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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: Simple meal on school nights

I admit it. I was different than most of the other kids.

August 20, 2014 | Crevolyn Wiley | Columnists


Earth Sense: Extension cords can lead to shocks, wiring-induced fires

The word "fire" strikes fear in homeowners. Rightfully so: Between Jan. 1 and Aug. 7, 1,513 people in the U.S. died in house fires, including 57 Georgia residents (www.usfa.fema.gov).

August 17, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


Eyes of the Father: Blessings flow upon those who obey God

Chloe is at a stage right now where she won't listen to anything I tell her to do.

August 17, 2014 | Parrish Myers | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Animals need care of veterinarian

The following is a true story. Names have been omitted to protect the innocent, as well as the less-than-innocent.

August 17, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Resolving pest problems

One man or woman's cute and cuddly critter is another person's pest. Or sometimes what begins as a cute animal turns into a pest after it eats your prize-winning roses or caused $1,000 in damage to the garage or attic.

August 15, 2014 | Michael Wheeler | Columnists


Vintage Videos: Senior shenanigans at 'Ridgemont High'

It's that time again. The school year has officially begun, which means early, hurried mornings, school supply lists and dents in your wallet for lunch money. Oh joy!

August 14, 2014 | Chelsea Tench | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: It’s grill time; devour red meats with red wine

Gentlemen, masochists that we are, we struggle out into the North Georgia summer heat and humidity to battle with that masculine dragon - the grill.

August 13, 2014 | Randall Murray | Columnists


Ask a Vet: Research breeds before buying dog

The time is nigh and fantasy football approaches!

August 10, 2014 | Matthew Sisk | Columnists


Earth Sense: Colors result from surfaces reflecting available light

Colors change with the light. This was an issue recently when a friend was having a vintage Porsche repainted, and the shade of ivory just didn't look right.

August 10, 2014 | Rudi Kiefer | Columnists


August superb time to ready gardens for autumn harvest

In the Southern climate, gardeners have a second chance to replant, add new plants and harvest vegetables as fall nears.

August 08, 2014 | Wanda Cannon | Columnists


Wine Without Pretense: High-quality winemaker develops affordable drinks

Two issues rarely intertwine in the same sentence: Highly rated winemakers and sensibly priced wines.

August 06, 2014 | Randall Murray | 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


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