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Ellis Smith

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Spectators hissed as Jason Brown started to blame his late father, apparent Ponzi schemer Jack E. Brown, for the entirety of the small-town meltdown that has left dozens of widows and retirees destitute.

The Chattanooga Whiskey saga took another turn Thursday, as company co-founders Joe Ledbetter and Tim Piersant unveiled a $6 million plan to build the Tennessee Stillhouse in the fortresslike John Ross building.

The son of late tax preparer and apparent Ponzi schemer Jack E. Brown apologized on his father's behalf to a group of creditors today, and claimed he had little to do with his father's ruinous financial dealings.

The three-story warehouse was too small to hold their dreams.

The Dixie Group soared back to pre-recession prosperity in the third quarter with a 37 percent jump in sales from the third quarter of 2012, as Americans' fondness for soft carpet and wool fibers returned with a vengeance.

Nashville may be the political center of Tennessee, but statistics released on the eve of Halloween show that the Scenic City takes the cake as the state's candy capital.

LifeKraze, the Chattanooga social media company based around healthy lifestyles that launched in 2011, is set to slim down its business model and change its name to Spire.

The Sweet Peppers Deli franchises in Chattanooga operated by father and son team Mitchell and Frank Bell are closing up shop this week, employees say.

As the Tennessee Valley Authority cranks up the 18-month processes to decide how it will generate power for the next 20 years, officials say renewable energy -- namely wind -- will play a big role.

A mild summer has forced EPB to make substantial cutbacks, and more good weather ahead could be bad news for the company's planned projects, executives of the city-owned power utility told their board on Friday.

Chattanooga-based TransCard has stepped up as the top sponsor of the Young Professionals Association of Chattanooga, the city's nonprofit leadership and development organization, YPAC said in a news release.

For decades, movie directors have dared to dream for years about the melding of man and machine in films like "Robocop," "Blade Runner" and "Battlestar Galactica."

The Federal Trade Commission has sued a handful of payday loan collection agencies for practices that the agency says are in violation of the law.

The Krystal Co. may be an Atlanta company now, but its Chattanooga heritage will live on in a museum hosted by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, CEO Doug Pendergast will announce today at a Rotary Club meeting.

Slawsa, the half-slaw, half-salsa invention championed by Chattanooga creator Julie Busha, will appear on ABC's "Shark Tank" on Nov. 15, as Busha pitches the brand to a panel of billionaire investors and a national television audience.

It's shaping up to be a solid year for the housing market, as home sales and new housing starts rose across the board in September.

The Industrial Development Board is set to give four years of tax breaks to WNA Chattanooga, known for years as American Plastics, as part of a $15.2 million expansion that will create 53 new jobs.

Southwire plans to expand in Carroll County, Ga., where it will add 375 jobs and invest $95 million at a time when the market for wire is spooling up, according to a news release.

A promising patent could allow Chattanooga-based Global Green Lighting to use city streetlights to power smart devices across the city, reducing the need for cell towers and other special mounts for video cameras, air quality sensors and Wi-Fi transmitters.

A Chattanooga startup is on the verge of winning a spot on Wal-Mart's virtual shelves, if online voters give it the thumbs up today in a contest against a cross-state rival.

A Chattanooga-area startup is facing the prospect of dramatic growth as part of Walmart’s effort to use Internet opinion to determine which promising new products will earn a place in its virtual shelves.

First Horizon Corp., parent company of First Tennessee, lost 45 cents per share in the third quarter, after the bank found out it may have to buy back bad mortgages it had sold to Fannie Mae in the years leading up to the financial crisis.

It's not every day you pay $40 for a meal and get an unexpected side order of sex.

It's nearly time for the lunch rush at Quick Cash Pawn Shop on Rossville Boulevard.

Businesses say they've been flummoxed by the federal government's shutdown of the E-Verify system, which is needed to confirm that new hires are legal citizens.

The massive meltdown that clobbered the housing market and crushed the U.S. economy can be traced, in part, to a little-understood part of the human body: our adrenal glands.

The average forklift operator, ditch digger or truck driver may not consider their position a "green job."

The government is shut down, the headlines say. But in reality, shutdown may be too strong a word.

Amid growing consumer unease at the mounting U.S. deficit, Nobel laureate Robert Lucas told a group of Chattanooga college students on Monday that the best way to fix the country’s debt problem is to reform skyrocketing entitlement spending.

In a bid to dodge the fierce legal battles that have defined its past double-digit rate hikes, Tennessee American Water is toning down its rate rhetoric this year as it seeks approval for a new framework that will automatically pass many costs onto customers without litigation.

Tennessee American Water has proposed raising residential rates an average of 24 cents per month, or a 1.1 percent increase, to raise $7.5 million in new capital for 2014.

A full repeal of the Affordable Care Act appears unlikely, but Republicans and Democrats could unite to roll back an unpopular 2.3 percent tax on medical devices, which has cut into profitability at a handful of Chattanooga-area businesses and pushed up costs for consumers.

Along Ringgold Road in East Ridge, there are nearly four payday lenders for every church. For each traditional bank along the corridor, a Times Free Press survey found almost five payday lenders, some of which include title-loan and check-cashing operations behind the same storefront.

Funeral speeches are supposed to include certain words. The deceased was a loving father. An adoring husband. At peace now.

Shaw Industries is vacuuming up talent in North Georgia for a new plant that will churn out carpet tile across the U.S., the company announced today.

Don't look for the big downtown Krystal sign to disappear anytime soon, at least not if Krystal has anything to say about it.

If you asked Link Christensen to describe his political beliefs a couple years ago, he'd say he was a liberal, a social activist and an Obamacare supporter.

EPB officials on Tuesday delivered a spirited defense of the utility's Smart Grid and fiber optics system at a City Council briefing, painting the digital legacy of EPB chief Harold DePriest as a world-leading system that has already delivered millions of dollars in benefits to the utility's 170,000 customers.

Carey V. Brown thought he was safe.

In a parallel to the 1970s-era battle over the legal right of Indian tribes to open casinos in contravention of state laws, a new generation of online payday lenders are now suing for the same type of immunity from state lending regulations, hoping to dodge rules limiting interest rates.

A handful of companies are working to blanket Chattanooga with Wi-Fi coverage, which could turn the Scenic City into a hot spot for professionals who'd rather work from a patio than a penthouse.

It was a reunion and a funeral and a celebration rolled into a social networking soiree on Tuesday, as hundreds of workers laid off last week from payday entrepreneur Carey V. Brown's Chattanooga companies came to Enzo's Market for one last beer together.

Minutes after Carey V. Brown's payday companies announced massive layoffs on Friday, Twitter lit up in response to the unexpected shutdowns that have cost Chattanooga 300 high-paying jobs.

There's a man wedged in a spiderweb of steel beams that are cobbled together like an upside-down Eiffel Tower.

Payday lender and philanthropist Carey V. Brown laid off most of his staff Friday, sending about 400 workers home, some with no severance.

The online payday lending conglomerate controlled by Carey V. Brown has laid off most of its staff following a report in the Times Free Press today that New York regulators had removed its ability to make what the state called “illegal” loans.

Chattanooga payday lender and philanthropist Carey V. Brown has been forced to shut his payday loan websites in the wake of a letter from New York regulators urging banks to choke off access for so-called "illegal lenders."

The big carpetmakers weren’t the only ones who suffered during a recession that saw shuttered plants and thousands of layoffs. Flooring retailers felt the pain, too, closing by the hundreds.

SUMMERVILLE, Ga. -- Mohawk Industries on Friday asked Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., to help stop regulations that would make energy more expensive at the flooring manufacturer's Summerville recycling center.

Fourth Meal, meet First Meal. Taco Bell has rolled out a heart-stopping Chattanooga breakfast that will compete directly with similar a.m. offerings from McDonald’s, Burger King and Subway if customers approve.

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