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Clint Cooper

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Tennesseans were saying with their votes late Tuesday they're willing to trust their legislators to suggest and pass common-sense regulations on abortions and to advise and consent on the governor's choices for state Supreme Court and appellate court judges.

Rumors of religion's demise in American may have been greatly exaggerated.

Close your eyes and imagine you are a soldier on a landing craft in the first wave of the Allied invasion at Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944.

The Obama administration trumpeted its installation of solar panels on parts of the White House roof last week just before the president announced his plan to use executive orders to direct the use of more solar panels and other energy efficiencies.

Chattanooga is praised today for reinventing itself in the last quarter century, but a University of Tennessee at Knoxville political science researcher and lecturer says in a new book the city did the same thing in order to remain vital after the Civil War.

We'd like to take bits and pieces of the three Republican primary candidates for District 8 and elect the stitched-together candidate, but that's not possible.

With the congressional midterm elections bearing down on the country in November, it's always interesting to see what's under the rocks along the campaign trail:

After a newspaper career with stops in the sports, news and features departments of the Chattanooga News-Free Press, Chattanooga Free Press and Chattanooga Times Free Press, I began my tenure last week as editor of the Chattanooga Free Press editorial page.

• First-Centenary United Methodist Church, 419 McCallie Ave.; 10-11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 22; Forward, eight-session ecumenical support group for those who have recently or not so recently lost a spouse; free; 756-2021.

Like ants to sugar, nurses in scrubs and technicians with dangling name badges kept coming.

Roses are a natural, diamonds are forever and candy is dandy, but how about surprising your loved one with a special dessert on Valentine’s Day?

Jewell Patrick intimates she’s like a bad penny. She keeps turning up.

• Elizabeth Terrace Baptist Church, 600 Mohawk Street, Rossville, Ga.; 7 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and 9:45 a.m., 10:50 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16; 25th annual Faith Promise Missions Conference with keynote speaker missionary Jeff Alverson; 706-866-2156.

Just who's crazy and who's not?

You've laughed at improv-trained actors on TV -- "Saturday Night Live," "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" -- but improv is not just for comedians.

If Corky Coker wasn't the subject of a new Travel Channel series about finding treasures along the back roads of the United States, he'd be -- well -- finding treasures along the back roads of the United States.

Marriage is on the march and “worth fighting for,” actor Kirk Cameron says.

It was Baptism of the Lord Sunday at First Baptist Church, Chattanooga, and senior pastor Thomas Quisenberry wanted the several hundred people present to experience in a small way Christ’s gift to humankind.

• Joey Harris, who has served as music leader or pastor in Georgia churches since 1997, has been hired as pastor of Harmony Baptist Church, 3832 Youngstown Road.

Jenna Montijo sits on the edge of the bench in the dugout of the softball field at Soddy-Daisy Veterans Park. It’s a cold Saturday afternoon in January.

Anita Lincoln has it all -- the job, the money, the friends -- but she really wants a loving man in her life.

Educator Edna Varner, public-sector executive Rayburn Traughber and publisher Ruth Holmberg all, at one time or another, managed their share of crises in the Chattanooga area.

Less than a year ago, former Ooltewah resident John Brandon posted a profile on a New York City website, offering his services as a dog walker and baby sitter.

Times may have changed, but history doesn't.

He has outlasted a handful of directors, seven senior pastors and probably a dozen church vans, but he’s there every afternoon picking up children, keeping them active and smiling — always smiling.

• The Generosity Trust, 736 Market St., Suite 1402 (SunTrust Bank Building); noon Wednesday; luncheon discussion about changing stewardship practices in churches from a seasonal to a year-round culture for pastors and church stewardship lay leaders; free, including lunch, but reservations necessary; 266-5257 or email henry@thegeneros

Chattanooga may be ranked first in a list of America's most Bible-minded cities, according to the American Bible Society, but officials say that makes its residents no more biblically literate than going to church makes them Christians.

You know them — the neurotic, fastidious one and the self-centered, sloppy one — or at least people like them. Indeed, their names — Felix and Oscar — have become almost synonymous with their characteristics.

If slow, staid and traditional define your musical tastes, stay away from the Patten Performances concert Monday, Jan. 27.

Nearly 56 years after he walked into an East Chattanooga Methodist church "to help out for a while," Ron Starnes is stepping down as a church choir director.

• Brainerd Baptist Church, 300 Brookfield Ave.; 6:15 p.m. Wednesday; introductory class for Financial Peace University, a nine-week course which offers the tools to gain control of your finances and prepare for financial success; 624-2606.

Gene Ragghianti didn't know what to expect in a seminary high school, but he certainly didn't predict hazing by toilet swirly, Swiss cheese newspapers (with the suggestive stories excised) and an obscenity-spewing priest/teacher.

The civil-rights movement had its beginnings in churches, so Chattanooga's annual Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will pay tribute to those roots Monday, Jan. 20, by honoring the civil-rights leader at Olivet Baptist Church.

While "The Color Purple" opens the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga's 2014 season today, Jan. 16, it also closes out a year of the theater's concentration on one of its stated goals of courageously eliminating bias.

Delores Beery was living in Germany some years back when her British neighbor invited her over one afternoon for coffee.

GraceWorks Church, 6445 Lee Highway; 5:45-9 p.m. Thursday; "Advancing the Battle" dinner conference by Men's Ministry Network for men who want to be or are disciple-makers features catered dinner by Panera, program and message by Brett Clemmer, author and vice president of Man in the Mirror, testimonies and breakout sessions; 893-8885 or email

For the German fighter pilot, a man who would fly 241 combat missions, the crippling of an American B-17 plane in World War II was just another day up in the office.

Clergypersons swear they don’t like numbers — how many members, how many attended, how much did we grow — but it’s a reality they can’t get away from in measuring success.

If you like your custom cars new, old or barely recognizable from the original, the 45th annual World of Wheels Custom Auto Show has something for you.

The parts on your model didn’t fit together perfectly, the outsides had dried glue showing and the paint job looked about like one you’d see on a ‘71 Torino.

One of my favorite things to do for dinner during winter is to open a can of soup, zap it in the microwave and let the heat continue to warm me after a treadmill session starts the job when I get home from work.

East Ridge Seventh-day Adventist Church has set the table, and you’re invited.

• Cohutta First Baptist Church, 103 King St., Cohutta, Ga.; begins Monday; Run for God Bible study offers parallels of faith and endurance while teaching participants on how to run a 5K, 10K or half marathon; 706-694-8321; also, Salem Baptist Church, 1448 Pleasant Grove Drive NE, Dalton, Ga., Tuesday, 706-259-7045; Grove Level Baptist Church, 2802 Cleveland Highway, Dalton, Ga., Wednesday, 706-259-8519; Holly Creek Baptist Church, 422 Holly Creek Cool Springs Road, Chatsworth, Ga., Wednesday, 706-695-8522; and Varnell United Methodist Church, 3485 Highway 2, Cohutta, Ga., Sunday, Jan. 12, 706-694-8023.

Ray Williams doesn't recommend singing country songs in bars as a prerequisite for ministry, but it worked for him.

There's a new sheriff in town, and he's out of this world.

Book signing

Country and gospel music fans who want to see the potential next big star in either genre get their opportunity on Saturday, Dec. 28, at the 11th annual Georgia/Tennessee Music Awards at the Tivoli Theatre.

In the first few days of winter, Linda Rugina’s “Ross’s Landing” is like a deep gulp of summer.

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