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Tim Omarzu

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Catoosa County won't loan any more money to Hutcheson Medical Center.

An Ooltewah man who shot and killed what he thought was a middle-of-the-night prowler — actually a 72-year-old man with advanced Alzheimer's disease — Wednesday in Walker County, Ga., hasn't been charged but he might be later, authorities said.

Forget Black Thursday and Black Friday — Ober Gatlinburg is hoping for White Friday.

Hutcheson Medical Center officials sought to put a positive spin Monday night at being left at the altar without an acceptable suitor.

Walker County, Ga., Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell voted this morning to back another $2 million loan to Hutcheson Medical Center.

When the United States' first transcontinental railroad was officially completed in May 1869, the historic event was commemorated by gently tapping a "last spike" made of 18-karat gold to link the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads.

Two projects are under way to help move water from the Tennessee River into North Georgia.

When three new Fort Oglethorpe City Council members take office in January, one thing they'll decide is whether to use sales tax revenue to expand sewer service to the north end of Mack Smith Road.

Three candidates met the noon Wednesday deadline to qualify to run for the Georgia House District 2 seat vacated last week by Republican Jay Neal of LaFayette, who stepped down to take an appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal to a state Department of Corrections post. They are:

Three candidates met today’s noon deadline to qualify to run for the Georgia House District 2 seat vacated by Jay Neal, R-Chickamauga, who stepped down last week to take an appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal to a state Department of Corrections post.

UTC student Cole Montalvo stopped his bicycle Thursday afternoon to offer some advice to fire-and-brimstone evangelist Angela Cummings, who was preaching near the library to students -- or, as she referred to them, "you adulterers and adulteresses."

RINGGOLD, Ga. — Come Christmas, a new park will open next to the historic Old Stone Church on U.S. Highway 41 near Ringgold — courtesy of a 1 cent Catoosa County sales tax and state prisoners' labor.

Controversy has arisen over the arrest Thursday afternoon of a 24-year-old student near a female Christian evangelist who's reportedly been haranguing students at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

RINGGOLD, Ga. —A 56-acre prescribed fire set Thursday by the Georgia Forestry Commission to clear underbrush on White Oak Mountain off Cherokee Valley Road got out of control — but apparently just for a little while.

Hutcheson Medical Center board members did not have to look far for a new chief operating officer.

LAFAYETTE, Ga. — The name of Hill High School — the only historically black high school in Walker County, Ga. — will live on at the first new public housing built in LaFayette in more than two decades.

A 10-year-long effort to build the Cloudland Canyon Connector Trail is one bridge away from being finished.

A recent land purchase by the state will make it easier to access the 16,400-acre Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area from LaFayette, Ga.

Fort Oglethorpe isn't wasting any time legalizing Sunday alcohol sales, which voters approved Tuesday night.

Champagne lovers can pop corks in celebration in Fort Oglethorpe -- on Sundays -- since voters there on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved Sunday sales of beer, wine and liquor in restaurants and package beer and wine sales.

One penny at a time, shoppers in Walker County, Ga., will pay for new sheriff's patrol cars, a splash park in LaFayette and "Jaws of Life" crash extrication equipment in Rossville.

Orma Luckey has been elections superintendent for the city of Fort Oglethorpe since 2007.

Will Fort Oglethorpe voters approve Sunday alcohol sales? Will a slate of new council members there win the struggle for control of City Hall?

Walker County needs to pay roughly $79,000 to former State Court Judge Bruce E. Roberts in salary plus attorney's fees Roberts incurred in a 2012 lawsuit against the county, according to a recent ruling.

Hutcheson Medical Center has a special place in Roger Forgey's heart.

A clip from a 1992 Hallmark movie has become the latest political fodder in the bitter contest for control of City Hall in Fort Oglethorpe.

Senior citizens in Dade County, Ga., can choose not to pay any school property taxes, regardless of what their home's worth.

A slate of three Fort Oglethorpe City Council candidates has come under attack in a sneaky way.

A giant green neon frog may jump again in downtown Chattanooga.

The Georgia Department of Transportation plans to replace the aging State Route 299 bridge over Interstate 24 in Dade County.

Proposals to manage Hutcheson Medical Center were due at 2 p.m. Thursday.

They look like ketchup packets, smell like fish and are being dropped by the thousands on Chattanooga.

A groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday will mark the beginning of Chattanooga State Community College's future home in Marion County, Tenn.

Almost a year to the day after it closed, the Georgia Highway 136 bridge over West Chickamauga Creek in western Walker County has reopened — and it's completely new.

Rome, Ga.'s, downtown wasn't revitalized in a day — and revitalizing downtown Rossville won't happen overnight.

Former Fort Oglethorpe City Councilman Charles Sharrock hasn't served for almost a year since being ousted for sexually harassing three female employees — but the city still pays his $708 monthly salary and another $250 each month toward his supplemental Medicare insurance.

The city of Fort Oglethorpe may get its own ethics board and a new code of ethics.

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case today that could result in the elimination of the $123,200 limit on individual donations to federal elections during the current two-year campaign cycle.

Walker County, Ga., will pay a $10,000 fine for not having the proper environmental permits when it built a 28-space recreational vehicle park at county-owned Mountain Cove Farms Resort for the Battle of Chickamauga reenactment held there Sept. 19-22.

Homer Kemp hoped to cross an item off his "bucket list." He planned to stand amidst the 9,387 headstones at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial overlooking Omaha Beach and contemplate the sacrifice made by the buried American soldiers there who died in World War II.

"Have Your Members of Congress Signed the 'Defund ObamaCare' Letter? Find Out Here!"

Annoyance and anger are common responses among Chattanooga-area residents to the federal government shutdown -- mirroring polls that show Americans oppose the suspension of a wide range of federal services by a ratio of about three to one.

In the course of studying the founding fathers, the three branches of federal government and checks and balances, an eighth-grader wondered aloud how anything ever gets done in Washington.

Tammy Davis, a Fort Oglethorpe police detective whose sexual harassment complaint helped get Councilman Charles Sharrock kicked off the City Council last year, now says she's the victim of a hostile work environment created by the council, Mayor Lynn Long and police Chief Jeff Holcomb.

A state authority will help Fort Oglethorpe do some detective work to help figure out why the city's water system appears to be losing a lot of water.

When the National Muscadine Festival is held this weekend in downtown Sweetwater, Tenn., visitors will be in a newly certified "Tennessee Main Street" community.

A woman accused of misspending government funds at a senior living facility called "Living the Dream" in Cookeville, Tenn., could wind up living in prison if convicted of theft and fraud charges leveled against her by a federal grand jury.

Amber De Vaux Madaris had never heard of hemolytic uremic syndrome, a rare consequence of food poisoning that is the single biggest cause of acute kidney failure in children.

McLEMORE'S COVE, Ga. — Choking clouds of dust swallowed up Civil War soldiers 150 years ago at the Battle of Chickamauga.

McLEMORE'S COVE, Ga. — When the cashier at Mountain Cove Farms' general store mistakenly charged Charles Lindsey for an extra 12-pack of beer Friday afternoon, he was unfazed.

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