Local Politics

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke signed an executive order Tuesday to create a task force to bring together community leaders, service providers and veterans to help "eradicate chronic veterans' homelessness" by the end of 2016.

Chattanooga officials say they’ll look into the idea of bringing back the city’s Choo Choo but they’ll make no promises.

The crowd of more than 500 people stopped shaking hands and milling about as the lights dimmed in The Chattanoogan's ballroom. After the invocation and presentation of colors, audience members took their seats to learn about the state of their city.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Bradley County Commission has taken exception to criticism that its initiative to seek animal shelter services through private means instead of contracting with the Cleveland Animal Shelter is forcing Cleveland taxpayers to actually fund two shelter operations.

The primary ballot in Grundy County, Tenn., has eight contested local races and a total of 29 candidates.

Democratic candidates will meet and talk with voters tonight at the Eastdale Youth and Family Development Center, 1312 Moss Drive.

JASPER, Tenn. — The plan to build and improve some sidewalks in downtown Jasper is moving forward now that city leaders have chosen an engineer for the project.

The attorney for the now-fired arresting officer who took South Pittsburg, Tenn., City Administrator Sammy Burrows to jail on charges of obstruction of officer rights, resisting arrest, speeding and reckless driving is crying foul in the disposition of the case.

As early voting in the May 6 county primary begins in Hamilton County this week, voters will have to choose between sheriff's office patrol Sgt. Chris Harvey, an 18-year department veteran, and incumbent Sheriff Jim Hammond to serve as the county's top law enforcement officer in the May 6 primary.

The local primary election is about three weeks away, but registered voters who already have their picks can fill out their ballots starting today.

Chattanooga officials went on the offense Tuesday in an ongoing feud between the city and Hamilton County Schools.

Should Catoosa County school board races be partisan and held in November? And should the school superintendent be elected directly by voters — instead of hired by the school board?

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County Schools is moving forward with legal measures to secure a disputed $720,000 in previously distributed liquor tax revenues that it says is owed the county school system by Cleveland.

After filing a lawsuit on Friday, Hamilton County School officials have countered a city offer to make reparations for years of unpaid liquor taxes.

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