Local Politics

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke continued pulling the national spotlight toward the Scenic City on Friday as he served on a panel in Boston to address issues facing urban communities.

FORT OGLETHORPE — Elections Superintendent Orma Luckey sat above the rest of the crowd inside City Hall on Thursday morning listening to arguments about whether ousted Councilman Charles Sharrock can run for office again next month.

Before he can try to reclaim power, ousted Fort Oglethorpe City Councilman Charles Sharrock must defend his right to run for election during a hearing this morning.

Of 358 complaints lodged with the Chattanooga Police Department's internal affairs division by residents and officers during the last five years, just 47 resulted in officers being found guilty of misconduct.

Downtown Chattanooga bars and music venues that want to bring in loud concerts or crank up their music outside will have to pay at least $1,750 to apply for a city sound permit.

Officials hope a third attempt to pass a controversial piece of legislation to regulate Chattanooga's for-profit animal industry will pass.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A recently rebuilt board of directors for the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Bradley County says efforts to overhaul its animal shelter operations are on track.

Republican U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and challenger Mary Headrick shared a stage for the first time Thursday, along with three other candidates seeking state or federal office.

For former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, the vote on Amendment 2 is simple — “Yes.”

NASHVILLE — Democrat Lenda Sherrell's first TV ad in Tennessee's 4th Congressional District race never mentions her opponent, Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, but the South Pittsburg physician looms large in it nonetheless.

JASPER, Tenn. — After several public discussions about lowering Marion County's property tax rate, county leaders have chosen to keep it at its current level.

A divided City Council resorted to name calling Tuesday over whether to restructure its staff and ask employees to reapply for their jobs. And those in favor of the plan were called "yahoos," "cowards" and part of a plot to fire the staff.

NASHVILLE -- Republican Marc Gravitt of East Ridge was officially sworn in Tuesday as the new state representative of House District 30.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — An attempt to dismiss a complaint filed by the Bradley County School System against the city of Cleveland in regard to an estimated $800,000 in disputed liquor tax revenues recently was denied in Chancery Court.

Voters in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District will get to see their congressional candidates debate after all.

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