Tagged: "Mark Kennedy"

Kennedy: Photographer makes giving a snap

Story Kennedy: Photographer makes giving a snap

Michael Tomshack could be the poster person for "cheerful giving."

Kennedy: Mirror, mirror on the wall

Story Kennedy: Mirror, mirror on the wall

Few events excite our two sons like the arrival of a Vineyard Vines pop-up store.

Kennedy: The town at the bottom of the lake

Story Kennedy: The town at the bottom of the lake

You probably know the legend of the lost city of Atlantis, but what about the lost community of Rhea Springs, Tenn.?

Kennedy: Teens with paychecks becoming rare

Story Kennedy: Teens with paychecks becoming rare

I earned my first real paycheck at age 14. The year was 1973, and the minimum wage was $1.60 an hour.

Kennedy: Putting the boom back in boomers

Story Kennedy: Putting the boom back in boomers

If life has three stages, the template for Chattanooga baby boomers has been unstructured play (as kids), hard work (as adults) and a return to play (as retirees), according to a leading life coach and author.

Kennedy: 'Daddy, how big is Chattanooga?'

Story Kennedy: 'Daddy, how big is Chattanooga?'

The human mind searches for context.

Test Drive: New, improved 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Story Test Drive: New, improved 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan

Yes, Volkswagen's redesigned 2018 Tiguan is bigger and better than ever. In a comparison test, Cars.com just rated the Tiguan its No. 1 compact SUV.

Kennedy: From Bethel to Baylor in one generation

Story Kennedy: From Bethel to Baylor in one generation

We hear a lot about upward mobility and how hard it is to achieve in 21st century America.

Test Drive: Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ gets Midnight edition

Story Test Drive: Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ gets Midnight edition

Half-ton pickup trucks such as the Chevrolet Silverado and Ford F-150 are perennially Chattanooga's best selling new vehicles.

Kennedy: 62-year-old runner is opening eyes to uterine cancer

Story Kennedy: 62-year-old runner is opening eyes to uterine cancer

Five years ago, Colleen Johnson was 100 pounds overweight and battling endometrial cancer.

Kennedy: American fathers getting older and older

Story Kennedy: American fathers getting older and older

It appears I was on the cusp of a trend by fathering children in my 40s.

Kennedy: The case for naming your car

Story Kennedy: The case for naming your car

Does your car need a name? The short answer is "yes."

Kennedy: Don't Twitter-fight POTUS

Story Kennedy: Don't Twitter-fight POTUS

Mayweather vs. McGregor it wasn't.

Kennedy: Leftover lessons from the Great Eclipse

Story Kennedy: Leftover lessons from the Great Eclipse

Today, a few final thoughts on the Great American Eclipse.

Kennedy: Coming home is special for Ridgeland principal

Story Kennedy: Coming home is special for Ridgeland principal

Karen Hughes, 45, was a member of the first graduating class at Ridgeland High School in 1990 and a player on the school's first state championship softball team.

Kennedy: Embers of war can reignite

Story Kennedy: Embers of war can reignite

I grew up with a portrait of Robert E. Lee hanging in the living room of my parents' home. It was displayed in a frame made of wooden planks from my father's childhood home, a Depression-era shack in rural Maury County.

Kennedy: Goodbye sun, hello life

Story Kennedy: Goodbye sun, hello life

Charlie Steinhice, a 57-year-old manager at BlueCross BlueShield, thinks those who shrug off Monday's solar eclipse are making the mistake of a lifetime.

Kennedy: How I peaked in 10th grade

Story Kennedy: How I peaked in 10th grade

I thought I had peaked as a human being in 10th grade.

Kennedy: Dying with dignity requires holistic approach

Story Kennedy: Dying with dignity requires holistic approach

Gina Hooker, a 55-year-old radiology nurse at Erlanger hospital, has seen death up close. She has measured its breath, felt its chill.

Kennedy: Kids learn how to deal with loss at grief camp in Georgia's Blue Ridge mountains

Story Kennedy: Kids learn how to deal with loss at grief camp in Georgia's Blue Ridge mountains

Keith Morin was among 27 children who gathered at a new "grief camp" in Maine in 2009, a movement that has grown into a nationwide network of summer retreats known as Experience Camps, funded mostly by individual donors around the United States.

Test Drive: Rear-wheel-drive Lexus IS350 has 'cool' factor

Story Test Drive: Rear-wheel-drive Lexus IS350 has 'cool' factor

It's easy to forget the virtues of a rear-wheel-drive automobile: light steering, squealable tires and kick-in-the-pants power.

Kennedy: No looking over this 4-leaf clover

Story Kennedy: No looking over this 4-leaf clover

Five Hooie brothers from Pulaski, Tenn., served their country in wartime. All five returned home safely.

Kennedy: Encountering the Braves' new world

Story Kennedy: Encountering the Braves' new world

In the summer of 1969, my Middle Tennessee family of four stopped in Atlanta on the way to Florida to catch a Braves game at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium.

Kennedy: A beginner's guide to hooliganism

Story Kennedy: A beginner's guide to hooliganism

For a minute there, Galen Riley, a 33-year-old Chattanooga software engineer, was thinking about leaving Chattanooga for greener pastures.

Kennedy: TV's Calvin Sneed rushes to photograph old bridges

Story Kennedy: TV's Calvin Sneed rushes to photograph old bridges

When he was just 10 years old, Calvin Sneed stopped eating to grieve the demolition of a metal truss bridge in Marshall County, Tenn., near property that would become Henry Horton State Park.

Kennedy: 10 lessons I learned from my banker mom

Story Kennedy: 10 lessons I learned from my banker mom

My mother was a banker. For most of four decades, the 1960s through the 1990s, she was a teller at bank branches in Columbia, Tenn.

Kenendy: Five secrets to lifetime employment

Story Kenendy: Five secrets to lifetime employment

I was reading a piece by New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman the other day when I came across a quote that stuck with me.

Life Story: The secret of becoming a valedictorian

Story Life Story: The secret of becoming a valedictorian

Back in the mid-1990s, reporters at the former Chattanooga Times huddled and decided to elevate coverage of the area's high school valedictorians.

Kennedy's Family Life: Why you should never buy your teen a hummer

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Why you should never buy your teen a hummer

So my 15-year-old son and I are car shopping.

Kennedy: Spring cleaning clears the mind

Story Kennedy: Spring cleaning clears the mind

Interesting fact: One out of four garages in America is so cluttered it won't even fit one car.

Kennedy's Family Life: Finding magic in your children's experiments with hobbies

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Finding magic in your children's experiments with hobbies

Our house is littered with artifacts from the many phases of boyhood.

Kennedy: Woman converts family farm into wedding venue, helps military couples

Story Kennedy: Woman converts family farm into wedding venue, helps military couples

When she was 12 years old, Wanda Jones Cooper, now 66, sat on her Granny Jones' front porch in rural Marion County and studied a pine-covered hill at the back of the family farm.

Kennedy: Tips for helping teenage children

Story Kennedy: Tips for helping teenage children

For 30 years, Floyd and Deborah Richardson have been house parents at Bethel Bible Village, a Christian group home off Hamill Road for children and teens in crisis.

Kennedy: Requiem for a soldier 155 years later

Story Kennedy: Requiem for a soldier 155 years later

James Mason Anderson, a Confederate soldier, died from a blast to the face at the Battle of Shiloh, one of the bloodiest engagements of the Civil War.

Kennedy: Cherishing father, son bonding

Story Kennedy: Cherishing father, son bonding

Sometimes the 10-year-old and the 58-year-old in our house butt heads.

Kennedy's Family Life: Learner's permit opens new chapter

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Learner's permit opens new chapter

One day last week, our 15-year-old son climbed into the family's Toyota Venza. He quickly positioned his hands at 9 o'clock and 3 o'clock on the steering wheel.

Family Life: Sunday night brings a mess of stress

Story Family Life: Sunday night brings a mess of stress

You know that "60 Minutes" stopwatch that punctuates the Sunday night news magazine?

Kennedy's Life Stories: Grand slam for St. Jude

Story Kennedy's Life Stories: Grand slam for St. Jude

Morgan Crawford, 17, can throw a softball with such withering velocity that she has earned a scholarship to play college ball.

Kennedy's Family Life: Learning to shut up and be kind

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Learning to shut up and be kind

An interesting thing about growing older is that your character flaws eventually bubble up to the surface.

Kennedy: Where's the Greatest Generation when we need it?

Story Kennedy: Where's the Greatest Generation when we need it?

I had an epiphany this week while interviewing a 99-year-old man: The generation that journalist Tom Brokaw dubbed the Greatest Generation was authentically great, while we baby boomers, now mainly in our 50s and 60s, are still grownups in training.

Kennedy: The power of the pout

Story Kennedy: The power of the pout

Never underestimate the power of the pout.

Kennedy: Chattanooga spelling bee champ got late start on English

Story Kennedy: Chattanooga spelling bee champ got late start on English

Lisa Lin's oversized smile can lift the mood of a room.

Kennedy: A Christian view of fashion

Story Kennedy: A Christian view of fashion

When it comes to fashion, consider the question: What should Christians do?

Kennedy's Family Life: Some simple pleasures lost to history

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Some simple pleasures lost to history

There are things I miss about my 20th century childhood.

Kennedy: Finding your way in America

Story Kennedy: Finding your way in America

Jesse Drennen, a former football stand-out at Ringgold High School, was one of those young men you hear about who leave high school and drift.

Kennedy's Family Life: Let's play 'Flip my sneakers'

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Let's play 'Flip my sneakers'

My 15-year-old son and I were shopping at Hamilton Place mall earlier this month when he summoned me to an athletic shoe store.

Kennedy: From death's door to top orator, Kathy Dempsey knows a happy ending

Story Kennedy: From death's door to top orator, Kathy Dempsey knows a happy ending

Forty years ago as a teenager, Kathy Dempsey was attending Tennessee Temple High School here and throwing newspapers as a substitute carrier for The Chattanooga Times.

Kennedy: Give a kidney, save a life

Story Kennedy: Give a kidney, save a life

Imagine you are witness to a dying person whose kidneys have failed. Pretend the hospitalized patient is the mother of two young children. Maybe it's someone you know, maybe it's not.

Kennedy's Family Life Column: Finally getting with the program

Story Kennedy's Family Life Column: Finally getting with the program

We were one of the last households in our town to get high-speed internet.

Kennedy: NASA pioneers get their due

Story Kennedy: NASA pioneers get their due

If I had an Oscar vote, my 'Best Movie' pick for 2016 would go to 'Hidden Figures,' a film about a team of black, female mathematicians who provided support for the U.S. space program.

Family Life: To read or not to read

Story Family Life: To read or not to read

Lying in bed, my 10-year-old son was all showered and jammied-up. It was about 8 p.m. on a Sunday night. He had his arms folded across his chest and a scowl on his little, round face.

Kennedy: A lift from a good Samaritan

Story Kennedy: A lift from a good Samaritan

Connie Noland, a grandmother from Ringgold, Ga., says she can't shake the memory of a chance encounter in Chattanooga on the afternoon of Thursday, Jan. 19.

Kennedy's Family Life: After surgery, it's ready, set, eat

Story Kennedy's Family Life: After surgery, it's ready, set, eat

There's nothing more pitiful than a hungry, 15-year-old boy who can't chew his food.

Family Life: Confusion in the 20th century about race relations

Story Family Life: Confusion in the 20th century about race relations

The oldest baby boomers have begun turning 70 years old.

Quick Spin: Outlander SUV is an outlandishly good value

Story Quick Spin: Outlander SUV is an outlandishly good value

Make a list of small-to-midsize SUVs and the Mitsubishi Outlander might not be the first model that comes to mind. It might not even be the second or the third.

Kennedy: Chattanooga women create mural for victims of human trafficking

Story Kennedy: Chattanooga women create mural for victims of human trafficking

The women gather in the back room of an art supply store in East Brainerd. They sit amid long, flat art tables covered with brown paper.

Kennedy's Family Life: Rockettes, trucks and a drone in my wife's hair

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Rockettes, trucks and a drone in my wife's hair

I had never experienced a 'surreal' day until one recent Saturday, when a cloud of weirdness wrapped around me like a Pillsbury dinner roll around a cocktail frank. It actually started before even I woke up.

Kennedy: Local family looks for help after roof falls in

Story Kennedy: Local family looks for help after roof falls in

Some needs are basic and as old as mankind: Food, clothes, shelter.

Family Life: Lost wallet, cracked iPad, broken heart

Story Family Life: Lost wallet, cracked iPad, broken heart

Among our jobs as parents is to teach our kids how to manage disappointment. Or, as the 'serenity prayer' says: To be granted the power to accept the things we cannot change and the courage to change the things we can.

Kennedy: Random acts of theft and kindness

Story Kennedy: Random acts of theft and kindness

Tommy and Nora Cook, who are both in their 60s, scrape by on about $1,200 a month in government benefits.

Family Life: Are our kids headed to the poor house?

Story Family Life: Are our kids headed to the poor house?

A headline in the Dec. 8 Wall Street Journal was ominous: Barely Half of 30-year-olds Earn More Than their Parents.

Family Life: Let's not say goodbye just yet, OK, Santa?

Story Family Life: Let's not say goodbye just yet, OK, Santa?

Dear Santa, Thanks for all you have done in the last 15 years.

Kennedy: Tender letter to a dying husband

Story Kennedy: Tender letter to a dying husband

Experience is the best teacher, it's said. Yet some experiences come at a cost.

Family Life: School bus safety for the 21st century

Story Family Life: School bus safety for the 21st century

It has been almost two weeks since a tragic school bus crash here claimed six young lives and sparked a wildfire of despair.

Kennedy: Pikeville couple reaches rare diamond wedding anniversary

Story Kennedy: Pikeville couple reaches rare diamond wedding anniversary

Albert George, 97, credits his wife's mouth-watering homemade biscuits for the couple's long marriage.

Kennedy's Family Life: Bring back that lovin' feeling

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Bring back that lovin' feeling

When you are part of a busy family, time is of the essence. Minutes are important. Hours are precious.

Kennedy: Multiple sclerosis, the great time thief, held at bay by 95-year-old

Story Kennedy: Multiple sclerosis, the great time thief, held at bay by 95-year-old

Multiple sclerosis is an insidious companion.

Kennedy: Lost locket finds its way home

Story Kennedy: Lost locket finds its way home

Joye Wessells, a Signal Mountain widow, was reading the Times Free Press at her kitchen table last Thursday morning when she got a startling surprise.

Kennedy: Nielsen asks my opinion and now my fingers are tired from voting

Story Kennedy: Nielsen asks my opinion and now my fingers are tired from voting

I just received a dollar bill in the mail.

Kennedy: GPS senior who landed perfect score talks about acing ACT

Story Kennedy: GPS senior who landed perfect score talks about acing ACT

Leah Baxter, a 17-year-old senior at Girls Preparatory School, is one of about 2,200 American students this year to make a perfect 36 on the ACT.

Kennedy: When your doctor tells you to 'take a hike'

Story Kennedy: When your doctor tells you to 'take a hike'

The idea is simple, really.

Kennedy: Tradition of the 'T' at Neyland Stadium

Story Kennedy: Tradition of the 'T' at Neyland Stadium

Last year, UT celebrated 50 years of its iconic pre-game tradition, which involves the football team and others running onto Shield-Watkins Field through a T formed by the 300-plus- member Pride of the Southland Band.

Kennedy's Life Stories: Formerly homeless Rossville couple offers thanks for gifts

Story Kennedy's Life Stories: Formerly homeless Rossville couple offers thanks for gifts

A formerly homeless Rossville, Ga., couple say they want to thank Times Free Press readers and others who donated money after their home burned in May.

Family Life: Two boys at opposite ends of a tunnel

Story Family Life: Two boys at opposite ends of a tunnel

One night last week, our 9-year-old son complained that no one in the family would help him study.

Kennedy: First Baptist Church celebrates 150th anniversary

Story Kennedy: First Baptist Church celebrates 150th anniversary

Over time, First Baptist has lost membership, from a peak of about 500 members to about 100 today, members say. But church leaders say they are committed to soldiering on and attracting new members to the church, which is near the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

9/11 memories still fresh after 15 years

Story 9/11 memories still fresh after 15 years

It took Bill Hewgley 15 years to talk about 9/11.

Kennedy's Family Life: Inside tips for figuring out boys

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Inside tips for figuring out boys

I often wonder what it's like to have girl children. As much as I love my two sons, I feel like I might have missed something.

Kennedy: Triplets create an instant empty nest

Story Kennedy: Triplets create an instant empty nest

In a typical family with three kids, emptying the nest takes a few years. But for Michael and Susie Woodward of Soddy-Daisy, the children flew the coop all at once.

Kennedy's Family Life: Disney World kids visiting Gatlinburg

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Disney World kids visiting Gatlinburg

On Labor Day weekend, our family booked a two-night stay in a family hotel in downtown Gatlinburg. We were there for R&R and a two-day soccer tournament in which my 14-year-old son was a participant.

Kennedy: Cloverleaf Barber Shop turns 50

Story Kennedy: Cloverleaf Barber Shop turns 50

The Cloverleaf Barber Shop on Hixson Pike is celebrating 50 years of operation.

Family Life: A message to soccer dads

Story Family Life: A message to soccer dads

Sometime in 2016, I will witness my 1,000th youth soccer game. I figured it out on the back of a napkin.

Kennedy's Family Life: The boy who never forgets

Story Kennedy's Family Life: The boy who never forgets

There were two boys with the same obscure first name born on a late October day in 2006 at Parkridge East Hospital. Sometimes I wonder if we brought the correct child home.

Kennedy: Ridgeland High School's educational success story

Story Kennedy: Ridgeland High School's educational success story

Eighteen-year-old Tylis Green changed elementary schools five times in five years, often hopscotching across state lines in the process.

Kennedy's Family Life: 'Hillbilly Elegy' helps explain 2016 election

Story Kennedy's Family Life: 'Hillbilly Elegy' helps explain 2016 election

If you've watched any cable news shows in the last 10 days, you might have seen a baby-faced young man from Ohio pop up on your TV set. His name is J.D. Vance, and he's a 31-year-old graduate of Yale Law school.

Kennedy: It's (almost) football time in Tennessee!

Story Kennedy: It's (almost) football time in Tennessee!

Bob Arnold, a former plant superintendent at the La-Z-Boy furniture factory in Dayton, Tenn., is a lifelong University of Tennessee football enthusiast who has written a book from a fan's point of view.

Kennedy's Family Life: Olympics put TV back in the picture

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Olympics put TV back in the picture

Sometimes I feel sorry for our lonely, little big-screen TVs.

Test Drive: Nissan Titan XD pick-up lives up to its name

Story Test Drive: Nissan Titan XD pick-up lives up to its name

How big is the Nissan Titan XD pick-up truck?

Kennedy's Life Stories: How black press put principles over profits

Story Kennedy's Life Stories: How black press put principles over profits

If necessity is the mother of invention, Brian Carroll's mastery of baseball history is proof.

Kennedy's Family Life: Headless cobras can bite and more facts I learned from my boys

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Headless cobras can bite and more facts I learned from my boys

Did you know that when she was 7 years old, pop star Selena Gomez was a cast member on the 'Barney and Friends' kids' show?

Test Drive: Jeep Renegade blazes a new trail in compact SUVs

Story Test Drive: Jeep Renegade blazes a new trail in compact SUVs

Is the new Renegade merely a Fiat in Jeep's clothing?

Kennedy's Life Stories: Website feminizes car-buying experience

Story Kennedy's Life Stories: Website feminizes car-buying experience

Some women think car dealerships are essentially man caves.

Kennedy's Family Life: Summer with bored kids is a circus of our own makings

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Summer with bored kids is a circus of our own makings

When I was a kid, summer boredom wasn't a thing.

Kennedy: International nonprofit looking for Chattanooga-area families willing to adopt

Story Kennedy: International nonprofit looking for Chattanooga-area families willing to adopt

Sharon is a bubbly teenager who is learning to ride a bicycle for the first time.

Kennedy: Pokemon Go catches fire

Story Kennedy: Pokemon Go catches fire

My first exposure to the Pokémon Go game was a conspiratorial request from our two sons, ages 14 and 9.

Kennedy: Hope for the helpless through story-telling

Story Kennedy: Hope for the helpless through story-telling

Smith, 43, a former nonprofit organization worker and Christian volunteer, had seen first-hand the HIV-AIDs scourge in Africa, the subjugation and degradation of women in Delhi, India, and the tears of refugee immigrants right here in Chattanooga.

Test Drive Challenge: Infiniti Q70L vs. Jaguar XJR

Story Test Drive Challenge: Infiniti Q70L vs. Jaguar XJR

Flagship sedans are showpieces for their brands, embodying all the virtues their manufacturers hold dear. But what happens when a brand's flagship has the handling and performance characteristics of a race car?

Kennedy: Redshirting moves to kindergarten

Story Kennedy: Redshirting moves to kindergarten

Redshirting, a term often associated with college football, is on the lips of many parents of Chattanooga preschoolers this summer.

Test Drive: VW Golf SportWagen is fun and practical

Story Test Drive: VW Golf SportWagen is fun and practical

After test driving a long line of $50,000-to-$100,000 automobiles recently, it is the spunky little VW Golf SportWagen TSI SEL (only $32,685) that has turned out to be our favorite driving companion so far in 2016.

Kennedy's Life Stories: Physician shares tales from thirty years of ER work at Erlanger

Story Kennedy's Life Stories: Physician shares tales from thirty years of ER work at Erlanger

Mark Kennedy sits down with an Erlanger ER doctor of 30 years and his wife to talk about the rigors of the work.

Kennedy: Flashes of insight in a cloudy mind

Story Kennedy: Flashes of insight in a cloudy mind

Gary Lawson, 68, a retired federal law enforcement officer, sometimes believes his battle with Alzheimer's has a silver lining.

Family Life: Touched by beautiful hands for 20 years

Story Family Life: Touched by beautiful hands for 20 years

Once at an office party, I overheard a woman tell my wife, "Oh my gosh, you have the most beautiful hands I've ever seen."

Kennedy: Friends for life stick together

Story Kennedy: Friends for life stick together

Eighty-seven-year-old Lester Wilker and his home-based nurse, Virginia Bennett, 75, have lived under the same roof for about 18 years.

Kennedy: Why kids play travel sports

Story Kennedy: Why kids play travel sports

Chattanooga is a magnet for these youth sports tournaments. A quick check of the calendar of the Chattanooga Sports Committee shows major youth tournaments here this summer in lacrosse, soccer, softball, baseball and tennis. All will involve hundreds of families spending, collectively, millions of dollars in the Scenic City.

Family Life: Magic memories of summer swimming

Story Family Life: Magic memories of summer swimming

When I was a kid, our "swimming pool" was an oscillating lawn sprinkler.

Kennedy: 60 years on the job a milestone

Story Kennedy: 60 years on the job a milestone

The average American worker has been at his or her job for 4.6 years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Kennedy: Whatever happened to piggy banks?

Story Kennedy: Whatever happened to piggy banks?

A headline in the May 20 Times Free Press caught my eye. It read: "Two-thirds of Americans would struggle to cover a $1,000 crisis."

Kennedy's Life Stories: Love of tennis leads to 35 years of friendship for this group of Chattanooga women

Story Kennedy's Life Stories: Love of tennis leads to 35 years of friendship for this group of Chattanooga women

Back in the early 1980s, they were a group of young Chattanooga mothers bound by their love for tennis.

Kennedy's Family Life: Hey, 1969 wants those sneakers back

Story Kennedy's Family Life: Hey, 1969 wants those sneakers back

The other night, I was walking through Northgate Mall with my 9-year-old son when he wandered into Hibbetts Sports.

Kennedy: Government red tape endangers children by keeping them from needed medication

Story Kennedy: Government red tape endangers children by keeping them from needed medication

Jax Smalley, 2, wasn't just a healthy newborn, he was a big ol' baby boy.

Kennedy's Family Life: When in doubt, take a knee

Story Kennedy's Family Life: When in doubt, take a knee

Last week, near the end of a kids' lacrosse game in Brentwood, Tenn., my son took a hard hit and immediately fell to the ground, clutching his arm.

Kennedy: Adolph Ochs' desk finds its way home

Story Kennedy: Adolph Ochs' desk finds its way home

The old desk is completely unpretentious.

Kennedy: In life, you get what you get

Story Kennedy: In life, you get what you get

For months, I've been nursing a pinched nerve in my back.

Falling Water: The land time forgot

Story Falling Water: The land time forgot

Residents of the Falling Water community can tell by your smell if you are from Signal Mountain. It's not your body odor, but the smell coming from your car brakes.

Kennedy: Hey, everyone, leave algebra class alone

Story Kennedy: Hey, everyone, leave algebra class alone

"Who needs algebra?"

Kennedy: When your home really is your castle

Story Kennedy: When your home really is your castle

It's a classic fixer-upper — native stone siding, ample acreage, an unfinished dungeon.

Kennedy: Ten Chattanooga destinations kids can't resist

Story Kennedy: Ten Chattanooga destinations kids can't resist

Chattanooga is an ideal place for a stay-cation.

Kennedy: Chattanooga's 'forgotten trial of the century'

Story Kennedy: Chattanooga's 'forgotten trial of the century'

What started with a few scribbled pages of notes has grown into untold stacks of old newspapers, bound copies of state records and a daunting collection of 130 audio discs documenting the 1958 impeachment trial of the late Hamilton County Judge Raulston Schoolfield.

Kennedy: Kids' rooms document childhood

Story Kennedy: Kids' rooms document childhood

When I go into one of our sons' bedrooms, it feels like I'm entering a mini museum.

Kennedy: Life after the death of children

Story Kennedy: Life after the death of children

Zella Dixon, 84, of Hixson, has a simple explanation for how she survived the deaths of two sons.

Kennedy: Dab dance wearing thin

Story Kennedy: Dab dance wearing thin

A little dab'll do ya.

Kennedy: 9 life lessons I learned from my dog

Story Kennedy: 9 life lessons I learned from my dog

Our dog, Boise, turned 3 years old this month. That's 21 in human years, prompting my teenage son to crack: "Daddy, you should take Boise out and buy him buy him a beer."

Kennedy: Remembering Nancy Reagan

Story Kennedy: Remembering Nancy Reagan

When 10-year-old Makenna Alverson chose to be Nancy Reagan in her school's wax museum-style history project, the former first lady was the only living person on the list.

Kennedy: Gilligan's Island, echoes in modern TV

Story Kennedy: Gilligan's Island, echoes in modern TV

All I really need to know I learned from "Gilligan's Island," the 1960s sitcom about seven people stranded on a deserted island.

Kennedy: Forget being PC, what about having manners?

Story Kennedy: Forget being PC, what about having manners?

A normal election year would be a learning opportunity for kids.

Kennedy: When hot rods were king

Story Kennedy: When hot rods were king

Tom Hunt figures he has owned about 95 cars over his lifetime.

Kennedy: Why I'm wishing for a Southern Siri

Story Kennedy: Why I'm wishing for a Southern Siri

If we can have an Australian Siri, why in tarnation can't we have a Southern Siri? Specifically, I want my the Siri on my iPhone to call me "Sugar" and to sound like Paula Deen.

Kennedy: Bradley County man definitely led 'a football life'

Story Kennedy: Bradley County man definitely led 'a football life'

The NFL Network features a popular biography series called "A Football Life." It typically contains documentary video of a Hall of Fame player or coach.

Kennedy: Too much parent-teacher communication?

Story Kennedy: Too much parent-teacher communication?

As I was entering fourth grade at Riverside Elementary School in Columbia, Tenn., my teacher made my mother a promise: "I'm going to make Mark into an A student."

Kennedy: Storytellers are curators of a craft that is still alive and well

Story Kennedy: Storytellers are curators of a craft that is still alive and well

After a recent column, in which I carelessly wrote that storytelling is a lost art, I heard from Judy Baker of Cleveland, Tenn.

Kennedy: Who's this big guy where my baby used to be?

Story Kennedy: Who's this big guy where my baby used to be?

When my 14-year-old son looks at me eye-to-eye, it's a little unnerving. It seems like I've been lowering my gaze to greet him forever and now this.

Kennedy: Website lets users peer into Chattanooga's past

Story Kennedy: Website lets users peer into Chattanooga's past

When he was a student at Red Bank High School in the 1980s, Sam Hall, now 52, brought his 35 mm camera to campus to snap some pictures.

Kennedy: What's in your toolkit? How about Shower Wow?

Story Kennedy: What's in your toolkit? How about Shower Wow?

My 9-year-old son decided his mother would enjoy a disco-inspired shower head for Christmas.

Kennedy: Chattanooga's false graveyard and the slot machine of stories

Story Kennedy: Chattanooga's false graveyard and the slot machine of stories

Ernest Jackson is like a human slot machine. Shake his hand and stories fall out.

Kennedy: Have faith in pen-and-paper parenting

Story Kennedy: Have faith in pen-and-paper parenting

My taciturn father taught me an important lesson: If you want your communication with your children to be clear, put it in writing.

Kennedy: Georgia woman fights adversity to earn doctorate

Story Kennedy: Georgia woman fights adversity to earn doctorate

For Eileen Galang, 38, of Rome, Ga., getting a doctorate from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville last week in literacy studies was the culmination of years of fits and starts.

Kennedy: How a thrift store trench coat from Chattanooga made it to the White House

Story Kennedy: How a thrift store trench coat from Chattanooga made it to the White House

Dan Lothian, 51, is a dashing fellow.