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Clint Cooper

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The musical collaboration between composer Richard Rodgers and librettist/lyricist Oscar Hammerstein has been called the greatest of the 20th century by Mark Lubbock in the book “American Musical Theatre,” and their string of hits in the 1940s and 1950s has been termed by John Gordon Steele in “Oklahoma!” the “golden age” of musical theater.

There’s something about the dance.

It all began with the need for a stove.

Brandon Boston turned his back on it as long as he could.

If you don’t cotton to everything Devin Kennamer believes, consider at least what he says is most important.

Don't worry about getting to the Ensemble Theatre of Chattanooga on time for its Oct. 25 performance of "The Bald Soprano."

If there's anything worse than one jealous wife, it's two. And one of them is dead.

Once Jason Allen learned to spend eight to 12 hours a day in temperatures between 32 and 36 degrees, everything else was a breeze.

When the Ruby Falls elevator reaches its destination more than 1,120 feet beneath the surface of Lookout Mountain, Doug Dover's daily star turn begins.

The more the women at Signal Mountain United Methodist Church thought about it, the more they realized how a faith congregation is like a quilt show.

The Rev. Patricia M. Grace, rector of St. Mark Episcopal Church in Dalton, Ga., since 2011, has accepted the position of canon to the ordinary in the Episcopal Diocese of East Tennessee.

“Ragtime,” which opens Friday, Oct. 11, at the Cumberland County Playhouse, is a musical epic on the scale of “Les Miserables,” according to producing director Jim Crabtree.

"Oklahoma!" made its Broadway bow 70 years ago this year and started a musical theater genre that has endured.

Dr. David McCallie, a Chattanooga native and longtime area physician, is being remembered as a leader, a visionary, a mentor and a diplomat for deeds well beyond the scope of his practice.

As we took our assembly-line positions at the table last week, I thought of the 1952 “I Love Lucy” episode titled “Job Switching,” in which Lucy and Ethel take a job in a candy factory after Ricky and Fred say housework is much easier than earning money outside the home.

The Rev. Bruce Sloan has accepted the pastorate at Ridgeview Baptist Church, 6 N. Moore Road.

Q: "How do I decrease my chances of having a heart attack?"

Mary Wagner says the first car she and her husband, Dave, had after their marriage was a 1965 Ford Falcon convertible, so she's always been a little partial to the model.

What could possibly be relevant about a tabernacle built in a desert 3,000 years ago?

The Jett Gymnasium at Boyd-Buchanan School was a hot mess at the end of the two-hour session Friday morning, but a little rice on the floor here and a few cellophane gloves wafting in the breeze there didn't detract from the good feeling volunteers took away.

Before he could drive, Everett Gossett settled on his life's work.

• Ted Russell Hall, Carson-Newman University, 1646 Russell Ave., Jefferson City, Tenn.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, by reservation through Oct. 25; exhibit of full-size artistic reproduction of all seven volumes of "The Saint John's Bible Heritage Edition," along with 10 framed prints from the project; 865-471-3537 (reservations) or cn.edu/saint-johns-bible.

Q: What can you tell me about a vasectomy reversal?

  • Sept. 26th, 2013  |
  • By Dr. Anand Shridharani

Flying discs and flying dogs — Sept. 27-29

Skyhoundz world championships move to Coolidge Park

Coolidge Park is going to the dogs this week.

Tailgating has advanced well beyond the tailgate.

The serious suggestion from Mark Flynn came wrapped in a lighthearted smile and was slightly tongue-in-cheek.

John B. McFerrin served as a missionary in the 1860s, but it wasn't in Africa, India and China. His charge was the Confederate Army of the Tennessee.

Orchard Knob Missionary Baptist Church, 1734 E. Third St., will install the Rev. Carlos D. Williams as pastor on Sunday at 4 p.m. He succeeds the Rev. Harold K. Lester, now pastor emeritus, who served the congregation for 46 years.

The way Wiley figures it, there's nothing more scary than the Hairy Man.

A new touring production of “Disney’s Beauty and the Beast” invites musical lovers, classic love story fans and Disney princess devotees to “be our guest” at the Tivoli Theatre this weekend.

If you're craving kabobs, there's the not so simple matter of buying vegetables and meats, slicing them into bite-size pieces, skewering them and firing up the grill to cook them.

Tennessee Temple University is listing the bulk of its 21-acre Highland Park campus for sale, President Dr. Steve Echols told students Tuesday.

With a growing brood of young grandchildren, Karen Persinger wanted to make some easy baby food.

Tennessee Temple University, which announced plans on Sunday to discuss the possibilities of a move to the campus of Woodland Park Baptist Church in Tyner, will list almost its entire campus in Highland Park — more than 21 acres of property — for sale.

Tennessee Temple University, a four-year Christian college begun in 1946 by then-neighboring Highland Park Baptist Church, has entered into exploratory discussions about the development of a new campus at Woodland Park Baptist Church in Tyner.

Tennessee Temple University has entered into exploratory discussions about the development of a new campus at Woodland Park Baptist Church in Tyner.

Quick. What do you call the husband of a rabbi?

In the morning mist or the dusky evening light, the cannons at Chickamauga Battlefield appear to have just been stilled.

"It's for the children."

Red Bank Baptist Church, 4000 Dayton Blvd. (Room 2031); 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22; Hamilton County Baptist Association-sponsored citizenship classes; free; 510-0215.

Katie Trotta has come full circle.

The polo curious will have a field day the next two weekends at Bendabout Farm in McDonald.

Setting a record is one thing. Seeing it in worldwide print is priceless.

The 4-foot high, blue-and-gold sculpture in the narthex -- or entry hall -- at St. Paul's Episcopal Church could easily depict a dozen people dancing, their arms on each other's shoulders.

A national conference in Chattanooga this weekend is holding up a mirror to Christianity.

• Benedictine Sisters Retreat Center, 916 Convent Road N.E., Cullman, Ala.; 6 p.m. CDT Friday-noon Sept. 15; Introduction to Centering Prayer retreat offered; $210 (includes private room and meals); 256-734-8302 or email retreats@shmon.org.

If an intimate battle is to your liking, if you'd just as soon not be with 10,000 to 15,000 of your closest friends at Chickamauga, the 20th annual Battle of Tunnel Hill Re-enactment this weekend is just for you.

Mike Lees says he was flattered and honored to be invited to direct the first show of the Chattanooga Theatre Centre's 90th season, but he was a bit concerned about finding actors for the challenging primary children's roles in the opening musical "The Secret Garden."

The Haitian children he encountered should have been walking, running and playing sports. Instead, they were ground-bound, beset with orthopedic problems.

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