Hamilton County officials last week voted to clarify a policy that pays full health benefits for some retired county employees. But one commissioner said that policy needs to be examined, and possibly ditched.By Louie Brogdon

There is no Ben & Jerry's in jail. No Netflix, no recliners.

When Steve Smith talks of how he envisions the Hamilton County Public Defender's office might look in the coming months, a simple analogy is best: He wants it to look like a private law practice.

The Friends of the Library’s largest annual fundraiser, expected to raise money for the children’s floor in the downtown Chattanooga Public Library, was canceled with little explanation.

Hamilton County Trustee Bill Hullander said collecting business taxes on desk chairs, computers, tractors and other personal property can be a bear. And he and other trustees are considering going to the Legislature for help.

Hamilton County commissioners next week will debate whether to relax the distance requirements between stores that sell beer and churches, schools and other public gathering places in the unincorporated county.

When the 1,100-student East Brainerd Elementary School opens in August, it will already be bursting at the seams.

A majority of Hamilton County commissioners say they had no business entering the statewide debate over a controversial constitutional amendment to give the General Assembly power to regulate abortion.

Under a new pay plan Mayor Andy Berke introduced Wednesday, 182 Chattanooga firefighters received a raise, 60 more learned they'll get a salary bump before the end of the year and 183 had their pay frozen for at least a year.

Hamilton County judge frustrated at slow pace of mental health system

School vandalism suspect still awaiting evaluation

A man accused of vandalizing Westview Elementary School will have to wait more than a month for a mental health evaluation, a Hamilton County judge said Tuesday.

Donna Sims quit smoking when she found out that she was pregnant at age 16.

Hamilton County commissioners on Wednesday agreed to spend $540,000 for three new volunteer fire halls, to settle a claim by a county resident struck by a bicycle and to narrow zoning in parts of the Flagstone subdivision in Ooltewah.

In the 27 years that Capt. Corliss Cooper has been with the Chattanooga Police Department, she's seen a significant shift in the city's demographics.

For the first time since it became federally protected in 2002, Moccasin Bend Archaeological District may be able to map out a 20-year building strategy.

The Hamilton County School District moved closer to its long-range goal to shut down Alpine Crest, DuPont and Rivermont elementary schools and replace them with a new, supersized elementary school where the Hixson Pike YMCA now stands.

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