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Susan Pierce

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The National Science Foundation recently awarded Chattanooga State Community College $197,944 as part of its Advanced Technological Education program.

Nearly 500 watch and clock collectors will be in town Friday-Saturday, Aug. 29-30, and they’re inviting the public to spend some time with them.

Monday marks the unofficial end of summer. Families and friends gather on Labor Day for one last hurrah before kids really knuckle down to the new school year and their parents — the workforce to whom the national holiday pays tribute — return to their jobs after a long weekend.

27 WINE OVER WATER, Walnut Street Bridge, 5-8 p.m., $65 includes glass; local restaurants sell food, benefits Cornerstones Inc.'s historic preservation efforts. wineoverwater.org.

For six years, Vickie Mason used a small guest bedroom in her Ringgold, Ga., home as her sewing room.

The Tivoli’s pipe organ once again accompanies silent movie.

When Fran Holt predicts this weekend’s Beersheba Springs Arts and Crafts Fair is “going to be the best show we’ve had in years,” that’s saying something because the Beersheba Springs fair is marking its 48th anniversary Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24.

Rodney Simmons has been on the leading edge of the newest social media trend without knowing it.

• Dixie Jewels Insulator Club Swap Meet: Dalton Freight Depot, 305 S. Depot St., Dalton, Ga., 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., free, regional meeting of glass insulator collectors, glass and porcelain for sale also. 423-326-9248.

Stuff the Bus and Meet the Mocs at Chattanooga Market

Stop at UTC’s Bid Day before heading to Chattanooga Market on Sunday

There’s a lot happening downtown on Reggie White Boulevard this Sunday morning, Aug. 17.

Misty Mullins packs school lunches for two children with divergent tastes: a daughter who likes hummus wraps and a son who'd eat Ants on a Log every day if she'd pack him the peanut-butter-and-raisin-filled celery sticks.

14 LUTHER MASINGILL ROAST, Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St., 5 p.m. social hour and silent auction, 6 p.m. dinner, $50. Alton Park Development Corp. launches John P. Franklin Humanitarian Award Banquet and Celebrity Roast, presenting the first award to Franklin McCallie. eventbrite.com/o/alton-park-development-corporation or 675-278-7929.

Beth Rice's front yard is a riot of colors in a variety of flowers that work together for one purpose: attracting butterflies.

James Igani stands in the center of a semicircle of quizzical senior adults, armed with a chef's knife and half a watermelon.

Chattanoogan Ashley Dill, 23, placed third runner-up out of 100 Hooters Girl contestants from around the world at the 18th annual Hooters International Swimsuit Pageant in Las Vegas.

Cowboy up for St. Jude - Aug. 7-9

17th annual rodeo to fight children’s cancer starts tonight in Ringgold.

17th annual rodeo to fight children’s cancer starts tonight in Ringgold.

On a good Sunday, the congregation at Covenant Baptist Church in East Brainerd will boast about three dozen in the pews.

Painter, sailor, musician, eye doctor and writer of short stories — J.D. Frost has followed several callings in his life.

For those in Apple’s camp, the latest-generation of iPad (starting at $499) and iPad Mini (starting at $399) offer nearly identical specifications, but if size and weight are deciding factors, the Mini’s 7.9-inch display is more hand- and backpack-friendly.

Geri Sink bought a house built in the late 1800s when she relocated to LaFayette, Ga., from Florida.

• Q ’n’ Brew at the Zoo: Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., 4:30-7 p.m., $20 adults, $15 children, barbecue, beer and bluegrass music to benefit zoo. 423-697-1319.

It’s all about tomatoes and the divine things that can be derived from their juicy pulps when Chattanooga Market hosts its Tomato Festival on Sunday, July 27, in First Tennessee Pavilion.

More than 8 million fans tune into Ree Drummond’s cooking show on Food Network each month, according to Nielsen stats, but visitors to Saturday’s She: An Expo for Women will witness a “first” for the television chef.

Five questions with Michael Dexter of 'Les Miz'

CTC's Jean Valjean tells how he pampers his voice for the demanding musical

Although he's a self-described "theater nerd," Michael Dexter admits he wasn't familiar with "Les Miserables" when he auditioned for the Chattanooga Theatre Centre's production. Even so, not only was he cast in the production — he got the lead.

26 Q 'N' BREW, Chattanooga Zoo, 301 N. Holtzclaw Ave., 4:30-7 p.m., $12 adult zoo members, $15 nonmembers, $7 children of zoo family members, $10 nonmember children.

The 80th Chattanooga Cotton Ball will be held Saturday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m. in the Chattanooga Convention Center.

At 11 years old, Blaine Savage has already gotten some enviable autographs in his collection.

It's been 15 years since Trinity Garner Pearson competed in a beauty pageant.

The Chattanooga Music Teachers Association recently named its 2014 Teacher of the Year and awarded scholarships to rising high school freshman.

Big Band Swingfest Sunday

Sweet Georgia Sound plays its 50th gig at Chattanooga Market

Sweet Georgia Sound plays its 50th gig at Chattanooga Market.

Step back in time to the turn of the 20th century just by taking a short drive up Monteagle Mountain to the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly grounds on Friday, July 18.

17 PAWS FOR THE CAUSE, Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St., 6 p.m., $60 per person, $500 table of eight, live and silent auctions, live music and dog runway show to benefit Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga. 423-624-5302.

Delores Beery always had an aversion to mowers, but never more so than “when I mowed the end of my second toe off.” That accident was the catalyst for a total landscape makeover in which she yanked all the grass out of the front and back yards at her East Ridge home and replaced it with pea gravel, river pebbles, river rock, mountain stone, flagstone and pavers. It is manual labor in which she and husband, Dr. L.W. “Buddy” Nichols, have invested over four years.

Chattanooga Theatre Centre closes 90th season with masterful musical.

Chill out at Chattanooga Market

Annual ice cream benefit for children's agency Sunday

Annual ice cream benefit for children's agency Sunday

Summer is the season of picnics, outdoor birthday parties, cookouts and other backyard bashes. These parties call for food that’s simpler to make and take, but still keep the spirit of summer fun. So take the ordinary and make it extraordinary with these ideas.

Roberto Osti, internationally known New York artist, acknowledges Americans are currently living in "the era of selfies."

17 PAWS FOR THE CAUSE, Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St., 6 p.m., $60 per person, $500 table of eight, live and silent auctions, live music and dog runway show to benefit Humane Educational Society of Chattanooga. 423-624-5302.

Linda Prabish started collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia in the late 1970s just because she liked the color red.

• Chattanooga Herbies: UT Extension Office, 6183 Adamson Circle off Bonny Oaks Drive, 6:30 p.m., Pat Stewart speaks on using herbs in your landscape, featured herb is terragon. 875-9689.

To celebrate Independence Day today, Americans will be rocking red, white and blue clothing with flag-waving patriotism.

In recognition of and appreciation for the sacrifices of local veterans, the Tennessee Aquarium partnered with the National Medal of Honor Museum of Military History to present special screenings of “D-Day 3D: Normandy 1944” in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of D-Day.

The first Signal Mountain Playhouse production in which Seth Carico ever acted was a 1991 production of “The King and I.” He’s again cast in the playhouse’s third summer production of “The King and I,” which opens Saturday, July 5, but this time in the title role.

Atlanta fans of author Janet Evanovich's bounty hunter, Stephanie Plum, might be tuning in instead of turning pages to keep up with the character's hilarious misadventures in bond enforcement.

3 STAR-SPANGLED SUPPER, Chattanooga Theatre Centre, 400 River St., 5:30 p.m., $50 adults, $10 children ages 12 and under; enjoy dinner and the music of the CSO’s pops concert in the air-conditioned lobby of the CTC, then watch the fireworks display following the concert. Reservations: 423-267-8534.

July Fourth is all about grilling and chilling.

Three summers ago, Damon Gillespie was dancing on the Jukebox Junction stage at Lake Winnepesaukah.

Members of the Hyksos Temple No. 123 recently presented Reuben Strickland Memorial Scholarships to six high school students.

When Lea Martin was a kid, she walked to her neighborhood church for five days of snacks, popsicle-stick crafts and a daily Scripture lesson at Vacation Bible School.

Heather Crowe has suffered from migraine headaches for 30 years.

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