Joy Lukachick Smith


phone: 423-757-6659




Joy Lukachick is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press

Since 2009, she's covered breaking news, high-profile trials, stories of lost lives and of regained hope and done investigative work.

Raised near the Bayou, Joy’s hometown is along the outskirts of Baton Rouge, La. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joy was a staff writer for the Daily Reveille.

When Joy isn't chasing down stories, she is a full-time supporter of the LSU Tigers and the New Orleans Saints. She also loves cooking Cajun food.

Contact joy at 423-757-6659 or jlukachick@timesfreepress.com

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After weeks of debate over how to replace half of the Industrial Development Board, the City Council nominated four names today.

Before City Auditor Stan Sewell cracked open the travel books at the Chattanooga Public Library, no one appeared to be scrutinizing Executive Director Corinne Hill and her employees' trips across the country and the world -- prompting multiple complaints of possible fraud from library employees.

Lincoln Park residents publicly called for Mayor Andy Berke to stop a major road project that will connect downtown to Amnicola Highway because they believe the mayor has kept the public in the dark about preserving their park.

Meg Backus, a top Chattanooga Public Library employee who resigned following a critical audit of the library, claims that she was given the option to resign in two months or be subject to public discipline and likely termination.

For a fourth time, Chattanooga has been overlooked for a multimillion-dollar federal grant to replace the Wilcox Tunnel through Missionary Ridge that has been in disrepair for decades.

EPB officials said again Wednesday that an independent audit — which the city-owned utility has declined for months to make public — supports its position that over- and underbilling in the city's streetlight program essentially cancel each other out.

After months of public debate, private discussions and recent litigation for millions of dollars, the city's Electric Power Board concedes that it overbilled Chattanooga more than $1.2 million for its streetlight energy.

The Chattanooga City Council on Tuesday rejected the easiest method to replace four members of the Industrial Development Board, opting instead for an arcane process that includes multiple committee meetings and drawing names from a hat.

Mayor Andy Berke's office released a website today to the public that will track whether Chattanooga is meeting its monthly goals for the city.

In light of a scathing audit released last week, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center's governing board will ask Executive Director Rose Martin to resign in the coming days, sources with knowledge of the situation said.

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