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Thompson: Check house now for repairs

My friend Tracy Tesmer has a great piece of advice. He recommends that homeowners do an outside inspection of their home every several months. Why? Because it's cheaper to fix things when they're smaller than when they get bigger. Here's an example of what I'm talking about. Another friend of mine was sitting at home one evening when his lights blinked and then all of a sudden a number of his electrical appliances stopped working. He called an electrician to figure out what happened. It turned out that because of the drought, his underground power cables ...

April 09, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Wilburn: A little planning can go a long way in the kitchen

When it comes to cooking and preparing meals, more and more Americans are opting for convenience. Americans spend 47 percent of their food budget away from home, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

April 09, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Skaggs: Drought stress can weaken azaleas

For many people, spring doesn't truly begin until the azaleas are blooming. It is hard to imagine spring without the vivid blooms of this beautiful flowering shrub.

April 08, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Thompson: This handy step gives dogs a lift

If you have a large dog, then you know the hassle of getting them into the back of a truck or an SUV. If you don't hurt your back lifting them, they'll hurt their hips jumping up and down from the vehicle. Well, now there's a neat solution and it's called the "Otto Step." It's a super strong piece of plastic that can fit into your trailer hitch receiver. After your dog has used it as a step, simply remove it. You can get more information on it at www.ottostep.com.

April 08, 2008 | Tim Thompson | Columnists


Skaggs: Family time can be spent gardening

Today's busy lifestyles often leave families little time to spend together. But now that the holidays are almost over, why not make a New Year's resolution to spend more time with family?

April 08, 2008 | Billy Skaggs | Columnists


Lunch guys: Wendy’s double burger doesn’t stack up

If it costs a buck, we'll eat it. That's the official motto inscribed above the door here at Lunch Guys headquarters.

April 08, 2008 | Tom James and Chris Tauber For The Times | Columnists


Rich: Traveling with pup is practice for mamas

Dixie Dew and I went away for the weekend to visit our friends Stevie and Darrell in Nashville, Tenn. It was actually Dew's invitation, but I was allowed to tag along.

April 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rich: Making the jump to a younger man

If a woman is truly fortunate, she will know two distinct dating periods in her life.

April 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Wilburn: Remember these rules when cooking for a crowd

Community festivals are very popular during the fall season and food is an important part of these events. Volunteers are a vital part of these functions and contribute many hours of work to make them successful.

April 08, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Guys split on KFC’s package of dips

Messy dipping sauce ranks alongside climate change as global problems that scientists are looking to fix.

April 08, 2008 | | Columnists


England: Vigilant care can get amaryllis blooming again next Christmas

Question: I received a beautiful amaryllis for Christmas. How can I take care of it so it will bloom again next year?Answer: Native to the tropics and subtropics, amaryllis (Hippeastrum species) have been widely hybridized.

April 08, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Wilburn: Use some caution when zapping your food

Microwave ovens can be a very useful appliance for the family on the run. But because microwaves can cook unevenly and leave cold spots where bacteria can survive, precautions must be taken.

April 08, 2008 | Debbie Wilburn | Columnists


Lunch guys: Cracker Barrel can sure do turkey

During the holiday season when we Lunch Guys are going over the river and through the woods, we inevitably pass a Cracker Barrel.

April 08, 2008 | | Columnists


England: Keep delicate purple flowers in right light for continuous blooms

Question: A friend gave me a streptocarpella plant from her mother's estate, but neither of us knows much about it. How should I care for it?

April 08, 2008 | Russell England | Columnists


Rich: Do me a favor and keep this resolution

Last year, as New Year's approached, a reporter called and asked for my resolutions for the upcoming year for a story she was doing.

April 08, 2008 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Cooking with Crevolyn: Pound of perfection

Let's discuss the pound cake.

July 23, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Respect your veterinarian

In her song, Aretha Franklin was explicit. Not in the parental warning kind of way, but in the honest and this-is-what-I-want way. She wanted respect. So she demanded it with a catchy tune.

July 20, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Listening to God like children do to parents

The other day Cole and I were sitting around hanging out together. Out of the blue, he looked at me and said, "I want to be an adult."

July 20, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Earth Sense: Unusual weather events have occurred frequently on July 20

Hopefully, you're enjoying a quiet July 20 while sitting down with The Times. In history, today's date hasn't always been uneventful.

July 20, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Mosquito control made easy with garden products

The worst thing you can add to a picnic or outdoor party is a mosquito. Not just one mosquito, but a whole swarm of mosquitoes.

July 18, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Around the Home: Cut fat, calories in dips

Hot wings, dips and other snacks are main parts of the high school, college and professional football season for fans.

July 16, 2014 | Sandra Stringer | Columnists


For your health: A war against obesity

According to the Centers for Disease Control, obesity is an epidemic in the United States.

July 14, 2014 | | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Canines can handle ice water

I occasionally suffer from sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia. You might have it, too. And your pet could, too.

July 13, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Cooking With Cervolyn: Thrill of the grill

Southern summers are the best.

July 09, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Expectantly waiting for Jesus' return

I came home late, because Amy had given me a night to myself.

June 22, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


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