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Tim Omarzu

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Kerri Sholl filled up her Volvo sport-utility vehicle Tuesday morning with the cheapest gas in Chattanooga — and she knew it.

When Dalton High School's football team has its pregame dinner Thursday for seniors, they'll hear a riveting story from a Dalton Middle School gym teacher, Adam "Wingo" Cordell, about beating the odds.

Charles Sharrock, the Fort Oglethorpe City Councilman who was removed from office by his fellow councilmen in November 2012 for sexually harassing three female city employees, can run for office in November.

You can stand at the podium and share your thoughts with the Hamilton County School Board — provided you submit a written request 72 hours beforehand to get on the agenda.

Summer vacation won't be an excuse to slack off from learning, if the United Way of Greater Chattanooga has anything to say about it.

William Stevens is sick of bed bugs he says are infesting Patten Towers, the landmark 11-story downtown residence that's home to low-income disabled and elderly residents.

Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith wants to talk with the city of Chattanooga about a land swap.

College enrollment dropped nationwide by 930,000 students from 2011 to 2013, the U.S. Census Bureau announced recently, with community colleges taking the biggest hit — a 10 percent drop.

What happens next for the Hamilton County Education Association (HCEA), the teachers union that this summer saw the end of its 36-year-old contract to represent public school teachers here?

Three women founded Girls Preparatory School in 1906 because the city school board refused to offer girls a fourth year of high school studies so girls could apply for college — as boys were able to.

The city of Chattanooga's beer board was out of line when it told they City Cafe that it couldn't sell beer and serve food from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. on weekdays and 3 a.m. to noon on Sundays.

Tennessee leads the nation in low-paying jobs — and that goes for educational consultants who coach teachers, too.

Students planted Arabidopsis, or rockcress, seeds Friday morning in shot-glass-size containers in Elizabeth Tanner's advanced placement biology class at McCallie School.

Dalewood Middle School seventh-graders will get a feel for the human body this winter — they'll use clay to mold lungs, stomachs, skeletons and other parts of the body's systems.

When the 1,100-student East Brainerd Elementary School opens in August, it will already be bursting at the seams.

When the brand new 1,100-student East Brainerd Elementary School opens in August it soon will fill with students— and other new schools in eastern Hamilton County may soon be built.

Hutcheson Medical Center plans to get back into the business of birthing babies.

Calling Jan Richardson a “rock star” in the world of children’s reading and literacy instruction doesn’t go far enough for Allyson DeYoung.

UnifiED is a new Chattanooga nonprofit organization that aims to get people more involved in Hamilton County’s schools.

Square desks lined up in rows. Cement block walls. Rectangular ceiling tiles. Square classrooms inside a box-shaped building.

Project Inspire gets $3 million grant

Will add 24 science and math teachers to under-performing Hamilton County schools

Project Inspire, a program that puts science and math teachers into low-performing Hamilton County public schools, has received a $3 million shot in the arm from the National Science Foundation.

Legislation to lower students' interest rate on college debt doesn't see light of day

Sen. Alexander dismisses Democrat's proposal as 'political stunt'

Adara Joiner is one of the lucky ones.

Eyebrows were raised at Thursday night’s Hamilton County school board meeting over the roughly $1,000-a-day-per-consultant cost to hire a firm from Atlanta to boost teachers’ skills at improving literacy at Orchard Knob Middle School.

The Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy was on the verge of being shut down in 2012 when Elaine Swafford took over as executive director.

At Chattanooga Valley Middle School, 71 percent of students are eligible for free and reduced-price lunches.

A lot of pride and a little duct tape

Tyner Academy marching band plays on despite instruments that are falling apart

Miracle Chappelle got promoted to play tuba in Tyner Academy’s marching band.

When U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited Chattanooga Tuesday as part of his back-to-school bus tour through the South, he talked about something he encounters often: Waiting lists to get kids into prekindergarten classes.

The Hamilton County School District moved closer to its long-range goal to shut down Alpine Crest, DuPont and Rivermont elementary schools and replace them with a new, supersized elementary school where the Hixson Pike YMCA now stands.

Kisha Fifer teaches at Chambliss Center for Children, where she gets 3- and 4-year-olds ready for kindergarten — also known as “big school.”

A total of 362 incidents of bullying were reported last year to Hamilton County public school administrators.

Can your 4-year-old child rhyme two words? Take turns in conversation? Stand on one foot? Hold a pencil correctly?

Every student gets an iPad at the STEM School, a Hamilton County high school on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College.

Georgia teens can drive only with family members for the first six months they have their Class D, or intermediate, driver’s license. For the next six months, 16- through 18-year-old drivers can have only one non-family passenger under age 21.

The Howard School has long been a source of pride in Chattanooga's black community.

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — River Sosebee, 17, worked at the Bi-Lo supermarket here, was happy to have Alexis Pinson, 18, as his girlfriend, and was partial to posting photos of big pickup trucks on his Facebook page.

CHATSWORTH, Ga. — When the school year starts here next week, students will have some grieving to do for three classmates who died and one who was critically injured in a freak accident Thursday that killed a man mowing grass on Old CCC Camp Road outside the community of Eton.

Life got tougher Thursday for teachers and school employees whose spouses get health insurance through the Hamilton County Department of Education.

The Hamilton County school board didn't waste time Thursday changing the way the school system's health care plan handles spouses.

Calvary Chapel Chattanooga, a booming, 2,500-member church in a former Bi-Lo supermarket on South Broad Street, may get more parking space. And its neighbor, Church of the First Born, may get a new home in the former Piney Woods Elementary School.

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.

When students arrive at Southern Adventist University for fall classes, they'll be attending what's been dubbed the "tamest party school" in Tennessee.

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