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For the fourth year in a row, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger today presented a budget without a tax increase to the county commission.

A former Hamilton County commissioner is trying to reclaim District 6 for the Democrats in the Aug. 7 county general election, and the Republican incumbent says he's up for the challenge.

Hamilton County Commissioner Jim Fields is mum on whether he is seeking to replace Clerk and Master Lee Akers. But the state's attorney general has helped to shed some light on the subject.

The fanfare of primaries has passed, but local political parties and candidates are now focusing on the prize -- the Aug. 7 election.

The long-awaited restructuring of Erlanger hospital's governing board appears to be in the final stretch.

Weston Wamp says some of the country's biggest problems are its oldest. And Congress needs young, tech-savvy millennials to make government meet private sector standards.

Statewide, the food and wine war is over. Locally, the wets have one more battle — but election officials say they haven't yet taken the field.

In some ways, Rick Carpenter got his wish. He can now pay two years' worth of sewer bills in cash. There will be no transaction fee per se -- but there will be one due for Hamilton County Chancery Court.

Chancellor Jeffery Atherton has ruled against an East Ridge couple sued by the Hamilton County Water and Wastewater Treatment Authority for nonpayment of bills.

Hamilton County's chancellors are seeking a replacement for Clerk and Master Lee Akers. But when asked for the list of applicants, the judges first denied the request on nonlegal grounds, and then ordered the records sealed.

Residents seeking to pay property taxes or fees to Criminal Court with plastic will soon see a boost in convenience and savings.

Randy Fairbanks faces no Democratic opposition for the District 1 Hamilton County Commission seat, but that doesn't mean he's going to walk into office.

Nearly 20-year-old computer systems have left Hamilton County's ambulance service's bill collection on life support — and they are a time drain for paramedics to boot.

For more than 30 years, the Brainerd levee system has done what it was intended to do — prevent the kind of flooding that submerged hundreds of homes and businesses around South Chickamauga Creek in the 1970s.

More than two dozen Hamilton County high school students were sworn in Wednesday to serve on the county's first youth court.

One East Ridge man’s two-year battle against the sewer authority may soon end.

More than two dozen Hamilton County high school students were sworn in today to serve on the county's first youth court.

Nine county constitutional officers and a handful of outside agencies are asking taxpayers for a combined $3.7 million over what they got last year, and Sheriff Jim Hammond takes up the bulk of the increase.

Sheriff Jim Hammond is asking commissioners to fund another 16 corrections officers, because he says staffing the aging jail is becoming more and more difficult.

Election Commission Chief Deputy Charlotte Mullis-Morgan had one thing to say about last week's Hamilton County primary voter turnout.

Change is in the wind for the Hamilton County Commission.

With local primary elections safely behind them, Hamilton County officials will hold budget hearings next week.

The Weston Wamp campaign has found support from two prominent Hamilton County veterans.

Tuesday marked the end of an era for Hamilton County politics.

Hamilton County Commissioner Larry Henry was pleased to see election numbers roll in Tuesday, as he gathered with friends and campaign workers for an "election watch."

The countywide clerk races today show Larry Henry, Gwen Tidwell and Pam Hurst as winners.

Results in countywide clerk races show Larry Henry, Gwen Tidwell and Pam Hurst leading.

With 19 of 130 precincts reporting, some countywide clerk races are shaping up.

Minutes after the polls closed Tuesday, the elections for various countywide clerk position are starting to shape up.

State Rep. Joe Carr says his campaign to unseat longtime incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., is moving at about 1,500 miles a week. But record keeping has seemed to be a bit of a speed bump for the Lascassas Republican.

The American Civil Liberties Union has started a statewide campaign against the largest private prison company in the nation, but county officials say there's no plan to end a 30-year-old local contract with Corrections Corporation of America.

Future Hamilton County employees won't get the cushy deal in place for current workers if the county follows a move by the state to modernize its retirement benefits.

Chattanooga has come a long way from its filthy past by replacing industrial scars with greenspace and outdoor attractions, and now officials are looking to curb the city's energy consumption.

With a week left for early voting in the May 6 Hamilton County primary elections, about 1 percent of registered voters have cast ballots.

The Federal Election Commission has a few questions for two Republican congressional candidates in Tennessee's 3rd and 4th Districts.

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.

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