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Susan Pierce

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4 FAT CAT TUESDAY, Chat'o Brasserie, 200 Manufacturers Road, 6-8 p.m., $30, Mardi Gras party to benefit Pet Placement Center. 423-877-0738.

Necessity is still the mother of invention.

Husband and wife political pundits James Carville and Mary Matalin will be in Rome, Ga., on Thursday, March 20, to speak at Berry College as part of the Shatto Lecture Series.

Ashley Augustine, a senior at Baylor School, is one of 3,000 candidates in the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

Claire Tuley, a Chattanooga paralegal, took on seven-day "Jeopardy" champ Arthur Chu on Thursday night's episode. She finished second on the popular game show.

Tri-State Home Show opens Friday - Feb. 28-March 1

Find the latest in home products you'll need whether remodeling or building

More than 225 vendors will display the latest in home products and services across 470 booths at the 48th annual Tri-State Home Show, which opens Friday, Feb. 28, in the Chattanooga Convention Center.

It's not the traditional Chattanooga fundraising dinner.

25 SPAY-GHETTI NO MEATBALLS, Stratton Hall, 3146 Broad St., 6-9 p.m., $50, silent auction and dinner catered by 1885 to benefit Wally’s Friends spay/neuter program. 423-877-9966.

Did you break out with a bad case of spring fever after this week's balmy temperatures?

• Community Garden Start-up Workshop: EPB Community Room, 10 M.L. King Blvd., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today, noon-4 p.m. Sunday, sliding fee scale of $50-$100. Crabtree Farms staff teaches basics of successful community gardening on Saturday, leads tour of existing gardens on Sunday. 423-493-9155.

Bridal Affair is Sunday - Feb. 23

City's biggest bridal expo offers more than 100 vendorsfor one-stop shopping

Planning a wedding? Why waste time driving around town to comparison-shop when you could just visit all your favorite bridal vendors in one convenient location this Sunday, Feb. 23?

Houston Antiques Show marks 40th anniversary - Feb. 21

Glass expert Dean Six will be featured throughout the three-day show

North Carolina glass expert Dean Six says he makes fewer than a half-dozen personal appearances a year at antiques shows. One of those is this weekend's Houston Museum Antiques Show & Sale, which opens Friday, Feb. 21, in Stratton Hall and closes Sunday afternoon, Feb. 23.

20 DINNER AND THE ARTS, Center for Creative Arts, 1301 Dallas Road, 5:30 p.m. silent auction, 6 p.m. dinner (sold out), 7:30 p.m. performances by CCA students, $5 at door. 209-5931.

Baby boomers, did you hang on to those wedding gifts of CorningWare that were so prized by new brides of the 1970s?

• Bridal Fair: Lee University, Walker Arena, Cleveland, Tenn., 1-4 p.m. event sponsored by WCLE-FM, 2:30 p.m. bridal fashion show, free, hourly door prizes, honeymoon cruise giveaway. 423-472-6700.

Flowers and candy will be popular symbols of love today. But the marriage ring represents true love for four couples whose love has spanned decades.

Dr. Rick Rader, director of the Morton J. Kent Habilitation Center at Orange Grove, has been asked to serve on the Special Olympics International Global Medical Advisory Committee.

'Big Band Fever!' - Feb. 14-15

CSO presents popular dance music of the swing era in two weekend shows

Take your valentine for a spin around the dance floor when the Chattanooga Symphony & Opera presents "Big Band Fever!" on Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 14-15, in the Tivoli Theatre.

11 ZUMBATHON, UTC Aquatic and Recreation Center, 601 E. Fifth St., 4-7 p.m., $5 UTC students, $10 all others. Dance to raise money for American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women, with giveaways and DJ. 423-425-4213.

It represents Cupid and the devil. Love and anger. Chinese brides wear it for good luck. Taylor Swift wrote about it, and then it inspired her world wide tour.

• Civil War lecture: Catoosa County Library, 108 Catoosa Circle in Benton Place campus, Ringgold, Ga., 1 p.m., free, sponsored by 6th Cavalry Museum. Jerry Trollinger, cavalry re-enactor, presents “Forward, Trot, Gallop, Charge: The Work of the Cavalryman and His Horse.” 706-861-2860.

Inside McKenzie Arena, the UTC men's basketball team warms up to thumping hip-hop beats. As the starting lineups are announced, AC/DC's "Thunderstruck" rumbles through the air. Electronica from the group Zombie Nation gets things jumping at tipoff.

Isabella Vanderhoof, a student at Chattanooga Center for Creative Arts, won the 19th annual vocal competition sponsored by the Performing Arts League of Chattanooga.

Jay Leno makes his final sign-off from late-night TV tonight. Again.

What do you get when you cross Appalachian folklore with African-American heritage?

Jay Leno makes his final sign-off from late-night TV tonight. Again.

Simmons-O'Neal concert Sunday - Feb. 9

Two choirs combine to honor former directors

Singers in the Chattanooga Boys Choir and the Chattanooga Choral Society for the Preservation of African American Song will join voices Sunday afternoon, Feb. 9, for their annual concert in memory of two revered music educators.Two choirs combine to honor former directors

Just four years after making her debut in Chattanooga's most prestigious arts festival, Amanda Brazier is back as its featured poster artist.

11: ZUMBATHON, UTC Aquatic and Recreation Center, 601 E. Fifth St., 4-7 p.m., $5 UTC students, $10 all others. Dance to raise money for American Heart Association's Go Red for Women, with giveaways and deejay. 423-425-4213.

When you lay in bed at night listening to pops and squeaks, is it really the “house settling” or a forewarning of a deeper problem?

• Civil War Lecture: Catoosa County Library, 108 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, Ga., 1 p.m., free Civil War lecture by historian Gerry Depken on “Welcome to the Sixth: The Newest Cavalry Unit Writes Its History from 1861-1865.” 706-965-3600.

All Brahms, all night - Jan. 30

Pianist Geoffrey Duce joins CSO tonight

Pianist Geoffrey Duce joins CSO tonight at Tivoli.

When Phil Johnson and his fiancée, Leslie, were shopping for “the ring,” the couple checked into pre-owned rings as a possible source for a great bargain.

1 HEART BALL, The Chattanoogan, 1201 S. Broad St., 6 p.m.-midnight, $300, black-tie dinner-dance with live and silent auctions to benefit American Heart Association. 423-763-4407.

Dr. Raymond and Jane DeBarge loved the location of their home on Missionary Ridge because of its wonderful east/west views. But after 13 years, he convinced her it was time to downsize to the town home the couple had purchased in the North Shore six years ago.

• FAFSA Workshop: UTC University Center, East Fifth Street on campus, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., free event for high school seniors and their parents.

A teen who lived on Signal Mountain was featured Wednesday night on "American Idol" — and made the cut.

Unum presented Hamilton County school teachers with more than $50,000 in mini-grants at its annual Strong Schools Grant teacher luncheon held Jan. 8.

A teen who grew up on Signal Mountain was featured Wednesday night on “American Idol” and made the cut.

NPR's 'From the Top' tapes Thursday at Tivoli - Jan. 23

McCallie guitarists performing on popular radio show

McCallie School's guitar quartet will perform with some of the nation's top, classically trained, student musicians tonight, Jan. 23, when "From the Top" tapes one of its radio shows in the Tivoli Theatre.

The fourth generation has joined the family business at Mount Vernon Restaurant, and Hannah Messinger is making her presence known with a new event that launches Saturday.

When Kim Gravel speaks, her teenage clients and their stage mothers listen. Not just because she's a former Miss Georgia — and they are all chasing that crown — but because they just never know what's going to come out of her mouth.

John F. Carlson, a member of Boy Scout Troop 176, was awarded Eagle Scout rank during a recent Court of Honor.

Carolina feel, Parmalee sound - Jan. 22

Country quartet an all-American success story, but nothing came easy

Having a single take 36 weeks to climb country charts can be both a blessing and frustration. That was the case for Parmalee when "Carolina" took more than half of 2013 to reach No. 1.

Carrillo, Dean headline UTC Trumpet Festival - Jan. 17-18

Festival includes clinics, jam session and two concerts for public

Two of the top trumpeters in the nation will be in Chattanooga this weekend to instruct student musicians and perform for the public when the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga's Music Department hosts the 2014 Trumpet Festival of the Southeast.

• Catoosa County Historical Society: Old Stone Church Museum, intersection of U.S. Highway 41 and Georgia Highway 2, Ringgold, Ga., 7 p.m., visitors welcome; Marvin Sowder of the Whitfield County Historical Society will speak on burial of soldiers killed during the Civil War.

• Riverside High School class of 1966 will meet Saturday, Jan. 18, at 3 p.m. at 611 E. M.L. King Blvd.

When Mallary Hope wrote the song "My Day" in 2009, she was having a bad day, disheartened that her music career hadn't taken off.

When Charlotte Carr Vlasis became a school librarian 35 years ago, research was done the old-fashioned way.

Violinist Frautschi joins CSO tonight - Jan. 9

Three reasons not to miss tonight’s concert at the Tivoli Theatre

Three reasons not to miss tonight’s concert at the Tivoli Theatre.

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