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Lauren Gregory

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The last few weeks have been the deadliest yet for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and that's been very evident to North Georgians.

Georgia Department of Transportation officials have run across some stumbling blocks in the widening of Interstate 75 at Cloud Springs Road but say they now are on track to complete the nearly 2-year-old project by the end of the year.

U.S.-led coalition forces may have the best training and equipment in the world, but the

As about a dozen interested residents looked on, Hamilton County commissioners voted Wednesday to take no action on a resolution that would have abandoned Aetna Mountain Road, a dead-end road in Lookout Valley.

The anti-Taliban offensive in Afghanistan's Helmand Province is slow going -- but it is going, says a Chattanooga native stationed at the front lines of Operation Khanjar.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- When Cleveland Urban Forester Dan Hartman looks at a tree, he sees much more than bark and leaves.

Joseph Prebul is losing $8,250 a month — and that’s on top of existing debts of at least $22.5 million.

An attorney for Joseph Prebul filed documents to launch the car dealer’s personal bankruptcy today, indicating he has $241,083 in assets and nearly $22.5 million in liabilities.

They may both be calling for an investigation into the police shooting death of 15-year-old Alonzo O'Kelley Jr., but Timmy Sykes and Mahmood Abdullah want to make sure the community knows they're not doing it together.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. —Anticipating a clash between molasses-paced Southern hospitality and hardened German efficiency when two large German corporations land here, Ocoee Regional Multicultural Services is working to build a bridge between the two cultures.

Alonzo O'Kelley Jr. may have been put to rest Friday, but the controversy surrounding the 15-year-old's shooting death was not, according to community activists.

Funeral arrangements have been set for the Adairsville, Ga., Marine killed in Afghanistan last week, according to R. Dudley Barton and Son Funeral Home.

There are two U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals in Tennessee: one in Nashville, the other in nearby Murfreesboro.

Once in danger of closing because it didn't have a home base, the Union Gospel Mission has found a facility at the foot of Signal Mountain.

CALHOUN, GA. -- If John Blair had had his way, friends say, the devoted family man probably would have chosen to die only after he'd had the chance to grow old, sit back on a porch somewhere and tell his life's story to grandchildren bouncing on his knees.

A procession from Trinity Baptist Church in Calhoun, Ga., is en route to the National Cemetery in Canton, Ga., for the burial of First Sgt. John Blair.

Joseph Prebul’s creditors want their money back, and they’re trying to force the Prebul AutoGroup owner into personal bankruptcy to get it.

For the first time in years, U.S. troops aren’t officially in charge of Iraq’s cities, and local Operation Iraqi Freedom veterans are waiting nervously to see how the withdrawal will pan out.

Patriotic homecoming

Local Army Reserve unit to get special July 4 welcome

Five-year-old Jacob Fisher isn’t going to let his mother forget that his father is due home from Iraq any day now.

A man who went to boot camp before finishing high school has been honored by both his home and adopted states for giving his life during a firefight in Afghanistan.

Army Maj. Ben Smith faced a daunting task when he arrived at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga two years ago: Revive interest in a program that hadn't been part of campus culture for a decade.

Not every car dealer in the area is going to survive the economic downturn, but those who do are poised for success in the long term, local retailers say.

Those who run Chattanooga's famous tourist attractions say they're still doing business in these tough economic times -- they're just having to cater more to locals than to out-of-towners.

CALHOUN, GA. -- He may have been just 5-feet-7 inches tall and 150 pounds, but John Blair "was actually a giant," said Gordon County Sheriff's Department Detective Shane Parrott, a longtime friend and coworker.

Deputies at the sheriff’s department in Gordon County, Ga., are wearing black mourning bands over their badges and are flying their flag at half-staff today in honor of their fallen comrade.

The sheriff's office in Gordon County, Ga., is mourning the loss of one of its members killed in the line of duty -- but in Afghanistan, not Calhoun.

A 38-year-old Calhoun, Ga., resident was killed in Afghanistan over the weekend when a rocket-propelled grenade hit his vehicle, according to Georgia National Guard reports.

An important part of the Walker family's Father's Day celebration is missing this year: the father.

Joseph Prebul's Chattanooga-area auto empire officially will end in coming weeks as Prebul Kia becomes Pye Kia, Prebul Volvo becomes Long Volvo and Prebul Infiniti becomes Kelly Infiniti.

Rex Jones III says he started hearing rumblings about a new U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs clinic coming to McMinn County about three years ago, and he's been crossing his fingers ever since.

Spc. Matt Edgeworth never has been to the Middle East.

Don't let the quiet on Riverside Drive today fool you.

Prebul Jeep Inc. trustee Jerrold Farinash is taking on auto giant Chrysler LLC in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Chattanooga.

As warfare continues to evolve, the U.S. Navy will evolve along with it, meeting new challenges with a more-nimble worldwide presence, says Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Rick West.

Six years into the Iraq war, many service members already have deployed to the war zone two or three times.

About a week ago, Red Bank Fire Chief Mark Mathews made a special trip to Ace Hardware to buy a set of reflective numerals to mark his new mailbox.

Doug Brown grew up wondering why he’d sometimes wake up in the middle of the night to find his father at his bedside, yelling at him.

Those who need a break from the Riverbend crowds by Ross’s Landing tonight can ferry across the river and have a drink on the Delta Queen, which officially opens today as a floating hotel and lounge.

Delta Queen operations director Sydney Slome obtained a beer permit at the Chattanooga Beer Board this morning, paving the way for a “soft opening” of the riverboat’s bar this weekend.

ATHENS, Tenn. — McMinn County Mayor John Gentry has been watching the railroad corridor between Englewood and Athens for some time now, and he’s sure there’s hidden treasure under its wooden ties and metal rails.

The debate over whether to release photographs of alleged detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan is only making the public more ignorant about what’s really going on in the war zone, according to Army Capt. Roger Hill.

Army reservist Chris Atkins had some major adjustment issues when he returned from a tour in Iraq last year — and he’s a licensed clinical social worker.

National Guard soldiers from Tennessee and North Georgia say they’re not in Afghanistan to fight — they’re there to teach.

After being tossed into several courts from Chattanooga to New York, the dispute between local car dealer Joseph Prebul and his brother-in-law is entering yet another court.

A Dalton, Ga., auto dealer’s $1.2 million vehicle purchase from Prebul Chrysler Jeep Dodge in Chattanooga on Wednesday appears to be the last major liquidation in Prebul AutoGroup’s bankruptcy case, according to trustee Jerrold Farinash.

Dalton, Ga., auto dealer Joe Kirby says he is purchasing the last of Joseph Prebul’s used car inventory today.

Longtime boater Charles Rollins always thought Chattanooga’s waterfront was designed with his interests in mind.

The military still hasn’t officially released the names of the Dalton, Ga.-based soldiers injured last weekend in a bomb blast in Afghanistan, citing “operational security concerns.”

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Wanda Landowski’s son was afraid of needles as a child.

Chattanooga: Paying tribute

Mounted patrol debuts at memorial for fallen officers

There were two additions to Chattanooga’s Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony this year: a new name on the list of fallen officers and a new way to show respect for the ultimate sacrifice.

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