Cody Maxwell

What’s the difference between a ravine and a ditch? The word ravine has a French flavor to it. If you say the word more than once you’ll start saying it differently with every breath. At first it’s just a ravine. Soon it becomes a “ra-VEEEN” and ... Read more

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A skinny, black-haired, college-aged kid was strutting through a recent event at the downtown library. This kid made it a point to make sure everyone knew he was there. Nothing out of the ordinary, right? College kids are loud and belong in the ... Read more

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A narrow gravel road ran between the highway and the railroad tracks. It went across a one lane, timber-framed bridge and ended in a copse of pine trees. Halfway between the railroad bridge and the pine trees stood an old blue house. I lived there... Read more

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Every Chattanooga historian owes a debt to an unfinished manuscript left behind by a man named Henry Wiltse, which the Chattanooga Library has so finely preserved. Here we will show our respect to a peculiar tale found in the historical notes ... Read more


Whenever the phrase “self-published author” is mentioned, there are several characters that immediately come to mind. The first is the basement-dwelling man in his early thirties wearing an old Dungeons & Dragons t-shirt. He has greasy hair and ... Read more

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There is an old manuscript in the special collections of the downtown library, written by a man named Henry Wiltse. The manuscript has been cheaply bound and the pages are type-written and brittle. It is a collection of historical notes and ... Read more

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‘Tis the season of love, of boxed chocolates and red wine. Single little roses and lipstick kisses. The Bluff View Art District is the romantic heart of Chattanooga, they say, and last Sunday I walked around up there. I followed the little ... Read more

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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 ... Read 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 ... Read 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 ... Read more

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

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


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. Read more


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


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

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