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Grundy County, 54 miles northwest of Chattanooga, is one of the 100 hardest places in America to live, according to a recent examination of several data points in counties across the country by The Upshot, a New York Times news and data-analysis venture.

  • July 13th, 2014  |
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The buzz throughout the auditorium was palpable. A high level of anticipation and excitement existed. As if the president of the United States or, at the very least, a celebrity entertainer was about to enter.

  • July 12th, 2014  |
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It's an idea that quickly outgrew its name, but that's a good thing.

  • July 11th, 2014  |
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When one Hamilton County Board of Education candidate was asked this week what he thought about President Barack Obama's idea of yanking good teachers out of the schools in which they're teaching and plunking them in what the president called "the poorest schools," he didn't mince words.

Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Neil Thomas handed down a vote for clarity Monday morning in the wording of the domestic partner referendum on August's election ballot.

Absence apparently makes the heart grow fonder when it comes to presidential popularity.

If you could zip the United States-Mexican border closed, round up the illegal immigrants now in the country and have them follow the guidelines to become citizens as set forth in the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act supported by Tennessee Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker last year, it would be a step forward.

It was written after the last Americans had left Vietnam following a divisive war, when the country was experiencing economic turmoil and natural disasters had wreaked havoc across a number of states.

Weston Wamp is banking the American people are tired of gridlock. U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is betting they're not.

Given the narrowness of Monday's Supreme Court decision on Obamacare's contraception mandate, look for the words "closely held corporations" to be addressed in the near future in a court near you.

Hillary Clinton stepped in it big time recently with her comments on leaving the "White House not only dead broke but in debt" and not being "truly well off" now.

If Tennessee state Rep. Joe Carr aims to be the next Dave Brat, the Virginia college professor who upset House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in his primary election earlier this month, he’ll have to get on his horse.

Although the left and right ideological wings of the Democratic and Republican parties seem to grab all the oxygen in the room, a Pew Research study released late Thursday indicated "they make up a minority of the public."

  • June 28th, 2014  |
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For Tennessee Republicans, Howard Baker, who died Thursday at age 88, was the foundation, the trailblazer, the man upon whom the modern Grand Old Party in the Volunteer State was built.

When one thinks of buildings worth saving around Chattanooga, the former Tennessee State Office Building on McCallie Avenue is not one that comes to mind.

  • June 25th, 2014  |
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