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David Cook

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They stole the bronze marker off her dad's grave.

Just before he was shot by a stranger furious over a car accident, just before he lay bleeding to death next to his screaming wife, Alex Gallman had walked his kids into school.

Perhaps the Virgin Mary felt the same things.

Phil Robertson shouldn't lose his job.

The woman has four kids. Her husband ran off. She's looking for work, but nobody's looking back. They cut the power off in her home weeks ago.

Our prettiest face is the Gig. It’s the shiniest bait we use to try and attract the best and brightest entrepreneurs from across America.

Someone, apologize.

On inauguration day, Andy Berke made a request to the citizens of Chattanooga.

Bob Doak, head of the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, introduced the guest speaker from Ironman at Tuesday's Rotary Club of Chattanooga lunch by making football jokes. Doak is a Florida State fan, a fact that will become apparent all too quickly.

So why, you ask, did I spend part of Tuesday morning inside Chattanooga Blood Assurance circling cotton swabs around the inside of my mouth like greyhounds around a track?

It’s right there on the list. Just before food and clothing. Right after the section on people being able to vote and participate in government.

Nelson Mandela once said education was the best way to change the world.

There are 135 iPads at our county's STEM school. Every student has one.

Caroline Johnson got to work at 8 o'clock on Tuesday morning. The first thing she did was answer her telephone.

One October night, a man named Dale Bryant Farris looked out across his Estill Springs, Tenn., neighborhood and saw some teenagers rolling his neighbor's yard.

On the first day of 2013, Justin Smith put 365 white pieces of paper inside a Mason jar, thinking it could change the world.

Earlier this week, some guys from a local radio station named me their 2013 Turkey of the Year, all because of a column I'd written about my relationship with a former gang member in town. Apparently, they thought it fowl.

Want to feel hog-heaven-good about things? Need a wholesome Tuesday before the chaos of Black Friday? How's a little giblet for your gravy? Then I give you these three little words:

What if there was a way to do things differently so that the problems we face could be fixed for generations to come?

In the spring of 2012, Kacie Thach went to see "The Hunger Games" movie on the big screen. It changed her life, like something being shot straight into her heart.

They arrested 32 black men on gun and drug charges and called them our city's "worst of the worst."

Mark West, head of the Chattanooga Tea Party, is right.

In high school, Patrick Carroll was a bully. And in gym class at Red Bank High School, he bullied a thin, quiet freshman named Bilal Shabazz.

To understand why the Koozer family — Justin, Annie and 2-year-old Piper — left all their friends and church family in Ooltewah to move across the country to Denver, where they knew no one, try this: Start counting from zero all the way to 2,000. Or go walk two miles.

  • Nov. 15th, 2013  |
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1. It's hell. I once heard of a man here who was sleeping under a bridge -- Veterans Bridge, I believe -- during winter. He drank vodka until he passed out, only to wake up when the rats began to gnaw on his face.

Lt. Corliss Cooper has been swept off her feet.

Pete, the beloved Tennessee Aquarium otter, is dead.

Monday morning, 32 men were arrested by federal and local agents for illegally selling or possessing crack, powder cocaine and guns. At a press conference later that day, one official called them the "worst of the worst" of our city's criminals.

Got kids? Then meet the Estill family. Please.

Some of the bravest, most deliciously compassionate people I know believe in God. They are magnificently heroic, gracefully wise, and unendingly generous. You ask them why they do the crazy things they do — like love their enemies or empty their bank accounts to feed the poor — and they answer, rather softly: God.

For local dogs and cats that don't have a home, there are two major animal shelters in Hamilton County that provide shelter: McKamey Animal Shelter and Humane Educational Society.

This morning, City Councilman Chris Anderson will introduce legislation that would provide medical and health benefits to committed domestic partners — same sex and opposite sex — of all Chattanooga government employees.

Before us? The Cherokees. The history we tell ourselves here is often boiled down to that simple narrative: before any white, Euro-American presence in this area, there were Cherokees. And lots of them.

After nearly five years of zero executions, Tennessee has resumed its death penalty system, announcing plans to execute one man in January and another in April.

So, about 15 years ago, this guy named Steve Sherfey — oh, you're gonna love him — buys the old Rico Monument building in St. Elmo from Manny Rico, who's moving to a new location.

Guy Bilyeu, beloved leader of the Humane Educational Society, has died.

Peyton Manning? The Minister of Defense? Mr. Montana? Love 'em like white on rice.

There are rats at Miller Park in downtown Chattanooga. There are homeless people there, as well.

Aren't you sick and tired of this word "shutdown?" Government shutdown. Political shutdown. Here a shutdown, there a shutdown, everywhere a shutdown.

As Alec Newby's family was inside the funeral home receiving visitors Tuesday evening, Eddie Jenkins was outside in the parking lot, sitting in his truck, trying to stop crying so he could go inside and say what he had to say.

The newsroom phone rang. It was my friend, U.S. Army Sgt. Ian Morrow.

Days after Tennessee was named the most violent state in America, Kevin Chitty walked away a free man.

We ought to outlaw motorcycle riding. Followed by hang gliding, whitewater kayaking and sky diving. Ban smoking, too.

The people's choice to win today's Nobel Peace Prize is Malala Yousafzai, the beautiful, blogging 16-year-old girl from Pakistan who survived a school-bus assassination attempt by a local gunman trying to silence her outspoken, enlightened and very anti-Taliban-esque thoughts on education.

When I think of 21st century education, one name immediately rises above all others.

Twenty years from now, we will look back at this type of hostage-taking, shutdown politics as the first step in which such political cannibalism became normal.

I say this with love.

Face your fears, they said. Stare down your demons, they said. Step out of your comfort zone, they said.

Our government has shut down. Obamacare has begun.

Adam Tatum is a human being.

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