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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?

Chattanooga-based Variable Inc. took home top honors at the biggest consumer electronics show in the world.

Jim Weigert, Comcast's vice president and general manager for the past three years, has left the company as part of a reorganization, a spokesman said Wednesday.

A Chattanooga company on Tuesday unveiled a new medical device at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that zaps back agony with electrical impulses.

Flooring powerhouse Shaw Industries surprised analysts on Monday with an announcement that the company will exit the $2 billion area rug business and bolster its domestic presence in the luxury vinyl tile market.

Weather watchers are warning that Chattanooga temperatures won't rise above freezing from Sunday night until Wednesday morning, a reminder for homeowners, plumbers and retailers to brace for the inevitable crush of frozen faucets, broken pipes and icy toes.

The anonymous hackers who breached Target's data banks stole detailed financial data from nearly one in eight Americans over the shopping season, nearly all 40 million of whom are still reeling from the fallout.

Doctor shortages and health care changes aside, some of Erlanger's staff are fretting that a new hospital food service contract could force them to give up their post-surgery cinnamon dolce latte, grilled chicken cool wrap or philly cheesesteak.

Payday lender and philanthropist Carey V. Brown's business suffered a mortal blow at the hands of financial regulators, but he has no plans to abandon his career as an entrepreneur, nor has he dropped his dream to give away millions of dollars to save souls overseas.

The Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commission is taking a wait-and-see approach in response to allegations that Chattanooga-based Southern Honda Powersports sold hundreds of dangerously flawed motorcycles between 2007 and 2012.

There are two certainties for nonprofit that rely on charitable to fund their operations: Christmas and taxes.

What happens when Santa gets it wrong?

The McCallie School has found an uncommon way to eliminate the crime and blight surrounding it on several sides: Buy the neighborhood.

Tennessee’s lawmakers and lobbyists are gearing up for a booze battle in 2014 that could determine whether or not grocery stores can legally sell wine in the Volunteer State.

A white envelope tucked between the Christmas cards and the holiday gifts in December brought not good tidings and great joy, but news of rate increases that will affect most cable and DSL customers in Chattanooga.

OpenTable has bought Chattanooga startup Quickcue for $11.5 million in cash from investors Blank Slate Ventures and Chattanooga Renaissance Fund.

Tennessee American Water has closed a deal to buy the City of Whitwell's water system for $1.5 million, picking up 2,800 new customers in Marion and Sequatchie Counties to join more than 350,000 in Tennessee and North Georgia already receiving service from the privately-held water company.

OpenTable announced today that it has bought Chattanooga startup Quickcue from its founders and investor Lex Tarumianz for $11.5 million in cash.

A series of wins by Chattanooga Whiskey came to an end on Wednesday, as the distiller announced the cancellation of its New Year's Eve "Barrel Drop" in downtown Chattanooga.

Chattanooga Whiskey has canceled its New Year’s Eve “Barrel Drop,” which would have been the city’s first-ever celebration in the vein of New York’s Ball Drop or Atlanta’s Peach Drop.

A group of about 35 organized labor supporters gathered on Thursday in a public park to attack critics' efforts to sidetrack the United Auto Workers' ongoing campaign to organize the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant.

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