Local air quality experts say proposed Environmental Protection Agency rules for controlling ground-level ozone could be troublesome for Hamilton County, but only if regulators settle on the lower end of proposed standards.

A week after Hamilton County Commissioner Tim Boyd criticized a policy that tied $900,000 in annual commission discretionary funds to bond debt, he proposed buying an $11,000 sculpture with the funds.

The Hamilton County Commission and the Board of Education are once again trying to reboot their relationship.

When Hamilton County passed its 2014-15 budget this year, some conservative commissioners and good government groups lauded changes to the $900,000 in funds handed out annually for commissioners to spend on local projects.

Judges, juries and court audiences will have to wait indefinitely to get new chairs on the third floor of the Hamilton County Courthouse.

The local branch of the NAACP has launched an effort to prohibit employers from asking about a job applicant’s criminal background.

Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern said Friday she is strongly considering retiring to her Puerto Rico beach house in 2014.

A guard at the Hamilton County Jail has been accused of misusing his authority by promising to interfere with a female inmate's jail records, according to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Democracy was served in abundance at the Hamilton County Commission's agenda session Wednesday.

Hamilton County school board member ready to sue state

$14.5 million annually is at stake for schools

The Hamilton County Department of Education loses out on about $14.5 million annually because Tennessee doesn't fully fund the school district through its Basic Education Plan.

In May the U.S. Supreme Court strengthened the constitutional armor protecting prayer at public meetings, but an attorney in a local public prayer case said that defense may soon be tested.

They come to participate in the long process of justice.

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.

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