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Ellis Smith

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Chattanooga's recovering housing economy suffered a relapse in 2013, with growth leveling off to an anemic 1.7 percent rise in new home starts on the heels of an impressive 28 percent jump in new home construction for 2012.

The plan to manufacture Chattanooga Whiskey here in the Scenic City has suffered another delay.

Gunfire crackled through Lookout Valley, the sharp reports bouncing up Elder Mountain as the sound waves echoed through schools, neighborhoods and churches surrounding the 86-acre Firemen and Policemen Outing Club.

Federal regulators and Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper will meet with the public, payday lending officials and consumer advocates in Nashville today as part of a push to further regulate the payday lending industry and cut back on so-called "debt traps" that mire consumers in a cycle of poverty.

In the TV series "Lost," the Lamp Post was a secret facility used to help find a mysterious island.

Brace for a big jump in the use of words like "committee," "task force" and "action plan."

Chattanooga's fastest-growing business of the past decade will combine with an even faster-growing rival to create one of America's biggest freight and truck management services with sales expected to top $2 billion this year.

Access America isn’t like most flashy startups. Sure, almost no one wears suits, and yes, 35-year-old co-founder Allan Davis sports a company tattoo, and it’s true that employees throw footballs and do push-ups in the office.

Developers will pursue an 18-acre mixed-use development on Riverside Drive, filling the husk of a 300,000-square-foot metalworking plant that dates back to 1947, officials said Friday.

The death of former foundry king Gordon Street Jr., 75, on Thursday morning severed one of Chattanooga's last links to its past as the Dynamo of Dixie.

Chattanooga officials want to free the city's data from the traditional bureaucratic bonds of closed government and grant regular citizens open access to the huge amounts of information stored by city agencies, according to a draft resolution released Thursday.

Chattanooga investment group Blank Slate Ventures has made its largest-ever investment in an early-stage company.

Kenco Group on Tuesday appointed the first nonfamily chief executive to run the sprawling logistics and warehousing enterprise.

The engine of the Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme continued to belch fumes as Mary Jane Rogers rolled down the window.

A jury found two brothers guilty of using insider information to make an illicit $50,000 profit on the stock market in at least the eighth insider trading prosecution related to the 2010 purchase of a Chattanooga company by a French pharmaceutical giant.

Mohawk Industries, the world's largest flooring manufacturer and biggest tile manufacturer in North America, will build a $180 million ceramic tile plant in Dickson County, Tenn., to meet growing demand for hard surfaces here in the U.S.

Nearly every student will take the ACT at some point in their educational odyssey.

When the weather warms up, so, too, will the U.S. economy.

Executives worried about data security are driving a spike in demand for skilled number crunchers who are well-versed in technology, according to a Chattanooga-based firm.

The newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau took its first public action against the for-profit education industry with a lawsuit against ITT Educational Services for what investigators called "predatory lending."

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has sued nationwide for-profit college chain ITT Educational Services for predatory lending, according to a news release.

A decrepit block of bedraggled buildings across from the Chattanooga Choo Choo will see the first new tenant in more than 30 years, as a trio of property owners prepare to restore the a high-visibility segment of Market Street to its former glory.

Gary Griffith Cycle is set to double its showroom space with a coming expansion that will add bikes from Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM, known for its high-end, offroad machines.

Victims have grown numb to the slow drip of justice in the Jack Brown Ponzi scheme case.

U.S. Attorney Bill Killian has charged Janet Brown, wife of apparent Ponzi schemer Jack Brown, with concealing $25,000 in jewelry from the court and lying about it under oath.

The Dixie Group powered back from the nagging recession with an $8.6 million operating profit during the full year, up from $1.8 million in earnings for 2012, the company reported on Wednesday.

The Delta Queen is dead in the water, its bar closed, its decks manned by plumbers and carpenters who are working against time as the clock ticks down toward the boat's last month in Chattanooga.

National fishing and hunting powerhouse Cabela's has set its sights on Fort Oglethorpe, where a new 70,000-square-foot superstore planned for the Cloud Springs Road exit off I-75 could begin to rise from the earth as early as this summer.

A new marriage between Chattanooga’s universities and Taiwan’s National Pingtung Institute of Commerce could open a three-year exchange program between the two schools that potentially would add jobs and boost tourism in the Chattanooga area.

Two flooring manufacturers will combine 250 years of experience to conquer the hotel market, as part of a joint venture unveiled Monday.

City planners are working on a public-private partnership to inject new life into Chattanooga's center city with an ambitious multi-million dollar road map to boost parking, build apartments and bolster pedestrian access.

It was a Thursday, a cold day, a work day, and the engineer responsible for a train full of industrial supplies on its way through Sale Creek leaned on the horn of his massive locomotive.

At one time, watching the Olympics meant tuning into a single over-the-air channel and depending on media companies to choose which events were fit to broadcast.

Unum Group offered no surprises on Tuesday in its fourth quarter financial report, as Chattanooga's biggest company revealed that it had met Wall Street analysts' best guess for its net income of 84 cents per share.

The operator of Chattanooga’s public bike sharing program is switching kiosk suppliers from the financially-troubled Public Bicycle System Company to 8D Technologies.

Real Estate Partners has settled a lawsuit in which former partner Gina Sakich alleged that secret company retreats, backroom dealings and accounting misappropriations by the firm's other partners were part of a plot to prevent her from selling her share in the business.

Shhhh. Hear that noise? That's the sound of raccoons, squirrels and rats playing hide-and-squeak in the crawl spaces, attics and walls of homes across the Chattanooga area, fleeing frigid temperatures.

Beretta USA Corp., maker of the M-9 pistol for U.S. armed forces, will build a firearms plant in Tennessee, following through on a promise it made to seek out a more gun-friendly state for its manufacturing operations.

Political delays, a confused vision and repeated inaction were behind a fruitless two-year attempt to sell the Harriet Tubman public housing complex, documents and interviews suggest.

Vinyl flooring is booming in Dalton, Ga.

Blink, and you could miss it.

The primary supplier for Bike Chattanooga has declared bankruptcy, adding uncertainty to the program's problem-plagued launch.

First Horizon National Corp., the parent company for First Tennessee Bank, fought economic and regulatory headwinds in 2013 to come out ahead, earning $23.5 million, or 10 cents per diluted share in 2013, compared to a loss of $27.8 million, or 11 cents per share in 2012.

Chattanooga-based Southtree has added a second location in Chattanooga, part of an non-stop expansion for the growing company that continually added more staff and space since its founding in 2001.

Stoic, staid power distributers aren’t known for their cutting-edge music acts. But Chattanooga’s city-owned utility has broken the mold, nabbing two Emmy nominations for a cross-country duet made possible by EPB’s citywide gigabit Internet installation.

When Chattanooga businessman Lex Tarumianz agreed to pump $100,000 from the Blank Slate Ventures fund into a startup, online restaurant reservation firm known as Quickcue, the business was still developing its technology and yet to turn a profit.

Chattanooga-based Craftworks Restaurants & Breweries has hired turnaround wizard Srinivas Kumar to lift the company's fortunes and boost profitability at a time when the casual dining market is under pressure.

Hundreds of homeowners across the Scenic City awoke this week to the horrifying sound of thousands of gallons of water gushing unhindered into their house, as thawing temperatures melted the ice that was holding broken plumbing together.

A nationally-acclaimed town planner is poised to help St. Elmo create a link between the historic hamlet's downtown district and Chattanooga's Riverwalk.

The NODE is an answer to life's nagging questions: What's that smell? What color paint is on my wall? How hot is this coffee?

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