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Ellis Smith

Stories by Ellis

The wood frame of the Delta Queen steamboat creaks and groans as the old lady tugs passively against her moorings.

When it rains, it pours raw sewage into the Tennessee River.

Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, though stung by the loss of $200,000 in city funding, is set to reclaim its role as a provider of low-cost rental housing with the ultimate goal of improving living conditions for 2,000 Scenic City families by 2017.

The broadcast TV networks owned by Chattanooga multimillionaires Henry Luken and Forrest Preston could go to the highest bidder following a legal setback in in Arkansas, as the entrepreneur prepares to appeal his case before a federal appellate court.

A fresh group of venture capitalists are poised to explode onto Chattanooga's budding entrepreneurial scene, seeding millions of dollars across a portfolio of 10 to 15 new businesses and challenging existing investors in what could become a competition for talent.

Payday lending pioneer Allan Jones has secured permission from a bankruptcy judge to buy the oldest suitmaker in the U.S. for $1.9 million, in a deal designed to save Cleveland, Tenn.-based Hardwick Clothes from its mounting debts.

Cleveland's wealthiest businessman buys America's oldest suitmaker

Payday lender Allen Jones to buy Hardwick Clothes

Cleveland’s wealthiest businessman will buy the oldest suitmaker in the U.S. for $1.9 million, following tense negotiations with the Hardwick family and an abrupt exit by a competing bidder.

Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of college and created billion-dollar businesses.

Wade Hinton grew up in Chattanooga, but he couldn't wait to flee, counting the days until he completed high school, he told a packed room of scientists, CEOs and municipal officials Wednesday at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Chattanooga is a great place to be an auditor. The Scenic City has fast Internet, cheap office space and more than enough work to go around.

EPB announced today that it will hire accounting firm Maulden and Jenkins to audit its operations amid questions about the accuracy of the utility’s streetlight bills to taxpayers.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has moved to get ahead of an ongoing investigation by city auditor Stan Sewell into billing mistakes at city-owned EPB, pushing the utility to publicly release the information sought by the city's internal watchdog.

Embedded: Taking Lunch to the streets

Muenster Truck delivers the cheese

Next time you stop by a food truck and enjoy a delicious mobile treat, don’t forget about the people who created your to-go delicacy.

Lillian Colby, a teacher at Thrasher Elementary School, left behind a surprise after she died in 2010: a $5 million foundation.

Say goodbye to Enzo’s Market. The Southside grocery store will disappear after June 7.

Two of the city's biggest programs won't have independent oversight assigned to review their performance next year.

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau ripped into the largest real estate firm in Alabama on Wednesday amid allegations that the company gave illegal kickbacks to a sister business.

Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United, the Birmingham-based bottling giant that controls the Chattanooga market for Coke's flavored fizz, has closed a deal to expand the Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Co.'s territory by 40 percent, creating the newly formed Tennessee Valley Division of Coke United.

The Hardy Boys would name it "The Mystery of the Misplaced Light Bulbs: A Municipal Adventure."

Cameron Rogers made the leap to Chattanooga from New Brunswick, a small province on Canada's Atlantic coast, to pursue her dream job.

Bank customers will get a reprieve from the current weekslong delay in receiving customized debit cards, if a new technology introduced by First Tennessee Bank takes hold in the Chattanooga market.

A group of private investors led by former Hamilton County Mayor Claude Ramsey has purchased the endangered Fleetwood Coffee Building for $3.5 million, with plans to transform the 45,000-square-foot warehouse into a mixed-use development.

Verizon is doubling 4G LTE speeds for many customers in most Tennessee markets, including Chattanooga and Cleveland, as it unveils an upgraded cellular network built using a chunk of wireless spectrum it bought in 2012.

A rainy reception kicked off Chattanooga's GigTank on Wednesday, the beginning of a chance for 11 entrepreneurs to create new companies during an intensive 12-week business boot camp.

There’s finally an end in sight to the city’s streetlight fight, as administration officials hit a self-imposed May 10 deadline to resolve the impasse over Chattanooga’s $24 million streetlight replacement program.

Nearly a dozen Chattanooga businesses and nonprofits won recognition on Thursday from their peers in the corporate community as part of the Better Business Bureau's annual Torch Awards.

EPB on Wednesday unveiled a new $3.5 million war room and distribution center at the rear of its sprawling complex at the corner of Oak and Greenwood streets.

Chattanoga-based Unum Group continued to rake in profits during the first quarter, beating analyst expectations by 3 cents per share.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian has indicted a Chattanooga man accused of operating a landscaping business that functioned as a front for a two-year international money-laundering operation that netted $90,000 in illegal funds.

You learn to ignore the rusty rails that snake through the heart of Chattanooga, a city at once defined and confined by its choo-choo heritage.

River City Co. released the latest and largest in a series of plans to bolster downtown housing this week, hyping an ambitious proposal to build as many as 77 apartments on the blighted 700 block of Market Street.

The Dixie Group fought through an expensive first quarter marred by severe weather and a complicated acquisition to beat Wall Street earnings estimates by 12 cents per share, the company reported.

When kings of yore returned victorious from battle, they would strip off their armor, settle into a great room and call for grog, dancing girls and slain beasts to be brought forth.

The City Council on Tuesday brushed off warnings that city-owned utility EPB may have overbilled Chattanooga taxpayers for millions of dollars in electricity that was never consumed.

Comcast is preparing to abandon the competitive Chattanooga market under a three-way deal the cable giant has struck with rival Charter Communications, if a plan to purchase Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators.

In the first strike of a campaign to uplift Chattanooga's center city district, River City Co. has purchased the historic Ross Hotel with plans to convert the abandoned building into as many as 20 middle-class apartments.

Keith Sanford is the type of man who knows how to fit $10,000 in each pocket if he needs to transport some cash.

Capital Toyota will nearly double in size by the end of May, as Tennessee's original Toyota dealer gasses up a growth plan that could drive it to the top of the podium as the Scenic City's volume dealer.

Chattanooga Auditor Stan Sewell released a report late Friday that fingered EPB for the spiraling cost of the city's streetlight replacement project, bolstering the case of Global Green Lighting in its feud with the city-owned utility.

The founders of Chattanooga Whiskey are quietly prepping the May launch of Freedom Moonshine, an unaged rye whiskey that will compete with established conglomerates and backwoods bootleggers alike.

The life of Stanley R. "Randy" Tucker ended Monday when his car swerved left off Interstate 75, hit an embankment and rolled. He was pronounced dead at SkyRidge Medical Center.

Chattanooga's biggest bank cut costs and boosted profits in the first quarter, beating Wall Street estimates by 4 cents per share.

This year, an estimated 11 million people will scrawl a phone number on a “for sale” sign and tape it to the back window of an unloved automobile, with hopes to make more from the sale than they would from selling their car to an auto dealer.

Tennessee American Water customers will start to see more frequent and less noticeable rate adjustments in coming years after the utility on Monday was awarded the ability to raise and lower water rates automatically when its costs change.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann held the red ribbon tight so Don Lepard could make a clean cut with an unwieldy pair of extra-large scissors.

Elder Grifton Glenn Jr., patriarch of a family that built, acquired and operated 17 Ace Hardware locations in Chattanooga, North Georgia and Knoxville, died Friday at his home. He was 86.

The Fortwood Center, Tennessee's oldest mental health clinic, today will mark its first full year under new ownership, touting expanded services and a new executive director as the facility prepares to embark on its 66th year in Chattanooga.

The first phase of flooring magnate Bob Shaw's 2.4-million-square-foot carpet mill in Carbondale, Ga., will come to life in June, completing the initial step toward construction of what Shaw says could one day be the largest carpet plant in the world, and one of the largest single manufacturing buildings of any type under the sun.

Chattanooga's history as a gritty city populated by daring entrepreneurs who bent steel and and built banks was written by businessmen like Harry S. Probasco and Jim Steffner.

A battle is raging over the keys to the kingdom at one of America's biggest logistics companies, after a sibling rivalry boiled over into the court system and tore a family apart.

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