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Judy Walton

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It's not home, yet, but it's a step up from a cot and a blanket in a rec center gym.

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina police say they've found no previous connections between a former Cleveland, Tenn., woman killed in her apartment and three people charged with murder.

Chattanooga's bucking another trend.

Under Mayor Andy Berke, crime fighting and public safety in Chattanooga will be a joint effort.

Former Cleveland, Tenn., resident Melissa Huggins-Jones was turning a life setback into a leap forward.

Chattanooga Tea Party President Mark West on Saturday welcomed news that Congress may investigate the IRS after the agency admitted it targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.

The Tennessee Board of Nursing on Thursday approved a step in Lee University's plan to get into nursing education.

Monroe County, Tenn., sheriff's detectives framing a man for murder coaxed witnesses to lie, faked evidence, masqueraded as his attorneys and ignored a confession by someone else, a lawsuit states.

Vince Cole's family is tired of excuses and inaction.

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — A man shot in a 2009 fight won't get a new trial on his conviction for trying to knock down the gunman who wounded him and killed his buddy but was never charged.

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — A judge today declined to grant a new trial to Danny Adams, who was convicted of assault for trying to knock down a man holding a gun on his friend in 2009.

Hate slaloming between speeding cars and crawling trucks up the Ridge cut?

Tennessee's top legal officer says state investigators couldn't substantiate an allegation that a McMinn County, Tenn., prosecutor tried to influence a grand jury in a 2010 case with political overtones.

Local state legislators say they back Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Brian Kelsey's move to obtain documents from a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation probe of allegations against 10th District Attorney General Steve Bebb.

The state attorney general has found no prosecutable criminal acts by 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Bebb.

Bradley County, Tenn., Sheriff Jim Ruth fired back late this week after a long-distance tongue-lashing from state lawmakers in Nashville.

A parade of Tennessee lawmakers lined up Wednesday to pummel Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth for accusing them of being in the pockets of druggists and meth-makers.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Georgia Historical Society is in the front seat of a multiorganization effort to study the old Dixie Highway, a circa-1915 route from Michigan to Miami that usually was unpaved, often unmarked and is now largely forgotten.

Members of Bradley County’s legislative delegation aren’t taking kindly to Sheriff Jim Ruth’s recent scolding that they’re not serious about fighting Tennessee’s methamphetamine problem.

As he thumbed through records at the kitchen table of his Ooltewah home Thursday, David Machoka said he had never had any safety violations on his state inspections at Moraa's Assisted Living Home for Seniors.

The announcement over the weekend that Hamilton County Democratic Party Chairman Paul Smith won't seek re-election next month is an opportunity to heal a wounded party, some local Democrats said Sunday.

Mike Killian, former mayor of South Pittsburg, Tenn., and wholesale fireworks dealer, can add another title to his name: federal felon.

Question: Whatever happened to the Tennessee Multicultural Chamber of Commerce?

Mention guns, and many folks picture the inner city.

Working to get through a blizzard of paperwork aimed at straightening out its position with federal health authorities and keeping a $2 million federal grant, board members of the Southside-Dodson Avenue Community Health Center nonetheless took time for questions Wednesday.

Chattanooga City Council District 7's diverse constituency pretty much guarantees whoever takes the seat March 5 will need to have flexibility as a key character trait.

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.

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