Chattanooga City Council unanimously votes to approve the first reading of Mayor Andy Berke's pension reform.
The vote is the first of three that will usher in changes to the firefighter and police officer's pension and is estimated to save the city $227 million over 26 years.
"This is an important moment for this council and for our city," Berke said.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...