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Karen Nazor Hill

Stories by Karen

I grew up with singer/actor/cowboy Gene Autry, thanks to my late father, Autry's most dedicated fan.

The holidays and party season are officially underway and here come the holiday celebrations where food is the focus.

Holiday music, carolers, a live Nativity scene and lighted boats parading up and down the Tennessee River will make it official Friday, Nov. 29 — it’s Christmas in Chattanooga.

The Chattanooga Market is winding down its 2013 outdoor season with a two-day market this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24.

There’s nothing about me that says “vegan.” However, it doesn’t mean I don’t appreciate the vegan lifestyle, nor do I turn up my nose at the food they eat.

Fashion experts say it’s easy to pull together a look for a holiday party without breaking the bank.

I was a stay-at-home mom with my four children. I had a hard time letting go when it was time for them to start kindergarten. My apron strings were made of steel.

With Christmas just weeks away, the holiday shopping season is getting underway. Over on Manufacturers Road, Learning Express Toys owner Mary Beth Conklin says sales are already higher this year than the same time last year.

Catelyn Topping was only 15 years when she fell in love. With tarantulas.

Only a couple of years ago, Pam Simons had no problem keeping up with her two grandsons.

My favorite three words are "I love you."

Amelia Sullivan of Chattanooga has earned the title “lead cuddler.”

29 Equal Opportunity Day Breakfast, Chattanooga Convention Center, 7:30 a.m., $100 per person, benefits Urban League of Greater Chattanooga. Gale King, executive vice president and chief administrative officer for Nationwide Insurance, is speaker. 423-756-1762.

Her expert sleight-of-hand-like technique can produce a rainbow in just under 10 seconds.

Through the decades, Disney has made wishes come true for people of all ages, and it's about to happen again in Chattanooga.

When Ali Kay moved to Chattanooga from Houston, Texas, seven months ago, she bypassed her residence and headed straight to her new art studio.

KUDOS to 2006 McCallie graduate Tommy Tobin, who was part of a writing team of five postgraduate students from the University College Cork that won first-place in the International Graduate Competition at HEC Business School in Montreal, Canada.

25 Barbecue, First United Methodist Church, 3425 N. Ocoee St., Cleveland, Tenn., 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. or 4-7 p.m., $8 meal, benefits church missions. 423-476-4504.

Last week, listed Chattanooga as one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live in America.

No need for rose-colored glasses to get a bright view of fall in the next few weeks. Mother Nature has it under control.

"I'm your favorite baby, right, Mom?" my 3-year-old granddaughter, Evie, asked me last week as she and my 1-year-old grandson, William, sat on my lap.

For Leah Golden and her husband, a dinner date is going to drain their bank account by about $150.

Even tough alley cats need a helping hand.

Clarence Shattuck is as serious about basketball today as he was back in the early 1950s when he played on the varsity team at Soddy-Daisy High School.

Madison Greene has the world at her fingertips. Her mom is seeing to it.

Names: Tiffanie Robinson Age: 28 Profession: River City Co., director of creative services

My already-bright world is even brighter.

Kasey Trenum is a coupon guru. For good reason. Couponing helped her family survive a financial crisis, she says.

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.


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.

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