Joy Lukachick Smith

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.

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After months of public debate, private discussions and recent litigation for millions of dollars, the city's Electric Power Board concedes that it overbilled Chattanooga more than $1.2 million for its streetlight energy.

The Chattanooga City Council on Tuesday rejected the easiest method to replace four members of the Industrial Development Board, opting instead for an arcane process that includes multiple committee meetings and drawing names from a hat.

Mayor Andy Berke's office released a website today to the public that will track whether Chattanooga is meeting its monthly goals for the city.

In light of a scathing audit released last week, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center's governing board will ask Executive Director Rose Martin to resign in the coming days, sources with knowledge of the situation said.

Bessie Smith Cultural Center officials had no idea how much cash was coming in or going out during this year's Bessie Smith Strut, according to an independent audit that investigated the theft of tens of thousands of dollars after the annual blues-and-barbecue party.

An independent audit to investigate how much money was stolen from the Bessie Smith Strut reveals all the cash collected during the event was kept in an office drawer overnight uncounted.

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.

A fowl-less animal control ordinance heads to the City Council today more than a year after officials killed a similar proposal.

Members of the Chattanooga Public Library board stood behind Director Corinne Hill on Friday but said they would make sweeping policy changes after audit findings that officials mismanaged thousands of dollars during national and worldwide trips to promote the library.

After two top Chattanooga Library officials were reported to the state for suspected fraud, one official has resigned and another is suspended.

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