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My 7-year-old son was recently asked an interesting question: "If you could punish your dad for something he did wrong, what's the one thing you'd take away from him?"

Typically, I spend about five minutes a year thinking about minivans — and I'm a car guy.

I read the other day that it's only a matter of time until somebody runs a 26-mile marathon in less than two hours.

Today’s column is about crazy stuff dads eat.

Toyota Camry, America's best-selling car, gets a major update for the 2015 model year -- two years ahead of schedule.

If you want to see a grown man giggle, put him behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S.

When I was in school in the late 1970s, a college dorm room was like a flea-bag motel.

Remember back in 2000 how the Toyota Prius was something of an odd duck?

As a young woman, Dana Lise Shavin's body weight was like a warm day in August -- highs in the mid- to upper-90s.

I remember the sting of my father's belt. I don't dwell on it, but I remember it.

Taking the wheel of the new Cadillac Escalade — especially one painted Raven Black with a mirror finish — requires a certain hey-look-at-me attitude.

Jim and Mary B. Lynch had a problem: How to fit a houseful of belongings into a modest, two-bedroom apartment.

Only 25 percent of American voters think the United States is heading in the right direction, according to a Rasmussen Reports poll last month. Meanwhile, only 14 percent of us approve of the job being done by Congress, says Gallup.

Picking out your new Audi SUV is now as easy as ordering a fountain drink at McDonald's. Just pull up to the showroom and say small, medium or large.

  • Sept. 13th, 2014  |
  • By Staff Writer

Andrew Stone, of Tunnel Hill, Ga., has some advice for anyone preparing for doomsday: Hoard toilet paper.

My father, bless his heart, had caviar tastes on a bologna budget.

Fresh off the heels of the release of the sensational new 2015 A3 sedan last spring, Audi is now shipping to American shores a great example of late-summer road candy.

Ten million miles. That's 400 times around the world or 20 trips to the moon and back.

So my 7-year-old son and I were eating ice cream together last Monday night when he steered the conversation to his favorite subject: Caribbean cruises.

Kelly Subaru sales manager Steve Marlin reports an eager customer recently spotted a tractor-trailer truck hauling 2015 Outbacks over Monteagle Mountain and tailed it all the way to his Chattanooga dealership.

My uncle, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel, once asked my father, a Korea combat vet, how he managed to rise to the rank of master sergeant during the heat of the conflict.

Our family dog, a spaniel-poodle mix named Boise, is a jealous boy.

Once upon a time — before the Great Recession spread darkness across the land — some guys bought three-quarter ton pickup trucks just because they look cool.

Three weeks ago in this space we shared the story of Rich and Kelly, a young St. Elmo couple having trouble making ends meet.

A couple of weeks ago, I read on page one in this newspaper that my son's middle school is about to become a pilot site for BYOD.

To borrow a line from an old Certs commercial, the new Acura TLX sedan is "two, two, two cars in one."

This is the unlikely story of how a viral YouTube video made in Chattanooga by firefighters in training last summer may have saved a guy's life a thousand miles away.

Old age is getting to me. Sometimes, 56 feels more like 96.

Talk about striking when the iron is hot. The new Lincoln MKC luxury compact crossover is arriving just in time to capitalize on a red-hot market segment.

Fewer than 10 percent of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are still alive, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

August is a slow month in youth sports. Summer leagues are winding down and fall leagues haven't started.

It took "Anchorman" character Ron Burgundy (aka comedian Will Ferrell) to call America's attention to the Dodge Durango.

How fragile is the American middle class?

Summer camp season is drawing to a close at the Kennedy house. It’s time to put away the duffle bags and the Deep Woods Off towelettes.

It seems like only yesterday that a redesign of the Hyundai Sonata sedan set the auto industry abuzz.

By the time he was 10 years old, Thomas Rumph was selling bags of peanuts and popcorn on the side of the road in Toombs County, Ga.

My sons, ages 12 and 7, are experts at the art of negotiating with wishy-washy parents.

If the new seven-passenger SUV to be made in Chattanooga represents Volkswagen's practical side, the new Golf GTI compact car is VW with its hair on fire.

Shelbee Jordan, 9, of Ocoee, Tenn., says there is a risky moment in her solo dance routine when she holds her breath.

Take a deep breath, Chattanooga.

In my 20s, I was touch-deprived. Shy and emotionally numb, I was the opposite of touchy-feely -- a virtual bubble boy.

Let’s play word association. Here are some words automotive journalists often use to describe Subarus: sturdy, simple, versatile, durable, thrifty and safe. Also, quirky — but in a good way.

One day in May, Lynne Humphries, a retired schoolteacher, visited Books-A-Million on Highway 153 to gather reading material for her Memorial Day weekend.

When God was handing out gifts, I was apparently nodding off.

The word "fit" has two common meanings. It can mean ideal dimensions, as in: "The man's suit fit perfectly." Or it can mean an efficient level of performance, as in: "The soccer player is physically fit."

One of life's ironies is that our parents sometimes die before we know the right questions to ask them.

Sometimes new-car upgrades are evolutionary, modest tweaks to an already refined product.

You've heard of "random acts of kindness," right? Well, I'm a big fan of an emerging form of journalism that I call "random facts for the mindless."

Some of the specs on this week's test car, the Volvo S60 T6, almost look like misprints.

Growing up, my nemesis was Mrs. R.

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