Tim Omarzu


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Tim Omarzu covers education for the Times Free Press.
Omarzu is a longtime journalist who has worked as a reporter and editor at daily and weekly newspapers in Michigan, Nevada and California.

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Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith is either terrible at long-range planning or about as good as he can be — depending on which school board member graded him on his annual evaluation that became available Friday.

Should it cost an extra $100 a month out-of-pocket for Hamilton County public school teachers and employees to keep their spouses on the school district’s health plan, raising the monthly cost to $533 for families?

Grit and hard work got Allen Elementary School in Soddy-Daisy recognized Thursday as one of the top schools in Tennessee, Principal Earlene Weeks said.

Hamilton County had six "Reward Schools" recognized by the state for achievement and growth, according to a list released Thursday morning.

Gov. Bill Haslam had a question Tuesday morning for Red Bank High School students assembled in the gym.

Sex Week fallout may affect UTC programs

As new semester begins, one-fourth of students ‘opting out’

Student organizations at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga may see their funding reduced by $43,000 this year, thanks to fallout over “Sex Week” at the university’s main campus in Knoxville.

Westview Elementary School: A son's rampage, a parent's lament

Mental problems to blame for school vandalism rampage, suspect's parents say

When sheriff's deputies confronted Aaron Roden inside Westview Elementary School early Tuesday morning, they saw a man wearing nothing but boxer shorts, dangling from a TV holder secured to the rafters.

Hamilton County Schools struggle with healthcare costs

Could eat up 3 percent raise teachers got last year, board member worries

A proposal to charge teachers and school employees an extra $100 a month to keep their spouse and families on the school's health care plan got a cool reception Wednesday from the Hamilton County School Board.

Sheriff Jim Hammond couldn’t say Tuesday what possessed a 22-year-old man to single-handedly vandalize Westview Elementary School so badly that the school was closed all day.

School enrollment should jump in Hamilton County once Chattanooga’s Volkswagen assembly plant starts building VW’s new sport utility vehicle, schools Superintendent Rick Smith said.

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