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Hamilton County Commissioners today voted to approve Mayor Jim Coppinger's fourth budget, with no debate.

A collection of flying doughnuts on 20th Street has brightened the Southside neighborhood but frosted the city of Chattanooga.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger has not been spared this election season.

The east side of the county is one of four battlegrounds where Democrats are hoping to gain on Aug. 7 in the county general election. But a long line of Republican leadership in the district could make that difficult.

You’ve been there. Hungry, short on time and in desperate need of an authentic Mexican taco.

The ballot won't show it, but there is a contest for Hamilton County's District 1 commission seat.

Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, resigned today as the chairman of the Hamilton County Legislative Delegation.

Tennessee-American Water Co. is touting straight A's on its annual drinking water quality report for Chattanooga.

A political newcomer is seeking to continue 32 years of Republican reign in Hamilton County Commission District 7, but a Democratic pastor from Knoxville is seeking to tilt the political scales in the county's southeastern corner.

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger's new $672.5 million budget could add eight new officers to the county jail and put 30 more patrol cars on the road, although Sheriff Jim Hammond says his department would continue to lag on both fronts.

Even after voting this week to give Hamilton County more control over Erlanger Health System’s board of trustees, county leaders aren’t ready to boost local financial support for the public hospital.

The Hamilton County Commission has done its part to change the way Erlanger Hospital is governed.

Hamilton County Commissioners today heard and immediately passed a Payment In Lieu of Tax agreement for an automotive supplier at Enterprise South Industrial Park.

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.

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