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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NASHVILLE — U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, D-Tenn., said Wednesday a nonpartisan congressional study demonstrates Tennessee Republican legislators were more interested in voter "suppression" than ballot security when enacting a law requiring state residents to present a government-issued photo ID before casting ballots.

When Bradley County Sheriff-elect Eric Watson announced in August that Arnold Botts would be his director of administration, he spoke proudly of Botts’ law enforcement and administrative experience as a former Cleveland police chief.

The newly elected president of the United Auto Workers local in Chattanooga said Saturday he plans to seek talks soon with Volkswagen plant officials about formally recognizing the union.

JASPER, Tenn. — Every five years the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and the federal government require an inspection of a municipality's water tanks, and Jasper's next inspection is due this year.

Registration begins Tuesday for Lee University's annual fall Encore program.

The new 10th Judicial District attorney general sent his own investigator and a TBI agent to the Polk County Election Commission office Wednesday to look into allegations of vote-buying and voter intimidation during early voting.

Complaints of vote-buying and voter intimidation in Polk County early voting are under investigation by the district attorney's office.

POWELL, Ala. — A Powell man shot and wounded a man breaking into his house Wednesday, DeKalb County Sheriff Jimmy Harris said in a news release.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A special judge ruled Tuesday that veteran prosecutor Richard Fisher must be recused from the case against accused Valentine's Day slaying defendant Michael Younger.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Special Judge John Kerry Blackwood today ruled that Richard Fisher cannot prosecute Michael Younger in the Valentine's Day triple killing that took place in 1999 in Cleveland.

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