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It appears doctors will get a guaranteed voting seat on the Erlanger Health System board of trustees after all.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A suspended Bradley County teacher got a chance this week to argue that she lost her job over an imaginary incident and a bungled investigation.

The group representing more than 1,000 Hamilton County physicians is dismayed that a bill proposed by state lawmakers to restructure Erlanger's board of trustees won't promise a doctor will serve as a voting member.

If state lawmakers have their way, Thursday's meeting of the Erlanger Health System board of trustees might be one of the last, at least in its current configuration.

Behind the flap over who should run Erlanger Health System is fear of a takeover by the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, whose doctors practice and teach there.

A strongly worded letter from Hamilton County lawmakers warns Erlanger Health System trustees for the second time in weeks to slow down their CEO search.

Apparently worried that Erlanger trustees are going to push up their timetable to name a CEO, every member of Hamilton County’s state legislative delegation has signed a letter telling the trustees to go slow.

FBI agents seized suspected gambling machines Tuesday from a South Pittsburg store owned by the town's former mayor, who also is the brother of East Tennessee's U.S. attorney.

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield says his plan to name his deputy, Anita Ebersole, as City Court clerk this month is a move to help that office transition to modern times with a paperless system approved recently by the City Council.

A fired former Bradley County deputy says he's only one of dozens of law enforcement officers fired or forced out by Bradley Sheriff Jim Ruth for political reasons.

The ostensible reason for firing former Bradley County deputy Dallas Longwith was that he was seen mowing the yard in December, wearing only his underwear.

Erlanger hospital trustees say they aren't changing their timeline for hiring a new CEO despite a request from local state lawmakers to slow down.

Doctors who treat TennCare patients are getting a big New Year's pay raise.

Hamilton County's state lawmakers are telling Erlanger trustees to hold off on hiring a new hospital CEO because the 1976 law that set up the hospital is going to be overhauled in the coming year.

One year down, two to go. Work crews in February began cutting into the earth on either side of U.S. Highway 27 in a project to widen and improve the busy artery between Signal Mountain Road and the Olgiati Bridge.

Let's hope folks in the Highway 58 area are enjoying their new traffic roundabout at Oakwood Drive; they're going to get another one at Hancock Road.

Take a bike ride, get a restaurant discount.

Putting a new bridge across the Tennessee River in North Hamilton County will require the state to break its longtime "pay as you go" habit, state Transportation Commissioner John Schroer told local leaders Wednesday.

The maker of a generic brand of Lipitor has issued a major recall, saying several lots of the cholesterol-lowering pills might be contaminated with tiny glass particles.

In the litany of life's great questions — paper or plastic? Boxers or briefs?

Millions of dollars in needed local road projects — from fixing the Interstate 75/24 split to the downtown phase of the U.S. Highway 27 rebuild — depend on funding guarantees that aren't there.

A long-awaited study has found that a toll bridge across the Tennessee River in north Hamilton County is economically feasible, Tennessee's transportation commissioner says.

Public hearings on highway plans often don't draw many more people than it takes to flip charts or run the projector.

With a "right-sizing" attitude at TDOT, the prospect of spending $75 million to $114 million to add traffic lanes up Signal Mountain seems dim.

It's an old story for some Chattanooga commuters: Sitting in stalled traffic, late for work or dinner, while tow trucks haul mangled wrecks off the pavement at the Interstate 75/24 split.

ATHENS, Tenn. — The judge stays, but a new prosecutor will be named in the case against two Niota police officers accused in the beating of a motorist last year.

As an incumbent Republican with a 10-to-1 money advantage, Chuck Fleischmann strolled into a second term in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District.

Snapping at the pizza carrier was a death sentence for Zion.

Despite new precinct outlines and a mandate for photo ID at the polls, elections officials said early voting went smoothly in Hamilton County and the state.

Looking over the pile of wood scraps and blocks that was a standing structure before Thursday, Calvin Ball could only shake his head.

Working under the hood of a BMW at Wholesale Auto Brokers last week, Tony Schefano wasn't visibly excited at the news that the state is gearing up to add traffic lanes, bike paths and sidewalks to part of East Brainerd Road in front of the shop.

The family of a man shot to death at a Tellico Plains, Tenn., campground in 2009 is ready to make its second try to get the shooter indicted after a judge said the wrong man was charged and tried in the case.

The case against two Niota, Tenn., police officers charged in the beating of a motorist last year is getting complicated.

Here's the countdown for a Bayou Bucket: Six boiled shrimp, five crab legs, three catfish pieces, two boiled potatoes, one ear of corn and four cups of sides and sauces. Meo Mio, I'm stuffed!

When her accuser admitted he lied and a special prosecutor dismissed assault charges against her last week, Susan Elliott thought she was about to reclaim her children, her job as a Hopewell Elementary School teacher, her reputation. Think again.

Now that the man charged in the death of Vince Cole has been set free by a jury, the slain man's family is determined that the true killer be brought to justice.

The task of stopping gangs in Chattanooga is going to take people who will quit pointing fingers and start holding hands.

Tennessee's attorney general, not a special prosecutor named by the Tennessee District Attorney General Conference, would handle any criminal case against 10th Judicial District DA Steve Bebb that might arise from an ongoing TBI investigation.

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — Lying in UT Hospital with a bullet in his abdomen, Danny Adams waited and waited for Monroe County lawmen to arrest the man who wounded him and killed his best friend in an alcohol-fueled fight at a local campground in July 2009.

Justice in Question

Paul Summers, a former Tennessee attorney general and appellate judge, has been named to lead the investigation into allegations of misconduct in the 10th Judicial District.

The Tennessee Attorney General's Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the State Comptroller's Office jointly will investigate allegations of misconduct and financial improprieties in the 10th Judicial District, authorities said Monday.

The Tennessee Attorney General’s office and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have opened an investigation into allegations of misconduct and financial improprieties in the 10th Judicial District.

Some local and state lawmakers say the state attorney general's office needs to investigate allegations of misconduct, misuse of taxpayer money and property and civil rights violations in the 10th Judicial District.

Rocks, rivers and woods offer plenty of thrills for four-wheelers

Two area state lawmakers working to put the reins on Tennessee’s judicial drug task forces say this week’s Times Free Press series about the 10th Judicial District adds impetus to the effort.

Why did the drug task force agent sit on the side of the road? Because that’s where the money is.

Mike Birdwell believes it was no coincidence that he was pulled over on Interstate 75 by a 10th District Drug Task Force agent soon after talking to the TBI about then-task force boss Mike Hall.

When Steve Bebb named a new 10th District Drug Task Force director shortly after his election in 2006, he said he could “sleep at night” with Mike Hall in place.

It’s almost a wonder that 10th District drug agents managed to seized more than $5 million in cash, vehicles and other property allegedly linked to narcotics trafficking over four years — from the looks of their spending records, they were hardly ever home.

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