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When Hamilton County passed its 2014-15 budget this year, some conservative commissioners and good government groups lauded changes to the $900,000 in funds handed out annually for commissioners to spend on local projects.

Judges, juries and court audiences will have to wait indefinitely to get new chairs on the third floor of the Hamilton County Courthouse.

After six months of deliberation with residents, ANT Group developer Sam Issa will get his project at the intersection of East Brainerd and Ooltewah-Ringgold roads.

After more than two years of debate between city officials and residents, officials in Chattanooga now can begin enforcing rules concerning animal permits.

After years of debate and public outcry, the city of Chattanooga has new rules for animal permitting.

The fourth floor of the Chattanooga Public Library buzzed with conversation Thursday. A slew of bespectacled librarians chattered loudly, not a single one hissing "Shhh."

A woman who's suing Chattanooga's development board over a $9 million tax abatement deal for a development on Aetna Mountain says she's thrilled to hear the City Council is drafting rules for future tax agreements.

Stronger stormwater regulations in Chattanooga are on their way toward passage, and City Council and stormwater board members alike say a late effort by state legislators to withdraw state approval of the new rules likely will not shift local opinions.

Democracy was served in abundance at the Hamilton County Commission's agenda session Wednesday.

A day after state officials withdrew support for new stringent stormwater regulations in Chattanooga, City Council members voted to pass a first reading of the proposed guidelines.

After two years, the Chattanooga City Council made big strides tonight on two issues which have vexed residents and officials alike.

Chattanooga is taking a new look at Tax Increment Financing, after a past Council put a hold TIF plans to draft new rules.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke doesn't face an election of his own for a few years, but he found himself Monday rallying local Democrats. His message: Organize for 2018.

The voters have spoken, and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann won his third term with 62 percent of the vote in the Nov. 4 election. But his campaign is still being criticized for its bookkeeping.

The GOP takeover of the U.S. Senate has raised the stock of Republicans across the nation, but Tennessee's position on Capitol Hill is one of the more envious.

A former Tennessee House of Representatives candidate says poll workers in Monroe County broke election law during early voting by distributing a misleading, politically slanted guide covering the four constitutional amendments on the Nov. 4 ballot.

Hamilton County commissioners are re-extending hands to their school board counterparts after years of gridlock with the hope of bypassing tension the next time the board of education needs money or wants to build new schools.

Tuesday’s election brought historic changes to the state’s founding document and tossed Prohibition-era alcohol laws in cities across the state. But still, 124,457 Hamilton County voters were not enticed by the 2014 midterm ballot.

Hamilton County Commissioners are once again trying to reboot meetings with school board members. But this time, they are starting with small bites.

Republican incumbents in Tennessee's 3rd and 4th congressional districts easily beat back Democratic challengers Tuesday.

Republican Chuck Fleischmann moved ahead of Mary Headrick, a Democrat, in early voting on Tuesday.

After 14 days of early voting, poll workers in Hamilton County and across the state worked Monday to set up 75 county polling locations for the 2014 General Election.

The four proposed constitutional amendments on today's ballot have drawn opponents and supporters alike across the state, but only one -- Amendment 1 -- has earned widespread attention from religious groups.

In May the U.S. Supreme Court strengthened the constitutional armor protecting prayer at public meetings, but an attorney in a local public prayer case said that defense may soon be tested.

Despite a slow start, early voting in Hamilton County picked up by the end.

Applications for Tennessee Promise are piling in faster and higher than expected, and Gov. Bill Haslam is calling for mentors to cover all the prospective students.

A gate failure at the Chickamauga Lock has temporarily shut down the lock at the Chickamauga Dam.

Tennessee Promise has generated twice the interest Gov. Bill Haslam expected, and now he's calling on volunteers to serve as mentors for the program.

After about an hour of debate, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and Democratic challenger Mary Headrick agreed on one thing: The U.S. Postal Service distribution center on Shallowford Road should stay open.

Tennessee 3rd Congressional District candidates Chuck Fleischmann and Mary Headrick will debate Monday on WTCI, the local PBS affiliate.

Local election officials say confusing ballot language has been the only hiccup during early voting for the Nov. 4 election.

A second part of the long-awaited expansion of Apison Pike will start soon, but other phases of the project — and other big road projects in East Hamilton — will depend on the General Assembly.

Tennessee's first five days of early voting was down by nearly a third compared to the somewhat similar 2010 election, state figures show.

Area builders are chafing at a proposed city ordinance that would require them to hire acoustical engineers when building homes in or around Chattanooga's Amplified Music District.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann's campaign had until Monday to answer questions the Federal Election Commission raised over the congressman's July quarterly report, and a spokesman said late Monday all issues were addressed.

Hamilton County officials last week voted to clarify a policy that pays full health benefits for some retired county employees. But one commissioner said that policy needs to be examined, and possibly ditched.By Louie Brogdon

The second of three lectures put on by the Friends of Moccasin Bend and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is on for tonight.

With just more than a week before the two candidates seeking to represent Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District meet for a head-to-head debate, the candidates say they expect to stick to issues — and keep it clean.

With fewer than 20 days before the general election, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has been outraised and outspent by Lenda Sherrell, the Democrat challenging him for his 4th Congressional District seat.

With fewer than 20 days before the general election, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais has been out-fundraised and out-spent by Lenda Sherrell, the Democrat challenging him for his 4th Congressional District seat.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann has out-spent and out-raised his Democratic opponent, Mary Headrick. But Headrick says money isn't everything, and she hopes people can change more minds than campaign dollars in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District.

Polls open across Tennessee today for early voting in the Nov. 4 election, and local election officials and party chiefs are urging residents to get out and cast their ballots.

Hamilton County Trustee Bill Hullander said collecting business taxes on desk chairs, computers, tractors and other personal property can be a bear. And he and other trustees are considering going to the Legislature for help.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke continued pulling the national spotlight toward the Scenic City on Friday as he served on a panel in Boston to address issues facing urban communities.

Updated: Berke heads to Boston to shine national spotlight on local efforts [video]

Cities must solve their own problems, Chattanooga mayor tells Politico magazine

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke visited New England to participate in Politico Magazine's "What Works: Boston" event, as part of a discussion on public safety, transportation and food.

An environmental assessment of the joint Chattanooga-Hamilton County firing range on Moccasin Bend indicates that the nearly 40 years of spent bullets at the site may be causing lead-laden surface water to flow into the Tennessee River.

For more than a decade, Tennessee's Eastern hemlock trees have been fighting a losing war against a tiny aphidlike insect — the hemlock woolly adelgid. And Signal Mountain has been a full-fledged combat zone.

Hamilton County commissioners next week will debate whether to relax the distance requirements between stores that sell beer and churches, schools and other public gathering places in the unincorporated county.

State highway officials are calling on residents for input as they go through an environmental assessment of changes to Tennessee's interstate gateway. But construction on the proposed $89 million retooling of the Interstate 75/I-24 interchange is not likely to start this year.

The public comment and response period for EPB's federal request to expand its broadband service beyond the Gig City's borders ended this week.

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