Remembering life before smartphones
Remembering life before smartphones

Many years ago, I was listening to the radio, and I heard an interview with a local business executive. He was asked, “How do you start your day?” He replied, “First, I check my e-mail.” Wow, I thought. That must be so cool. He is

Rev. Billy Graham's 1991 visit to Chattanooga's Baylor School
Rev. Billy Graham's 1991 visit to Chattanooga's Baylor School

It was September 24, 1991.  Rev. Billy Graham visited Chattanooga’s Baylor School to dedicate the new Alumni Chapel. 

My 30 years at Channel 3
My 30 years at Channel 3

When I started working at Channel 3 in 1987, Cindy Sexton anchored the evening news, Paul Barys was Chief Meteorologist, Tom Tarzian owned the company, Tom Tolar was general manager, Wayne Jackson directed the evening news, Bobby Winders was the “Mr. Fix-It” engineer, Doug Loveridge and Ken Scott produced commercials, Debbie Walker, Pam Teague, and Janet Garner were running the business affairs, and Lemmie Thomas was in the master control room. I look around now, and thos...

40 reasons to love the USA
40 reasons to love the USA

What a country, right?  As we celebrate America’s 241st birthday this week, let’s pause and list a few reasons to love America.

Remembering July 16, 2015: "We have an active shooter"
Remembering July 16, 2015: "We have an active shooter"

Almost two years after the day terrorism came to Chattanooga, new details are emerging about the tragic events of July 16, 2015.  Major Chris Cotton shared new information at the Navy and Marine Corps Medal Ceremony, during which Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan and Staff Sgt. David Wyatt were honored posthumously for their heroics. We now know it could have been much worse.  The gunman was armed with enough ammunition to take out dozens of people.  Sadly, he took the li...

Why spelling matters
Why spelling matters

Instead of boring you with my shortcomings, I will focus on one of the few things in which I take pride: spelling.

Tennessee's longest running news anchor team: David and Cindy
Tennessee's longest running news anchor team: David and Cindy

When I was offered a TV news job, I called Cindy, who had been hired at the station two years earlier.

Who wants to be Hamilton County's next Superintendent?
Who wants to be Hamilton County's next Superintendent?

I haven’t written much lately about the state of Hamilton County schools.  About a year ago, it seems like that was all I was writing about.  The Ooltewah High basketball team rape case was dominating the news, followed shortly by the fall of Superintendent Rick Smith. The perfect storm was just beginning.  A few weeks later, parents were threatening to prevent their children from taking state-mandated achievement tests.  Sure enough, they had a point. ...

Heritage High interpreter Jodi Upton appears on SNL
Heritage High interpreter Jodi Upton appears on SNL

Jodi Upton is a sign language interpreter for Heritage High School in Catoosa County, and has accomplished many other things in her career, and she can now add NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” to her resume’.  

DAVID CARROLL: The Crash
DAVID CARROLL: The Crash

This poem “The Crash” was written by Thrasher Elementary fifth grader Annelise Perez, after the Woodmore Elementary bus crash in Chattanooga.

The Desmond Doss story comes to the big screen
The Desmond Doss story comes to the big screen

Coming soon to a theater near you: a blockbuster movie about an American hero who once lived in our area.

A special homecoming for Queen Hannah Murphy at Sequatchie County High
A special homecoming for Queen Hannah Murphy at Sequatchie County High

Homecoming week is a highlight of the year at Sequatchie County High School in Dunlap, Tennessee.

Has Facebook become Hatebook?
Has Facebook become Hatebook?

I first heard of Facebook around ten years ago, when my sons were teens.  Our family computer was in the living room, enabling us to keep a close eye on their usage of the wild, wild West that was (and is) the Internet. Every now and then, while they were supposed to be doing homework, we would look up and see them on something called Facebook. It was new, and like most parents, I was suspicious of anything online. “What are you doing?” I would ask in my best cranky...

DAVID CARROLL: 9/11 - What We Learned
DAVID CARROLL: 9/11 - What We Learned

The events of September 11, 2001 are so fresh in my mind.

Long lost treasures from Dade County High Class of '66
Long lost treasures from Dade County High Class of '66

The next time you’re cleaning house, and you see a stack of papers, think twice before you toss them aside.  A West Tennessee woman is thankful she took a closer look. One recent Saturday, 34-year-old Tiffiany Lee of Huron, Tennessee was cleaning out a desk that “came with the house” when she bought it last year.  “I found these papers, handwritten and folded in half,” she said.  There were about thirty of them, and curiosity got the best ...

I've Seen Teachers
I've Seen Teachers

Many of my school news stories cover the leaky roofs, the fights, the weapons, the dress code complaints, and the overcrowded classrooms and buses. The majority of school stories, however, involve positive aspects of education. Many of those stories go relatively unnoticed. I suppose that’s human nature.  Some weeks, nine out of ten school-related stories will be positive and uplifting.  I often get no response or feedback about those stories, but the negative story ...

Moving Wall in Chattanooga this weekend
Moving Wall in Chattanooga this weekend

On this last weekend of July, there is a very special reason to visit Chattanooga’s waterfront: “The Moving Wall” is the half-size replica of the Washington, DC Vietnam Veterans Memorial and has been touring the country for more than thirty years. 

David Carroll: July 16 tragedy, one year later
David Carroll: July 16 tragedy, one year later

On July 16, 2015, one person, one senseless act, changed our lives.

David Carroll: 5 Great USA Songs: 4th of July!
David Carroll: 5 Great USA Songs: 4th of July!

On this 4th of July weekend, here are five of my USA favorite songs.

Lake Winnie going strong after more than 90 years
Lake Winnie going strong after more than 90 years

When my sons were little, these were the magic words: "We're going to Lake Winnie!" 

"How hot is it?" It's SO hot....
"How hot is it?" It's SO hot....

Recently we asked Facebook friends to complete the sentence, "It's SO hot, that...."

Coach Wes Skiles steps down for the right reasons
Coach Wes Skiles steps down for the right reasons

One of Hamilton County’s best high school coaches, Wes Skiles recently told his players that he’s stepping down at the end of this season. 

"Hey Earl," "Dex" and Keith Landecker to be inducted into Tenn. Radio Hall of Fame
"Hey Earl," "Dex" and Keith Landecker to be inducted into Tenn. Radio Hall of Fame

It’s always nice to see good things happen to good people.  The Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame will welcome six new career inductees on Saturday at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.  Three of them are from Chattanooga, and they are our city’s first additions to the Hall since the late Luther Masingill in 2012 and Tommy Jett in 2013.  In alphabetical order, let me pay personal tribute to three great guys: Lifelong Chattanoogan Earl Freudenberg...

Dolly Parton celebrates two milestones
Dolly Parton celebrates two milestones

Dolly Parton celebrated her 70th birthday in January, and will soon celebrate her 50th wedding anniversary, so let me tell you a quick story or two. Did you know she was once a regular performer on Chattanooga TV? 

DAVID CARROLL: The story behind the photo: Chattanooga Fire Dept. heroes
DAVID CARROLL: The story behind the photo: Chattanooga Fire Dept. heroes

Every once in a while, I see a picture and I just stare at it.  It might as well be framed and mounted in my mind.  This is one of those pictures. 

The 2011 tornado outbreak: We’ve never been the same
The 2011 tornado outbreak: We’ve never been the same

We lost 80 lives in a 60 mile radius of Chattanooga that on that dark Wednesday.  For about 13 hours, the tornadoes came in waves.  One would pass through, only to be followed by another, equally fierce.

DAVID CARROLL: “Hey Logan, this is Peyton Manning…”
DAVID CARROLL: “Hey Logan, this is Peyton Manning…”

How would you like to get a phone call from your hero?  Especially if he’s a 2016 Super Bowl champion?  That’s what happened to Logan Pickett on Tuesday night. 

Thinking Out Loud: David Carroll honors Jed Mescon's WRCB career
Thinking Out Loud: David Carroll honors Jed Mescon's WRCB career

In TV, you know you’ve made it when the viewers adopt you as one of their own.  Jed Mescon reached that status many years ago.  How many times have I been asked, “How’s my boy Jed doing?” I’ve been told so many times, “I can’t wake up without my Jed in the morning.” And now, it’s “What are we going to do without our Jed to start the day?” Jed and I worked together at WRCB for more than 28 years.  From th...

READ WITH CAUTION: David Carroll on April 1st
READ WITH CAUTION: David Carroll on April 1st

But with April Fools Day here, let's embrace the day (carefully).

DAVID CARROLL: Rick Smith calls it quits: what now?
DAVID CARROLL: Rick Smith calls it quits: what now?

Monday morning, Hamilton County Schools Supt. Rick Smith made yet another U-turn in a two-month roller coaster ride that has had his own staff spinning their heads. 

DAVID CARROLL: If nominated, I will not run…
DAVID CARROLL: If nominated, I will not run…

One local writer named Bill Colrus, whom I have not met, was kind enough to throw my name in the hat, particularly after reading my recent blog about reorganizing the school system into smaller districts.

DAVID CARROLL: “I am not a test score”
DAVID CARROLL: “I am not a test score”

Based on the reaction I received to the “Apology from a Teacher,” the firestorm over Tennessee’s failed attempt at online achievement testing isn’t going away any time soon.

COMMENTARY: Ooltewah Q & A: How’s the victim doing?
COMMENTARY: Ooltewah Q & A: How’s the victim doing?

Months after the December 22 assault, the victim is doing better. He has returned to school, although not at Ooltewah, and has been cleared to play basketball again.

A Tennessee teacher's apology
A Tennessee teacher's apology

I was going to write about the Tennessee online testing fiasco (TNReady…not), and then a teacher sent this to me. It is quite powerful, and eloquent. She wishes to remain anonymous, but wants her message to be seen.  

Common Core explained by Mr. Know-it-all
Common Core explained by Mr. Know-it-all

One comment in particular caught my eye.  It’s from “Mr. Know-it-all,” who is offering a common sense explanation of controversial Common Core math.

"Can Superintendent Rick Smith survive this scandal?" and other questions about Ooltewah
"Can Superintendent Rick Smith survive this scandal?" and other questions about Ooltewah

COMMENTARY: "I’ve been doing this radio/TV/internet news job for quite a while now.  I’ve never received this many questions about any other school-related story."  

DAVID CARROLL: The Ooltewah crisis response - If you can’t stand the heat…
DAVID CARROLL: The Ooltewah crisis response - If you can’t stand the heat…

Most of my reporting has been in the education field, and I’ve always encouraged school officials to be open and accessible. Thankfully, most of them are.

DAVID CARROLL: Looking for answers in Ooltewah High basketball rape case
DAVID CARROLL: Looking for answers in Ooltewah High basketball rape case

What has happened in our society, that children are allowed to grow up without learning the basics of acceptable human behavior? 

DAVID CARROLL: America finally discovers “Mary Did You Know”
DAVID CARROLL: America finally discovers “Mary Did You Know”

Thanks to NBC’s “The Voice,” America has finally discovered “Mary Did You Know.” 

David Carroll's memories of the late Dalton Roberts
David Carroll's memories of the late Dalton Roberts

Dalton Roberts passed away on Wednesday. He wore many hats: Guitar picker. Teacher. Politician. Songwriter. Storyteller. Poet. County Executive. Newspaper columnist. Friend to the birds. Singer. Erlanger watchdog. BS detector. Visionary.

The story behind the picture
The story behind the picture

Sometimes you see a picture, and you just want to find out more, right?  For me, this is one of those pictures.  Yes, there are four big guys in this picture, but just try to take your eyes off the little girl’s face.  It’s face of a child who had been through a lot, but was comforted and cheered by four heroes.The Chattanooga Fire Department posted this photo on social media, saying “On Monday, firefighters with Squad 19 based in Hixson (Green Shift) r...

Thank you, Michelle Heron
Thank you, Michelle Heron

I hear it every day.  “You news media people are too liberal,” or “too conservative,” or “too negative,” “too sensational,” “dishonest,” misleading,” and many others. We’re hiding the truth, we’re telling too much, we’re stirring the pot, we’re missing the real story….we’re just plain evil.

DAVID CARROLL: RIP Bill McAfee, Chattanooga broadcaster, Tennessee legislator
DAVID CARROLL: RIP Bill McAfee, Chattanooga broadcaster, Tennessee legislator

When I was growing up watching Chattanooga TV, Bill was one of the first faces I saw, and one of the first voices I heard. What a fine voice he had. Clear, distinctive, memorable.

DAVID CARROLL: Don’t leave children in hot cars
DAVID CARROLL: Don’t leave children in hot cars

Nineteen children have died of heat stroke after being left in hot cars in the United States so far in 2015.

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