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Steve Hardy

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After Monday night's fourth meeting with community members, UTC officials are preparing to seek government approval for the university's new master plan that will provide an outline for its real estate growth in the next 10-15 years.

Eleven days before opening night, two of the stars are dead. Boris and Horace, a pair of beluga sturgeons from Russia, died over the weekend, only a day or two after being placed in their new tank for the upcoming River Giants exhibit, which opens April 28 at the Tennessee Aquarium.

After feeling ignored by the Hamilton County Department of Education, a parent committee in the eastern part of the county is asking school board members to consider installing portables and using another year to gather growth information before signing on to the superintendent's proposed rezoning plan.

The man shot Thursday night during a gambling raid on Gunbarrel Road is one of the owners of a local restaurant and also is awaiting trial for aggravated statutory rape and assault.

Artists of all stripes are banding together this week in an explosion of performances, sculpture installations and art exhibitions.

'I can't breathe!" Erlanger nurses scramble to perform CPR and defibrillation on Mr. Bill, the medical mannequin.

Mike Studer is going to kick a lot of beehives in the coming days and, if he's lucky, only a few hundred insects will attack him.

More than 800 locals formed a sea of pomade and pin curls at Tuesday's casting call for extras in the upcoming Jackie Robinson film, "42."

From answering emails promptly to being visible in the community to speaking directly with parents, even after hours, local PTAs honored area principals for the little things they do every day.

Whooping and hollering, the 8- and 9-year-olds descended on their share of the 100,000 plastic eggs scattered throughout Coolidge Park. "It was war," recounted 9-year-old Tyler Rieckhoff.

Starting in October, students can begin enrolling in a new nursing program at Chattanooga College.

Laughing and talking, huddled over pitchers and appetizers in the back room of Pin Strikes Bowling Center, the two dozen people — kids, couples, retirees — could pass for people at a reunion.

Locals are grabbing up lottery tickets by the fistful after the multistate Mega Millions lottery prize climbed past half a billion dollars on Wednesday, setting a national record.

Angelica Vega describes her role model's childhood in Nicaragua, of her coming to America as a teen and auditing classes at East Ridge High School to learn English.

The handsome red oak table under the window in Jamael Lett's classroom stands in sharp contrast to the standard-issue metal desks that take up most of the floor space.

Hundreds of black, white, young and old Chattanoogans marched Monday afternoon in a crowd that spread over two blocks down Market Street and called for justice on the month anniversary of the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Florida.

Some Chattanooga community leaders are joining a national outcry against racism and violence that many believe left a Florida teen dead and his killer uncharged.

FEMA employees sat in Chattanooga's Fire Station 7 on Saturday talking, snacking, joking about picking up some Jim Beam after work. They had a lot of time on their hands; during the two hours a Times Free Press photographer and writer were on the scene, absolutely no one showed up asking for help recovering from storms and tornadoes.

Chuck McSpadden tends nearly 20,000 trees at Apple Valley in Cleveland, Tenn. His trees are a week or two ahead of schedule after mild winter temperatures, but he still can’t harvest until July.

As the plane started sinking into the frigid waters of the Hudson River, Dave Sanderson remembered advice his mother had given him.

After breaking temperature records last Wednesday and Thursday, Chattanooga is predicted to top the 85-degree record high today, the first day of spring.

A large group of family members huddled in the waiting room of the children's intensive care unit at Erlanger on Sunday, hoping for good news about the most recent victim of a Chattanooga shooting.

A large group of family members huddled in the waiting room of Erlanger’s Children’s Intensive Care Unit on Sunday, hoping for good news about the most recent victim of a Chattanooga shooting.

Nicki Carignan put on the shoes that she'll wear when she walks down the aisle. She tried on her wedding dress, recently home from the cleaners. Then, looking into the mirror, Carignan began to sob with relief.

One man died and another is in the hospital after they were shot this morning on Fagan Street in South Chattanooga, police said.

This year's unseasonably warm winter can officially be counted among Chattanooga's hottest, according to the National Weather Service.

Refurbished gardens at Red Bank Elementary School are giving third-graders a chance to learn about plant life, practice valuable gardening skills and, if all goes according to plan, serve fresh herbs and vegetables in the school cafeteria.

The Greater Chattanooga Association of Realtors is against the recently proposed school rezoning in eastern Hamilton County.

Clocks weren't the only things to spring forward over the weekend, as temperatures around the region began a rise that is expected to keep the area warm for several days.

Investors with the Chattanooga Renaissance Fund agree -- D'Angelo Foster has a pretty sweet idea. The 10th-grade chocolatier won over the CRF judges at the first Howard School Entrepreneurship Competition with his pitch for a business that sells boutique chocolates with exotic flair.

Several dozen parents met in the middle of the cul de sac on Sgt. Daly Drive on Wednesday night to consolidate efforts to oppose proposed school redistricting plans in eastern Hamilton County.

Several dozen parents met on Wednesday night to consolidate efforts to oppose current school redistricting plans in east Hamilton County.

The administrator of the Hamilton County Election Commission said she expects a tight race for the GOP presidential nomination today.

After a day and a half of trial, Allen Yates has been reinstated as an equal beneficiary of his father's estate, valued at about $15 million.

Looking at his grandfather’s collapsed, tornado-ravaged garage, David Fletcher tried not to lose hope for the dog he knew had been inside.

The sawdust flying off Jojo Macatiag's chain saw mingles with the ashen sky, backdropped by houses without roofs and walls. Nearby, Salvation Army trucks rattle down barricaded roads, weaving between power company cherry pickers to deliver hot meals to people collecting scattered storm detritus.

First laugh, first crawl, first word -- every year parents fill baby books with familiar accomplishments. Twelve-month-old Brielle Barnes' parents celebrated much different milestones. First bottle. First night maintaining body temperature. First breath.

LaFAYETTE, Ga. — The Yates family estate trial seems to be at an end after two days of testimony, with both sides settling in court on Wednesday.

For many cooks, it's easy to get into a flavor rut: oregano, basil, salt, repeat.

For Laura Sikes Yates, the contested will of Pierce Yates has devolved into a "despicable" affair the millionaire's descendants from three marriages and multiple generations have been tangled in a civil case brought before the Walker County Court in LaFayette, Ga.

David Hirsch watched as fire churned through his apartment building, watched as firefighters tore into the walls and ceiling trying to contain the flames.

Chattanooga firefighters rescued pets and extinguished a fire that burned half a dozen homes at Mountain Creek Apartments this afternoon.

Eddie Gorham stood on his roof, garden hose in hand, trying to hold the flames at bay. The Sunday afternoon fire eventually did reach his home, but multiple fire departments battled for more than an hour to make sure that the rest of the houses on the ridge between Dayton Boulevard and McCahill Road in Red Bank remained unscathed.

Nicole Frische spells with her finger on the back of her name tag: q-u-i-b-l-e. It doesn't look right. She recalls the word's definition, pronunciation and sentence use before speaking into the mic. "q-u-i-b-b-l-e. Quibble," the Allen Elementary fifth-grader says, to win the 2012 Regional Spelling Bee.

Allen Elementary School student Nicole Frische bested 59 other elementary and middle-schoolers on Saturday afternoon for the chance to represent the Chattanooga region at the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

Nose running like a faucet? Head feel as if it's full of concrete? Blame the trees. Allergy season has come early this year with Tuesday pollen levels classified as "extremely heavy," the highest rating issued by the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau.

A Rainsville, Ala., man charged Tuesday in a 25-year-old rape case had been a candidate for public office.

Catoosa County, Ga., officials met with leaders of local recreation leagues Monday night to discuss forming an advisory committee that could help the county spend recreation funds more responsibly and standardize play.

Daniel Underwood and Kelly Everitt had an understanding. Though they weren't yet engaged, the two were saving up for a wedding, and Underwood's dream of a new truck would have to be put on the back burner.

The family of an 18-year-old shot to death at a party by a 20-year-old acquaintance has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit.

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