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A project to tear down all 440 apartments at Chattanooga's former Harriet Tubman public housing site to make way for a new industrial site is set to begin in September.

An offer that Mayor Andy Berke's office scoffed at months ago now mirrors a proposed settlement giving Hamilton County Schools nearly everything it asked for in the ongoing dispute over millions in delinquent liquor taxes.

For many seniors, the Eastgate Senior Center has been a place of refuge to heal from a lost spouse or a place to get time away from grandchildren they're helping to raise. A place for friendship, a haven.

The blame-shifting and bickering between Chattanooga and Hamilton County Schools officials over millions of dollars in delinquent liquor-by-the-drink taxes could end Friday with a settlement that gives school officials most of what they asked for.

The Chattanooga City Council will vote today on a new face for the community outreach side of Mayor Andy Berke's crime-fighting initiative.

City Council will vote Tuesday on whether to award Hope for the Inner City with the contract to run the community side of Mayor Andy Berke's violence reduction plan to reduce shootings and killings in Chattanooga.

The back-and-forth dispute between Chattanooga and Hamilton County Schools officials over millions in delinquent liquor-by-the-drink taxes that the city owes may come to an end this week.

Imagine a city where residents can walk to coffeeshops and bike to a nearby grocery store, where each neighborhood is built specifically to the make-up of that community.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke has lost his second chief operating officer in his first 15 months of office.

Brent Goldberg has been named chief operating officer under Mayor Andy Berke.

Despite a national news story dinging Chattanooga for a bike-sharing program that is 90 percent below its projected goal, Chattanooga transportation officials say they are considering whether to expand.

As the Scenic City continues to get national recognition as an outdoor sports-friendly city, Chattanooga officials have funneled funds to fix two of the bridges that runners, cyclists and walkers cross daily on their regular routes.

Eleven months after Mayor Andy Berke stood on the eroded tennis court at Lincoln Park and promised the land under his feet would once again be a city park, Chattanooga officials took the first step to make it happen.

Councilman Chris Anderson plans to begin hosting community meetings by next month to start developing a 10-acre park that could range from athletic fields to a playground in Alton Park.

Chattanooga officials approved the first reading of the 2015 capital budget that includes $2.8 million for Walnut Street Bridge repairs and $4 million as part of the project to demolish the former Harriet Tubman public housing site.

The City Council is set to vote tonight on giving Erlanger officials an eight-acre tract of land in Alton Park – the first step to a promise Mayor Andy Berke made to preserve Lincoln Park.

A judge's ruling Monday may not be the final word in a dispute over wording of a referendum that will go before voters on Aug. 7, but this much is clear:

More than half of the Chattanooga Police Department will get raises in their next paychecks as Mayor Andy Berke's plan to fix a decade of unequal pay on the force takes hold.

There's no simple answer for reducing poverty.

Mayor Andy Berke unveiled a plan today that will give Chattanooga police officers a 3 percent pay raise every two years, promising to fix years of unequal pay within the department.

Chattanooga officials want to make an example of mile-long stretch of Brainerd Road by regulating building fronts, street edges and parking to beautify the decrepit area and create space for walkers and bikers.

Volkswagen quality inspector Sean Moss knows it takes a strategic plan to find front-row parking at the largest industrial park in the region, Enterprise South.

Chattanooga officials want a judge to decide immediately what language should be on the August ballot for voters deciding whether city employees' domestic partners should have city benefits.

Chattanooga City Council voted to sue the Hamilton County Election Commission over the ballot question related to the same-sex ordinance.

Twenty years after saving the Walnut Street Bridge, community leaders say the 2,376-foot-long connector from the North Shore to downtown needs to be repainted, its rotting boards replaced and lights fixed.

The run-down tennis courts and mildew-filled YMCA pool could soon be replaced on Shallowford Road with a 34,000 square-feet retail space and four proposed one-story office buildings.

A soon-to-be master's graduate, a veteran pastor, the head of a long-term counseling firm and the director of an established faith-based nonprofit all want to be the new face of Mayor Andy Berke's initiative to reduce shootings and killings.

With the passage of its $216 million operating budget Tuesday night, Chattanooga is one step closer to allowing glass inside curbside recycling bins.

So many doughnuts were delivered to the City Council that if each were stacked atop the other they would have towered some 67 feet high.

The City Council got a special delivery Tuesday — 648 glazed doughnuts with a sugary scent that filled the council foyer as people stopped to stare.

Four organizations are vying for the position to lead the community piece of Mayor Andy Berke’s crime fighting plan to reduce shootings and killings in Chattanooga.

The once bright-red jungle gym is now a faded light pink, splotched by rust.

The debate over a flying doughnut mural has revealed holes in the city’s sign ordinance.

The doughnuts are safe — for now.

After public backlash over a city inspector's demand to paint over a flying doughnut mural, the city attorney's office has asked inspectors to delay action until the ordinance can be fully vetted.

Public backlash is rising after a city inspector told a bakery owner that the flying doughnuts she paid $11,000 to have painted on a dilapidated building constitute an illegal advertisement and must go.

Mayor Andy Berke's plan to fix a decade's worth of unequal pay in the Chattanooga Police Department won't be complete until after his first term in office is over, a document obtained by the Times Free Press shows.

Richard Bennett would lift up his shirt and show where the bullets struck him. He told how he graduated high school still illiterate. How he sold drugs to get by.

City Council gave Mayor Andy Berke's $216 million budget their first stamp of approval after the city added money to pave 56 more miles of city roads.

Chattanooga City Council gave Mayor Andy Berke's $216 million budget their first stamp of approval.

The phone number that connected gang members to a better life — a key part of Mayor Andy Berke's plan to reduce shootings and killings in Chattanooga — is now tied to a man caught with his pants down.

It took hearing her baby's heartbeat for Tia Reed to admit she was pregnant.

For the next year, a group of veterans, community leaders, city employees and service providers will study how to find funds and housing for Chattanooga veterans who are continuously homeless.

Fred Fletcher will be sworn in as the next police chief Thursday, but already he has a vision for the Scenic City.

The new $1.5 million Chattanooga Fire Hall in East Lake sits empty after fire officials found incomplete electrical wiring and drainage problem that delayed the move-in date.

The Obama administration announced today the creation of a challenge to city mayors across the country to end veteran homelessness in their communities by 2015.

Talks over whether Chattanooga should fund parenting classes for expecting parents — a key initiative next year for Mayor Andy Berke — sparked debate at Tuesday's budget hearing.

A janitor, a children's worker, and a sewage treatment worker were among dozens of city employees who filled the Chattanooga City Council chambers Tuesday to ask for more pay.

Dozens of city employees filled the Chattanooga City Council chambers tonight to ask for more pay.

Chattanooga City Council approved tonight a 10-year property tax break for a French auto supplier that plans to supply bumpers and fender parts for the Volkswagen Passat sedan.

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