Andrew Pantazi

Andrew Pantazi is an intern at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who says that when he was 7 he knew what he wanted to do for the rest of his life: play hockey for the Colorado Avalanche.

Unfortunately, he says he wasn't any good at hockey, so he became a journalist instead.

He writes about the lives we hide, like the man who suffered a stroke but smiled, or the football walk-on who endured 5 a.m. workouts and brutal beatdowns but never got to play, or the community that lost its history and its middle school.

He came to the Times Free Press in July 2011 for a 6-month internship. When he finishes this internship, he only has two semesters left of classes at the University of Florida.

Previously, Andrew interned at The Independent Florida Alligator in Gainesville, at The North Florida Herald in High Springs and the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville.

In his free time, Andrew reads, bikes and drinks coffee (lots and lots of coffee).

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Midday sun comes through the windows of the Brunners’ family home on a back street in Clifton Hills, and the harsh glare hides a lot. It covers the signs of poverty. The cracks in the linoleum floor, trash on shelves, the streaks of dirt on the walls, the signs of want that alone are obstacle enough, but here aren’t even the worst thing.

Before Father Time descended the steps, the saxophonists at the Creative Discovery Museum started playing "Auld Lang Syne" as hundreds of children tried to play along on their kazoos.

Hamilton County property owners ponied up about $1 million in property taxes Saturday to make the deadline for a credit on their 2011 income taxes.

The music stopped, then started, then stopped again, and the all-white dance group looked at each other with confused looks on their faces.

A Sweetwater, Tenn., police detective accused of beating his wife has been suspended for 30 days.

A Dalton, Ga., man whose truck resembled one seen at a burglarized chemical plant has been charged in connection with nine burglaries, most committed in the last month.

On Christmas Eve, just before 1 a.m., a Middle Valley man ran to his neighbors’ house, calling for help. He was dripping blood and holding a rag to his head.

Rain-slicked roads during Wednesday’s morning commute caused 16 accidents on Interstates 75 and 24.

A woman who died Tuesday in a New Jersey plane crash was a member of the Payne-Howell family, associated with the T.H. Payne Co., Chattanooga's oldest retailer.

When it rained, Sonia Acosta's car would slide across the road and she'd cry out prayers.

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