City officials estimate that only about 2 percent of the businesses Chattanooga contracts with are minority-owned firms.
Pension administrators are balking at suggested changes that would significantly alter police officers' and firefighters' retirement plan while saving the city $400 million over the next 30 years.
For the third time, theMcKamey Animal Center's governing body attempted to kick off a board member who questioned the former executive director's $10,000 bonus and triggered a city investigation.
A conservative group seeking to overturn a new domestic partner benefits ordinance has already managed to effectively stop enrollment planned for the spring.
Hixson Pike residents left the Chattanooga City Council angry Tuesday night after being on the losing side of a 5-4 split vote to prevent their annexation.
The Hamilton County Election Commission has verified enough signatures on a petition to repeal the city's controversial domestic benefits ordinance.
Today is the deadline for a local conservative group to submit enough signatures to force a public vote on whether Chattanooga city employees' gay or straight unmarried partners should receive health insurance and other benefits.
Ten years ago, Scott McKenzie gave the city money to fly an American flag across Veterans Bridge when his father, a retired Coast Guard captain, turned 90.
Chattanooga's credit rating for its existing general obligation bonds was upgraded from a AA+ credit rating to AAA, the highest possible rating assigned to bonds.
The Chattanooga City Council recently approved a $7.8 million project to seal pipes from East Brainerd to the edge of Ooltewah, one of the biggest projects in the long list of federally mandated fixes to the city's 130-year-old sewer system.
Chattanooga Lookouts owner Frank Burke plans to donate the AT&T Field stadium to River City Co., attorneys said, making a future deal for the sale of the team franchise more attractive for a potential buyer.
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.
With five weeks to go to meet the Chattanooga mayor's deadline, some members of a task force working to reform the city's fire and police pension plan aren't sure if they can come up with a solution in time.
Petition attempt approved amid spat, 4,460 signatures needed
The Hamilton County Election Commission chairman said Wednesday that state officials put him in a compromising situation when they advised him to call a special meeting to review a petition aimed at repealing the city's newly approved domestic partner benefit ordinance.
The Hamilton County Election Commission approved a petition, giving opponents the green light to start collecting signatures to request the domestic partner benefit be put forth as a referendum vote.
With a final 5-3 vote, the Chattanooga City Council paved the way for employees to sign up next year to add their domestic partners, whether gay or heterosexual, to their insurance plans for the first time.
Tonight, Chattanooga could become the third city in Tennessee to offer benefits to employees' gay or unmarried straight partners -- an option that didn't exist for public workers anywhere in the state three months ago.
A proposal to expand city benefits to employees’ domestic partners has already won preliminary approval from the Chattanooga City Council, but opponents aren’t giving up.
After two months of public debate among residents across the Scenic City, members of the City Council spoke their mind en route to taking the first step toward making Chattanooga the third city in Tennessee to offer benefits to employees in same-sex and other domestic partnerships.
Chattanooga City Council passes the first reading of a controversial bill to expand benefits to city employees in domestic partnerships, which includes gay couples.
After weeks of speaking out against Councilman Chris Anderson's proposal to extend benefits to city employees in same-sex relationships and to update the city's nondiscrimination clause, Councilman Larry Grohn introduced his own bill.
Before Chattanooga City Council members vote tonight on whether to expand benefits to domestic partners of city employees, a local police union wants them to examine what benefits the current 2,700 city employees receive.
When the Chattanooga City Council takes up a same-sex benefits proposal Tuesday, the nine members will do more than just vote. Each will make a statement about where he or she stands on one of the most controversial issues of the day -- one that divides churches and families.
The highest-ever water runoff fee levied on Chattanooga business owners this year is the latest blow for a city forced to find a solution to the decades-old problem of clogged pipes, polluted runoff and blocked ditches.
People flocked to City Council. Supporters wore red in favor of equality, while opponents clutched well-worn Bibles to stand up for traditional marriage.
As dozens of people were turned away from the City Council Chambers this afternoon, city officials outlined the cost to expand employee benefits for couples in domestic partnerships, including gay couples.
As the crowd streamed from last week's Chattanooga City Council meeting, Collegedale Detective Kat Cooper stood on the lawn and faced a gathering group.
The Trust for Public Land is working with Chattanooga officials to identify which of the city's 71 parks or greenways need a makeover and the neighborhoods in need of a place for families to play outdoors.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke named a member of top leadership team Thursday to replace outgoing Andrew Kean as the city's chief operating officer.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced today that his Chief Innovation Officer Jeff Cannon will replace outgoing Andrew Kean and take over the city's day-to-day operations.
A Chattanooga judge is questioning the state's decision to close the county's only center that reinstates driver's licenses, saying it will lead to more unlicensed drivers on local roads.
The Chattanooga City Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to give Mayor Andy Berke nearly $100,000 to bring in a consulting firm to help implement the key part of next year's city budget.
After eight weeks of debate among residents over whether it's fair or immoral to extend benefits to partners of city employees in same-sex relationships, city officials announced a public hearing next week.
The first firm proposal put forth to stabilize Chattanooga's public safety retirement fund and rein in spiraling costs would save the city $126 million over the next 25 years.
Chattanooga City Council has called a special public hearing Nov. 5 to discuss legislation concerning expanding benefits to city employees in domestic partnerships, which would cover employees in same sex relationships.
Mayor Andy Berke is asking the City Council to spend $100,000 on a consulting firm to implement next year's budget, but some council members wonder why a third party is needed to perform one of the administration's primary responsibilities.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's head of day-to-day operations is leaving after six months on the job. He is returning to the private sector.
Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's head of day-to-day operations is leaving after six months on the job, the Times Free Press has learned.
Since a third-party vendor took over billing for sewer service in January, thousands of Chattanoogans have stopped paying their bills.
A unanimous vote from an Erlanger Health System committee has paved the way for the hospital and city to keep their promise to the community to turn five acres of Lincoln Park property into a historical park.
Chattanooga’s current fire and police pension quagmire has its roots in 1990s-era reforms aimed at pruning top-heavy management ranks.
When Chattanooga officials voted on the city’s $212 million budget, a handful of residents showed up to learn what their tax dollars were paying for. Yet an ordinance that hasn’t even been introduced is drawing crowds that pack the seats at City Council meetings with protesters and supporters.
Executive Director Karen Walsh has resigned from McKamey Animal Center.
Despite what finance experts say is a significant risk, cities across the nation continue to borrow money to bolster their employee retirement accounts.
Chattanooga City Council members unanimously voted Tuesday to hire a leading national criminologist for $240,000 to teach local leaders his strategy on reducing violence city-wide.
City Council members tonight threw unanimous support behind a key component of Mayor Andy Berke's public safety initiative when they approved a $240,000 expenditure to bring a nationally known criminologist to Chattanooga for help in implementing a new crime-fighting strategy.
Chattanooga workers began a $3.5 million road project Monday to extend Goodwin Road, create a new traffic circle to relieve congestion along Gunbarrel Road, and create a direct route for the new East Brainerd elementary school.
Despite an upcoming audit of the McKamey Animal Center, months of bickering among its board members and a questionable bonus for its director, one Chattanooga City Council member said the city is partly to blame for the center's operational troubles.
The city has prevailed in the first of two court actions being pursued in a bid to keep two fired police officers from being returned to duty.