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WASHINGTON — By now, everyone who's anyone in Hamilton County knows the school system's biggest 21st-century resurrection.

Pressure mounted on Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Paul Smith this week as another inconsistency emerged in his account of rental expenses at party headquarters.

ALTAMONT, Tenn. — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais on Wednesday presented an American flag to the family of a Korean War veteran whose remains were returned to Grundy County 62 years after he went missing in action.

The Hamilton County Democratic Party said Monday that it "technically" ran afoul of its open meetings policy five hours after putting out a statement that said it followed the rules.

Newly elected Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Tony Sanders thinks the party isn't doing enough to attract younger people.

The Hamilton County Republican Party on Saturday elected Tony Sanders to a two-year term as chairman.

Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Paul Smith barred reporters from attending the party's monthly board meeting Thursday, violating a national bylaw that promotes transparency.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker lived up to his reputation as a moderate Republican on Wednesday, probing but not slamming Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing over last year's attacks in Benghazi, Libya.

As the new top Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Sen. Bob Corker wants an immediate “top-to-bottom review” of the State Department.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander took his spot on the dais in Washington, D.C., Monday, celebrating the peaceful reaffirmation of "immense power" and urging Americans of all persuasions to "find the good and praise it."

A stream of political ammunition from the pro-gun lobby accompanies — and perhaps informs — local congressional lawmakers' resistance to changing weapons policy in the wake of several mass shootings in America.

U.S. Reps. Scott DesJarlais, Chuck Fleischmann and Tom Graves collectively raised more than $30,000 from New York and New Jersey residents during their 2012 re-election campaigns.

One Tennessee Republican lawmaker says he's ready to blitz the violent video game industry. Another wants the president to tackle mental health. Mention guns, though, and they bolt.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann has landed a spot on a crucial panel for Tennessee's 3rd District.

A prominent conservative blog and a well-financed family values group are calling for U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais' ouster, adding to the national voices wanting new representation in Tennessee's 4th District.

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais made waves this year when he was one of 67 House Republicans to vote against $9.7 billion in federal aid for Hurricane Sandy victims.

Chip Saltsman may have left U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's staff on New Year's Day, but certain benefits still may be flowing his way.

Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment — "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican" — apparently doesn't apply to the Tennessee Republican Party.

It's been said that U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann owes everything to House Speaker John Boehner.

Not even Todd Gardenhire knew when he became Sen. Todd Gardenhire.

Despite stalled negotiations over the "fiscal cliff," U.S. Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker predicted Friday that "almost all Americans" won't see an increase in their federal income taxes.

Hamilton County Republican Party Chairman Marty Von Schaaf said Wednesday he won't seek a second term when the party elects new officers early next year.

A new report involving U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., calls Alzheimer's disease "one of the leading public health challenges we face in the 21st century."

Some Republicans are questioning Speaker John Boehner's leadership skills and negotiating ability, but the Ohio lawmaker has three dependable allies in the Tennessee Valley.

Nearly two years ahead of 2014 congressional elections, campaign donors are defecting from U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn.

Blaming video games, movies and the media for last week's mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, an NRA leader wants Congress "to appropriate whatever is necessary to put armed police officers in every school in this nation."

It looks increasingly like U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais is in store for a long and hard 2014 campaign, the latest evidence being a fellow Republican who on Thursday said he’s testing the waters to challenge the embattled Jasper physician.

Chip Saltsman's upcoming departure sets off a reshuffle in U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's office.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn. — whose 2008 re-election campaign collected $9,900 from the NRA — partially blamed "violent video games and movies" rather than guns for Friday's massacre of 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school.

Coca-Cola, FedEx and Lockheed Martin were among the corporations that financed U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais' re-election campaign after revelations that he slept with a patient and pressured her to have an abortion.

Chip Saltsman's imminent departure as U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's top aide transforms the Chattanooga congressman's inner circle, leaving the Republican lawmaker without his bluntest political weapon.

Chip Saltsman, chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, will be departing the congressman’s office Jan. 1, Fleischmann’s office said today.

Tennessee voters recently re-elected a GOP senator and seven Republican House members, but a new Vanderbilt University poll shows everyone is out of sync on key "fiscal cliff" issues.

Despite regular broadsides against expanding the role of the federal government, Tennessee Republicans in Congress aren't criticizing Gov. Bill Haslam for ceding more control over health care to Uncle Sam.

The latest set of health rankings won't surprise anyone expecting Southern-fried numbers.

Three neighborhood leaders close to City Councilman Andraé McGary say he's likely to announce he's running for re-election in District 8.

Tennessee's top House Republican doesn't think Uncle Sam is prepared to run a statewide health exchange, but he'd rather "the feds" implement the program than the state.

A perennial penny pincher when it comes to policy, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann says he's "thankfully overwhelmed" about his new role helping to control the federal government's purse strings.

Local Democrats on Monday attacked U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, challenging Chattanooga's Republican congressman to forget about Grover Norquist's anti-tax pledge.

Political action committees connected to the health industry gave a combined $71,000 to U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais’ successful re-election effort.

NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., says God has "forgiven me" and asked "fellow Christians" and constituents "to consider doing the same."

The Tennessee Department of Health has acknowledged opening a "complaint file" against Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker broke with conservative orthodoxy on national television Monday, becoming the latest congressional Republican to disavow a popular pledge to oppose all tax increases.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., broke with conservative orthodoxy today, becoming one of a growing number of congressional Republicans willing to break a pledge to oppose tax increases.

County-level Republican Party leaders across the 4th Congressional District are split over supporting U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais if he seeks a third term in 2014.

When Weston Wamp steps outside his Lookout Valley home and looks west, he sees Elder Mountain on the horizon.

McCallie School graduate, onetime Chattanooga Times reporter, former Newsweek editor-in-chief and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Meacham traveled to the Scenic City on Tuesday to promote his new book.

Some Republican activists want an explanation from U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais as he approaches a week of silence on court records showing he supported his ex-wife's two abortions before declaring himself "a consistent supporter of pro-life values."

As U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais finished his third day without discussing the latest details to emerge from his personal life, top Tennessee Republicans deflected questions about whether he has stained his credibility as an anti-abortion advocate.

Statewide conservatives filled a void as elected Tennessee Republicans shied away from the latest on U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

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