Joy Lukachick


phone: 423-757-6659




Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work.

Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille.

When Joy isn't chasing down stories, she is a full-time supporter of the LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints. She also loves cooking Cajun food.

Contact joy at 423-757-6659 or jlukachick@timesfreepress.com

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A $2.6 million taxpayer-funded project is under way to digitize hundreds of thousands of city records — a project that Mayor Andy Berke's staff says will increase government transparency and efficiency.

A taxpayer-funded project that a judge struck down because of secret negotiations and a conflict of interest was re-approved Friday amid new accusations of impropriety.

Despite public opposition from residents and three City Council members, the city's Industrial Development Board voted today to re-approve the controversial taxpayer financing agreement that would subsidize a road up Aetna Mountain from the Black Creek golf course community.

For 30 minutes Tuesday, the City Council chambers sounded more like a music hall than a legislative meeting place.

After making multiple changes to the proposed sound ordinance, City Council voted to defer the ordinance for one week.

Chattanooga's proposed sound ordinance was supposed to fix — or at least offer a legal solution to — the noise complaints associated with the popular music venue Track 29.

Even though 63 percent of voting Chattanoogans overturned the city's domestic partner ordinance in Thursday's election, events playing out on the national stage could make their preference moot.

Retired state economic director Patsy Hazlewood is the Republican nominee for House District 27.

Nearly a year of public debate over whether Chattanooga should provide benefits to its employees' gay or straight partners ended at the polls Thursday with a resounding "no."

Chattanooga city attorneys asked the City Council on Tuesday to decide if 13 revisions should be made to the sound ordinance by casting what appeared to be a secret vote.

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