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Karen Nazor Hill

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You don't have to watch TV cooking shows to see top chefs in action. Just show up at Chattanooga Market on Sunday, Sept. 22, and you'll witness five of the area's most prominent chefs preparing original recipes as part of the Cast Iron Cook-off.

“I don’t really go by trends. I think we should have fun with what we wear."

Most wedding photos are pretty much the same — bride and groom, bride and groom and family, bride and groom and bridesmaids and groomsmen. Eating cake. Kissing. Smiling.

Food lovers won't want to miss Sundays at the Chattanooga Market in September.

With only a handful of restaurants atop Signal Mountain, residents welcomed Guthrie's with open arms when it debuted three years ago.

I am a storyteller. It's a trait I inherited from my father, who told stories to me as a child and also to my children and their friends as well. Most every birthday party we celebrated, my father entertained with one of his original and incredibly fun stories.

Shelli Eberle loves kids — other people's.

Wayne Gothard looks forward to his weekly tennis game.

THE AIM CENTER's second-annual fundraising event "Blue Moon Block Party" is set for Sept. 21 at 472 M.L. King Blvd. The event will feature live entertainment from Strung Like a Horse, a football game screening room, a photo booth, a silent auction and more.

It doesn’t matter where you travel, you’re going to be hungry. But when you’re in an unfamiliar city, choosing a good restaurant can be frustrating and sometimes futile since you don’t know your way around.

There’s a dance tonight at my house. There’s a dance most every night at my house.

"Tacky."

Whether it's a secluded hideaway in the mountains of North Carolina, a five-star hotel in Tennessee, a luxurious inn in Georgia or a bed and breakfast on a sandy beach in Alabama, there are beautiful and romantic getaways within easy driving distances from Chattanooga.

One of TV's most beloved moms will be in Chattanooga on Saturday, Aug. 24.

Melissa Keylon was in her 20s when she made a decision not to have children.

One week after being diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer in the summer of 1997, Lynda Hood underwent major surgery. Two days later, a week before her chemo treatments began, she started exercising to help the healing process.

My first and third children, a girl and boy respectively, were shy during their growing-up years. The second and fourth children, also a girl and boy respectively, were outgoing. I think it created a equal balance of personalities that resulted in them getting along most of the time.

Name: David Richardson Age: 23 Student: University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Community College

When he was growing up, Dan Summerlin attended six schools in six states before he hit 11th grade. With a father in the military, such moves were common, but hardly welcome. Especially the one that moved him from Alpharetta, Ga., to Chattanooga when he was 16.

Knowing that the food they eat is grown or raised locally has become a priority for many area residents.

Nerves were never a problem for 10-year-old Sallie Rawlston, not while the cameras were on her, the buzzer was in her hands and “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek was standing a few feet away, firing questions.

Chattanooga Zoo will host its second annual Q & Brew at the Zoo, a barbecue and beer-tasting fundraising event, Saturday, July 27.

Until Jason Howard was 24 years old, he relied on the simplest stroke to stay afloat when he went swimming -- the dog paddle.

Name: Olga de Klein Age: 69 Profession: Artist

One of Chattanooga Market's biggest theme days is expected to draw a large crowd Sunday, July 21, as Mountain View Bluegrass showcases the talents of three area bands.

Denise Leach was "miserable."

It's summer and, for most of us redheads and other fair-skinned people, that translates to sunburns and new crops of freckles.

Chef Brian Morris is going to spend a couple hours this month teaching local folks how to cook.

Phyllis Williams is a serious recycler. Not only do cans, plastic and paper from her home get returned for reuse, she recycles clothing by donating it to local thrift stores.

Congratulations to Winton and Harriet Harris of Chattanooga, who were presented the National Spirit of ’76 Award from Freedoms Foundation of Valley Forge. The award recognizes the couple’s outstanding service to Freedoms Foundation, a national nonprofit that promotes civic education, and their roles as exemplary U.S. citizens.

* Today. Dogs on the Diamond, AT&T Field, 2:15 p.m., $5 pooch pass. $5 owner's ticket, benefits McKamey Animal Care and Adoption Center. Bring your pet to the Lookouts baseball game for pre-game parade, giveaways. 305-6500.

My granddaughter, Tilleigh, 6, knows that she and her sister, Evie, 3, are the focus of my twice-monthly column about the joys of being a grandmother.

Fashion has taken an evil twist. Or has it?

Name: Adriean Flanagan Age: 18 Profession: Student at Volunteer State Community College

Things are already looking blue for the Chattanooga Market on Sunday, June 23 -- blue as in blueberry, that is, as the market celebrates its annual Blueberry Festival.

It's summer and folks are heading to water for a break from the heat and humidity.

Though he has always appreciated the natural beauty of East Tennessee, Jim Caldwell says it wasn’t until he developed a passion for photography that he started seeing in a new light.

"The work of science is to substitute facts for appearances, and demonstrations for impressions." — John Ruskin

Mom enjoyed her special day at Chattanooga Market, and now it's Dad's turn. On Sunday, June 16, fathers will be honored at the Market's Father's Day Brews & Bluegrass.

Take a little Prince, throw in some Sly and the Family Stone, maybe some Bob Marley, Jimmy Buffet and a little B.B. King, and you have The Pimps of Joytime, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based band headlining tonight at the Bessie Smith Strut.

Lorean Mays has been a fan of Brandy since the 34-year-old singer hit the music scene at 14 years old.

Nine years before he died, Baptist minister/folk artist Howard Finster and his family began Howard Finster Day in an effort to share his ministry and art with the public.

Ed Rusk doesn't hesitate when asked about the worst haircut of his life.

Years ago, when I first heard the proverb that it takes a village to raise a child, I didn't agree. I leaned more toward it takes a "family" to raise a child — parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. — not a village of people you aren't related to.

Name: Michele Coffman Age: Attorney Age: 38

Her mother offered some advice when Michelle Heckmann decided she wanted to be a plumber.

Distillery throws victory party (May 31)

Chattanooga Whiskey Company celebrates bill passing

The founders of Chattanooga Whiskey Co. are celebrating the recent passing of a whiskey distillery bill by Tennessee lawmakers with a party Friday night, May 31.

'Magic Tree House' (May 25-Sept. 8)

Creative Discovery Museum's summer exhibit time-travels into America's past

Children love tree houses, and starting Saturday, May 25, there will be a new one to explore at Creative Discovery Museum.

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