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In 2011, one of our business reporters, Ellis Smith, had a hunch and launched an investigation into a wealthy local man who Smith believed was operating companies as a front for an unlicensed Internet payday loan empire.
The news bulletin flickered on my screen and made the hair on my arms stand up.
In the nearly dozen years that I've worked at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, I've never seen so many of my newsroom colleagues receive journalism awards for the work they do.
The sheriff said the attack caused tearing and severe trauma. He said the teenager’s injuries were some of the worst he has ever seen.