Shelly Bradbury

phone: 423-757-6525

Shelly Bradbury covers police and crime in Chattanooga and Hamilton County for the Times Free Press. She's been with the paper since 2012, working first as an intern and then as a business reporter.

She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint Hill Times.

Outside the newsroom, Shelly enjoys hiking, horseback riding, traveling and fishing.

If you have an idea for a story, call Shelly at 423-757-6525 or email

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With killings up, Chattanooga tweaks VRI

Gangs no longer the sole target

In a seven-day span that ended Monday, 10 people were shot in Chattanooga and three of them died in one of the most violent weeks of 2014.

At five minutes before 3 p.m. Thursday, only a handful of people milled around the meeting room where gang members hoped to talk about ways to stop the violence in Chattanooga.

Gang members are stepping into the anti-violence dialogue in Chattanooga today — days after three people were killed and seven were injured by a spate of gun violence throughout the city.

David Kennedy, architect of the anti-violence strategy adopted in Chattanooga and across the country, said in a December 2013 interview that residents should be able to tell fairly quickly if the VRI strategy is working.

Chattanooga police want parents to fingerprint and get DNA from their kids

Chattanooga police to hand out child identification kits

Parents in Hamilton County soon will have a new way to help track down their kids if they go missing.

In a 48-hour span this week, two Chattanooga men were shot to death, two teenagers were wounded by gunfire and local law enforcement clashed twice with groups of civilians, arresting four people in each incident.

Akeyllya Berry didn’t expect to be arrested when she arrived at the hospital where her brother was dying of multiple gunshot wounds Monday night.

When 93-year-old Jack Rolfson looks at a B-17 these days, he can't help but shake his head.

A 23-year-old woman has been charged with attempted first-degree murder after police say she stabbed a 61-year-old man in the neck Sunday during an argument about money.

A 23-year-old woman has been charged with attempted first degree murder after police say she stabbed a 61-year-old man in the neck Sunday during an argument about money.

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