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Ask law enforcement folks in the 10th Judicial District about District Attorney Steve Bebb’s ride and they all say the same thing — a gray 2007 Impala.

A seven-month Times Free Press investigation showed police officers going unpunished in the 10th Judicial District for conduct that would have landed civilians in jail.

Two McMinn County grand jurors in 2010 complained to an investigator that the jury foreman and an assistant district attorney tried to influence their votes in a politically fraught case, records show.

Steve Bebb campaigned for 10th Judicial District attorney general in 2006 as a friend to the police, and many returned the regard.

Before Steve Bebb was elected 10th Judicial District attorney general, he was a Criminal Court judge for 23 years. He campaigned for the DA position as a friend to law enforcement and had a lot of police support.

Shakedowns, ripoffs, lying in court and manipulating the justice system are staples of television drama.

It was six months after Monroe County Election Commission Chairman Jim Miller was robbed, shot and his body set afire in his car in July 2010 before Jessica Kennedy was charged with murder in the death.

The cases boil down to “either-or.”

Firefighters were getting ahead of the enormous fire at a plastics recycling plant in Summerville, Ga., by late Saturday afternoon, but the environmental impacts were still to be measured.

MADISONVILLE, Tenn. — Once the key prosecution witness testified that a detective coached him to lie and the detective pleaded the Fifth Amendment, it was all over but the ruling.

A judge has dismissed a murder charge against a Sweetwater, Tenn., man based on what she called “disturbing evidence” about Monroe County detectives in the case.

The disciplinary board for Tennessee attorneys is proposing sanctions against the prosecutor who triggered a mistrial and let a murder defendent walk free in Cleveland's 1999 Valentine's Day triple slaying.

Melding Japanese, Southeast Asian and Chinese styles and flavors, E-Sushi's "Asian fusion" claim is no exaggeration.

The long push to attract more middle-class people to live downtown is paying off on the Southside, a new study shows.

Bradley County General Sessions Judge Sheridan Randolph has been publicly reprimanded for involving himself in the case of a man suspected of burglarizing the judge's office.

The car was just inches from his bicycle, so close he could touch it.

East Ridge parks, recreational fields, courts and public safety stations soon may be smoke-free after city officials asked for an ordinance to be drawn up prohibiting all forms of tobacco on city property.

DALTON, Ga. -- I was in the Dalton area recently and decided to try a restaurant whose ads I've seen regularly in the Times Free Press.

Tennessee's fail-safe voting system failed Tuesday for Art Reese. The 85-year-old World War II veteran was turned away at the polls in Meigs County because of miscommunication and wasn't offered a provisional ballot as state law requires.

The city of Cleveland, Tenn., and its top police brass are denying the sex discrimination alleged in a federal lawsuit brought by a detective who was fired in September.

A cracked section of pavement on U.S. Highway 127 on Signal Mountain -- in the same area where the road fell off into the gorge in 2009 -- will be patched and monitored, according to the state Department of Transportation.

Joseph Hardaway would like to see a day he can ride his bike through Wilcox Tunnel from his home on Peggy Lane.

A Cleveland, Tenn., police detective who was fired last year for allegedly mishandling evidence filed a federal discrimination lawsuit Tuesday against Cleveland, the police department and its top leadership.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — A Cleveland police officer who resigned this month was so addicted to hydrocodone he was acquiring the drugs in uniform and snorting the crushed pills in his cruiser, an investigation report shows.

OK, so I went to Southern Comfort at lunch for vegetables, but I saw homemade meatloaf on the menu and temptation got the best of me.

With Gov. Nathan Deal's OK last week, Georgia towns and counties now have a pool of money they can dip into for projects to expand their water supplies.

Rows of dark oak pews flanked an aisle of seafoam-green carpet in the sanctuary of St. Peter's Episcopal Church on Ashland Terrace.

In-home health care workers — aides, mostly women, who tend the elderly and infirm — would be entitled to earn minimum wage and overtime pay under rules proposed last week by the U.S. Labor Department.

During Thursday evening's meeting of the Hamilton County Board of Education, district officials honored Ooltewah High School's dance team, the Red Hots.

A media campaign to support Chattanooga's Medal of Honor Museum is making innovative use of the prototypical hero's response: "I was just doing my job."

Cleveland police have said there was "no proof" that officers in 2008 were abusing prescription pills and having sex with underage girls before an investigation began late in the year.

A mother's complaint early in 2008 that a patrol officer had inappropriate contact with her teen daughter apparently was treated as an informal matter and never written down or investigated, as Cleveland Police Department rules required.

A transcript of court testimony in a lawsuit against the Cleveland Police Department supports the Times Free Press' account of the hearing and rebuts the Cleveland police chief's characterization of the reporting as "grossly inaccurate."

A transcript of court testimony in a lawsuit against the Cleveland Police Department released today supports the Times Free Press’ account of the hearing and refutes the Cleveland police chief’s characterization of the reporting as “grossly inaccurate” and “totally irresponsible.”

Chattanooga police are investigating an accident at 4400 Jersey Pike in which a car was hit by a train today. Police responded to the wreck around 3:30 pm after a woman called and said that her vehicle had gotten caught on the tracks, spokeswoman Sgt. Jerri Weary said.

Warnings to certain Cleveland, Tenn., police officers against “dating minors, porn on city-owned phones, consumption of alcoholic beverages while off-duty, snorting crushed pills [and] oral sex in public” in May 2008, didn’t include enough specifics to warrant an investigation, the city’s police chief says.

Warnings to certain Cleveland, Tenn., police officers against “dating minors, porn on city-owned phones, consumption of alcoholic beverages while off-duty, snorting crushed pills [and] oral sex in public” in May 2008, didn’t include enough specifics to warrant an investigation, the city’s police chief says.

The Cleveland Police Department made its second statement in two days Thursday defending its 2008 investigation into allegations that some police officers were having sex with teenage girls and giving them pills and alcohol.

The assistant police chief in Cleveland, Tenn., says there were “no facts or evidence” in May of 2008 to start investigating whether some officers were having sex with teenage girls and giving them pills and alcohol.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Cleveland's police chief on Wednesday denounced a Times Free Press report of a court case in which his own assistant chief said he failed to immediately launch official investigations into reports in 2008 that some of his officers were having sex with teenage girls.

Cleveland Police Chief Wes Snyder today denied any failure to investigate allegations that his officers had sex with teenaged girls and also abused drugs.

Chattanooga has a citywide network of community recreation centers with swimming pools, basketball courts, computer rooms and more.

Nearly $400,000 from HUD will help the Orange Grove Center continue an ongoing project to replace aging group homes for its intellectually disabled clients.

Some of CARTA’s electric buses are about to break free of their batteries, using technology that could spell the end of the transit agency’s whole diesel fleet.

Starting today, no vehicles heavier than 10 tons are allowed on the Wilcox Boulevard bridge over the DeButts Rail Yard off Amnicola Highway.

Red tape and delays in the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency are choking the flow of money for local disaster recovery efforts, according to a state audit.

The public will get its first look at three possible routes for a proposed bypass around McCaysville, Ga., and ideas to improve the area’s main north-south travel route on Thursday, Georgia transportation planners say.

Because of safety worries, Chattanooga is going to ban trucks and buses from the Wilcox Boulevard bridge over the DeButts Rail Yard—right next to CARTA's bus barn.

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield has asked the Tennessee Court of Appeals to rehear a case the court dismissed last week.

On the first Saturday that some Tennessee driver license centers opened to provide free photo ID to voters, 165 people in Hamilton County and Cleveland, Tenn., got the new cards.

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