Local Politics

Bebe Heiskell says she’s in the same boat as all Walker County residents.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders' attempt to sell some surplus property on Anderson Ridge has become somewhat muddled recently.

Charles Sharrock, ousted from the Fort Oglethorpe City Council in November 2012 after complaints of sexual harassment by city employees, filled out paperwork Wednesday to seek the seat again in November.

Hamilton County Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously decided to let East Ridge Councilman Marc Gravitt start his new job as District 30 state representative early.

A communal fear of not being understood by police exists in Chattanooga's Spanish-speaking community, Lorenzo Juarex Maldonado said through a translator.

The Chattanooga City Council was at a stalemate Tuesday on how to appoint new board members to the city’s Industrial Development Board that faces public criticism and is in a legal brawl over a $9 million Black Creek tax-increment deal.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A 50 percent turnover on the 14-member Bradley County Commission has led to major changes in the makeup of its numerous committees for 2014-15.

KIMBALL, Tenn. — Kimball Park has grown exponentially in recent years, but a couple of minor issues have caused city leaders to start from scratch on some planned upgrades.

Not even no-kill shelters can keep from killing some animals.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — The mood at a public hearing Thursday in Walker County to discuss a proposed property tax hike was angry on the part of the taxpayers, defensive on the side of Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell.

Chattanooga has unveiled a plan to offer free Wi-Fi across the city.

If the City Council gives its stamp of approval next week, Chattanooga will start paying small business owners up to $10,000 a company to add new employees.

JASPER, Tenn. — Marion County leaders are pushing for changes to state laws that restrict companies like Chattanooga utility EPB from expanding high-speed Internet, TV and phone services outside their electric service areas.

Dr. Mary Headrick will be the keynote speaker today at the Roane County Democratic Party's Labor Day picnic, according to a news release.

State Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, will resign his District 30 post Aug. 31, according to letters he sent to Gov. Bill Haslam and the Hamilton County Commission.

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