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Andrew Pantazi

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Midday sun comes through the windows of the Brunners’ family home on a back street in Clifton Hills, and the harsh glare hides a lot. It covers the signs of poverty. The cracks in the linoleum floor, trash on shelves, the streaks of dirt on the walls, the signs of want that alone are obstacle enough, but here aren’t even the worst thing.

Before Father Time descended the steps, the saxophonists at the Creative Discovery Museum started playing "Auld Lang Syne" as hundreds of children tried to play along on their kazoos.

Hamilton County property owners ponied up about $1 million in property taxes Saturday to make the deadline for a credit on their 2011 income taxes.

The music stopped, then started, then stopped again, and the all-white dance group looked at each other with confused looks on their faces.

A Sweetwater, Tenn., police detective accused of beating his wife has been suspended for 30 days.

A Dalton, Ga., man whose truck resembled one seen at a burglarized chemical plant has been charged in connection with nine burglaries, most committed in the last month.

On Christmas Eve, just before 1 a.m., a Middle Valley man ran to his neighbors’ house, calling for help. He was dripping blood and holding a rag to his head.

Rain-slicked roads during Wednesday’s morning commute caused 16 accidents on Interstates 75 and 24.

A woman who died Tuesday in a New Jersey plane crash was a member of the Payne-Howell family, associated with the T.H. Payne Co., Chattanooga's oldest retailer.

When it rained, Sonia Acosta's car would slide across the road and she'd cry out prayers.

When the problems pile up, when the rent is overdue, when a family is doing everything it can to stay together, the Neediest Cases fund serves as a last resort.

After writing poems for a school project, 40 eighth-grade students at Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts listened to local poet Mary Ellen Ciganovich talk about her life and poetry.

At a Christmas party for seniors, Gradie Carter bobbed her head forward and back, shifted her weight foot-to-foot and clapped her hands, all to the rhythm of R&B singer Luther Vandross.

As the Howard School of Academics and Technology marching band made its way down Market Street, Shaniah Jones sat on her grandfather's shoulders and bobbed her head from side to side.

After being told that the club could lose its licenses to sell beer and liquor, the 807 Fire and Ice club has been closed several nights this week.

A local judge has been issued a public reprimand by Tennessee Court of the Judiciary after the court determined he twice violated judicial ethics.

Christmas, perhaps more than any other holiday, relies on senses.

A 19-year-old facing charges in the slaying of a 46-year-old Harrison man recently wrote on Facebook that: "I think I'm too nice of a person to everybody."

Rain should continue to drizzle in Hamilton County today, then couple with colder temperatures.

A man walked into a building off Bonny Oaks Drive, turned in his driver’s license, took off his fake Ray-Ban Wayfarer eyeglasses and New York Yankees ball cap and had his picture taken.

She started as a guard at Silverdale Detention Facility in Chattanooga, then became a mall cop at Hamilton Place.

A woman was found burned and dead inside a smoldering car in Summerville, Ga., Friday, authorities said.

Howard School of Academics and Technology will not be shut down, turned into a charter school or taken over by the state. And if the school improves its test scores enough, it won’t get money either.

A Trion, Ga., woman has been charged with 109 criminal charges.

The Erlanger board of trustees on Tuesday unanimously approved Charlesetta Woodard-Thompson, the chief operating officer of the hospital, as the temporary president and CEO.

Onstage, the president of Erlanger hospital talked about 50 percent survival rates and miracles. Offstage, Betsy Taylor, president of the charitable Erlanger Health System Foundations, wiped her eyes.

Standing on her front porch, 55-year-old Brenda Slater talks about foundations and what it takes to raise three grandchildren on her own.

Children sang, college students sipped hot chocolate and parents pointed at glowing boats Friday night at the Lighted Boat Parade near Ross's Landing.

The only meat in Keith Poe's freezer is eight palm-sized packs of frozen venison from a doe his son shot and a turkey somebody gave him.

A Grundy County man suffering from schizophrenia has been missing since Nov. 4, his family says.

In the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga, crowds of boys and girls drank hot apple cider and danced in snow all Saturday afternoon.

A fire at 828 Bacon Trail in East Ridge has damaged at least eight units in a condominium complex.

Mark Melville and Lauren Filter planned the day for months. They'd get married Monday at the same spot as Melville's mother and stepfather, by the same pastor, underneath the same knotted tree on the lawn of the Hamilton County Courthouse. And they'd do it on what would've been Melville's grandfather's 96th birthday.

On Tuesday, a baker, a college student, a home-schooling mom, a homeless man waiting to hear from a job and a data analyst packed up the supplies they’d gathered for eight days and moved to the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn.

Students outside Gordon Lee High School laid down flowers Thursday and remembered Jordan Queen's goofy smile.

Diabetes is not a subject that many people want to discuss.

TRENTON, Ga. — Voters here chose Anthony Emanuel as their next mayor in a not-so-close race that featured experienced political candidates. Emanuel, a former mayor of the city, beat incumbent Barton Harris and Tommy Lowery to win a four-year term.

Voters here chose Anthony Emanuel as their next mayor in a not-so-close race today that featured experienced political candidates.

Occupy Chattanooga protesters packed up their things and moved to the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn tonight.

Last year, they beat the Texas Crew by more than two seconds. The year before, Jacksonville University's championship eight-man rowing team beat Georgia Tech's crew team by five seconds.

At Rossville Middle School, the men and women stood up, put their hands over their hearts as the referee unfurled an American flag and an instrumental version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” played over the gym’s speakers.

Occupy Chattanooga has found a home -- for now.

An hour after choosing to legally protest on the sidewalks in front of the Hamilton County Courthouse, two members of the Occupy Chattanooga movement announced they were willing to get arrested in an act of civil disobedience.

Occupy Chattanooga, after hours of deliberation and meetings with city and police officials, decided not to get arrested — at least for now. Members of the protest group made the decision Tuesday night to begin legally occupying the sidewalks surrounding the Hamilton County Courthouse building instead of the original plan to camp in Ross’s Landing.

The Occupy Chattanooga movement plans to ask Chattanooga's City Council for permits to camp and protest.

Wearing a "Chucky" mask and standing behind an American flag, a man on stage at Miller Park on Saturday pretended he was U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, accepting fake dollar bills while saying America must forgive corporations. ("Corporations are people, too," the man reasoned.)

Before the Dalton-Southeast Whitfield high school football game ended with Dalton winning 35-0 Friday night, the already intense crosstown rivalry had escalated.

The Erlanger Health System board of trustees unanimously authorized the sale of nearly two acres of land to the Plastic Surgery Group on Thursday night.

An empty lot in Ringgold was filled Saturday with 31 pallets stacked five feet high of shampoos, candy, Clif bars, blankets and seemingly random household goods.

Walking past the Hunter Museum of American Art on Thursday, Matt Grizzle and Tabitha Allen, bundled in coats, were headed for a cup of hot coffee.

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