Local Politics

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.

Government watchdog Helen Burns Sharp spent more than $77,000, including tens of thousands of dollars out of her retirement account, fighting what she sees as a pattern of secret — and therefore illegal — decisions by a city board.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- Members of the Cleveland City Council want changes — and answers — pertaining to the city’s drug policy and related disciplinary procedures within the Cleveland Police Department that resulted in the firing of a 27­-year veteran of the force in mid-­August.

JASPER, Tenn. — City leaders have approved a change to North Pryor Cove Road, and now they're examining a similar situation elsewhere in Jasper.

For now, the joint city-county firing range on Moccasin Bend isn't going anywhere. But the Friends of Moccasin Bend are hopeful more discussion — and a lot of money — could change that.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — South Pittsburg City Administrator Sammy Burrows recently took a moment to address what he perceives as negativity directed toward the town’s leaders.

SOUTH PITTSBURG, Tenn. — While city leaders in South Pittsburg consider outlawing sagging pants, they're also moving to make it nearly impossible for adult-oriented businesses to set up inside the city limits.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Bradley County has been challenged by the recent death of a new board member and the shelter operations manager taking leave of absence.

After winning a hotly contested GOP primary, incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's campaign trail has been pretty quiet.

After months of public debate, private discussions and recent litigation for millions of dollars, the city's Electric Power Board concedes that it overbilled Chattanooga more than $1.2 million for its streetlight energy.

There's discord in the ranks at the Soddy-Daisy Police Department.

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