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Jeff LaFave

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The presents have come, the stockings are down and the beloved once-green Christmas tree is now shedding needles like crazy.

The new year looks to be a year of change — including extra dimes and quarters — for University of Tennessee system employees.

She's the "bag lady." He's the number-cruncher.

Green isn't just the signature color of the beloved Christmas tree — it's also what Chattanooga's fir and spruce sellers stand to rake in after a largely successful 2013 growing season.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful — but not in the way you might expect in the days leading up to Christmas.

The Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc. has announced the acquisition of the Run to the Mill Cave Preserve, a 75.3-acre plot of land in southern Cumberland County.

There's no place like home for the holidays.

Chattanooga Police Department Sgt. Kevin Kincer has been placed on administrative leave without pay after crime evidence, including drugs, was reported missing Wednesday.

Chattanooga's outdoor fitness community won yet another gold medal this week.

There's no place like home for the holidays -- but what if home isn't available?

Reporters with national cable network C-SPAN are roaming the streets of Chattanooga through Thursday to document the city's personality.

Darth Vader, Buddy the Elf and The Grinch were in town last night. No damage was reported, but they all appeared to be in a cheerful mood as part of Chattanooga's annual Holiday Starlight Parade.

A month after students, an evangelist and police got into a widely publicized conflict at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the university's documented stance on organized free speech activity remains murky.

It was your just average moving day: Cardboard boxes. Packing tape. Anatomy posters. Dusty weight-room equipment. A 100-count package of sterile test tubes.

Collegedale police late tonight fired tear gas into a home on Prospect Church Road and arrested a man who had been in a standoff with officers since this afternoon.

Hunger in the United States knows no bounds. Nearly 50 million Americans face food insecurity on a daily basis, according to Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger-relief charity.

If your Tuesday night seemed a little shaky, you weren't alone.

Tracye Pool only needs 10 minutes of your time.

"Loud" isn't just the working name for Demetric Bush and Ashunti Garner's startup project. It's also how the audience reacted when the duo won first place in a high school competition.

Girls Preparatory School needed a leader who could make each year exemplary.

A man died Wednesday night after an altercation in the Bi-Lo parking lot in the 4500 block of Highway 58.

A man died Wednesday night after an altercation in the Bi-Lo parking lot on the 4500 block of Highway 58.

When it rains, it pours -- and sometimes, the house is threatening to fall apart, as well.

A house for sale on Signal Mountain is a total loss after a fire Tuesday night.

Dr. Phyllis Jean “Jan” Printz, who served Chattanooga through charity, classroom and community outreach, died at her home Friday at age 86.

Multiple police departments have confirmed that a shooting incident involving an officer took place just before 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

It's not just sweetness. It's a learning opportunity.

Christian Devlin, 16, has grown up in Erlanger Health System's operating rooms. He examines X-ray diagrams of the brain for fun and knows everyone behind the stroke unit's thick, gray double doors by name.

Most came for the reflective lights. Some for the holiday songs. Others, to bid one last hurrah to autumn and embrace the start of winter weather.

Area shoppers carved their turkeys, wolfed down some pie and immediately got in line, wallets in hand.

Where are all the hottest deals? Find it all here.

As the deadline to petition the Chattanooga City Council's domestic partner benefit ordinance inches closer, Mark West turned in enough signatures Wednesday afternoon to cross the halfway point.

Bradley Central High School teacher Richard Kyle Copeland, 33, surrendered to police Tuesday morning on charges stemming from allegations of inappropriate relationships with students while he was an assistant coach and teacher at the school.

The petition challenging Chattanooga's same-sex partner benefits is more than a third of the way complete.

The petition challenging Chattanooga's same-sex partner benefits is more than a third of the way complete.

Across Chattanooga, many pastors of large church congregations are asking their members to sign a petition that would force the City Council to either repeal the controversial domestic partner ordinance passed last week or put it on the August 2014 ballot.

The group of weary foot soldiers marched around the bend at Cravens House, trudging through fallen leaves and following their leader on a brisk, autumn evening.

Street preacher Angela Cummings has waded through Seattle rainstorms and yelled over partygoers in New Orleans.

Frank Varallo, a well-liked and respected jeweler in Chattanooga for more than 60 years, died Tuesday afternoon at age 94.

They came with chalk, pizza boxes and copies of the Bible.

Your Thanksgiving leftovers may have to wait. Retail stores across the nation are hoping to make huge holiday shopping deals immediately after Americans finish their Thanksgiving meal this year.

The way Soddy-Daisy chooses to honor its World War II veterans got its start in an abandoned barn.

Charles Coolidge’s war hero legacy will now live as long as his commemorative postal stamp declares:

Legendary poet Percy Bysshe Shelley is credited with asking "if winter comes, can spring be far behind?"

In a traditional Cherokee burial, the family stays up all night with its deceased loved one. The act is a period of closure for both the soul of the departed and the mourning clan.

A change in the way UT in Knoxville charges freshmen for credit hours could graduate students faster and save them $3,600 in tuition. Avoiding a fifth year of housing costs could do wonders for the wallet, too.

All Maj. Robert E. Ricks wanted to do was update his ROTC battalion's motto, but he wound up kick-starting a new chapter of Cherokee history.

It started with a bulky pile of leftover shipping pallets and dead branches.

Iveta Radicova loves the State of Liberty, but she thinks its iconic torch should be replaced with a new American icon — a giant credit card.

The roof may have caved in, but Frank Cordell still calls it home.

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