Local Politics

A citywide initiative to build more sidewalks and bicycle lanes that is part of Mayor Andy Berke's plan to expand access to public transportation squeaked by the City Council on Tuesday night.

Ten months after taking office, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke signed a new agreement with the public services workers union that proponents say will offer employees a bigger voice in city affairs, though one city councilman expressed worries.

Every parent and student at East Ridge High School knows who Curtis D. Adams is. His name is on the arts building.

Barring an unlikely late campaign by a write-in candidate, the McMinn County, Tenn., mayor and sheriff's races will be decided on May 6 in the primary election.

The dispute between Hamilton County Schools and the city of Chattanooga over unpaid liquor taxes will now move to the court system.

A 25-year-old corrections officer is challenging a five-term incumbent for the Republican nod for the Hamilton County register of deeds post.

Backers of an effort to oust Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson have 19 days to collect 1,454 more signatures on a petition to force a recall of the first-term councilman.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Cleveland Planning Commission has recommended creating a special “Inman Street East Zoning District” as a way to encourage redevelopment of the city’s historic eastern gateway.

Candidates for county mayor and sheriff in Bledsoe County, Tenn., will lead the biggest contests on the local ballot in May when voters head for the polls to decide four contested county primaries.

Rhea County, Tenn., voters can look forward to an exciting election at the county level — in August.

Chattanooga Council Chairman Yusuf Hakeem wants to sack the city’s transportation director because the councilman believes he was called a “crook.”

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Bradley County Commission has agreed to pay $120,000 in previously distributed liquor tax revenues to the Bradley County and Cleveland school systems.

Two candidates for a court that has wide responsibilities but is rarely seen by the public will meet in the May primary.

City Council Chairman Yusuf Hakeem has threatened not to fund the city’s Transportation Department because he said transportation officials were opposed to funneling money into a private taxi company.

The two remaining candidates for an open judge seat in Hamilton County Circuit Court each bring decades of legal experience to the race.

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