Local Politics

JASPER, Tenn. — The plan to build and improve some sidewalks in downtown Jasper is moving forward now that city leaders have chosen an engineer for the project.

The attorney for the now-fired arresting officer who took South Pittsburg, Tenn., City Administrator Sammy Burrows to jail on charges of obstruction of officer rights, resisting arrest, speeding and reckless driving is crying foul in the disposition of the case.

As early voting in the May 6 county primary begins in Hamilton County this week, voters will have to choose between sheriff's office patrol Sgt. Chris Harvey, an 18-year department veteran, and incumbent Sheriff Jim Hammond to serve as the county's top law enforcement officer in the May 6 primary.

The local primary election is about three weeks away, but registered voters who already have their picks can fill out their ballots starting today.

Chattanooga officials went on the offense Tuesday in an ongoing feud between the city and Hamilton County Schools.

Should Catoosa County school board races be partisan and held in November? And should the school superintendent be elected directly by voters — instead of hired by the school board?

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Bradley County Schools is moving forward with legal measures to secure a disputed $720,000 in previously distributed liquor tax revenues that it says is owed the county school system by Cleveland.

After filing a lawsuit on Friday, Hamilton County School officials have countered a city offer to make reparations for years of unpaid liquor taxes.

Derek Rogers is Fort Oglethorpe's newest city councilman — effective immediately.

Hamilton County Auditor Bill McGriff says the county constitutional officers are basically doing a good job managing the public's money.

More than a dozen candidates in the May 6 primaries are expected to speak and meet the public at a candidate forum Thursday hosted by the Chattanooga Tea Party.

A 25-year-old corrections officer seeking the Republican nod for the county register of deeds post says an internal investigation against him at the Hamilton County Jail started as a "personal issue that was taken too far." And he says the findings of the investigation have nothing to do with his ability to oversee deed filing for the county.

Tom McCullough says he is dropping out of the four-way GOP primary in the state House District 27 race.

Fewer than half of the candidates running for state and local offices in Hamilton County met Thursday's deadline for filing first-quarter campaign funding reports. But those who did show they've amassed more than $900,000 combined to get elected.

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