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Susan Pierce

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Americans spent $7 billion on costumes, candy and cobweb-inspired decorations last Halloween, according to the National Retail Federation.

• Fall Festival: North Hamilton County Elementary School, 601 Industrial Blvd., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., school carnival hosted by PTA to purchase new security system for school. nhcepta@gmail.com.

Baylor School senior Mimi Allison earned a perfect composite score of 36 on the ACT national college admissions exam.

Janel Ellison Webb still lives by advice her second-grade teacher at Chattanooga Valley Elementary School gave her 15 years ago.

When Chattanoogans had the rare chance in August to hear the Tivoli Theatre’s Mighty Wurlitzer organ played as the accompaniment to a silent movie, the response was wilder than organizers expected.

Cindy Lowery went to her first Ketner’s Mill Country Arts Fair as a shopper in the early 1980s; now she’s an exhibitor.

The number 3 is proving quite lucky for Hannah Faith Greene.

• Rummage Giveaway: Second Missionary Baptist Church 2305 E. Third St., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., free clothing and household items distributed to people in need by church Missionary Union Ministry. 423-624-9097.

The festival circuit peaks this weekend with a season-high 17 events opening between today, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 15.

David Hays expects to sell 8,000 to 10,000 pumpkins over the next eight weeks.

Collegiate sorority women donated a total of $5.2 million to philanthropies last year, along with 850,411 hours of manpower in community service, according to the National Panhellenic Council.

Melissa Goodson has a list of criteria that separates tourists from the locals in Sewanee, Tenn.

Stephanie Betts and Richard Little originally planned an intimate gathering of 15 to 20 guests for their June wedding.

• Fairview Fall Sale: Fairview United Methodist Church, 2112 McFarland Ave., Rossville, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., sale of clothing, toys, household goods, Christmas decor. 423-488-4860.

Cultural heritage celebrations highlight this weekend’s festival lineup. Choose from a Civil War sesquicentennial in LaFayette, Ga., to a showcase of traditional Appalachian crafts in Brasstown, N.C., to a salute to Chattanooga’s ethnic diversity at Chattanooga Market.

A Chattanooga Theatre Centre veteran and a newcomer to the stage will play the lead roles in John Steinback’s powerful drama “Of Mice and Men” when the Chattanooga Theatre Centre opens its 91st season Friday night, Oct. 3.

Homecoming week at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga starts today with a ton of activities carrying out this year's "Mocbusters" theme.

As summer's blooms fade in backyard gardens, homeowners turn to pansies to replace the color.

Where to eat free on your birthday in Chattanooga

Desserts, discounted food offers help lure partiers to local restaurants

"They say it's your birthday. We're gonna have a good time," the Beatles sang -- and for almost three-fourths of the nation's population, that good time will happen in a restaurant.

Folks who love to bake, sew and grow will vie for blue-ribbon bragging rights when the Hamilton County Fair is held Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 27-28, at Chester Frost Park.

For more than 400 years, armoires served as functional cabinets in which to store clothing before built-in closets were introduced in the early 1900s.

• Dahlia Show: Erlanger VW Wellness Center, 7380 Volkswagen Drive, 1-4 p.m., free flower show hosted by Dahlia Society of Tennessee with blooms for sale. Show continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 423-949-8280.

ArtsBuild welcomed 36 class members into its Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute during a recent reception at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre.

The 13 festivals opening this weekend offer a variety of scenic backdrops to appeal to festivalgoers, ranging from historic mansions to the Smoky Mountains.

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.

Ann Buggey has been gardening for 15 years, primarily in perennials but with some berries and vegetables in the mix.

Brent Hurst made school history in Dunlap, Tenn., on Wednesday.

  • Sept. 13th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

When Auburn University's iconic Toomer's Oaks were destroyed by a herbicide-wielding University of Alabama fan three years ago, woodturner Matt Moulthrop was already envisioning a way to permanently extend the life of the beloved trees even as Auburn fans were mourning their loss.

9 AN EVENING OF INSPIRATION WITH JUNE SCOBEE RODGERS, Signal Mountain Middle-High School, 2650 Sam Powell Drive, Signal Mountain, 6 p.m. doors open, 7 p.m. program, $125 tables of eight, benefits Mountain Education Foundation. 423-883-3549.

What do a heavy-metal rocker, a biker chick and an aeronautical space engineer have in common?

• Elder Scholars: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, University Center, Ocoee Room, 1 p.m., free program for ages 55 and older, free parking in Lot 7 at corner of Douglas and East Fifth streets, David Carroll of WRCB-TV is guest speaker. 706-937-3748.

Sorority recruitment at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga concluded recently with Bid Day at Finley Stadium. The six National Panhellenic Council sororities on campus announce their new members today.

The first weekend of the fall festival season offers nine day trips to venues within two hours of Chattanooga.

There is a notable deletion to this fall's festival circuit.

It seems oddly hasty to be thinking about a fall garden’s harvest when temperatures are still soaring into the mid-90s.

The National Science Foundation recently awarded Chattanooga State Community College $197,944 as part of its Advanced Technological Education program.

Nearly 500 watch and clock collectors will be in town Friday-Saturday, Aug. 29-30, and they’re inviting the public to spend some time with them.

Monday marks the unofficial end of summer. Families and friends gather on Labor Day for one last hurrah before kids really knuckle down to the new school year and their parents — the workforce to whom the national holiday pays tribute — return to their jobs after a long weekend.

27 WINE OVER WATER, Walnut Street Bridge, 5-8 p.m., $65 includes glass; local restaurants sell food, benefits Cornerstones Inc.'s historic preservation efforts. wineoverwater.org.

For six years, Vickie Mason used a small guest bedroom in her Ringgold, Ga., home as her sewing room.

The Tivoli’s pipe organ once again accompanies silent movie.

When Fran Holt predicts this weekend’s Beersheba Springs Arts and Crafts Fair is “going to be the best show we’ve had in years,” that’s saying something because the Beersheba Springs fair is marking its 48th anniversary Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24.

Rodney Simmons has been on the leading edge of the newest social media trend without knowing it.

• Dixie Jewels Insulator Club Swap Meet: Dalton Freight Depot, 305 S. Depot St., Dalton, Ga., 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., free, regional meeting of glass insulator collectors, glass and porcelain for sale also. 423-326-9248.

Stuff the Bus and Meet the Mocs at Chattanooga Market

Stop at UTC’s Bid Day before heading to Chattanooga Market on Sunday

There’s a lot happening downtown on Reggie White Boulevard this Sunday morning, Aug. 17.

Misty Mullins packs school lunches for two children with divergent tastes: a daughter who likes hummus wraps and a son who'd eat Ants on a Log every day if she'd pack him the peanut-butter-and-raisin-filled celery sticks.

14 LUTHER MASINGILL ROAST, Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St., 5 p.m. social hour and silent auction, 6 p.m. dinner, $50. Alton Park Development Corp. launches John P. Franklin Humanitarian Award Banquet and Celebrity Roast, presenting the first award to Franklin McCallie. eventbrite.com/o/alton-park-development-corporation or 675-278-7929.

Beth Rice's front yard is a riot of colors in a variety of flowers that work together for one purpose: attracting butterflies.

James Igani stands in the center of a semicircle of quizzical senior adults, armed with a chef's knife and half a watermelon.

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