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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.

The first sign something was wrong with the petition to recall Chattanooga Councilman Chris Anderson was when officials noticed several pages of petition signatures in alphabetical order.

Questions about what kind of penalty loomed for a participant in the city's first violence reduction call-in over his subsequent arrest with a loaded Glock pistol prompted a flurry of statements Tuesday from City Hall and the Chattanooga Police Department.

A three-month effort to unseat Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson has failed.

A state attorney lectured Chattanooga City Council members Tuesday on Tennessee’s open meetings rules after the council violated the law.

A three-month campaign to recall Councilman Chris Anderson flopped tonight.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding primarily Christian prayers at the start of town council meetings could have implications nationwide.

After six months of headlines, the resignations of two McKamey Animal Center leaders and a decline in donations, the city auditor has released findings clearing the animal shelter of any significant problems or wrongdoing.

Before the first of a couple of dozen neo-Nazis stepped foot on the Hamilton County Courthouse lawn on Saturday, the crowd of police and sheriff's deputies rivaled the hundreds of protesters on hand.

As voters streamed in and out of the Hamilton County Election Commission headquarters Thursday for their last chance to vote early, Republicans outnumbered Democrats by 2.5 to 1.

The City Council on Tuesday brushed off warnings that city-owned utility EPB may have overbilled Chattanooga taxpayers for millions of dollars in electricity that was never consumed.

Time is up for opponents of Chattanooga Councilman Chris Anderson.

The deadline was noon today to turn in signatures in an effort to recall Councilman Chris Anderson.

This week Chattanooga will hold a lottery for more than 20 developers with experience in building affordable rental housing using federal dollars to advance Mayor Andy Berke's housing program.

Two days after flying to Chattanooga to accept the position of police chief, Fred Fletcher lined up with hundreds of other runners in Saturday's Scenic City Trail Marathon.

When Fred Fletcher became a commander in the Austin Police Department and saw a growing risk to bicyclists from cars on the road ignoring the law, he asked a rookie officer for advice.

Mayor Andy Berke said he chose Fred Fletcher as the next police chief because of his energy, passion and experience reducing the drug trade and prostitution in one of the worst neighborhoods in Austin, Tx.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is close to making his pick for a new police chief.

Chattanooga officials say they’ll look into the idea of bringing back the city’s Choo Choo but they’ll make no promises.

City Council gave the city the thumbs up to pursue a $400,000 grant to study the possibility of a light rail system to run from downtown to Enterprise South.

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