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J. Todd Foster

Stories by J. Todd

There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about my dad. He passed away nine years ago come August, and his grave is the only one I’ve ever visited.

Signal Mountain police are searching for a mother who has been missing since April 30. Gail Nowacki Palmgren, 44, who lives in the affluent St. Ives subdivision on Ridgerock Drive, has not been seen since driving away from her home in her four-door, dark-red Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

Signal Mountain police are searching for a housewife who has been missing since April 30.

Hands down, a journalist’s worst duty is reaching out to the relatives of accident and murder victims.

I guess if we had to lose a national journalism prize to someone, we could do worse than a reporter at The Washington Post.

We're accustomed to public agencies and institutions stonewalling us over public records requests.

By 2:30 a.m. last Monday, North Chattanooga was buried in 6 inches of snow. I know because I was playing in it.

I love Clay Bennett. How could I not love a man who gets more hate mail and calls than I do?

Newspaper editors are accustomed to reader abuse. When readers drop three quarters in a rack, they buy the right to share their opinions, whether those opinions are laced with vitriol or not.

I'm not sure I agree that time heals all wounds, but it does seem to make them a little less raw. I'm able to face this date on the calendar a little more easily this year than I faced it last year and the years before.

Despite our many strengths, the newspaper industry in general has failed miserably to promote and market itself to the reading public.

This newspaper made a gut-wrenching and controversial decision to run a top-of-the-front-page article last Sunday stemming from jailhouse interviews with an accused killer.

The e-mails have flooded in since last Sunday, when we launched an online database project that included nearly 20,000 names and salaries of local government workers.

New directors to be sworn in at TVA Thursday

Four new board members join utility

Four new board members join TVA

  • Oct. 5th, 2010  |
  • By By Dave Flessner
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Bedbugs aren’t the only things that bite. So do readers with heightened senses of patriotism — even nine years after the worst terrorist attack on American soil.

It was edgy, even risky, not to mention a nontraditional method of storytelling. But last Sunday’s front-page narrative on Aquarnetta Porter and her journey toward redemption is a perfect literary illustration of why we as a society need to keep newspapers around.

I used to be the only person I knew who could boast at dinner parties about nearly dying at the hooves of an angry elk.

I used to be the only person I knew who could boast at dinner parties about nearly dying at the hooves of an angry elk.

Appearing on a two-hour local cable-access television show is pretty daunting. But it’s a great way to learn what your newspaper readers in North Georgia want — and don’t want.

There’s a motto beneath our nameplate on the front page: “To Give the News Impartially, Without Fear or Favor.”

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