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Joy Lukachick Smith

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

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

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.

Journalists chattered, tripods clicked into place and viewfinders snapped open as camera crews crowded the atrium of one of Chattanooga's inner-city recreation centers.

Chattanooga officials went on the offense Tuesday in an ongoing feud between the city and Hamilton County Schools.

After filing a lawsuit on Friday, Hamilton County School officials have countered a city offer to make reparations for years of unpaid liquor taxes.

With talks stalled and a potential change in state law threatening the mounting tab owed to the Hamilton County school system over past-due liquor taxes, school officials filed a lawsuit against Chattanooga on Friday as a safeguard.

ATLANTA — At the first legislative hearing to tackle the spike in violence in Georgia prisons, two state senators called on corrections officials to answer for how prisoners in many cases were able to predict their own deaths.

A month after Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's milestone fire and police pension reform was approved, a group of retired officers and firefighters has challenged the legality of the changes.

The hotly debated ordinance that would enable pedicab owners to allow drinking on their pedal-powered machines passed its first reading.

Chattanooga City Council voted 6-3 to approve the first reading to allow patrons to bring beer on pedicabs.

In two weeks the city of Chattanooga will own the dilapidated former Harriet Tubman public housing site, but Mayor Andy Berke said it could take several years to see an industrial user on the East Chattanooga property.

An inch of snow this winter that paralyzed streets and highways, stranded some children at school and sent vehicles skidding off roads cost Chattanooga and Hamilton County taxpayers nearly $370,000 to clear.

A national credit ratings firm praised Chattanooga for reforms to its Fire and Police Pension Fund that cut rising costs and reduced the fund's unfunded liability by $86 million.

The list of candidates for Chattanooga police chief has been narrowed to fewer than 20, and Mayor Andy Berke's blue-ribbon panel is interviewing some of them in person this week.

A national credit ratings firm praised Chattanooga in a weekly report for reducing the city's unfunded liability through the fire and police pension reform.

Whether 15 people should have the freedom to strap a cooler of beer to the back of a pedal-powered pedicab and ride across downtown Chattanooga is in the hands of the City Council.

After an hour-and-a-half of questions and confusion for a request to serve beer on two of the city's pedal-powered pedicabs, officials voted to defer action for one week.

Eight months ago, Chattanooga City Council members rejected an out-of-town developer’s plan to build a 260-apartment complex in East Brainerd after neighbors complained it would add to Gunbarrel Road’s congestion.

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