Tagged: "Mark Kennedy"

Test Drive: More motorists going 'Rogue'

Story Test Drive: More motorists going 'Rogue'

The Tennessee-made Nissan Rogue SUV has quietly become the car company's best-selling vehicle.

Test Drive: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature delivers uptown attitude

Story Test Drive: 2019 Mazda CX-9 Signature delivers uptown attitude

If I had $49K in my pocket and marching orders to come home with a new SUV, the Mazda CX-9 Signature is the one I'd purchase.

Kennedy: 'God put us together'

Story Kennedy: 'God put us together'

John McFalls, 92, wakes up every morning at 6 a.m. at his ranch house off Lee Highway.

Kennedy: 20th century 'survivors' provide comfort

Story Kennedy: 20th century 'survivors' provide comfort

In the antique car world, autos that have not been repainted or mechanically altered are called "survivors."

Test Drive: Jeep Wrangler, an American icon

Story Test Drive: Jeep Wrangler, an American icon

The most iconic model in the Jeep lineup is the beloved Wrangler, which brings to mind every World War II movie you've ever seen.

Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Sienna remains a hidden treasure

Story Test Drive: 2018 Toyota Sienna remains a hidden treasure

Minivans have fallen victim to the whims of fashion.

Kennedy: From rattan hut to Johns Hopkins Ph.D.

Story Kennedy: From rattan hut to Johns Hopkins Ph.D.

Hey, Signal Mountain 20-somethings. Remember that "Desta" kid from high school? You know, that exchange student from Africa who ran track and helped you with your pre- calculus homework.

Kennedy: 'Mania-cure' and other simple gifts

Story Kennedy: 'Mania-cure' and other simple gifts

Before the Thanksgiving turkey even got cold at our house, talk had turned to Christmas.

Kennedy: Homeless with a house plant

Story Kennedy: Homeless with a house plant

When Susan Grant separated from her then-husband in Virginia in 1990, she took with her, among other things, a potted African violet.

Kennedy: Grandparents' guide to stocking stuffers

Story Kennedy: Grandparents' guide to stocking stuffers

Let's say you've got a tribe of grandkids.

Test Drive: Massive GMC Yukon XL is king of the road

Story Test Drive: Massive GMC Yukon XL is king of the road

When the Onyx Black GMC Yukon XL arrived in the Times Free Press parking lot a few days ago, some of the smarties in the newsroom suggested I festoon it with little American flags, pop in some earbuds and pretend to be leading a presidential motorcade.

Kennedy: Backpacks for the homeless change lives

Story Kennedy: Backpacks for the homeless change lives

Bill Ownbey, 61, works at a candy factory. He does shift work at Wrigley Manufacturing Co. on Jersey Pike, operating a machine that makes gummies.

Test Drive: Volkswagen Golf GTI seems practically perfect

Story Test Drive: Volkswagen Golf GTI seems practically perfect

Online: In the market for a new vehicle? To access hundreds of Mark Kennedy's Chattanooga Test Drive columns visit www.timesfreepress.com/testdrive.

Kennedy: D-Day veterans find kinship after 74 years

Story Kennedy: D-Day veterans find kinship after 74 years

James "Richard" Yarbrough, a 93-year-old retired salesman, was reading his Sunday newspaper earlier this week in Chickamauga, Georgia, when he was struck by a Page 1 photograph.

Kennedy: Keep it simple, stupid

Story Kennedy: Keep it simple, stupid

For me, turning 60 has been a clarifying experience.

Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX50 blends muscle with head-turning good looks

Story Test Drive: 2019 Infiniti QX50 blends muscle with head-turning good looks

After driving several competent, but ho-hum, SUVs recently, the all-new 2019 Infiniti QX50 was a sight for bored eyes.

Kennedy: Ridgeland High senior creates new event for Special Olympics

Story Kennedy: Ridgeland High senior creates new event for Special Olympics

At first, it sounded like a heavy lift.

Test Drive: 2019 Buick Envision gets facelift and slick new transmission

Story Test Drive: 2019 Buick Envision gets facelift and slick new transmission

With a budget of about $50,000, you'd expect a five-passenger crossover to have several layers of luxury — a blingy exterior, extra safety-tech features and a smooth and powerful engine.

Kennedy: Waffle House is hillbilly hibachi

Story Kennedy: Waffle House is hillbilly hibachi

Last Sunday, after a soccer tournament in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, I asked my hungry 16-year-old son where he wanted to eat.

Test Drive: 2019 GMC Terrain Denali proves good things come in small packages

Story Test Drive: 2019 GMC Terrain Denali proves good things come in small packages

The 2019 GMC Terrain Denali is posh and polished.

Kennedy: Tennessee's crazy-good, over-60 freebie

Story Kennedy: Tennessee's crazy-good, over-60 freebie

They are the silver-haired strangers who sit in the back of your kids' college classes.

Kennedy: I'm all in on artificial intelligence ... mostly

Story Kennedy: I'm all in on artificial intelligence ... mostly

We are on the cusp of the Age of AI.

Test Drive: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate lives up to its name

Story Test Drive: 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Ultimate lives up to its name

Online: In the market for a new vehicle? To access more than 180 of Mark Kennedy's local Test Drive columns visit www.timesfreepress.com/testdrive.

Kennedy: A time to be responsible

Story Kennedy: A time to be responsible

Bill, a 38-year-old supermarket courtesy clerk, is a calendar savant.

Kennedy: Revisiting Taiwan, with vigor

Story Kennedy: Revisiting Taiwan, with vigor

At 60, I'm finally ready for college.

Test Drive: Volkswagen's 2018 Tiguan SUV is bigger and better

Story Test Drive: Volkswagen's 2018 Tiguan SUV is bigger and better

When Volkswagen redesigned the Tiguan small SUV for 2018, it missed a good opportunity to change the name.

Kennedy: A digital buried treasure

Story Kennedy: A digital buried treasure

Today, a gift.

Test Drive: 2019 BMW X4 blends form and function

Story Test Drive: 2019 BMW X4 blends form and function

The ascendancy of crossovers has spawned a number of "half-way" vehicles for those buyers who don't want a full-on SUV but can't quite bring themselves to purchase a sedan, either - because it's literally too down to earth.

Kennedy: Oral history project spotlights Chattanooga women

Story Kennedy: Oral history project spotlights Chattanooga women

For a generation of young people who came of age using Snapchat — the digital equivalent of disappearing ink — conducting an interview for the ages with a tape recorder and a legal pad is old-school awkward.

Kennedy: From the boob tube to YouTube

Story Kennedy: From the boob tube to YouTube

Smile if you know the name "Mr. Green Jeans."

Test Drive: 2018 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid gets 55 mpg

Story Test Drive: 2018 Hyundai Ioniq hybrid gets 55 mpg

The 2018 Ioniq Hybrid Limited is a very cool car.

Test Drive: Chattanooga-made VW Atlas continues to pile-up accolades

Story Test Drive: Chattanooga-made VW Atlas continues to pile-up accolades

The seven-passenger Atlas also has earned a 5-star safety rating. Importantly, it has also been embraced by VW customers, with 6,499 units sold in July alone.

Kennedy: Vietnam vets get 'welcome home' after 50 years

Story Kennedy: Vietnam vets get 'welcome home' after 50 years

For the men of the United States Army's A Battery, 2nd Battalion, 32nd Field Artillery unit, the late 1960s in Vietnam were years marked by explosive tours of duty followed by quiet homecomings.

Test Drive: Toyota Camry XSE is not your Aunt Bessie's sedan

Story Test Drive: Toyota Camry XSE is not your Aunt Bessie's sedan

I'm not sure what's more surprising: that this week's Toyota Camry tester boasts over 300 horsepower or that it has a sticker price of more than $39,000.

Kennedy: A bird in the hand ... is priceless

Story Kennedy: A bird in the hand ... is priceless

Only about four inches long and weighing less than an ounce, tree swallows are delicate creatures.

Kennedy: Boys' hair has different roots

Story Kennedy: Boys' hair has different roots

Last Sunday, I climbed the stairs to see what our two sons were up to.

Test Drive: All-new Ram 1500 Laramie pickup drives like a dream

Story Test Drive: All-new Ram 1500 Laramie pickup drives like a dream

When you think of a half-ton pickup truck, several adjectives jump to mind: rugged, solid, safe.

Kennedy: Fly fishing as a doorway to spiritual discovery

Story Kennedy: Fly fishing as a doorway to spiritual discovery

The thought that fishing can be good for one's mental health is an article of faith among anglers.

Test Drive: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid a smooth operator

Story Test Drive: 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid a smooth operator

In a sign of the times, 2018 Honda Accord Hybrid models are being deeply discounted while Honda Pilot mid-size SUVs are fetching closer to full-MSRP.

Kennedy: A fish tale you can believe

Story Kennedy: A fish tale you can believe

Here's a fishing story.

Test Drive: GMC Canyon shines at versatility

Story Test Drive: GMC Canyon shines at versatility

If you test drive a pickup truck, please take it to a crowded parking lot - unless you never plan to drive it anywhere but cow pastures and creek beds.

Kennedy: Grass is always greener once you kill the moss

Story Kennedy: Grass is always greener once you kill the moss

Watching your children grow up is like trying to tune in to a distant radio signal — there are moments of complete clarity interrupted by stretches of loud static.

Test Drive: Tough 2018 Toyota Tundra is built to last

Story Test Drive: Tough 2018 Toyota Tundra is built to last

The Toyota Tundra is an honest truck.

Kennedy: The poetic musings of ordinary people

Story Kennedy: The poetic musings of ordinary people

What the Gutenberg printing press did for the written word, Dave Isay has helped accomplish for the spoken word. That is to say, he has perfected a way to capture it, preserve it and serve it forward.

Test Drive: 2018 Nissan Armada SUV is large and luxurious

Story Test Drive: 2018 Nissan Armada SUV is large and luxurious

Online: In the market for a new vehicle? To access more than 180 of Mark Kennedy's local Test Drive columns visit www.timesfreepress.com/testdrive.

Kennedy: If you see an exclamation point, kill it

Story Kennedy: If you see an exclamation point, kill it

Relax, please. No exclamation points were harmed in the production of this column.

Kennedy: Kids give a flip about their phones

Story Kennedy: Kids give a flip about their phones

Our 11-year-old son got his first mobile phone last week.

Test Drive: 2018 Chevy Equinox touts turbo boost

Story Test Drive: 2018 Chevy Equinox touts turbo boost

Online: In the market for a new vehicle? To access more than 180 of Mark Kennedy's local Test Drive columns visit www.timesfreepress.com/testdrive.

Test Drive: Pinpoint a price, then pick a Prius

Story Test Drive: Pinpoint a price, then pick a Prius

The fact you are reading an article about the Toyota Prius us tells something about you: Either you are trying to save money or trying to save the planet - or, possibly both.

Kennedy: Alexian Brothers seek out lonely seniors

Story Kennedy: Alexian Brothers seek out lonely seniors

In the 14th century, the Black Death killed about one-third of the population of Europe.

Quick Spin: New Subaru Ascent enters 3-row SUV wars

Story Quick Spin: New Subaru Ascent enters 3-row SUV wars

Subaru needed this.

Kennedy: Former McCallie 'Spiritual' now hopping with the Frogs

Story Kennedy: Former McCallie 'Spiritual' now hopping with the Frogs

Please forgive Michael Brown's neighbors in Harrison if they think he's a little daffy.

Kennedy: There's no place like (a $100-million) home

Story Kennedy: There's no place like (a $100-million) home

I grew up in a duplex. Our four-person family occupied one side of a 1,392-square-foot, pre-World War II bungalow purchased in 1964 in Columbia, Tennessee, for about $8,000 — which in today's dollars is $64,000, about the cost of a high-end kitchen remodel on HGTV.

Test Drive: New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross fills niche

Story Test Drive: New Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross fills niche

For people of a certain age - say anyone over 40 - the Mitsubishi Eclipse name stirs fond memories of an iconic two-door coupe which emerged in the 1990s and lived on until 2012.

Kennedy: Tool time for boys

Story Kennedy: Tool time for boys

I've never been a big tool guy.

Test Drive: 2019 Kia Optima SX brings sleek, seductive model to mass market

Story Test Drive: 2019 Kia Optima SX brings sleek, seductive model to mass market

If you are in a business career you're probably familiar with the acronym ROI, meaning "return on investment."

Kennedy: 30 things to do before you turn 30

Story Kennedy: 30 things to do before you turn 30

Amy Donahue, 31, reached her late 20s with a gnawing sense of restlessness.

Test Drive: Mazda3 hatchback handles like a dream

Story Test Drive: Mazda3 hatchback handles like a dream

Online: In the market for a new vehicle? To access more than 100 of Mark Kennedy's local Test Drive columns visit www.timesfreepress.com/testdrive.

Test Drive: Jaguar E-Pace prowls luxury SUV market

Story Test Drive: Jaguar E-Pace prowls luxury SUV market

Basic SUV architecture makes auto designers drop their pencils and bury their faces in their hands. The requisite road-clearance makes for an ostrich-like stance, while cargo-space expectations work like a shoe tree pushing against sloped roof-lines.

Kennedy: Hooked on home delivery

Story Kennedy: Hooked on home delivery

We are an Amazon Prime family.

Test Drive: Toyota Corolla still solid, safe transportation

Story Test Drive: Toyota Corolla still solid, safe transportation

Toyota sold about 28,000 Corolla compact cars last month. That is an impressive number, but it's fewer than the 31,000-plus Corollas the company sold in June 2017.

Kennedy: Doctors balance touch and technology

Story Kennedy: Doctors balance touch and technology

Personal story: Our two sons, ages 16 and 11, are losing their lifelong pediatrician, Dr. Max Bryant, who is retiring later this summer.

Kennedy: Toys 'R' Us shutdown a sad day

Story Kennedy: Toys 'R' Us shutdown a sad day

I'll always remember Toys R Us as Santa's showroom.

Test Drive: Mitsubishi Outlander offers bang for the buck

Story Test Drive: Mitsubishi Outlander offers bang for the buck

At the Kennedy house, my 11-year-old son and I sometimes play a game of "Price Is Right" with test cars.

Kennedy: Pressure washing his way to law school

Story Kennedy: Pressure washing his way to law school

Our 11-year-old son said the other day that he wants to go into business pressure washing houses.

Test Drive: Kia Rio hatch new and improved

Story Test Drive: Kia Rio hatch new and improved

Online: In the market for a new vehicle? To access more than 100 of Mark Kennedy's local Test Drive columns visit www.timesfreepress.com/testdrive.

Test Drive: Toyota 86 GT offers a ton of fun

Story Test Drive: Toyota 86 GT offers a ton of fun

We wish Toyota and Subaru would work together more often.

Kennedy: We are what we eat

Story Kennedy: We are what we eat

Amanda Finch was driving to her daughter's house in Hixson one day three years ago when her doctor's phone number popped up on her mobile phone.

Test Drive: Mazda6 turbo gets fun infusion

Story Test Drive: Mazda6 turbo gets fun infusion

Over time, the knock on the otherwise-excellent Mazda6 sedan has been the lack of a performance-oriented version.

Kennedy: Risk vs. reward: The parenting dilemma

Story Kennedy: Risk vs. reward: The parenting dilemma

A few days before our family vacation to the Florida Panhandle late last month, The Weather Channel blew up with dire warnings about a potential tropical storm forming in the southern Gulf of Mexico.

Kennedy: Summer is a great time for parents to hit reset with their teenagers

Story Kennedy: Summer is a great time for parents to hit reset with their teenagers

OK, parents. It's time for some straight talk.

Test Drive: Kia Niro proves nifty and thrifty

Story Test Drive: Kia Niro proves nifty and thrifty

OK, admit it.

Kennedy: Greatest Generation dwindling fast

Story Kennedy: Greatest Generation dwindling fast

Quietly, in the solemn gray type of the obituaries pages, a proud generation of Americans is disappearing.

Kennedy: Good-bye elementary school

Story Kennedy: Good-bye elementary school

On a drive to school one morning last week, I asked our 11-year-old son if he's going to miss elementary school.

Test Drive: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid the future of family transportation

Story Test Drive: Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid the future of family transportation

True story: I was with my family at the Chattanooga FC soccer game last week when an acquaintance tracked me down with a tip.

Kennedy: Mother, daughter share in WGU success

Story Kennedy: Mother, daughter share in WGU success

Tennessee's state-backed online university, WGU, is quietly building momentum.

Kennedy: Slugs the size of Hostess Twinkies

Story Kennedy: Slugs the size of Hostess Twinkies

In most families, the smallest person controls the TV remote.

Test Drive: Hyundai Kona designed with millennials in mind

Story Test Drive: Hyundai Kona designed with millennials in mind

Hyundai's new, entry-level crossover, the Kona, is the snubnosed revolver of small SUVs.

Kennedy: Piano holds the 'keys' to love

Story Kennedy: Piano holds the 'keys' to love

Oscar Kosarin, a Broadway conductor and music teacher, loved his Steinway baby grand piano so much that in private moments he would sometimes lean over and give it a kiss.

Kennedy: Yes or no...stop or go

Story Kennedy: Yes or no...stop or go

Two of the greatest sales pitches of the 20th century give comically opposite advice.

Test Drive: 2018 Buick Enclave combines plush ride, tasteful styling

Story Test Drive: 2018 Buick Enclave combines plush ride, tasteful styling

The Buick Enclave has always radiated upper-middle-class affluence. It's the official SUV of soccer grannies who pick up their kids' kids after sports practices in the suburbs.

Kennedy: Is cursive handwriting a lost cause?

Story Kennedy: Is cursive handwriting a lost cause?

I stopped writing in cursive about the same time I quit wearing white socks and penny loafers, which is to say, junior high school.

Test Drive: Audi S5 Cabriolet checks all the boxes

Story Test Drive: Audi S5 Cabriolet checks all the boxes

We are always on the lookout for vehicles that have the versatility of a Swiss Army knife, and the redesigned 2018 Audi S5 Cabriolet is a case in point — pardon the pun.

Kennedy: Pastor says ride-and-run sport crucial to a balanced life

Story Kennedy: Pastor says ride-and-run sport crucial to a balanced life

When she was 15 years old, Sarah Krueger made her dad, Courtney, a deal.

Quick Spin: Nissan Titan: Bold, brawny and bodacious

Story Quick Spin: Nissan Titan: Bold, brawny and bodacious

When the 2018 Nissan Titan XD pickup arrived in our driveway earlier this month, the driver demonstrated the truck's immense height by backing himself up and then jumping into the cabin.

Kennedy: Three reasons Atlanta is kicking it in soccer

Story Kennedy: Three reasons Atlanta is kicking it in soccer

I recently witnessed the most amazing thing.

Test Drive: Genesis G90 sedan like riding on a cloud

Story Test Drive: Genesis G90 sedan like riding on a cloud

I've wondered how long rear-seat entertainment systems will last, given all the tablet computers and internet hot spots available today.

Kennedy: Love beer? Hop on the bus

Story Kennedy: Love beer? Hop on the bus

Two Chattanooga couples say it's about time the city has its own beer bus.

Test Drive: Quirky Toyota C-HR crossover finds its niche

Story Test Drive: Quirky Toyota C-HR crossover finds its niche

In another age they might have called this little Toyota "jazzy." Today, the word "edgy" comes to mind.

Kennedy: Don't dig in to your digital rut

Story Kennedy: Don't dig in to your digital rut

Short attention spans are spooky.

Kennedy: Chevy Silverado black beauty

Story Kennedy: Chevy Silverado black beauty

Chevrolet has been building trucks for 100 years.

Kennedy: Signal Mountain woman turns old wedding dresses into burial gowns for babies

Story Kennedy: Signal Mountain woman turns old wedding dresses into burial gowns for babies

There is heartache in the scale.

Kennedy: It's official. Amazon Prime R Us

Story Kennedy: It's official. Amazon Prime R Us

Our family generally latches onto the tail end of trends.

Quick Spin: Hyundai Elantra offers honest value

Story Quick Spin: Hyundai Elantra offers honest value

Often missed in the head-long rush by consumers to purchase small SUVs, compact sedans have become high-quality, high-tech transportation.

Test Drive: Chevy Equinox, compact but complete

Story Test Drive: Chevy Equinox, compact but complete

By now, you probably know that small- and mid-size SUVs have become the default family haulers for millions of American households.

Kennedy: What to say when a baby dies

Story Kennedy: What to say when a baby dies

In the anguished and disorienting moments after the death or stillbirth of an infant, Lisa Cahill's whispering voice often becomes the first breath of comfort for the child's grieving parents.

Test Drive: Ford F-150 Raptor can flat out fly

Story Test Drive: Ford F-150 Raptor can flat out fly

Would you pay more than $70,000 for a pickup truck?

Kennedy: Katrina survivors return to Mississippi

Story Kennedy: Katrina survivors return to Mississippi

A Brainerd couple whose Gulf Coast home was inundated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 is returning there after more than a decade.

Kennedy: Dog wrestling and other family quirks

Story Kennedy: Dog wrestling and other family quirks

Every family has its rituals, little activities that comprise the DNA of daily life. Some are borne of necessity, and others — I guess — are just happenstances that calcify into habits.

Quick Spin: Mazda MX-5 defines drop-top fun

Story Quick Spin: Mazda MX-5 defines drop-top fun

The Mazda MX-5 Miata is America's sweetheart. It's cute, has tons of personality and loves sunny days at the beach.

Test Drive: Chevy Tahoe Premiere is plush and powerful

Story Test Drive: Chevy Tahoe Premiere is plush and powerful

In some Chattanooga suburbs, the Chevy Tahoe SUV is practically the official neighborhood vehicle.

Kennedy: Baby steps toward a self-driving car

Story Kennedy: Baby steps toward a self-driving car

Sandy Monk, of Chattanooga, is the proud owner of a semi-autonomous car.

Kennedy: Boomers never digitized, analyzed and archived

Story Kennedy: Boomers never digitized, analyzed and archived

Imagine Woodstock in the age of Instagram.

Quick Spin: Jeep Grand Cherokee puts power where it counts

Story Quick Spin: Jeep Grand Cherokee puts power where it counts

It was love at first growl.

Test Drive: Kia Stinger combines value and performance

Story Test Drive: Kia Stinger combines value and performance

Kia's new mid-sized grand touring sedan, the Stinger GT, is aptly named. It has created a buzz as a lower-cost alternative to pricier sports sedans from BMW and Audi.

Kennedy: What is your eyesight worth?

Story Kennedy: What is your eyesight worth?

What if you could give a vision-impaired person the gift of sight for $75?

Quick Spin: Jaguar F-Type coupe an automotive beauty

Story Quick Spin: Jaguar F-Type coupe an automotive beauty

Reviewing multiple automobiles a week can be a blur.

Kennedy: How parents distract themselves

Story Kennedy: How parents distract themselves

The Wall Street Journal published a report this week under the headline: "An Escape to the Dentist: Parents Confess Their Secret Ways To Get Alone Time." The piece was written by Sue Shellenbarger, a WSJ Work & Family columnist.

Test Drive: Subaru Crosstrek gets new goodies

Story Test Drive: Subaru Crosstrek gets new goodies

In three short years, the Crosstrek has become Subaru's third best-selling vehicle, behind the wildly popular Outback and Forester models.

Kennedy: Mustang makeovers a win-win proposition

Story Kennedy: Mustang makeovers a win-win proposition

Cavin Graham, a professional horse trainer from Rocky Face, Ga., is a product of good, old-fashioned American ingenuity.

Kennedy: Age gap helps balance family

Story Kennedy: Age gap helps balance family

I have a big birthday coming up in a few months. I won't divulge exactly how old I'll be; let's just say it starts with six and ends with "Oh."

Test Drive: 2018 Mazda 3 still sharp and sophisticated

Story Test Drive: 2018 Mazda 3 still sharp and sophisticated

Sometimes we get frustrated when great cars have prosaic names. This week's tester, the compact Mazda 3 sedan, is a good case in point.

Kennedy: Singing set to help pay 10-year-old's medical bills

Story Kennedy: Singing set to help pay 10-year-old's medical bills

Chloe Clark, a North Alabama 10-year-old, almost died last month after a sheet of wood decking fell from a roof and hit her in the face.

Kennedy: A family friends that squeals and beeps

Story Kennedy: A family friends that squeals and beeps

Our Kenmore clothes dryer squeals like a 12-year-old girl at a Justin Bieber concert.

Test Drive: 2018 GMC Terrain Denali sets luxury standard for small SUVs

Story Test Drive: 2018 GMC Terrain Denali sets luxury standard for small SUVs

To the American consumer, the SUV has become an art form.

Kennedy: AARP makes filing taxes less taxing

Story Kennedy: AARP makes filing taxes less taxing

On Tuesday morning, Donald and Ann Fritz of Red Bank gathered their tax documents in a file folder and headed to downtown Chattanooga.

Quick Spin: Honda Pilot Elite pampers passengers with luxury

Story Quick Spin: Honda Pilot Elite pampers passengers with luxury

Our 2018 Honda Pilot Elite tester this week is the first car we've ever driven that actually changes color.

Kennedy: Hide your iPhone chargers now

Story Kennedy: Hide your iPhone chargers now

One question resonates through our house like a chant: Where is my phone charger?

Test Drive: Chevy Silverado 1500 proves a half-million buyers can't be wrong

Story Test Drive: Chevy Silverado 1500 proves a half-million buyers can't be wrong

The Chevy Silverado 1500 full-size pickup truck is the automotive equivalent of comfort food.

Kennedy: A sinking feeling; and Schoolfield, Vol. II

Story Kennedy: A sinking feeling; and Schoolfield, Vol. II

Today, two topics.

Quick Spin: Chevy Cruze diesel scores on fuel economy torque

Story Quick Spin: Chevy Cruze diesel scores on fuel economy torque

Many American buyers shop for small SUVs when a hatchback would serve their needs.

Test Drive: Acura MDX offers three-row utility, luxury amenities

Story Test Drive: Acura MDX offers three-row utility, luxury amenities

Acura's flagship SUV, the MDX, is in one of the most competitive — and profitable — automotive segments in the American marketplace.

Kennedy: Art all-stars to be focus of Southside event

Story Kennedy: Art all-stars to be focus of Southside event

"Back by popular demand" may be an overused phrase, but in some cases it applies.

Quick Spin: Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabrio a drop-dead gorgeous drop-top

Story Quick Spin: Mercedes-Benz E400 Cabrio a drop-dead gorgeous drop-top

Just my luck: Mercedes-Benz sent us a gorgeous E400 Cabriolet on the coldest week of the year.

Test Drive: Lexus LC500h a hybrid built like a rocket

Story Test Drive: Lexus LC500h a hybrid built like a rocket

You know you are driving a special car when other drivers camp out in your blind-spot as if it's an observation deck.

Kennedy: East Brainerd man is cashing in on the sun

Story Kennedy: East Brainerd man is cashing in on the sun

Just because he has solar panels on the roof of his house and an electric car in his garage, retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Charles "Chip" Monk doesn't want you to think he is a "tree hugger."

Kennedy: 'Home' is where the song is

Story Kennedy: 'Home' is where the song is

Remember the old television game show "Name That Tune"?

Quick Spin: VW SportWagen an SUV alternative

Story Quick Spin: VW SportWagen an SUV alternative

Pound for pound, dollar for dollar, the Volkswagen Golf SportWagen is one of our favorite vehicles — ever!

Test Drive: 2018 Mazda CX-9 reaches outside the box

Story Test Drive: 2018 Mazda CX-9 reaches outside the box

If there's one automaker that literally thinks outside the box, it's Mazda.

Kennedy: Nurses brighten lives of Chattanooga's widows

Story Kennedy: Nurses brighten lives of Chattanooga's widows

Scores of nurses at Erlanger hospital have become volunteers for Widows Harvest Ministries, a faith-based, nonprofit organization that provides help to urban widows.

Quick Spin: Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 a tire-spinning dynamo

Story Quick Spin: Infiniti Q60 Red Sport 400 a tire-spinning dynamo

Infiniti's Q60 sports coupe wears its athleticism proudly, from its low-slung profile to its bulging fenders and over-sized rear wheels.

Test Drive: Acura's TLX AWD is an all-weather champ

Story Test Drive: Acura's TLX AWD is an all-weather champ

OK, let's get this out of the way: Acura's TLX 3.5L AWD A-spec sedan has an alphanumeric name that looks like the bottom three rows of an eye chart.

Kennedy: Kids in China can't get enough of Ooltewah mom

Story Kennedy: Kids in China can't get enough of Ooltewah mom

Tracie Gabelman, an Ooltewah mom, wakes up some days at 3 a.m., grabs her coffee mug, lets the dog out and pulls on an orange shirt, her company uniform.

Quick Spin: Fiat 124 Spider a light and lively two-seater

Story Quick Spin: Fiat 124 Spider a light and lively two-seater

Lovers of light, nimble, two-seat sports cars that don't break the bank are in luck.

Test Drive: Toyota Tacoma holds value like a champ

Story Test Drive: Toyota Tacoma holds value like a champ

On Christmas Eve, our 11-year-old son had only one request.

Kennedy: Christmas Eve insomnia cures

Story Kennedy: Christmas Eve insomnia cures

I am a Christmas Eve insomniac.

Quick Spin: Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S both naughty and nice

Story Quick Spin: Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S both naughty and nice

OK, Santa, for Christmas I would like the title to this week's Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 S test car. After a week of driving the Selenite Grey supercar on the streets of Chattanooga, I've simply never experienced an automobile this magnetic.

Test Drive: 2018 Honda Ridgeline takes the high road to excellence

Story Test Drive: 2018 Honda Ridgeline takes the high road to excellence

It's hard to know where "comfort" ranks on the truck-buyer's checklist. Behind "towing capacity" but ahead of "ground clearance," I'm guessing.

Kennedy: The never-ending vigil for America's war dead

Story Kennedy: The never-ending vigil for America's war dead

Tony Mines, a semi-retired Chattanooga art store owner, got an early Christmas gift this year that left him speechless.

Kennedy: Baby Boomers enter the obit age

Story Kennedy: Baby Boomers enter the obit age

I used to tell people — in jest — that Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince and myself formed the Mount Rushmore of notable people born in 1958.

Quick Spin: Hyundai Sonata combines sleek looks, strong powertrain

Story Quick Spin: Hyundai Sonata combines sleek looks, strong powertrain

When the seventh-generation Hyundai Sonata was introduced in 2015, we thought its buttoned-down styling was a welcomed departure from the busy body-lines of the previous model.

Test Drive: 2018 Honda Accord has excellence baked in

Story Test Drive: 2018 Honda Accord has excellence baked in

If you were born in the mid-1970s or later, the Honda Accord is likely the best-selling car of your lifetime.

Kennedy: DNA test can save lives

Story Kennedy: DNA test can save lives

Peer pressure has great power.

Kennedy: Like putty in the palm of your hand

Story Kennedy: Like putty in the palm of your hand

Americans apparently don't know what to do with their hands.

Quick Spin: Mazda6 retains its design edge

Story Quick Spin: Mazda6 retains its design edge

Although it's now four years into its product cycle, the Mazda6 midsize sedan is still turning heads and winning hearts with handsome design and nimble driving dynamics.

Test Drive: Chattanooga-made VW Atlas SUV turns heads, wins hearts

Story Test Drive: Chattanooga-made VW Atlas SUV turns heads, wins hearts

"Man, that's a big SUV."

Kennedy: Local fertility clinic offering free round of IVF procedure

Story Kennedy: Local fertility clinic offering free round of IVF procedure

Some lucky person or couple in Chattanooga may get the ultimate gift this Christmas: the gift of parenthood.

Quick Spin: Chevy Traverse proves less is more

Story Quick Spin: Chevy Traverse proves less is more

The all-new 2018 Chevrolet Traverse has shed 350 pounds, and like all of us after a successful diet, it has reason to feel good about itself.

Kennedy: Bank box genealogy secrets revealed

Story Kennedy: Bank box genealogy secrets revealed

The ladies at our bank probably hate to see me coming.

Test Drive: Honda CR-V takes class honors

Story Test Drive: Honda CR-V takes class honors

When I was in high school — a million years ago — one of the superlative honors was called "best all-around" and it went to the person who embodied being good at everything.

Kennedy: Life coach shares secrets for family happiness

Story Kennedy: Life coach shares secrets for family happiness

When she was about 7 years old, Danielle Alvarez Greer remembers watching her parents fight and slipping out to call her grandmother for help — an action that would prompt her mother's wrath.

Kennedy: Learning the value of hard work

Story Kennedy: Learning the value of hard work

Sadly, our two sons, ages 16 and 11, rarely fight over the newspaper.

Test Drive: Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid offers high-spirited style

Story Test Drive: Mini Countryman plug-in hybrid offers high-spirited style

I'm always surprised by how many Mini automobiles I see around Chattanooga, considering that the nearest dealerships are more than 100 miles away in Knoxville, Birmingham and suburban Atlanta.

Kennedy: Ancestry test sparks a mystery

Story Kennedy: Ancestry test sparks a mystery

For 55 years, Mary Carpenter thought she was an only child.

Kennedy: Seven traits to teach your children

Story Kennedy: Seven traits to teach your children

Our 11-year-old son said one of his assignments in fifth grade last week was to write down three traits about a classmate.

Test Drive: Nissan Maxima maximizes bold styling

Story Test Drive: Nissan Maxima maximizes bold styling

Nissan's Maxima is a five-passenger sedan designed for people who want to make a visual splash with their automobiles.

Test Drive: BMW i3 a cute, quirky urban runabout

Story Test Drive: BMW i3 a cute, quirky urban runabout

Mate a Tesla 3 sedan to a Volkswagen Beetle and you'd get an automobile approximately like the cute and quirky BMW i3.

Kennedy: Blind Erlanger volunteer has vision of the future

Story Kennedy: Blind Erlanger volunteer has vision of the future

Ann Roberts, 48, has been virtually blind for 23 years, yet her "mind's eye" still has 20-20 vision.

Test Drive: Audi A4 takes auto tech to a new level

Story Test Drive: Audi A4 takes auto tech to a new level

In her hit song "Single Ladies," Beyoncé famously shamed an ex-lover with the phrase "you should have put a ring on in."

Test Drive: Hyundai's hot Elantra GT hatch adds spice

Story Test Drive: Hyundai's hot Elantra GT hatch adds spice

American consumers have mostly been ambivalent about hatchbacks.

Test Drive: 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 coupe exudes refinement

Story Test Drive: 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 coupe exudes refinement

At a certain level of automotive luxury, creature comforts transcend mere amenities and become conversation starters.

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.


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