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Joan Garrett McClane

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Jesse Jackson stood before almost a dozen Chattanooga pastors, both black and white.

At 11 a.m. the deacons walked into the sanctuary singing an old gospel hymn in perfect harmony. No music.

Minority communities in almost every city have adversarial relations with cops and the courts.

Before anyone came to the stage, a television flashed with names and diagnoses.

Sidney McDonald had grown accustomed to lurching forward, blue and white braces strapped to his legs to keep them from buckling. But for 13 years, his legs haven't carried him at all.

The mayor's office reversed its stance on the Delta Queen on Tuesday after days of defending the riverboat's planned eviction despite growing public disapproval.

The city has granted the Delta Queen a six-month extension at its berth downtown on the Tennessee River, operator Lea Ann Ingram said today.

A city document shows that the Delta Queen owes more than $11,000 in back rent, but managers of the riverboat say city officials are lying and accuse the city of shoddy accounting.

Other cities want it. The National Trust is on the verge of naming it a National Treasure.

Joan Koplan keeps a DVD hidden in her nightstand that very few people have seen.

Robert Modrall wanted to work in a nonprofit organization.

The president came. The president went. It was just a three-hour visit, but it shut down an interstate, closed a million-square-foot factory, incited protesters and aroused the blue voices in a red state.

Former Republican U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp began to file out of Amazon after President Barack Obama’s speech with the other special guests, but he took a moment to give his two cents on the content of the President’s message: Less politics and more job creation.

Before the crushed left side of his face was fixed by a mortician and the matted blood was combed from his hair, Tiki Finlayson already had decided to forgive the woman who killed her son.

The visit may be historic. He may be the leader of the free world and the first black president. Chattanooga may be a blue dot in one of the most Republican states in the country.

What the tweet should the twitterverse be calling President Barack Obama's first-ever visit to the Scenic City?

Question: Whatever happened to Cambodian labor camp survivor and local spelling bee champion Linn Yann?

The rain clouds that ruined Independence Day firework shows and shut down poolside barbecue plans won't be clearing up in time for the weekend.

The steps were packed, elbow to elbow. Signs jumped up from the nervous crowd as the decision came down from the U.S. Supreme Court and then trickled down through word of mouth, text message and Twitter.

Long after the man who suffered critical injuries deep inside Ellison's Cave was flown to the hospital, rescue workers still were being pulled out.

Hundreds of people turned out today for the grand opening of the area’s only water park, Soakya, at Lake Winnepesaukah.

After being acquitted and avoiding a 2011 murder conviction, 31-year-old Carl Moore was sentenced to 70 months in prison in federal court for marijuana and gun charges Thursday.

For the first time in history the top brass of U.S. female cyclists will share the road with the best male road racers.

Carl Moore, a 31-year-old who avoided a murder conviction in a 2011 state court trial, was sentenced to 70 months in prison in federal court for marijuana and gun charges today.

Headlines from Wednesday morning: 17 teen partygoers arrested.

Q. Whatever happened to Darryl Linticum?

The halls are quiet at Big Ridge Elementary.

A basketball arena at UTC was named for him. Millions of his dollars went to local schools, charities, ball fields and individuals.

Q Whatever happened to former Hamilton County Sheriff Billy Long?

During recess the kids at Orchard Knob Elementary School eat parsley. They eat those stems and leafy herbs by the handful.

The last time Georgia state Rep. Jay Neal saw LaFayette's new library, the spot was nothing but a shell at the end of a street of government buildings.

Her grandmother did not teach her to quilt. Neither did her mother.

John Craft is nervous about preaching from the Bible next week.

Overall crime was down by 4 percent on college campuses last year, but the number of violent crimes jumped dramatically, according to data published by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The largest performance space in Monroe County, Tenn., is getting a face-lift thanks to a $250,000 grant from a family foundation.

As more people desire to move toward the heart of downtown Chattanooga to be close to work and play, condominiums have remained a popular housing option.

Dalton, Ga., Mayor David Pennington, once called "King David" for his ruthless approach to budget cutting and tax slashing, is considering a run for Georgia governor in coming years.

The LaFayette, Ga., city manager quit Tuesday, but neither the mayor nor city council members will say why.

Attorneys say they see a pattern of violent Chattanooga police officers

Before Adam Tatum, there was Tim Hicks; experts say use of force is a vast gray area

The beating happened a lot like it did with Adam Tatum. Perceived resistance. Possible danger. A chokehold from behind. Then fists. Other officers looked on, doing nothing Later, they justified the actions.

The British investor caught in Spain last year and brought to Chattanooga to face charges of allegedly pillaging employee pension plans at the now-defunct Standard-Coosa-Thatcher Yarns Inc., pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

They waited for hours, packed like sardines on wooden benches, carefully watching who walked in and who walked out of the courtroom.

A juvenile witness testified in court this morning that she saw an 18-year-old Chattanooga man shoot a Howard School sophomore at an abandoned house on Carr Street on March 5.

For two years, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has prepped officers to respond to the most emotionally complex situations, crisis calls that involve suicide, self-harm and psychotic behavior.

A crowd gathers inside and outside the courtroom Monday to watch the witness on the stand.

Tennessee is among six states that do not allow outpatient commitment for the mentally ill.

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