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Mary Helen Miller

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Dudley loved his pacifier. His sister Opossum loved vanilla ice cream.

Ooltewah Elementary School's art classroom is far too tidy for a kids' studio. The floors are spotless, the chairs are empty and the tables beg for more grime.

March Madness brackets are a tried and true office tradition. Nothing else can so efficiently bring cubicles together and tear them apart. There's a lot of pride – and sometimes money – on the line.

Here are the top three things to know today.

Today's top stories in one minute.

It may or may not snow next week, but the hype is really coming down out there.

The legal case against Andrew Hamblin, a snake-handling pastor in LaFollette, Tenn., fell apart Wednesday.

The legal case against Andrew Hamblin, a serpent-handling pastor in LaFollette, Tenn., fell apart today.

By 2025, there could be a human settlement on Mars. At least that's the goal for Mars One, a Netherlands-based nonprofit organization that recently selected its first round of candidates to be considered for a one-way ticket to the red planet.

Even as Christmas decorations begin to come down, gifts are still showing up on some doorsteps.

Looks like Santa didn't get to wear his tank top last night after all.

Just about any American who was alive and aware in 1963 can tell you where he was when he heard the news of John F. Kennedy's assassination. For some Chattanoogans, it's an earliest memory from a toddler's perspective: The TV is on, Mom is crying. For scores of others, the shock came at school. Television sets were wheeled into classrooms. Students were sent home early with newspapers. Adults wept.

They can still hear the voice that brought the news, breaking into a song on the car radio or disrupting a lesson over a school public address speaker.

Christy Smith fell for her husband's Southern accent before she ever laid eyes on him. The Washington state native met her husband through a dating website while they were living on the West Coast. They talked on the phone for a couple of weeks before meeting.

Two abandoned buildings owned by Tennessee Temple University are causing grief for some Highland Park residents.

At the heart of rivalry, there's beer

Thousands of re-enactors gathered at Mountain Cove Farms from Sept. 19 to 22 for the re-enactment of the Battle of Chickamauga. The weekend marked the 150th anniversary of the battle.

People are making more money in the Chattanooga area. New numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey show a huge jump in median household income from 2011 to 2012 for people in Chattanooga and Hamilton County.

In Chattanooga and Hamilton County, income levels rose significantly, and the percent of people living in poverty dropped significantly from 2011 to 2012, new reports from the U.S. Census Bureau show. After a dip income in 2011, numbers are about where they were in 2010.

As President Barack Obama faced the nation to justify a potential targeted strike against Syria, he also reached out to Congress to delay a vote authorizing the use of U.S. military action in hopes of pursing diplomacy.

The Great Smoky Mountains in East Tennessee usually steal the show when it comes to state parks.

Some of Georgia's finest features are no surprise, like its trout-filled lakes and thick forests, ripe with blueberries.

North Carolina's parks are ideal for the imaginative outdoorsman, offering whitewater rapids and scenic trails, but allowing you choose how to navigate them.

With a mix of mountain sanctuaries and underground caves, you can explore Alabama from the top down at its parks. Take in mountaintop views from the side of the highway or the back of a canoe, go deep into Alabama's caves or dig into natural history and ancient cultures.

The moon was waxing on July 18, 2013, shining three-quarters full. It was the 28th day of summer and Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday. Detroit declared bankruptcy that day. Fifteen-year-old Hannah Meller drove up Signal Mountain for the first time.

It was the kind of plan for a father-son reunion that choked up everyone who heard about it. Carson Guy, a tow-headed 5-year-old, would throw the “first pitch” at the Lookout’s game Thursday.

Carolyn Underwood does not consider herself to be outdoorsy, yet she camped for six months last year.

The Times Free Press is teaming up with you, our readers, on Thursday to document one day of life in Chattanooga.

The Riverbend Festival lasted for 10 days. See it here in less than two minutes.

  • June 17th, 2013  |
  • By Connor Choate

Don’t look them in the eye. Don’t say anything. Just look where you’re going, and keep walking.

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