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Hamilton County Commissioners today approved a resolution that will allow residents to visit inmates at the jail via the internet.

Last week's disastrous chemical spill in Charleston, W.V., that left 300,000 residents without water should be a wake-up call for Chattanooga and the rest of the state, clean water advocates say.

Influenza has claimed its first victims in Northwest Georgia, and health officials are urging residents young, old and in between all over the Southeast to get vaccinated.

Residents hoping to stroll part of the Tennessee Riverwalk today will have to make other plans, according to Hamilton County officials.

Tenants of the Chattanooga Housing Authority may have a better chance of learning new job skills and gaining employment after the authority received a $69,000 piece of a federal job training program.

Hamilton County is gearing up for its next delinquent property sale, and officials are hoping — but not expecting — to have another good sale year.

The Hamilton County Commission met Wednesday after a six-week holiday break with plenty of county business to mind.

Hamilton County Commissioners will consider whether or not to keep a contract with Will Denami, the county's lobbyist in Nashville.

After more than 60 hours of below-freezing temperatures that bottomed out Tuesday at 5 degrees, today in Chattanooga is going to feel like a heat wave.

State Rep. Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga, said Monday he's going to work to keep his District 26 seat. And he may not face competition.

Hamilton County Finance Administrator Louis Wright is bowing out after a 38-year career.

Family and friends of Hamilton County Jail inmates often line up daily with hundreds of others for the chance to visit their loved ones, according to Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Allen Branum.

Hamilton County Finance Administrator Louis Wright is bowing out after a 38-year career.

Jack Frost may not be pummelling the Chattanooga area as hard as he is New York and New England — but temperatures in the Scenic City and surrounding region are well below average and worse is coming, forecasters say.

Hamilton County Jail inmates may soon have the option to see loved ones via a computer monitor — instead of through a thick sheet of bulletproof glass.

How many Chattanoogans does it take to change a light bulb? Starting today, the task might be more complicated than you think.

East Ridge and state officials have completed their investigation into the cause of a fatal fire on Dec. 25, and the cause is still unknown.

With two months left to qualify to run for office, 49 potential candidates have taken the first step, and nearly half of them are locked in to the May 6, 2014, Hamilton County primary ballot.

There's a chief at the helm of the newly formed East Ridge Fire Department.

The East Ridge Fire Department has a new chief.

As the year comes to a close, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger is already getting ahead of the fiscal 2015 budget. And to avoid a barrage of questions and criticism from the County Commission, Coppinger hopes to present his new budget about a month early.

Next week, Tennessee will start getting sales tax from online retail giant Amazon, and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger said he'd like to see the county get some of that new money.

Nearly two years after Fredrick Rees Skillern Jr. lost his battle with cancer, his parents are still fighting to keep others in the Hamilton County area from having to bury their loved ones.

Memorial Health Care System will be able to better serve people at risk of or battling cancer, thanks to a large donation from a prominent Hamilton County resident and leader.

Sheriff Jim Hammond says Tennessee should pay Hamilton County more for housing state inmates -- but lawmakers say it will be a tough year to get more dough out of Nashville.

Erich Woerner stood atop Lewis Chapel Mountain on Friday overlooking the patchwork of green farmland in the Sequatchie Valley below.

Four more potential candidates have picked up qualifying paperwork for the May 6, 2014 Hamilton County primaries.

The Hamilton County court system can strip people's rights, throw them in jail or even sentence them to death. But historically, it's had a hard time making people pay their tabs.

Hamilton County Schools will be getting a bit more law and order -- but officials say they could use more.

Hamilton County Clerk and Master Lee Akers says he will retire at the end of his current term, which ends late next year.

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., says the 2014 elections could be a turning point for the county, and he hopes to be on the winning side.

Two weeks into the qualifying period for Hamilton County's 2014 elections, nearly 40 people have picked up petitions to seek office, and seven already are locked in to run.

Hamilton County commissioners accepted a federal grant that will put eight officers in county schools for the next four years. But the deal wasn't as good as commissioners first thought.

Hamilton County Commissioners today accepted a federal police grant that will add eight school resource officers to the county's police force over the next four years.

With more than 80 government posts slated for ballots across Hamilton County, next year's election will be the biggest in years -- eight to be exact. And nearly 40 people say they want to be in charge of making it happen.

Hamilton County residents who need to reinstate their licenses no longer have to travel out of town.

Thousands of scientists have been working to determine the ultimate effect of carbon on our climate, but a University of Tennessee at Knoxville professor just got $880,000 to find out what it's doing in the dirt.

A vote -- and likely a debate -- over whether Hamilton County will pitch in more cash for the over-budget police firing range it's building with the city of Chattanooga was nixed Wednesday.

Hamilton County commissioners today pulled an agenda item seeking an additional $550,000 for the joint city-county downtown police firing range.

Strike one race off the contested list for the local May 6, 2014 Republican primary.

Hamilton County commissioners will decide today whether the county will pay $550,000 extra for the indoor police firing range the county is building with Chattanooga's government.

Hamilton County School Board Chairman Mike Evatt announced today he would not seek the Republican nomination for Hamilton County Circuit Court Clerk.

Next year could bring big changes to the political landscape in Hamilton County — and the state.

Hamilton County commissioners are expected to vote next week whether to pay $90,000 to a former county employee who claims Register of Deeds Pam Hurst fired her and discriminated against her for a medical disability.

East Ridge City Councilman Marc Gravitt said this week he will not leave his local post if he's elected to a state seat. He will just do both jobs.

Hamilton County commissioners said during Wednesday's agenda session that the 24,000-square-foot police firing range the county is building with Chattanooga needs to be slimmed down, built somewhere else or completely rebid.

Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham says the county commission should rebid the joint city-county firing range project, saying the initial contract with Franklin Architects is null and void.

Sheriff Jim Hammond will return to the Hamilton County Commission today to again seek a $500,000 bump in funding for the joint city-county downtown police firing range -- and he might feel like he's wearing a target.

Days after Rep. Vince Dean, R-East Ridge, announced he was leaving his District 30 seat in favor of a local post, he introduced a Republican who will seek to fill his shoes.

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