three Chattanooga churches over the next 10 days are the future pastors, engineers, home builders, nurses and teachers in their native African countries.

The little brick and concrete block building on a rise in “downtown” St. Elmo has been home to several bars and restaurants over the last decade, but none of them has become king of the hill. Slick’s Burgers is the latest to try its hand.

Lauren Starnes, it turns out, didn’t need a recipe to find the recipe for success.

The Rev. Alberto Sescon, pastor of St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church in Cleveland, Tenn., is funneling money.

• Ridgedale Baptist Church, 1831 Hickory Valley Road; 6:30-9 p.m. today; “Evening in Bethlehem” features live nativity scene with four-booth setup showing, among other things, a blacksmith shop and woodworker, and fire-lit streets; 499-9994.

Before the ghouls and goblins were let loose to collect Halloween candy, Christmas decorations were on the shelves at some area stores. It seems to get earlier every year.

Every year around Christmas, we bake or make cookies, bars and other treats for family members, co-workers and other friends and neighbors.

When her masterpiece was finished, Callan Williams was satisfied with everything about her penguins and snowmen on the ice blue background.

For the first time since Ronald Reagan was president, a new priest will head what is now the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga.

• Downtown Chickamauga, Ga.; 3-6 p.m. today; Chickamauga Christmas Celebration features live Nativity, animal petting zoo, live music, family photo booth, gift-wrapping booth, merchant deals, gingerbread man decorating and parade sponsored by Oakwood Baptist Church, Downtown Chickamauga Merchants Association and city of Chickamauga; free admission; 706-375-5760 or

The question usually comes just a few days after the annual Chattanooga Boys Choir Singing Christmas Tree performances, says director Vic Oakes, when volunteers help put up the stand on which the boys sing.

Dynamic Church is getting high on its fundraising effort for The Salvation Army.

You know “A Christmas Story,” of course —Ralphie, his BB gun quest, “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out,” the leg lamp and all that. But, chances are, you don’t know the musical and what it adds to the stage version of the classic 1983 movie, which was taken from an original story by Jean Shepherd.

Take three talkative, widowed sisters, put them in the same home and stir.

First Nannie, then Ella stand still on the edge of the Oriental rug in the neat-as-a-pin Riverview living room.

Give up toys on Christmas? Are you kidding? What kind of brain-affected, disconnected, dopey dumbbell — to use words of the era — do you think I am?

• Faith Connection Church, 6857 Mountain View Road, Ooltewah; 10:30 a.m. Sundays, Dec. 1-22; Christmas Around the World services; free; 933-6986 or

“Don’t bother the lady in the scoop-neck print top at the card table. She can’t help you.”

Jeff Adair made a promise to his mama. And what, after all, is more sacred?

Chinese lunch buffets are an attractive and inexpensive option for many a Chattanooga diner, but the various entrees usually lack spiciness and often taste the same in order to please the client with the average palate.

Don't blink, because it won't happen for another 79,811 years.

It was an itch, says Dr. Deborah Poteet-Johnson, that never quite got scratched.

Here's Martin Luther King lying on a bed. There's Elvis and B.B. King, two music giants of Memphis.

The new president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will gladden the hearts of those who believe he’ll follow in the footsteps of Pope Francis.

• Crosspointe Church, 75 Walker Industrial Drive, Ringgold, Ga.; 9 and 11 a.m. Sundays, Nov. 24-Dec. 15; “Christmas in Ringgold,” progressive drama features drama, music, crafts, food, petting zoo; free; 706-935-2000,

Don’t tell anybody, but even teenagers who seemingly might have aged out of the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum’s North Pole Limited come back every year with their families.

“A Rekindled Flame,” a play Garry Posey wrote in graduate school more than 10 years ago, will be staged at Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga today through Sunday, Nov. 21-24.

A recent memorandum of understanding between Tennessee Temple University and Woodland Park Baptist Church indicates the school could begin holding classes at the Tyner church as early as fall 2014.

Sally Cook has made the cake so long, she doesn’t remember where the recipe came from.

Even more than food, a shower often can do wonders to refresh the body and the soul.

• Bible Baptist Church of Hixson, 1966 Northpoint Ave., Hixson; 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Nov. 22-23, and 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24; speakers for church’s first missionary conference include BIMI President Dr. David Snyder, veteran missionary Dr. Roy Ackerle, Amazing Grace Mission’s John Gardener and Mongolia missionary Zachary Whitener, plus 5:30 p.m. international dinner on Nov. 23; services free and free tickets available for dinner; 488-8767.

Vendors hope Sweet Georgia Sound will put Chattanooga Market shoppers in the mood for a little retail therapy on Sunday, Nov. 17.

Practically everybody's had their George Bailey moments, when all the news is bad, when there's no light at the end of the tunnel, when everything looks dark.

Count me as one of those cooks who has never prepared a turkey.

Evelyn Jackson says she couldn't have found a better way to contribute.

The Southern Baptist Church is changing. How much it's changing is open for debate.

No one saw black or white in the group that arrived for a work day last Saturday at Wiley United Methodist Church.

• Cedar Ridge Seventh-day Adventist Church, 8408 Highway 60, Georgetown, Tenn.; 9:30 a.m. today; gospel concert by Jim Ricketts and Crystle Elam; free; 421-4269; also, White Oak Baptist Church, 2043 White Oak Valley Road NW, Cleveland, Tenn., 11 p.m. Sunday, and Freedom Tribe Ministries, 5929 Old Dixie Highway, Spring City, Tenn., 7 p.m. Friday.

Jon Meek calls it double dipping.

Raggedy Ann has been charming children for nearly a century and her brother, Raggedy Andy, for almost as long.

Greek gods of 'Xanadu' roller skate into Chatt State - Nov. 8-10

‘Xanadu’ skates into Chatt State

The 1980 romantic musical fantasy "Xanadu" was so panned -- despite its soundtrack containing five Top 20 singles -- that it received the initial Golden Raspberry Award (Razzie) for Worst Director and was nominated for six other Razzies.

Riley Harris' birthday party will continue long after tonight.

The Rev. Patrick J. McKenna, a native of Jerseyville, Ill., is now senior pastor of Mountain Creek Baptist Church, 1001 Mountain Creek Road. He began his ministry there on Sunday.

Given time, the Affordable Care Act will fail, 2012 Republican presidential candidate and former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum said Thursday in Chattanooga.

Jarrad Biron Green had just finished playing the lead role of Tony in “West Side Story” at New York University last spring when he learned of an open call for the same role for an upcoming national tour.

A Chattanooga rabbi says Jewish women have what borders on an obligation to check out their risk for carrying a gene mutation that causes breast and ovarian cancer.

Civic Arts League members had more than 3.7 million square miles to consider in choosing works for the exhibit “Images Across America,” but several of its members were partial to the country’s northeasternmost state.

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