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Joy Lukachick

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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.

The Chattanooga City Council spent half of their morning budget hearing hashing out details of one of Mayor Andy Berke's initiatives for this coming year: funding a Baby College.

Chattanooga will join a neighboring city one-eighth its size in offering free 96-gallon cans to expand curbside recycling.

Some Chattanooga police officers could see raises close to $5,000 while others' salaries could be frozen this year as part of a plan to fix years of unequal pay.

Two of the city's biggest programs won't have independent oversight assigned to review their performance next year.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's staff unveiled a $216.8 million budget for next year that funnels nearly half of the city's operating funds to curb violent crime and increase public safety while bolstering the mayor's other key priorities for the Scenic City.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's proposed 2015 budget funnels more money into public safety while keeping property taxes the same.

What started as a simple request from Dan and Grace Dykstra to rezone their property for a vacation rental home in North Chattanooga has prompted a citywide discussion about zoning laws that some say need to be updated to avoid squelching a booming source of tourism and tax dollars.

The foundation of Chattanooga's waterfront revitalization — the bedrock of the city's downtown renaissance — is sinking.

Mayor Andy Berke's initiative to start a Family Justice Center here with federal dollars has been mired in conflict that led to the firing of the program's coordinator.

State investigators have launched a probe to determine whether voter fraud was committed during a failed attempt to recall District 7 Councilman Chris Anderson.

Chattanooga is likely overpaying $140,00 a year for the city's phone bill because of an AT&T contract that is two decades old, a city audit revealed.

Mayor Andy Berke's office is a little more than a week away from unveiling his first budget that ties $216 million of funding to performance outcomes.

Cleveland and Athens beat Chattanooga for a state grant city leaders wanted to use to build a protected bike lane on Broad Street and a cycle-friendly path in St. Elmo.

Federal prosecutors believe they can prove that the abuse of power in Chatsworth, Ga., started at the top.

After nearly two years under federal investigation, prosecutors today indicted former Murray County, Ga., Chief Magistrate Bryant Cochran for conspiring to plant drugs on his accuser's car.

The City Council pulled back Tuesday night from initial claims that they planned to take swift action as warranted to extend a contract with Global Green Lighting to continue a $24 million street light program.

Chattanooga has a new police chief.

After months of debate over Chattanooga's $24 million streetlight replacement program, Mayor Andy Berke has scrapped a plan to go forward with Global Green Lighting and wants to reopen the bidding process.

After agreeing to pony up almost $12 million in past due taxes, Chattanooga has filed a motion claiming the Hamilton County school system doesn't have the right to file a lawsuit to recover the liquor-by-the-drink taxes.

After agreeing to pony up almost $12 million in past due taxes, the city of Chattanooga has filed a motion claiming the Hamilton County Board of Education doesn't have the right to file a lawsuit to recover the liquor-by-the-drink taxes.

When Chattanooga community leader Joe Rowe met with Fred Fletcher — the mayor's pick for police chief — Rowe gave him a to-do list to improve relations between the community and police.

The colorful stickers circled the idea written on a large, lined sheet of paper at Thursday night's public forum.

Chattanooga residents should expect another 10 percent hike in sewer rates this summer, about a $3 monthly increase.

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