Clint Cooper found his way into journalism by way of Engel Stadium.
Chattanooga is at the center of attention once again.
Stuck in car for 18 hours. Having to sleep at Home Depot. Children stranded overnight at school.
It's a reporter's job to dig it out when something isn't happening the way it should. Joy Lukachick did just that when she reported last year on problems at Hays State Prison -- cell doors that didn't lock; prisoners with smuggled cellphones and homemade weapons.
It’s impossible to predict the news. But one thing you can bet on in 2014: there’ll be plenty of bare-knuckles politics to cover.
At first, I wasn't sure we should let two reporters spend day and night in the most violent pockets of the city.
It’s the time of year when jingle bells are ringing and trees are draped in tinsel.
For 99 years, the Chattanooga Times Free Press has raised money during the holidays to help the neediest in our community.
On Nov. 5, the Times Free Press published a front-page story about the arrests of 32 men charged with gun and drug crimes after a four-year local and federal investigation. Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd called the suspects the "worst of the worst" in Chattanooga's criminals.
Johnny Cash, Girl Scouts, the War of 1812, modern American art and the Chinese New Year.
One of the biggest challenges that newspapers face is how to attract new readers with new content without alienating longtime, loyal readers. In other words, how to introduce change.
Rats, mice, snakes, dogs and more rats.
The headlines screamed from websites and the pages of newspapers last week: "FBI: Tennessee most dangerous US state." "TN has nation's highest violent crime rate." "The most dangerous U.S. state is ... Tennessee?"
In newsrooms, you'll often hear the term "real people," as in: "Let's find some real people for this story."
The Hamilton County Commission last week took a step toward openness and transparency.
Like it or not, America’s health care overhaul is here.
In the autumn of 1863, Chattanooga was a small river town.
It’s a question every local paper must answer: What stories get front-page real estate?
Every day, the journalists who work in the Times Free Press newsroom crank out stories and photos.
Are you ready for some football?
In the past few days, many Times Free Press readers have expressed fear that the newspaper is abandoning its conservative editorial page.
Depending on which side of the political fence you stand, the phrases “Obama Nation” and “Obamination” are probably familiar to you.
Chattanooga will get air time on national news networks Tuesday when President Barak Obama visits the Amazon plant here.
Last week, a runaway oil train in Canada killed 50 people. Egypt ousted then imprisoned its president, triggering days of bloody unrest. Rain left South Pittsburg caked in mud.
An editor years ago told me about a training exercise he'd done with reporters: He'd throw a dart at a phonebook, and the reporter would have to track down the person whose name the dart hit and write a story about him.
What do the Red Girl and the Blue Rhino have in common?
Last Sunday, I wrote about free speech. This past week, the issue of free speech remained the buzzing conversation in our area.
On the surface, defending free speech seems noble and necessary. But when you get down to it, it's a task that can be distasteful, no matter how strongly you believe in it.
It’s June and getting warmer and stickier. That can only mean one thing: It’s the time of year when music fans mob Tennessee.
The bicycles take over this weekend, and cars will have to take a backseat (or, more accurately, a back road).
There was good news and bad news for members of the media this week.
You can never tell what kind of stories will get readers talking.
A former colleague once described Pam Sohn as being tougher than woodpecker lips.
It would be nice if, instead of paying for a can of Coke, the Coca-Cola Co. simply gave it away for free.
Tennessee lawmakers say a bill they passed last week will protect animals from abuse.
Let's take the new members of the Chattanooga City Council at their word.
It’s spring and time for America’s favorite pastime. So it’s fitting that the Chattanooga region is abuzz with talk about the film “42.”
No one gets into journalism to get rich or to have a relaxing career.
It goes without saying that the pope is important. He oversees a flock of 1.2 billion Catholics worldwide, and a quarter of Americans are Catholic.
A 16-year-old killed on the street.
Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Beck last week questioned the Times Free Press’ decision to publish Sheriff Jim Hammond’s comments that he’s seen more fear of crime in the past three years, in part, because we have a black president.
Q: Who do government officials work for?
People are dying in custody in Tennessee and Georgia and for months the Times Free Press and other newspapers have been trying to answer the most basic question: Why?
It’s ironic that Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Paul Smith said at a recent meeting that he was pleased the press wasn’t there so party members could talk privately about sensitive issues and avoid “a big brouhaha.”
At a time when many newspapers are scaling back coverage and closing bureaus, the Times Free Press is doing something to buck the trend.
People lie; records don’t. That’s the advice a veteran newshound gave me when I was a young reporter.
For years, the Times Free Press published obituaries in four categories: Hamilton County, Tennessee, Georgia and Other Areas.
Political fights for the presidency and plunging over the fiscal cliff may be in our nation’s rearview mirror. But locally, things are about to heat up when City of Chattanooga voters elect a new mayor and council members in March.
We’re coming up on the publication of our annual list of people, places and things to watch in the new year, and we need your help.
Since it’s the time of year for wish-lists, it seems appropriate to put on a red cap and play a little Santa Claus.