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Eleven-year-old Lola Howell is a competitor. So much so, she and her BFF, Alyssa Rogers, hold mini-cookoffs based on "Chopped," their favorite Food Network show, when they have sleepovers at each other's homes.

Several months ago, I overheard a conversation between friends and my ears perked up. Sandy Zitkus was talking about tomato gravy. I'd heard of it before but, even as a born-and-raised Southerner, I'd never had it.

Good morning, September cooks. We enter today’s column at the Lost and Found — or should we say Lost and Not Yet Found?

  • Sept. 17th, 2014  |
  • By Jane Henegar

On July 4, 1776, American colonists made the historic decision to declare their independence from Great Britain. In a 200-year-old echo of that resolution, the people of Scotland will vote Thursday on a referendum to decide whether their country will follow suit in severing its membership with the U.K.

Most of us are hesitant to express opinions when we think our viewpoint is not widely shared. This has been referred to as the "spiral of silence."

  • Sept. 16th, 2014  |
  • By Tom Tozer and Bill Black

Scotland’s independence battle is a tough one to call. The Yes side has James Bond, but the No campaign has Harry Potter.

What do women want in a car? The same things men do — with subtle differences.

The New Moon Gallery and Tea Room is packed with treasures, from what the owner calls the “Stradivarius of wind chimes” to baskets of moonstone opals and glacier blue calcite to the delicate Haitian metal sculpture carved from oil drums.

LISA DENTON: Barry, I know $175 is a little more (well, about $170 more) than we usually can afford to spend on concert tickets, but I'm thinking we really must go to Cleveland, Tenn., on Friday for the Museum Center at Five Points' "Friday Night Fever" fundraising gala.

From airy beach houses filled with light to rustic retreats tucked into the mountains, vacation homes can lead to inspired decorating.

They share the same studio, use the same materials, have a similar education background and are a couple, but that doesn't mean Keetra Dean Dixon and J.K. Keller are joined at the hip when it comes to their artwork.

Only 25 percent of American voters think the United States is heading in the right direction, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll last month. Meanwhile, only 14 percent of us approve of the job being done by Congress, says Gallup.

Have you ever thought about the kind of legacy you want to leave?

  • Sept. 14th, 2014  |
  • By By Julie Baumgardner

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