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Susan Pierce

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In almost 30 years of umpiring baseball games, Al Slater has dealt with his share of angry parents, coaches and players. He's proud to claim he's never ejected one -- but admits he's come this close.

Maya Thirkill and Amelia Sullivan have been named Hamilton County winners of the 2013 Governor's Volunteer Stars Award.

Little Owl Music and Arts Festival at Audubon Acres; Friends Under the Stars at Camp Jordan

Duggar girls wear their hair and their skirts long, rarely watch television (even though they're on it), and don't get a cellphone until they get their driver's license.

25 SPIRIT OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS, Chattanooga Convention Center, 11:30 p.m., $75 per person, $750 for table of eight, former Atlanta Brave Dale Murphy is featured speaker at fundraiser for Junior Achievement of Chattanooga.

When Dr. Frank Miller brought new wife Pam to see the Heritage Landing home he'd found for them, her immediate reaction when he opened the front door was: "It's pink!"

• Clean Sweep Rummage Sale: Office Furniture Warehouse, 2700 Riverside Drive, 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., $5, rummage sale of furniture, kitchen items, small appliances, toys and electronics; benefits Junior League of Chattanooga. 423-267-5053.

Two students from Cleveland State Community College and two from Chattanooga State Community College are among 26 of the state's highest-achieving community college students, named to the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa All-Tennessee Academic Team sponsored by USA Today.

Sweep up bargains at Junior League rummage sale

Junior League huge Clean Sweep rummage sale is Saturday

If you're looking for great bargains on quality merchandise, head to Office Furniture Warehouse on Saturday, March 15, for Clean Sweep, the Junior League of Chattanooga's huge indoor yard sale.

Part of the fifth generation in a family that can trace its roots back to Ireland, Marsha Conway Salter says St. Patrick's Day was a grand holiday throughout her childhood.

If there was one primary theme among exhibits in the 48th annual Tri-State Home Show last weekend, it was outdoor living displays.

• Fifty-Five Plus Club: Collegedale Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 4829 College Drive N.E., Collegedale, 11:30 a.m. bring vegetarian potluck dishes to fellowship hall, noon lunch followed by program from Keith Snyder, chairman of the Biology/Allied Health Department of Southern Adventist University. He will speak on his digs for dinosaur bones in Wyoming. 423-505-6605.

Fay Swadley Adams, associate professor of piano at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, will lead a master class open to all music teachers on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at Crutcher Pianos, 6223 Lee Highway.

The Gamma Theta Sigma chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc., in partnership with Hyksos Temple Prince Hall Shriners, will host its annual Youth Symposium on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Booker T.

Dr. J. Woody Kennedy has been installed as 2014 president of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Medical Society. Dr. Joseph (Gene) Huffstutter was named president-elect.

Bill Haley discovered glass insulators when he was a middle-school kid in the ’60s, exploring the woods of Soddy-Daisy.

Volunteers from the Cumberland County Playhouse are presenting the funny, audience-interactive "Murder at the TonyLou Awards" for six performances starting Monday, March 10. The title is a play on the authors' names: Tony Schwartz and Marylou Ambrose.

‘Opera’s Bad Boys and Girls’ - March 9

CSO salutes classical music’s gypsies, tramps and thieves.

The good guys may get the girl in the end, but it’s opera’s villains who get the meatiest roles.

Robert Lee, a 29-year-old singer from Stevenson, Ala., gave a solid performance on Monday's episode of "The Voice," but the mail carrier just didn't deliver what the four judges were searching for.

Six months before her wedding day, Kjerstin Gruys swore off mirrors.

Bob Dombrowski has created more than 100 artist's books over 30 years. One is even archived in New York City's Museum of Modern Art.

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.

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