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Tim Omarzu

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An iconic photo shows a teenage Bill Clinton shaking hands in 1963 with President John F. Kennedy in the White House Rose Garden.

Dianne Cox knows people who'd rather do their income taxes than fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a 108-question form that needs to be filed annually for college students to get most kinds of financial aid.

Fights aren't common at Ooltewah Elementary School, but if one occurs, chances are that Principal Thomas Arnold can see who started it by reviewing footage from one of the school's security cameras.

A rash of break-ins on Signal Mountain has some residents there wishing the city would follow in the footsteps of Lookout Mountain, Tenn., and install cameras to record the license plate of every vehicle that comes through town.

Of the 102 seniors who graduated last year from the Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, all but three went on to college, and the three who weren't college-bound enlisted in the military.

Signal Mountain Middle-High School will soon be patrolled again by a Signal Mountain police officer.

Hamilton teachers may share $13 million funds hike

State committee's report calls for increase but obstacles remain

A new report that calls on Tennessee to increase teachers' pay shows that the state shortchanges school districts right out of the gate.

State Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman says he knew coming into Tennessee that as Gov. Bill Haslam's personally recruited "change agent" in education he would "upset the apple cart" and encounter "push back" from the state's education establishment.

UTC girds for 'rough times ahead'

Some departments likely to experience cuts, while others gain

Faculty and staff at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga have embarked on a process to help figure out how to reallocate $5.5 million, or roughly 5 percent of the campus' overall budget.

Hamilton County school board member ready to sue state

$14.5 million annually is at stake for schools

The Hamilton County Department of Education loses out on about $14.5 million annually because Tennessee doesn't fully fund the school district through its Basic Education Plan.

About 100,000 people got on Youtube to see Cole Montalvo's arrest last year after he questioned street preacher Angela Cummings on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Renovated LaFayette-Walker Public Library to reopen Dec. 1

Temporary library in old Food Lion closed until then

LaFAYETTE, Ga. -- The $4 million renovation of the public library has had setbacks and delays.

East Ridge voters open door to city school district option

City officials added it as part of charter amendments

East Ridge can now create its own school district, separate from Hamilton County's, thanks to a change in the city's charter that voters approved last Tuesday by a 2-to-1 margin.

Hamilton County schools put local produce on tables

School district strives to find veggies and fruit from within 100 miles

Farm-to-table is all the rage these days, as upscale restaurants in Chattanooga and elsewhere strive to put local produce on their tables.

Taylor Berry had seen "Dolphin Tale," the movie about a bottlenose dolphin given a prosthesis to replace the tail it lost while entangled in a crab trap.

Charles Sharrock just wasn’t meant to replace Charles Sharrock.

Voters approved Sunday sales of beer, wine and distilled in unincorporated areas of Whitfield County with 8,401 in favor and 7,264 opposed. Sunday package sales of beer and wine passed with 8,495 voting yes and 7,173 voting no.

Polls closed at 7 p.m. in Georgia, which is one of half a dozen states in the country to close that early.

Hamilton County schools could be the best in South

Superintendent outlines 'bold vision' at board retreat

A man who got married right out of Red Bank High School struggled for eight years to support his three kids and stay-at-home-wife on a $10-an-hour auto parts store job — until he scored a $30-an-hour computer-related job at Chattanooga's Volkswagen assembly plant.

Peggy Payne graduated from Tyner Academy back when it was still Tyner High School.

David Manker Abshire, a Chattanooga native who in 1962 co-founded the Center for Strategic and International Studies, died peacefully in his sleep Friday, surrounded by family. He was 88.

More Tennessee high school seniors are graduating, and they’re doing better on the ACT test.

The high school graduation rate has improved for the third year in a row at Georgia’s public schools, climbing to 72.5 percent, the Georgia Department of Education announced Thursday.

DALTON, Ga. — Most of Dug Gap Elementary School’s students don’t come from well-off families. About 70 percent are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

Whitfield County, Ga., Sheriff's Office Sgt. Michael Smitherman drove his patrol car Friday morning with a blood alcohol content of either 0.236 percent or 0.222 percent -- almost three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

The $21-million Ooltewah Elementary School, which opened last year, has an empty art classroom and an unused science lab because the Hamilton County Department of Education hasn't employed elementary school art teachers for years. And the school doesn't have money for a full-time science teacher, either.

TEDxUTChattanooga debuts ideas worth sharing

Chattanooga version of popular 'ideas worth sharing' talks

Have trouble using Excel spreadsheets?

With a Nov. 1 deadline approaching, some 42,000 of Tennessee's roughly 62,000 high school seniors — or about two-thirds — have applied for Tennessee Promise, a new scholarship program that guarantees to cover the costs of a two-year college degree.

Motivational speaker Joe Martin knew how to grab the attention of teachers Wednesday at the Public Education Foundation's 25th anniversary luncheon.

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.

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