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The six Republican candidates for Tennessee's 3rd District congressional seat who participated in a Saturday forum hosted by the Chattanooga Tea Party and the Campaign for Liberty all aimed to present themselves as small-government and Constitution-friendly.

Hamilton County commissioners will vote next week on whether to give the county's Health and Safety Board more authority to enforce codes for keeping properties free of debris.

Some Hamilton County commissioners have hundreds of thousands of dollars left in their discretionary funds from this fiscal year, while others are sitting on considerably less.

WHAT'S NEXT * April 5: Last day to register to vote in county primary * April 14 - 29: Early voting in county primary * May 4: County primary election * July 6: Last day to register to vote in county general * July 16 - 31: Early voting in county general

Hamilton County commissioners will vote next week on whether to refinance up to about $30 million in county bonds.

Hamilton County commissioners will vote next week whether to authorize refinancing of about $30 million in bonds.

New ambulance equipment can cut substantially the time it takes to treat potential heart attack patients, local officials say.

Officials say a new system in ambulances will help get information about patients who may have had a heart attack to the hospital faster.

After more than two months with no Democrats in Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District race, a Democrat said Monday that she's planning to enter.

Hamilton County Commissioner Greg Beck kicked off his re-election campaign Monday evening with a promise that he won't flip-flop -- which some of his supporters say is a trait of his primary opponent, the Rev. Bernie Miller.

Brenda Short, a former staffer for U.S. Rep. Marilyn Lloyd, D-Tenn., said Monday evening she’s running for the 3rd District seat Rep. Lloyd once held.

key dates April 5: Last day to register to vote in county primary April 14-29: Early voting in county primary May 4: County primary July 6: Last day to register to vote in county general election July 16-31: Early voting in county general electio

The Rev. Bernie Miller, who is running against incumbent County Commissioner Greg Beck in the District 5 Democratic primary this year, has gained the endorsement of former U.S. Rep. Marilyn Lloyd, D-Chattanooga, his campaign reported.

U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp told a large crowd of supporters Friday that one of the things he's most thankful for is their prayers and called his gubernatorial run "a spiritual journey."

U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp said this morning that the Republican campaign for governor is turning into a “two-man race.”

Primary challengers filed paperwork Thursday to run against Hamilton County Commissioners Fred Skillern and Warren Mackey, leaving only one incumbent commissioner without an opponent this year.

Former Chattanooga City Councilwoman Debbie Gaines said she's challenging Hamilton County Commissioner Warren Mackey for his District 4 seat.

A $5.9 million former nursing home donated to Hamilton County late last year will bear the name of one of the county's first commissioners: the Rev. Paul McDaniel.

Hamilton County commissioners voted this morning to name a $7.5 million county building after the Rev. Paul McDaniel.

Knocking on doors and making personal phone calls are going to be the best ways to spend political dollars in local races this year, Brandon Lewis, a founder of the Republican Majority Builders group, said Monday.

A list of Hamilton County projects totaling more than $32 million soon will make its way to Washington, D.C., if county commissioners vote to approve it.

The announcement Thursday that Hamilton County had received an AAA bond rating from Standard & Poor's Ratings Services had the County Commission crowing with delight.

Hamilton County’s 2009 general obligation bonds have been given a AAA rating by Standard and Poor's.

Lookout Valley business owner Joe Graham is following up last year's run for Chattanooga City Council with a bid for the Hamilton County Commission this year.

There won’t be a primary election to replace Hamilton County Chancellor Howell Peoples, who announced his retirement in January.

Chattanooga businessman Jim Winters, who ran for Hamilton County sheriff in 2008, has announced that he’s seeking a seat on the County Commission.

Feeling low this February, which seems sapped of sunshine?

The national Republican Governors Association is taking a Georgia-style approach to this year's gubernatorial elections, largely because of the influence of Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Hamilton County agencies, including Hamilton County Schools, will have to wait another three to four years before money will be available for new buildings, officials said.

The U.S. House vote to raise the nation's debt limit by $1.9 trillion last week triggered tough responses from Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney and U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, R-Tenn.

Dayton, Tenn., political staple June Griffin, who is running for governor of Tennessee as an independent, said Thursday she's fed up with Democrats, Republicans and the electoral money machine.

A mix-up over a campaign donor led the two top fundraisers in the race for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District seat to call names and point fingers Wednesday.

The Signal Mountain Town Council could vote as early as Monday to rezone the old Signal Mountain Middle School property for a community athletic club, Mayor Bill Lusk said.

After months of debate and a lawsuit, Hamilton County Commissioners this morning unanimously approved the sale of the old Signal Mountain Middle School property.

During the last half of 2009, state Senate Minority Leader Jim Kyle finished first among Democrats in fundraising for Tennessee's upcoming gubernatorial election.

Chattanooga attorney Chuck Fleischmann, a Republican, has more than double the campaign funds of any of his opponents for Tennessee's 3rd Congressional District seat, records show.

U.S. Rep. Lincoln Davis, D-Tenn., formally announced to day that he would seek re-election to his 4th Congressional District seat.

Harold Ford Jr.’s claims to be “pro-choice” on abortion and supportive of civil unions for same-sex couples have sparked criticism that he has flip-flopped since saying he might run for U.S. Senate this year in New York.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, or PETA, is asking a local hospital to extend a ban on hiring smokers to meat eaters, too.

Cardboard, garbage can lids and an inflatable boat littered the bottom of a hill at Renaissance Park on Saturday afternoon as Chattanooga residents relished the winter weather.

Repair crews were on the job Saturday working to get a train that derailed by Cummings Highway at the foot of Lookout Mountain back on the track.

About 13,000 EPB customers were still without power at about noon Saturday, according to spokeswoman Lacie Newton.

Repair crews are on the job this morning cleaning up a train derailment by Cummings Highway that resulted in a punctured propane tank and Ochs, Scenic and Cummings highways are all closed.

Built to alleviate overcrowding in Ooltewah schools, the new East Hamilton School is poised to be overcapacity in its second year of existence.

Hamilton County commissioners seemed agreeable Thursday to a compromise on a plan to develop the old Signal Mountain Middle School into an athletic center.

Hamilton County commissioners will vote next week on a compromise to sell the old Signal Mountain Middle School property to the owner of the Signal Mountain Athletic Club.

Despite chilly weather and the loud sounds of construction at the Walnut Street bridge Tuesday afternoon, a group of protesters stood by Frazier Avenue traffic to send President Barack Obama and Congress a message.

Chattanooga City Councilman Andraé McGary said Tuesday he won't seek the congressional seat now held by U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp, citing "wrong timing."

Hamilton County Clerk Bill Knowles' announcement that he had to lay off five deputy clerks is no indication that more layoffs are coming, county and city officials said.

In a weekend news release, Hamilton County Clerk Bill Knowles announced he has laid off five deputy clerks because of weak fee collections.

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