Tagged: "David Cook"

Cook: Where the true things are

Story Cook: Where the true things are

On the third day of the new year, Dusty, a bay Morgan gelding, collapsed in the morning rain. His giant body was stuck — halfway in his stable, halfway out.

Cook: Chattanooga Area Food Bank's wish list

Story Cook: Chattanooga Area Food Bank's wish list

First, the good news.

Cook: Tubman and the erosion of trust

Story Cook: Tubman and the erosion of trust

I'm not sure how to trust city of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke anymore.

Cook: Listening to the message of pain

Story Cook: Listening to the message of pain

Some day, we will look back and realize how limited and incomplete our understanding of pain has been.

Cook: Narcissistic buffoons, cultural rot and fighting words

Story Cook: Narcissistic buffoons, cultural rot and fighting words

One week ago, I wrote that Tennessee Republicans had lost their moral center, no longer reflecting the values and virtues conservatism once held.

Cook: The lionhearted life of Osmette Kadrie

Story Cook: The lionhearted life of Osmette Kadrie

Long ago, in the 1950s, at a Catholic school in Dakar, Senegal, a little girl walked in and took her seat.

Cook: Why you should beware of a Chattanooga business improvement district

Story Cook: Why you should beware of a Chattanooga business improvement district

I first heard of business improvement districts (BIDs) a decade ago, when a friend, Dr. Randall Amster of Georgetown University, was protesting an attempt by Tempe, Arizona, to transform its downtown.

Cook: Colin Kaepernick and the Marlboro Man

Story Cook: Colin Kaepernick and the Marlboro Man

State Senator Bo Watson, R-Hixson, recently asked the Tennessee General Assembly's budget analysis office for a report detailing the extent of contracts between Nike and University of Tennessee schools.

Cook: Chattanooga...the Sun City of the South?

Story Cook: Chattanooga...the Sun City of the South?

We've been called the Boulder of the East.

Cook: The missed Opportunity Zone

Story Cook: The missed Opportunity Zone

This is why people are so, so angry.

Cook: Don't let this good idea go to waste

Story Cook: Don't let this good idea go to waste

Got a minute? Then go put your head in a trash can and look around.

Cook: It's time to ditch plastic straws

Story Cook: It's time to ditch plastic straws

Earlier this week, for a few glorious hours, I was like Kim Kardashian.

Cook: City Hall fails transparency test on mayor's Interagency Council on Homelessness

Story Cook: City Hall fails transparency test on mayor's Interagency Council on Homelessness

From the very beginning, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke promised open and transparent city government.

Cook: Building the bridge that won't collapse

Story Cook: Building the bridge that won't collapse

Were we to try and build a bridge yet ignore the laws of the physical world — gravity, tension, motion — then our bridge would undoubtedly collapse.

Cook: A man for our time: The life of John P. Franklin Sr.

Story Cook: A man for our time: The life of John P. Franklin Sr.

Late one night many, many years ago, the telephone rang inside the home of John and Eva Jim Franklin.

Cook: Stop comparing Trump to Hitler

Story Cook: Stop comparing Trump to Hitler

Days ago, as Americans raged against immigrant families being separated at our southern border, former CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden did what many have done before: He compared Trump to Hitler.

Cook: Many bridges in this town need lighting

Story Cook: Many bridges in this town need lighting

Not long after the news broke that City Hall hoped to spend $4 million — roughly half from taxpayers, half from private donors — on mood-lighting the Walnut Street Bridge, I spoke with Antoine Ward, who teaches and coaches middle school football at East Lake Academy.

Cook: 'The Book of Mormon' and the most Bible-minded city

Story Cook: 'The Book of Mormon' and the most Bible-minded city

Single performance tickets go on sale soon for this season's Broadway at the Tivoli program, which includes eight performances of "The Book of Mormon" at the end of February 2019.

Cook: Of a different kind: Honoring Javon, Reuben and Dan

Story Cook: Of a different kind: Honoring Javon, Reuben and Dan

As he does most Wednesdays, JaMichael Heathington, a teacher and coach at Calvary Christian School, began the evening's Bible study — he mentors a group of high school basketball players — by asking for prayer requests.

Cook: How inclusive is Chattanooga?

Story Cook: How inclusive is Chattanooga?

A few weeks ago, the Urban Institute released an online database that measures inclusion in 274 of the largest U.S. cities, along with an accompanying report "Inclusion Recovery in U.S. Cities."

Cook: Mother's Day and the political ceiling

Story Cook: Mother's Day and the political ceiling

Among the Mother's Day bouquets and brunches, make sure you also give your mom a voter registration card.

Cook: Seven questions for the Homelessness Council

Story Cook: Seven questions for the Homelessness Council

Tuesday afternoon, the city's newly formed Interagency Council on Homelessness meets for the first time.

Cook: Ten words for the new Southside development

Story Cook: Ten words for the new Southside development

As with any major project, we should ask: How much of this new push for development on the Southside and South Broad Street is simply part of our constant craving for more?

Cook: Room at the table: An Earth Day invitation

Story Cook: Room at the table: An Earth Day invitation

Fifteen years ago this summer, my wife and I stopped eating meat.

Cook: The gold and dust of Jane Henegar

Story Cook: The gold and dust of Jane Henegar

Two moments from last week reminded me of the importance of powerful teaching, especially as the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program testing begins this week in Hamilton County elementary schools.

Cook: What's the future of homelessness here?

Story Cook: What's the future of homelessness here?

A few weeks ago, as Chattanooga Police Department Chief David Roddy spoke to city council members about a growing panhandling problem, he quoted research: 92 percent of panhandlers use their money to buy alcohol, drugs and sex.

Cook: Mass shootings and the fog of war

Story Cook: Mass shootings and the fog of war

Gun control?

Cook: The most lopsided city in America

Story Cook: The most lopsided city in America

In 2016, many, many people moved to Chattanooga. More than 11,000, to be exact.

Cook: This Lent, why not fast from politics?

Story Cook: This Lent, why not fast from politics?

Lent, which begins Wednesday, is perhaps the most underrated and overlooked spot on the calendar, perhaps the least popular of all religious holidays.

Cook: The hospital psalms of Gwen Green

Story Cook: The hospital psalms of Gwen Green

Twenty days ago, Gwen Green watched as Erlanger hospital nurses pushed her husband, Paul, into one operating room, and her son, Charles, into the other. Paul, beloved across the city for his long and fruitful work with Hope for the Inner City, has been suffering from an autoimmune disease called end-stage renal failure.

Cook: One-in-five black Tennesseans can't vote

Story Cook: One-in-five black Tennesseans can't vote

"So long as I do not firmly and irrevocably possess the right to vote I do not possess myself." — Martin Luther King Jr.

Cook: Our pain may not be what we think

Story Cook: Our pain may not be what we think

Three months ago, I could barely walk, pain like a live wire roaring through my back and leg.

Cook: Don't be so cool in 2018

Story Cook: Don't be so cool in 2018

In 2017, we were cool. Really cool.

Cook: 'Tis a gift to be simple: the life of Keiko Brewer

Story Cook: 'Tis a gift to be simple: the life of Keiko Brewer

Despite what advertisers and big-box stores tell us, Christmas is about small things.

Cook: Grief and the holidays

Story Cook: Grief and the holidays

Happy holidays?

Cook: Let's start a Chattanooga Freedom Fund

Story Cook: Let's start a Chattanooga Freedom Fund

Let's say you're arrested for a misdemeanor crime. Something small and nonviolent, like driving without a license. Shoplifting. Possession of a little marijuana.

Cook: Friends with the most hated man in the U.S.

Story Cook: Friends with the most hated man in the U.S.

Much of America hates Ajit Pai right now.

Cook: God, gun violence and Bob Corker

Story Cook: God, gun violence and Bob Corker

Two days before Thanksgiving, a delegation of local clergy — Christians, Jews, Muslims, a total of 21 in all — walked into U. S. Sen. Bob Corker's Chattanooga office for a scheduled meeting to talk about two things.

Cook: The most important place in Hamilton County

Story Cook: The most important place in Hamilton County

Three questions.

Cook: Everybody has a heart - the wisdom of Will Hunt

Story Cook: Everybody has a heart - the wisdom of Will Hunt

One year ago this week, Will Hunt's heart gave out.

Cook: A prayer for Butch Jones

Story Cook: A prayer for Butch Jones

Thank God for Butch Jones.

Cook: The living, the dead and the courage of memory

Story Cook: The living, the dead and the courage of memory

Between 1885 and 1906, four black men were lynched in Chattanooga.

Cook: Las Vegas and our response time

Story Cook: Las Vegas and our response time

There is a gap, a moment, a pause.

Cook: Kneeling good for the American soul

Story Cook: Kneeling good for the American soul

He could have turned his back.

Cook: How much tourism is left in the ground?

Story Cook: How much tourism is left in the ground?

Like any nonrenewable energy source, our current tourist economy will one day run dry. Past economies prove this death-rebirth life cycle; from indigenous and Cherokee to pre-industrial to 20th-century factories, none last forever.

Cook: The underlying peace of the heart

Story Cook: The underlying peace of the heart

Some years ago Dr. Herb Barks, the longtime Baylor School headmaster, had just been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

OPINION: The future of the most Bible-minded city

Story OPINION: The future of the most Bible-minded city

We're losing manners and the little rules by which we once played. A friend who's a Presbyterian minister points to Sunday mornings. Once quiet and reserved, Sunday mornings now are treated like normal days. Soccer tournaments are scheduled. Stores open early. Mowers and chain saws roar. These things would have never happened on a Sunday 10 years ago. (For the record: Often, they're my mowers. And our kids playing soccer.)

Cook: Shaking hands with a national treasure

Story Cook: Shaking hands with a national treasure

In loud, irrational times like these, do you need a reminder of what a graceful statesman looks like? A politician who's humble and wise? A man you actually admire?

Cook: Operation Song

Story Cook: Operation Song

Back in Iraq, they hide bombs inside trash, and trash is everywhere. On the roadside. In ditches. Outside homes.

Cook: Dear Monk

Story Cook: Dear Monk

How free are we in America?

Cook: The light within the Summerlin darkness

Story Cook: The light within the Summerlin darkness

What holds the keys and tumblers to this world? Is it cruelty? Chaos? When the pain of life howls outside our door, is there anything there in the dark night to explain it?

Cook: Several chords and the truth

Story Cook: Several chords and the truth

Not long after his son, U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, was mortally shot at the U.S. Naval and Marine Reserve Center on July 16, 2015, Tracy Smith was ready to die himself. The grief was simply too much.

Cook: The night Rep. Fleischmann wore the Howard cap

Story Cook: The night Rep. Fleischmann wore the Howard cap

Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., can't forget the June 14 shooting.

Cook: This is what fathers do

Story Cook: This is what fathers do

Ask William Russell about his dad, Larry, and he won't tell you about the Pinewood Derby races Larry organized in Hixson, or all the car shows they visited, or vacations in the Gulf.

Cook: The holy struggle in Highland Park

Story Cook: The holy struggle in Highland Park

Mercy Junction Justice and Peace Center is one of the holiest places in Chattanooga.

Cook: The Team of the Year lost, but still won

Story Cook: The Team of the Year lost, but still won

This spring, when the newly resurrected Howard School baseball team began its 2017 season, some guys had never played before.

Cook: How much do we love other people in America?

Story Cook: How much do we love other people in America?

The most influential contribution we can make to American society isn't strong policy or bulletproof arguments or impeachment procedures.

Cook: Jay Z being baby-bumped to sidelines sparks early Mother's (or Father's) Day column

Story Cook: Jay Z being baby-bumped to sidelines sparks early Mother's (or Father's) Day column

One of the most famous women on Earth is now one of the most pregnant.

Cook: Is more publicity good for Chattanooga's beautiful natural areas?

Story Cook: Is more publicity good for Chattanooga's beautiful natural areas?

These two sides of Chattanooga — outdoors and technology — will only increase in appeal. Each week, people move to Chattanooga for our outdoor scene. And technology? Please. It's only just begun.

Cook: Counting the days for Chattanooga Prep [photos]

Story Cook: Counting the days for Chattanooga Prep [photos]

On Feb. 14, one of the most radiant, gallantly promising ideas landed on the desk of Hamilton County Schools Interim Superintendent Kirk Kelly and his staff.

Cook: To talk of schools is to talk of jails

Story Cook: To talk of schools is to talk of jails

Hamilton County faces what seems like an economic and ethical crossroads.

Cook: Loving God with work gloves on

Story Cook: Loving God with work gloves on

Usually, I'm asking the questions, but here, 60-year-old Mendonsa turns the tables. Our interview lasts over an hour, and Mendonsa, the earringed and bearded executive director of Widows Harvest Ministries, says many things, but it's this question — posed to me and perhaps you, too — that echoes long after lunch ends.

Cook: What Howard High teens can teach Hamilton County officials

Story Cook: What Howard High teens can teach Hamilton County officials

Wednesday afternoon's baseball game at Howard School wasn't cold. Sure, it was barely 40 degrees, with a bitter wind, but please. That's nothing when, just four days earlier, you worked a 14-hour day, through two sleet storms and one snowfall, to make sure your baseball field was game-ready.

Cook: The pope, 'Hamilton' and Howard baseball

Story Cook: The pope, 'Hamilton' and Howard baseball

Not long ago, I heard of a Chattanooga man who bought season tickets to the Fox Theater in Atlanta. Why? One reason. When a touring "Hamilton" comes to town — 2019? 2020? — he'll already have tickets.

Cook: See Jane run -- why Chattanooga's ballot is incomplete

Story Cook: See Jane run -- why Chattanooga's ballot is incomplete

Twenty years ago, when Chattanooga voters to the polls to elect a mayor and city council, there were 32 names on the ballot.

Cook: Howard baseball's future ain't what it used to be

Story Cook: Howard baseball's future ain't what it used to be

Two Sundays ago, within hours of reading about the Howard team, so many of you responded. Phone calls. Emails. New and used gear. Sweat labor. Strangers began showing up at practice, bringing shovels and rakes, ready to work. One reader emailed the MLB commissioner. But most of all? You sent money.

Cook: Cell phone, toilets and emerald resurrection

Story Cook: Cell phone, toilets and emerald resurrection

Last Sunday, this column focused on the magnificent Howard baseball team.

Cook: The field of American dreams

Story Cook: The field of American dreams

It was last minute. On a school night. And not a single North Shore parking space to be found. Seriously. Not one.

Cook: 1984? Or a brave new world?

Story Cook: 1984? Or a brave new world?

Sales of George Orwell's classic '1984' spiked last week after the White House spoke of 'alternative facts,' echoing Orwell's prediction of a totalitarian repression of truth through 'newspeak.'

Cook: From the coal mine to the ghetto

Story Cook: From the coal mine to the ghetto

In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was once again arrested in Alabama, and sentenced to four days in the Birmingham Jail. As the hours passed, the white guards and wardens stood outside his cell, doing a little mocking, gawking and talking.

Cook: What do we owe Keoshia Ford?

Story Cook: What do we owe Keoshia Ford?

There have been too many funerals like this in our city. Mostly black folks in the pews. The body in the coffin too young. Prayers from the pastor about new life and resurrection, yet nothing but death out in the streets. And the cause of it all? Gang violence.

Cook: Is universal, 24/7 internet access ruining our peace of mind?

Story Cook: Is universal, 24/7 internet access ruining our peace of mind?

Want a more peaceful year? More calm and less chaos in 2017 than 2016?

Cook: Christmas and the animal kingdom [photos]

Story Cook: Christmas and the animal kingdom [photos]

Besides the wise men, grungy shepherds and laboring Mary and Joseph, animals, too, were at the stable that night in Bethlehem.

Cook: Not all those who wander are lost [photos]

Story Cook: Not all those who wander are lost [photos]

One night this fall, we were watching TV when my daughter heard a noise outside.

Cook: Courage in time of refugees and fear

Story Cook: Courage in time of refugees and fear

In 1950, Dr. Louis Miller, a heart surgeon from New York City who immigrated from Lithuania as a boy and became a lifelong vegetarian after working on the floor of a meatpacking factory, was sentenced to prison.

Cook: The warnings on the bus

Story Cook: The warnings on the bus

If your child's bus driver was driving recklessly and erratically, what would you do?

Cook: Trump and the repulsed vote

Story Cook: Trump and the repulsed vote

Many of you voted for Trump. For a proudly racist fringe, doing so was a joy. Yet others? You were disgusted by him. Repulsed.

Cook: The littlest spaceman: a story of family [photos]

Story Cook: The littlest spaceman: a story of family [photos]

It was just after Valentine's Day. Kat, 34, and Krista, 29, had tried for years to get pregnant. Back in the fall, the doctors had good news: the fertility treatments worked. Really worked. Krista was carrying twins!

Cook: The most broken system in Tennessee

Story Cook: The most broken system in Tennessee

Need a reason to be against the death penalty?

Cook: How to save the future of football

Story Cook: How to save the future of football

A century or so ago, American football was quite different. Touchdowns counted 5 points. Field goals, 4. There was no such thing as a forward pass. Or helmets. Games were 70 minutes long. A first down came after five yards, not 10.

Cook: Death row communion: remembering Kelly Gissendaner

Story Cook: Death row communion: remembering Kelly Gissendaner

One year ago this week, prison officials working for the state of Georgia — backed with the blessing of prison chaplains, wardens, politicians and parole board members — executed Kelly Gissendaner.

Cook: Brainerd High is America

Story Cook: Brainerd High is America

Protest has always been part of who we are. Dumping tea. Greeting tax collectors with tar and feathers. Declarations of rebellion. There is no America without American protest.

Cook: In aftermath of 9/11, UTC professor teaches love

Story Cook: In aftermath of 9/11, UTC professor teaches love

For the last 10 years or so, students have reunited in early September over a meal. Sometimes it's just two or three. Sometimes the table is packed.

Cook: Why I ran the Cameron Bean Memorial 5k

Story Cook: Why I ran the Cameron Bean Memorial 5k

Cameron Bean lives. How else can you explain what happened last Saturday, when a small town of runners woke up before dawn to descend upon the North Shore, all because of Cameron?

Cook: From one American to another

Story Cook: From one American to another

[Note to readers: this column is meant to be read aloud, preferably in the presence of someone who makes your blood boil. During the next few months, such a person shouldn't be so hard to find.]

Cook: Traumatic stress is changing the brains of children in Chattanooga

Story Cook: Traumatic stress is changing the brains of children in Chattanooga

I keep thinking of that 5-year-old, the one who dialed 911 after witnessing his mother and father shot to death by a intruder. Do you remember that murderous story? From January?

Cook: Warfare, lynching and the Medal of Honor museum

Story Cook: Warfare, lynching and the Medal of Honor museum

If a new Medal of Honor museum is built, it should be done hesitatingly, mournfully and without celebration.

Cook: Revenge, where is thy sting?

Story Cook: Revenge, where is thy sting?

Last week I was walking through the backyard, looked up and noticed a stream of bees entering and exiting near the roofline of our log cabin, about 15 feet in the air. We'd had carpenter bees before, around the same spot, and I figured they'd returned.

Cook: The most important football game of the season

Story Cook: The most important football game of the season

High school football practice begins this week. For months, they've been lifting off-season weights, running, reviewing film, working up to the best season of their lives.

Cook: Britain and the jilting of democracy

Story Cook: Britain and the jilting of democracy

This was supposed to be the age of shared humanity.

Cook: The Second Amendment is killing us

Story Cook: The Second Amendment is killing us

The Second Amendment is killing us.

Cook: Donald Trump and the burning coal of politics

Story Cook: Donald Trump and the burning coal of politics

What concerns me lately about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump — besides his eat-the-world ego, consistent cruelty and overall dictatorial tendencies — is the effect he's having on me.

Cook: Bianca Horton and the valley of the shadow of death

Story Cook: Bianca Horton and the valley of the shadow of death

Friday afternoon, in the same church where 11 months ago hundreds, if not a thousand-strong crowd, gathered to eulogize the five soldiers killed on July 16, a young black woman named Bianca Ernestine Horton was laid to rest.

Cook: Violence and healing in Chattanooga

Story Cook: Violence and healing in Chattanooga

This Memorial Day, as we remember victims of war, we should also remember victims of our own internal, civil war.

Cook: Bob Corker's Joe McCarthy Moment

Story Cook: Bob Corker's Joe McCarthy Moment

You do not seem yourself, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker.

Cook: A reverse genocide and the politics of hope

Story Cook: A reverse genocide and the politics of hope

Michael Gerson was on the side of the road when I called. The Washington Post columnist, driving back from a speaking engagement at the College of William and Mary, had a flat tire, which seemed apt: I was calling to talk about the future of American foreign policy, which also seems deflated.

Cook: A Mother's Day dream

Story Cook: A Mother's Day dream

Last night, just like the night before, and nights before that, Kat Cooper woke up from the same dream.

Cook: The illusion of stopping gang violence

Story Cook: The illusion of stopping gang violence

Chattanooga will never stop gang violence.

Cook: Does the Gig have a mind of its own?

Story Cook: Does the Gig have a mind of its own?

When city leaders and planners recast and re-branded Chattanooga as Gig City, they did so in an attempt to attract a certain type of people with a certain way of seeing the world and their role in it.

Cook: You cannot serve both God and the N.R.A.

Story Cook: You cannot serve both God and the N.R.A.

Many days, I tremble to read the Bible. It's no picnic, no easy street. There are lion's dens and crucifixions, miracles and lepers. A whirlwind God appears as a burning bush then demands me to forgive and love my enemies while warning me it's easier to fit through a needle's eye than sneak into heaven with my mutual funds.

Cook: The transformation of one of Chattanooga's most dangerous men

Story Cook: The transformation of one of Chattanooga's most dangerous men

In the mid-1990s, Darrius Higgins may have been the most dangerous man in Chattanooga.

Cook: All the things a test cannot assess

Story Cook: All the things a test cannot assess

It is difficult to put into words the Keystone Cops-ian farce that is TNReady.

Cook: The one-in-a-million love story

Story Cook: The one-in-a-million love story

On a pleasant fall afternoon in 2011, Charles Adamson, a local builder, dropped by his ex-wife's Cleveland, Tenn., home to pick up their daughter Lauren for an afternoon together.

Cook: Rowdy activist loved by Chattanooga's poor moves away

Story Cook: Rowdy activist loved by Chattanooga's poor moves away

Last week, Chris Brooks, a local activist loved by the poor and despised by the rich, left Chattanooga for good, moving to a leased apartment in New York City.

Cook: Violence Reduction Initiative is not the problem

Story Cook: Violence Reduction Initiative is not the problem

VRI is taking a lot of shots right now, but don't read this as one of them.

Cook: The people's history of Chattanooga

Story Cook: The people's history of Chattanooga

Think you know history? Our history?

Cook: Chattanooga's athletic Steve Jobs

Story Cook: Chattanooga's athletic Steve Jobs

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Cook: Neglect and NoogaPoor

Story Cook: Neglect and NoogaPoor

Why did the Unity Group boycott Monday's MLK Day parade, the very parade it has sponsored for more than four decades?

Cook: Crimes of silence in Ooltewah

Story Cook: Crimes of silence in Ooltewah

For a moment, let's imagine the pool cue didn't rupture the teen's colon, didn't tear into his bladder. Let's imagine it did less damage. That means the 15-year-old freshman basketball player would have never been taken that December night to the Sevierville hospital.

Cook: Dominance, power and sports culture in Ooltewah

Story Cook: Dominance, power and sports culture in Ooltewah

Stop calling it hazing.

Cook: 2016, the year of living unafraid

Story Cook: 2016, the year of living unafraid

Is this what the '60s felt like?


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