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I Saw In Tennessee A White Oak Growing

What he didn’t know was that 1) He was dealing with a fanatic tree-hugger, 2) I had actually hugged this tree, and 3) This tree had a name: Grandfather. more »

Aug 15, 2013 by in Shades of Green

Officer Alex and the Electronaut

It was there that he failed to complete a job application, but gloriously managed to complete a circuit, and in the process discovered the difference between state law and “Ohm’s Law”: You can fool one, but never the other. more »

Aug 15, 2013 by in On The Beat

The Twelve Types of Facebook Users

The most common type is probably the group you are in: The Normal. The Normal has about 150 friends, of which they personally know about a third of them. more »

Aug 22, 2013 by in Columns

Protecting Something Beautiful And Wild

In addition to the Sierra Club, other organizations opposing the hunt, including the Tennessee Ornithological Society and the National Audubon Society, cite a recent study revealed that 62 percent of Tennesseans oppose the hunting of cranes. more »

Aug 22, 2013 by in Shades of Green

The Inhuman Canvas

I eased onto the street and found the duplex and its correct side and let the music play out as I secured my car. My apparent customer was already approaching and began to talk with one hand firmly planted on her hip. more »

Aug 22, 2013 by in On The Beat

Derailing the Crazy Train

They were actively holding meetings on the topic as well as conducting training sessions that detailed their plans to secretly videotape police officers, pick a cop to abduct, and find a house that could be used as a jail and torture chamber. more »

Aug 29, 2013 by in On The Beat (1 Comments)

Serious About The Scenic City

“Teachers don’t get much, if any, developmental training about environment and environment education.” “I am impressed with the diversity and enthusiasm of the people I have met here. All seem to be working on air, land and water issues.” more »

Sep 5, 2013 by in Shades of Green

Irony In Armor

It was originally intended to replace steel belting in vehicle tires, but 10 years later, it was field tested with cops as armor, and that’s where the pulse of modern ballistic protection started beating. more »

Sep 5, 2013 by in On The Beat

Dreams of Insomnia

Is this all there is? Is this what I have to look forward to, where I came from, or where I shall be? It is horrible, to be nothing. To be Void. more »

Sep 12, 2013 by in On The Beat

Party: Over

To my horror, the friend thought both he and I were insane and that the current generation of know-it-alls and slackers were, in fact, doing their best to raise the bar for the next as is their genetic mission. more »

Sep 19, 2013 by in On The Beat (2 Comments)

Girl Talk, Weapons Grade

“I know, right?!” I said excitedly…and about that time, a Brainerd cop in the booth behind me who had been typing up a report on his portable slapped the laptop lid closed, abruptly stood up, and glared at us as he began to walk past. more »

Sep 26, 2013 by in On The Beat

To Honor or to Abandon?

When it comes to tending to your needs, there are but two ways you can go—you can honor them, or you can abandon them. Sounds simple perhaps, but let’s look more closely. more »

Oct 3, 2013 by in Shrink Rap

Journalistic Jewelry

And where does that leave me? With the NAACP making the most cogent and sensible response to an awkward-to-terrible situation. How the hell did that happen? more »

Oct 3, 2013 by in On The Beat

From Jamaican Streetlights to Kilowatt Currency

"The system is so successful they are going from 30,000 to several hundred thousand customers as fast as they can put the meters in," he says. "In developing countries, they can't afford what we do upfront, so they pay over time as they add customers more »

Oct 10, 2013 by in Technology

Take a Number, Please

“Too, shy shy,” my partner whispered randomly. “Hush hush, eye to eye…” His head bobbed as he recited this, but I didn’t even hear goofy shit like this anymore, it was so common. Our guy in the backseat looked on confusedly. more »

Oct 10, 2013 by in On The Beat

No Energy Martyrs Here

There are programmable thermostats, motion detectors that turn off after someone leaves a room, dimmers, compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs, Energy Star-rated refrigerators and air conditioners, and old-fashioned ceiling fans, to name a few. more »

Oct 10, 2013 by in Shades of Green

Sleep of the Civil Servant

Daylight is the other major enemy. If I’d recycled the aluminum foil I’ve used over a 12-year period to block out sunlight from various rooms, I’d be named in Al Gore’s last will and testament. more »

Oct 17, 2013 by in On The Beat

Teaching Awesome Online

“It is 100 percent written here in Chattanooga, handmade code,” Dantzler says. “It’s not off-the-shelf stuff that we’ve duct-taped together. It’s a real and complete ecosystem that we’ve built.” more »

Oct 24, 2013 by in Technology

Remembering Rodney: A Poorly Timed Tribute

On that night, Rodney King was a convicted felon on parole driving with an estimated .19 BAC on the Foothill Freeway in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles with two passengers onboard. more »

Oct 24, 2013 by in On The Beat

A Domestic Call: Big Brain On Brad

But the silence wasn’t just out of fear of his immediate reaction (there was none, remember—he had given himself the I.Q. of a kumquat), but also of respect for somehow making a weird situation even weirder, all on our own. more »

Oct 31, 2013 by in On The Beat

The Other Southside: Chattanooga Spotlight

For perspective, the beauty and comparable safety of the Tennessee Aquarium lives in the 100 block of Market Street, but Alton Park Boulevard is what its name turns into by the 3000 block and I’ve always been glad about that. It deserves better. more »

Nov 7, 2013 by in On The Beat

Mindful Is As Mindful Does

When I asked my colleague, Lisa, from the Center for Mindful Living here in Chattanooga, she described mindfulness as “being present with awareness and kindness…with all our attention.” more »

Nov 7, 2013 by in Shrink Rap

Still Floating After All These Years

Two of those founders—Nathan Derrick of SupplyHog and Fynn Glover of RootsRated—will judge the next competition on Nov. 19 and present updates on their progress from pitch to profitability. I sat down with them for a preview. more »

Nov 14, 2013 by in Technology

Home of the Homeless

“What?” the complainant said. “Where?” “He was in your car, ma’am. At the McDonald’s.” “But I don’t understand…” she trailed off, now taking her own turn to tilt her head in confusion. more »

Nov 14, 2013 by in On The Beat

Earth-Friendly Holidays

Further, separating wants from needs will help save the Earth. How badly does one need an indoor flameless marshmallow roaster for $69.95, heated outdoor cat bowls ($49.95), or an automatic flameless LED candle ($39.95) from Hammacher Schlemmer? more »

Nov 14, 2013 by in Shades of Green

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