Judy Walton


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Judy Walton has worked 25 years at the Chattanooga Times and the Times Free Press as an editor and reporter focusing on government coverage and investigations.

At various times she has been an assistant metro editor, region reporter and editor, county government reporter, government-beat team leader, features editor and page designer.

Originally from California, Walton was brought up in a military family and attended a dozen schools across the country. She earned a journalism degree from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Ky., in 1984 and worked at two Kentucky newspapers before moving to Chattanooga in 1987.

Her investigative pieces include allegations of medical malpractice at Chattanooga’s Veterans Affairs clinic — stories that led to a federal investigation and a series of reforms. She was the first to report on massive ground and water pollution at the former Volunteer Army Ammunition Depot (now the VW assembly plant); during the first year of her stories on the quality and timetable for repairing the damage, federal government funding for cleanup tripled. More recently, she and colleague Cliff Hightower reported on financial irregularities at the Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce, which led Chattanooga and Hamilton County governments to withdraw funding for the organization.

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The Huey and Cobra helicopter rides being hosted this weekend by the Hixson Flight Museum at the Dallas Bay Skypark will be delayed because of bad weather in Atlanta, a news release states.

The Chattanooga City Council's November vote to grant health benefits to employees' domestic partners was "deaf to and inconsiderate of Chattanooga voters" and should be overturned at the ballot box, its chief opponent said Thursday.

A group opposed to city benefits for domestic partners today launched a push to defeat the measure in a November voter referendum.

More than a dozen candidates in the May 6 primaries are expected to speak and meet the public at a candidate forum Thursday hosted by the Chattanooga Tea Party.

The National Rifle Association is taking Bradley County, Tenn., Sheriff Jim Ruth to task for the second time in two weeks for falsely claiming its endorsement in the current Republican primary for sheriff.

New murder charges have been filed against a suspect in the 1999 Valentine's Day triple slaying in Cleveland, Tenn.

Fewer than half of the candidates running for state and local offices in Hamilton County met Thursday's deadline for filing first-quarter campaign funding reports. But those who did show they've amassed more than $900,000 combined to get elected.

A Bradley County, Tenn., prosecutor who said her boss assaulted and then fired her last week has her job back.

A Bradley County prosecutor who said her boss assaulted and then fired her last week has her job back.

The last man to be forcibly annexed by Chattanooga is philosophical about his fate.

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