CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- To some, Bigfoot is just a myth, the product of overactive imaginations and a plaything of hoaxers for decades.

Lori Wade has never been troubled by the doubts of others.

"I just always believed," says Wade, 47, a small-business owner from Ooltewah. "It's like your belief in God; it's just there. That's how I am with Bigfoot. I choose to believe until I'm proven differently."

That belief hasn't always been easy to maintain. When she talks about Bigfoot, people laugh or roll their eyes. Her family takes it in stride but can't match her enthusiasm. Her customers find it charming, if eccentric.

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