Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith

Katherine Snow Smith has been at the Times either fulltime or parttime since 1995. She started as a business reporter then spent a decade writing the Rookie Mom column with stories from her own family and advice from other average moms and the experts. She now covers business in south Pinellas County. Katherine has a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina and is married to Times political editor Adam Smith. They have three children, two dogs and still feel like rookie parents much of the time.

Shannon and Thomas Mahaffey and Mark Mahaffey

Academy Prep recruiting and creating mentors

It’s always interesting to see where a chance meeting or connection can lead. A retired New York City police officer eats Sunday breakfast with his wife at Sweet Sage Cafe & Boutique in North Redington Beach, gets to know the owner who...
Published: 11/06/18
Carla Theophille and Kathy Turcotte with an autographed Rays ersey the Glitter Queens auctioned to raise money for Starting Right Now. KATHERINE SNOW SMITH / Times

Glitter Queens raise funds for teens

The Glitter Queens gathered recently to raise money for Starting Right Now, a nonprofit organization that supports homeless teens. The theme of the party was “Copa Caliente: A Night in Old Havana.” It was easy to spot the 28 women who...
Updated one month ago
Chuck Prather owns the Birchwood hotel and office space in Tampa. He found fliers encouraging readers to boycott his businesses on telephone poles and utility boxes in St. Petersburg.

Florida businessman says he's being targeted because he rented an office to ICE

A well-known businessman woke up to find his photo on fliers downtown calling him a predator who profits from "sexual violence, physical abuse and the caging of undocumented people."
Updated: 3 months ago
CHERIE DIEZ   |   Times
Surterra Wellness stores, like this one on Fowler Avenue in Tampa, have a sleek style unlike other dispensaries.

Former Shepís on Fourth Street going from beer to marijuana

ST. PETERSBURG ó Itís gone from a convenience store and deli to a mecca for craft beer drinkers and now the Fourth Street location that housed Shepís for more than 40 years will become a medical marijuana dispensary.Surterra Wellness is leasing...
Updated: 3 months ago
Chuck Prather owns the Birchwood hotel and office space in Tampa.

St. Pete businessman Chuck Prather says he is being targeted for renting office to ICE

ST. PETERSBURG ó A well-known businessman woke up Wednesday morning to find his photo on fliers downtown calling him a predator who profits from "sexual violence, physical abuse and the caging of undocumented people."Chuck Prather, owner of the...
Updated: 3 months ago
Photos by KATHERINE SNOW SMITH   |   Times
Marisa and Kevin Kiermaier walk the runway with 6-year-old Kelsie Vance.

Rays on the Runway raise spirits and money

When Kelsie Vance was in the hospital for two weeks in April, being able to think about an upcoming trip to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios helped occupy her mind and boost her spirits. The Childrenís Dream Fund raised the money to pay for...
Updated: 3 months ago
Shoppers at St. Petersburg's annual Sunrise Sale don pajamas to take advantage of deals offered by many retailers. This year's sale begins at 6:43 a.m. Thursday. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times (2008)]

PJs encouraged at Thursdayís Sunrise Sale in St. Pete. Prices go down when the sun comes up.

The annual Sunrise Sale in St. Petersburg is almost as much of a bargain hunterís holy grail as Black Friday. For 45 years, shoppers wearing pajamas have headed out at dawn to be in position at their favorite stores the moment the sun rises. Thatís...
Updated: 4 months ago
Rays Glenda Young, Jenn Tran, Lenda and Vince Naimoli

Rays fans go back in time to help kids of today

Everyone got to go back in time to big hair, shoulder pads, skinny ties and Def Leppard at the Rays Foundationís í80s Casino Night & Auction at the Coliseum. As if blackjack, craps and poker (with chips but no real money) werenít enough to provide a...
Updated: 4 months ago
Left to right: Arthurene Williams, Brandi Williams and Catherine Baker were among the several hundred guests at the NAACP Freedom Fund dinner. [KATHERINE SNOW SMITH  |  Times]

NAACP supporters celebrate and commemorate in St. Pete

The St. Petersburg chapter of the NAACP combined its annual Freedom Fund fundraiser with Juneteenth, the holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery.An estimated 500 people gathered under an air-conditioned tent in...
Updated: 5 months ago