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Reaching out to the Hispanic population today is key to solving Chattanooga’s gang problem tomorrow, says the head of the city’s Gang Task Force.

Vasita Hakizimana flips through a stack of photos of her children who are still back in Africa.

The humanitarian program to resettle refugees from across the world starts with the federal government and about $1 billion a year, but it's up to local nonprofits to help them thrive.

Inside a mud brick home in Burundi, five children sit in a circle on the reddish dirt floor and wait. In the center lies a tin plate filled with mashed manioc, a white root vegetable similar to sweet potato.

They survived a genocide in their homeland of Burundi, only to spend decades living in refugee camps in neighboring Tanzania.

Passion, a proven record and the ability to listen are some of the qualities that newly named Benwood President Sarah Morgan brings to the foundation.

In a room surrounded by females, Antonio Simpson doesn't have a bit of trouble answering the question, "What do you know about women?"

The death toll from domestic violence in Georgia is more than 100 per year, but a coalition of area groups wants to reduce those numbers.

After eight years and hundreds of students helped with reading, writing and high-school equivalency diplomas, La Plaza Comunitaria is looking for a new home.

DALTON, Ga. — When Viviana Villeda drives to Atlanta today to be photographed and fingerprinted by immigration officers, she will be one step closer to finding out whether she will be able to work legally and not worry about being deported.

Leonardo is ready.

MTABILA CAMP, Tanzania -- The message was clear: "Let us talk about your return home," Burundi government officials told a crowd of about 2,000 refugees inside Mtabila camp in northwestern Tanzania.

Less than four months before the presidential election, many in the Latino community believe neither President Barack Obama nor Congress has delivered on the promise of comprehensive immigration reform.

After Katrina Piatt graduated from high school almost 20 years ago, she went to college a couple of times, but always dropped out.

A key congressional vote at the last hour to keep interest rates on student loans from doubling was nothing more than political maneuvering, Tennessee's junior senator said Monday.

One ruling resulted in essentially the same reaction from two very different sides.

While college tuition rates have risen steadily over the past decade, the amount students actually have to pay on average has not grown as fast.

KNOXVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam says he is setting off on a mission to re-examine higher education.

KNOXVILLE -- UTC is closer to becoming the fifth university nationwide and the only public school in Tennessee to offer a doctorate in occupational therapy.

Gov. Bill Haslam is not sure a special session is the right fix to the tuition hike increases expected to be approved by the UT board of trustees today.

UTC students may come back this fall with a higher tuition sticker price and a wide array of fee increases.

Good morning, my friends, local attorney Sam Gowin says as he introduces himself to a small group of Cuban refugees. He is about to conduct the second “Introduction to our Legal System” — an orientation to help newcomers learn about the U.S. court system, what to do when a police officer stops them and what can happen if a child has too many unexcused absences from school.

Rows of children of all ages stood inside a big room at East Brainerd Intermediate School.

Higher education nationwide has been racked with turnover at the top in the last year, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is no exception. Within a month, its top two leaders announced that they are leaving.

Every time Mariela Cruz heard Congress was voting on a bill that might help her legalize her status, her eyes were glued to the C-SPAN network.

ATLANTA -- The federal immigration system is broken -- that's the message heard over and over again Monday during the first Southeast immigration summit.

Over the last five years, Georgia counties, cities and any other entities that provide public benefits such as adult education or business licenses have been required to comply with evolving state laws.

There are students at Chattanooga State Community College with grade-point averages and ACT scores high enough to enroll at essentially any school they want, but for one reason or another they choose to stay closer to home.

Dear Mr. Dever, Thank you so much for your postcard. It means a lot to know someone is praying for you back home. ... I hope you have a wonderful day!

Schools in the University of Tennessee system are coming up with plans to improve lagging compensation for faculty and staff.

Since Sean Odineal was 5 years old he has been curious about how things function.

Avi Giron will be the first in her family to go to college, and she attributes that in great part to a Dalton State College program for high school students.

Since the beginning of the recession, area colleges and universities have held the line on what they pay their top leaders, data show.

Jinan and Abdulwahab Al-Abid walked from table to table inside the gym at Battle Academy in the Southside.

Julie Bowman was predestined to become a teacher, she says. Her maternal grandparents were both teachers, her aunts were teachers, even her mother was a school teacher.

During the final days of Tennessee's legislative session, lawmakers approved a bill that requires anyone applying for public benefits to prove they are in the country legally.

Undercooked or expired food, distribution of used underwear and detainees being kept in segregation for more than 60 days are some of the violations found in Georgia's four immigration detention centers, the ACLU reported Wednesday.

Default rates on student loans have risen in Chattanooga and across the country, reaching their highest levels in at least three years.

From early on, Marlen Rodriguez knew she wanted to go to college, but it wasn't until she was in middle school and joined a summer program at Dalton State College that she actually felt it could become a reality.

As the pressure builds for colleges not only to enroll more students but actually graduate them, more schools are turning to their admission requirements as part of the solution.

A world of possibilities awaits five area high school students awarded one of the nation’s most prestigious and competitive college scholarships.

UTC's Philip Oldham is expected to be named the next president of Tennessee Technological University, pending approval by the Tennessee Board of Regents on Friday.

NASHVILLE — The majority of states that followed Georgia's lead in creating lottery-funded state scholarships now are coming up with policies to deal with increasing demand and declining revenues.

Sonia Shostak has called the United States home for more than three decades, and the 64-year-old has spent more time in her adoptive country than in her native Honduras.

"Copy it down. Copy the whole equation," Debra Weiss tells student Daniel Munson as she stands over his shoulder. "What color socks are you wearing today?" she asks him. Apparently when Munson wears gray socks, he has an easier time with math equations -- at least that's the inside joke between them.

Bad news for Dalton State College students: tuition is going up again. The good news is, they will pay only $35 more per semester if they're in-state residents. Dalton State students also will pay $20 more in student fees, bringing that total to $443 a semester.

The number of Hispanics in Hamilton County in the area is still not too large compared with the total county population, but it’s definitely growing.

Just as student-loan debt has reached a record $1 trillion, need-based student loan interest rates will double to 6.8 percent July 1 if Congress doesn't act.

A Tennessee bill that requires police to arrest people involved in serious car accidents but don’t have a driver’s license and proof of insurance is awaiting the governor’s signature.

Aleksandr Migovich has completed Calculus I, II, III and Differential Equations at Cleveland State Community College -- basically his math requirements for an engineering degree. And he hasn't even finished high school.

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