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Laura Galbraith

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At The Little Gym on East Brainerd Road the smiles and squeals of youngsters create a light-hearted atmosphere.

Children, parents and even museum employees went bananas Saturday for the first ever Banana Day at the Creative Discovery Museum.

Kasey Poole Decosimo's interest in community health began several years ago during a summer research project organized by her college, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Now in his fifth year teaching kindergarten at McBrien Elementary School, Brent Page has established a reputation among students and teachers as being an innovative, caring mentor.

Instead of sweating on a gym treadmill that leaves your knees sore the next day, make a splash.

Harlem, N.Y., and Chattanooga are very different cities thousands of miles apart, but community members learned on Saturday there are striking similarities.

BIRCHWOOD, Tenn. -- The incentive behind the first Native American Music Festival in Birchwood was clear for Mike Serna, a Mescalero Apache Indian and self-taught musician.

Harlem, N.Y., and Chattanooga are very different cities thousands of miles apart, but community members learned on Saturday there are striking similarities.

Who knew sweating to the oldies could be so rewarding?

She is the epitome of the saying "age is just a number," especially when it comes to matters of love.

There might be one more night of Riverbend, but for country music fan Steve Newman, of Etowah, Tenn., Friday was the festival's culmination.

It did not really hit me until last week that so much of life happens in stages.

Fresh off their induction into the Grand Ole Opry, Montgomery Gentry takes the Coke Stage at 9:30 tonight at Riverbend.

Bartender Ivy Austin at P.F. Chang's China Bistro demonstrates how to prepare one of the 12 signature cocktails.

People look forward to Riverbend every year because it gives them a chance to literally sit back and enjoy the music.

Members of the high school class of 2009 are not letting the weakened economy get in the way of their dreams.

Saturday afternoon was a time for mourning and remembrance as hundreds attended the burial service for Army Pvt. Thomas Edward Lee III at Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Although Memorial Day has passed and the Fourth of July still is weeks away, the patriotic fever is alive in Chattanooga.

Saturday afternoon was a time for mourning and remembrance as hundreds attended the burial service for Army Pvt. Thomas Edward Lee III at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Although Memorial Day has passed and the Fourth of July still is weeks away, the patriotic fever in Chattanooga lingers. A crowd of people, including Sea Cadets, volunteers and Navy personnel from the USS Tennessee, gathered today outside the Best Buy on Gunbarrel Road to help bring in donations for Tunes 4 the Troops.

Frugal fitness

Used equipment getting more of a workout

It’s no secret that the recession is taking some of the fun out of fitness. To save money, some have even sacrificed by canceling gym memberships or staying away from school sports that require expensive equipment. However, even in these tough times, all is not lost for fitness buffs or pint-size athletes.

Alex Miller, 18, has been home-schooled all his life, but that came to an end for him and 70 other home-school students Saturday at a graduation ceremony at Abba’s House in Hixson.

Bartender Savas Kyriakidis at The Acropolis Four Star Grill demonstrates how to prepare two of the restaurant's popular mixed drinks.

For many women the arrival of swimsuit season is a cringe-worthy thought.

Matinee Melee

‘Terminator Salvation’ tanks

HOLLY LEBER: It might have been an act of salvation had someone seen fit to terminate this series a few years back. However, there’s already a “Terminator 5” in development for 2011, so there goes hope for the future.

Caring about kids

‘Big’ recruits, educates public about Big Brothers Big Sisters

Ansley Kellermann’s interest in the nonprofit world has served the Chattanooga community well.

In preparation for Memorial Day, hundreds of young Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts gathered at the Chattanooga National Cemetery early Saturday to place American flags on more than 46,000 headstones.

Hundreds gathered for a concert in Chickamauga Battlefield Saturday.

In preparation for Memorial Day, hundreds of young Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts gathered at the Chattanooga National Cemetery early Saturday to place American flags on more than 46,000 headstones.

After an accident left him with a broken knee, fitness enthusiast Clay Cochran knew he could no longer run as well as he once did. The stress would be too great for his joints.

Matinee Melee

Thin ‘Angels’ still entertains

Like most Dan Brown novels, “Angels and Demons,” has a smart, digestible story that convinces its audience that they’ve learned a little something about theocracy and art history as they’re being entertained. But for all its intellectual trappings, the film is still a summer blockbuster in a tweed suit.

Even in a world dominated by Xboxes and new technological developments, there is still room for good, old-fashioned fun.

Even in a world dominated by Xboxes and new technological developments, there is still room for good, old-fashioned fun.

Bartender Melanie Moore at Smokey Bones BBQ and Grill demonstrates how to prepare Pinkie "Holy Stoli" Punch.

SWEAT ETIQUETTE

Train your muscles and your manners in the gym

Whether you are well known around the gym floor or just starting out your membership, there are guidelines everyone should abide by when using the facility’s equipment or services.

The stern military orders and yelling that usually goes on at the Tennessee National Guard Armory was replaced by chirps, tweets and squawks on Saturday as the Southeast Tennessee Aviculture Society’s spring show, fair and lecture series arrived in Chattanooga.

The surprise and sadness that I felt seemed to have come out of nowhere.

The stern military orders and yelling that usually goes on at the Tennessee National Guard Armory was replaced by chirps, tweets and squawks on Saturday as the Southeast Tennessee Aviculture Society’s spring show, fair and lecture series arrived in Chattanooga.

Comic book fans demonstrated their own superpower speed and agility on Saturday at the annual Free Comic Book Day at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library.

Comic book fans demonstrated their own superpower speed and agility on Saturday at the annual Free Comic Book Day at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Bicentennial Library.

Bartender Bianca Cowart at the Fox and Hound Pub & Grill demonstrates how to prepare a Krytonite Margarita.

Making a statement

Area bloggers create loyal online followings

Blogging provides ordinary people with an online outlet for their writing. Some even develop a fan base.

For Volkswagen Beetle enthusiasts Rhonda and Wayne Meeks, the 740-mile drive was worth it.

For Beetle fans Rhonda and Wayne Meeks, the 740 mile car ride was all worth it.

Wednesday is Earth Day. For many, recycling is part of an Earth-friendly lifestyle. We’ve assembled this list of useful information for getting started.

Chattanooga: Rowing for a good case

Dragon boats build teamwork, aid hospital

On your mark, get set ... race!

The 4 Bridges Arts Festival is in its ninth year and has made a name for itself as one of Chattanooga’s most popular art showings.

On your mark, get set ... race!

Nearly a month after they brought home numerous wins from an international dance competition in Orlando, Fla., the Cleveland Middle School dance team is still in high spirits.

A mass of leather-clad motorcyclists from across the Southeast gathered at the Tennessee Riverpark on Saturday to receive prayers of protection and good fortune at the annual Blessing of the Bikes.

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