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Cody Maxwell

Ruth Cofer Cemetery is on the side of a hill near Silverdale. It’s behind a roadside stretch of woods close to the mall. The land surrounding the cemetery is overgrown in kudzu vines and a tall black iron gate blocks the road to the place. A sign ... more

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At 1800 Roanoke Avenue there’s a building that houses Hope for the Inner City, a local Christian non-profit group. It’s a drab building. A row of abandoned brick buildings next door has a “for rent” sign posted near the sidewalk. A train yard is ... more

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Sunday mornings are quiet in Chattanooga. Weeds grow up through the sidewalk on East 8th Street. Little flowers sprout in corners. In a churchyard at the end of the street a man prays the rosary on a stone bench. Blue and grey pigeons murmur ... more

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For Halloween, Cody Maxwell shares a short, haunting tale with us in the fine storytelling tradition ... more

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“Everybody knows ya’ll Patten Towers people call the ambulance just to get a free ride to the hospital.” more

"COA first began as a conversation between Megan Hollenbeck, Chris Brooks, myself. We had all recognized that there was something deeply wrong with Chattanooga." more

When Lynyrd Skynyrd arrived, the South was still being depicted as a bizarre, bloody land peopled by a race of hateful, backwoods cotton farmers. Bob Dylan sang “Oxford Town,” where everybody had “their heads bowed down” in shame. more

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But in 1967, the music men in Nashville were saying that the Man in Black was through. He stood six foot two, weighed 150 pounds and had long been strung out on cocaine, pills and booze. Johnny Cash was sick. more

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Chattanooga’s boom is bypassing many of the city’s working poor. more

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Life's rich pageant on a bus ride from Brainerd. more

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