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The crowd of more than 500 people stopped shaking hands and milling about as the lights dimmed in The Chattanoogan's ballroom. After the invocation and presentation of colors, audience members took their seats to learn about the state of their city.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke is proud of his first year in office, but he’s got no time to dwell on the past while forging into year two.

A potential Tennessee gubernatorial candidate has sued top state Democrats who ousted him from their 2014 ballot for not being "bona fide" under party rules.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., says there's no way the Chickamauga Lock will get funding this fiscal year, and its fate for the next few years depends on whether a House or Senate version of a bill to reform its funding prevails.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., met with local mayors and municipal officials today to discuss ways the federal government can help with local issues.

Challengers are outpacing incumbents in Tennessee's 3rd and 4th congressional districts, campaign finance reports show, but 3rd District Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is faring better than his 4th District counterpart, Rep. Scott DesJarlais.

More than 30 vacant properties in Chattanooga may get a face-lift — or be bulldozed and rebuilt — after Hamilton County commissioners Wednesday voted to give up the county’s stake in the tracts.

The local primary election is about three weeks away, but registered voters who already have their picks can fill out their ballots starting today.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann has more cash than his competition for Tennessee's 3rd District congressional seat — but challenger Weston Wamp's campaign has out-raised him so far this year.

Hamilton County Auditor Bill McGriff says the county constitutional officers are basically doing a good job managing the public's money.

A 25-year-old corrections officer seeking the Republican nod for the county register of deeds post says an internal investigation against him at the Hamilton County Jail started as a "personal issue that was taken too far." And he says the findings of the investigation have nothing to do with his ability to oversee deed filing for the county.

Fewer than half of the candidates running for state and local offices in Hamilton County met Thursday's deadline for filing first-quarter campaign funding reports. But those who did show they've amassed more than $900,000 combined to get elected.

Erlanger Health System will get to turn $10 million into $30 million after Hamilton County commissioners agreed Wednesday to help the hospital tap into a pool of federal money for treating uninsured patients.

It's official, a neo-Nazi group will be demonstrating at the Hamilton County Courthouse this month.

In a unanimous vote this morning, Hamilton County commissioners agreed to transfer $10 million of Erlanger money that the hospital will use to draw as much as $30 million in federal funds to offset care for the uninsured.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger is seeking his first full term as the county’s executive, but he won’t enjoy a walk-in election like 13 other incumbent county officials.

A week before federal candidates have to file first quarter financial disclosure reports, Weston Wamp's campaign says it has raised more than $370,000 for the August primary -- and it's mostly from individual donations.

Hamilton County commissioners have given their blessing for a grant application to help pay for horse trails at Enterprise South Nature Park, with one commissioner and local environmentalists urging the county to proceed with caution.

Former County Executive Dalton Roberts dubbed him "Bulldog" and for nearly 40 years -- 38 years and six months to be exact -- the name stuck.

All the players in the 2014 election season have taken the field. And four incumbent state legislators from Hamilton County can just ease along this election season if they like.

A California company that handles sewer billing for the Chattanooga area is seeking to salvage relations with residents who have been assessed processing fees when paying their bills online, over the phone or at retail locations.

A Hamilton County commissioner, a lawman and a lawyer are vying for the soon-to-be vacated Circuit Court Clerk post.

Hamilton County Commissioners will spend a week mulling an intergovernmental loan to help Erlanger Health System turn $10 million into $30 million.

Judicial Commissioners Randy Russell and Sheretta Smith will continue to serve in their posts after Hamilton County Commissioners voted today to reappoint them.

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., says he will introduce a bill today to eliminate illegal, abusive training practices for Tennessee walking horses — and he hopes to bridge a divide between a widely supported set of existing House and Senate bills and the $3.2 billion industry.

Former dairy executive Scottie Mayfield says 3rd District congressional candidate Weston Wamp secretly recorded a conversation they had when Wamp came to his home to talk him out of supporting U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in the August Republican primary.

Responding to criticism from former dairy executive Scottie Mayfield, Congressional candidate Weston Wamp said he recorded a March 15 conversation he had with Mayfield for his own protection.

A massive $1.5 million renovation and expansion of the aquarium’s North American Otter exhibit is in the works and is set to open May 2

The Scenic City made big news in 2013. President Barack Obama showed up in summer touting his jobs plan at one of the area's major employers; Chattanooga's ultra-quick Internet connection earned national attention year-round and a controversial vote at Volkswagen took the union debate full tilt onto the national stage.

Former dairy executive Scottie Mayfield says congressional candidate Weston Wamp secretly recorded a conversation they had when Wamp came to his home to talk him out of supporting U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann in the August Republican primary.

An East Ridge man's two-year fight to be allowed to pay his sewer bill in cash without a fee has landed in Chancery Court.

Parents at Ganns Middle Valley Elementary, Sale Creek Middle-High, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts and others have been lobbying for years for new or expanded schools.

For $50 million, county officials say taxpayers can afford to fix issues at five zoned neighborhood schools, or replace one magnet school.

Congressional candidate Weston Wamp is hitting the campaign trail, quite literally.

Congressional candidate Weston Wamp announced today he is hitting the campaign trail.

Every parent and student at East Ridge High School knows who Curtis D. Adams is. His name is on the arts building.

A 25-year-old corrections officer is challenging a five-term incumbent for the Republican nod for the Hamilton County register of deeds post.

Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts may top charts for student achievement, but it looks as if a new building for the campus is at best fifth on the county's priority list.

Hamilton County Commissioners today decided to postpone a vote over four schools Mayor Jim Coppinger recommended to fund.

Two years ago, onetime dairy executive Scottie Mayfield raised a record amount of money as he campaigned in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District to unseat incumbent U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann.

Former congressional opponent Scottie Mayfield endorsed U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann today, and accepted a position as an honorary chairman of Fleischman's campaign.

Chattanooga officials say a four-year sewer billing contract signed by the previous administration just plain stinks. And the city is working to clear the air with residents upset over millions flowing to an out-of-state billing company.

Democrats in Hamilton County will have to decide whether they will stand behind the 20-year incumbent Criminal Court clerk or vote in new blood.

Hamilton County has enough money to complete three of six proposed new school projects, but Mayor Jim Coppinger won't say how much the county has to work with or what three schools should be built.

Next time you stroll along River Street and wonder what that slightly out-of-place, white-washed brick building is, I have your answer.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said the county has enough funds to complete three of six proposed new school projects — but he won't say how much the county has to work with or which schools he thinks should be built.

A UTC professor who spent years collecting and analyzing samples of Tennessee River water between Chattanooga and Knoxville says researchers need to keep an eye on the amount of prescription drugs that make it into the river.

The District 8 Commission race has called a former commissioner back to politics and beckoned East Ridge's mayor to seek a county post. Both will challenge Commissioner Tim Boyd in the May 6 Republican primary.

Most Hamilton County commissioners say they will keep an open mind about upping the county's contribution to Erlanger Health System to $5 million — and two say they support the idea.

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