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Judy Walton

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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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The cases boil down to “either-or.”

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.

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."

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