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U.S. Army Sgt. Andrew Smith and his wife, Tori, faced a life-altering struggle when the soldier lost both his legs in a 2012 bomb blast in Afghanistan.

A Hamilton County Criminal Court jury has found a 22-year-old man guilty in a 2011 murder at the Apison tennis courts.

A woman who was shot twice and whose boyfriend’s body was riddled with bullets in a 2011 Apison shooting saw the alleged shooter in court Tuesday and could hardly believe it.

Jury selection began this morning for a trial in the Nov. 16, 2011 ambush shooting murder of 19-year-old Christian Sosa near tennis courts in Apison.

Hamilton County mother Traci Leann Carpenter was sentenced Monday to less than a year in jail for a child abuse charge connected to the 2006 death of her 18-month-old daughter.

A Marion County, Tenn., investigator assigned to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives testified Monday that searches in a decades-long fraud case revealed houses with piles of “burner” phones and possibly faked financial documents to keep the scheme alive for a Texas couple with Marion County ties.

Traci Leann Carpenter was sentenced to less than a year in jail for a child abuse charge connected to the death of her 18-month-old daughter in 2006.

On a February day more than two years ago, Pam Skipper picked up the phone and called the police.

A Laredo, Texas, couple with Marion County, Tenn., ties is accused of bilking an Arizona grandmother and a chiropractor out of possibly millions of dollars with a tale involving Mafia chases and a supposed secret CIA operation, prosecutors say.

The aunt of a 3-month-old infant who died of skull fractures in 2012 was sentenced Friday to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and aggravated child abuse.

The aunt of a 3-month-old infant who died of skull fractures in 2012 has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in connection with the girl’s death.

"No money down."

Two men convicted in a failed $44 million land fraud in Dade County have been sentenced in federal court.

Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge W. Neil Thomas has been off the bench for six weeks and will remain on leave for up to two more months as he is treated for alcohol abuse.

One man was the target. The other three were just collateral damage.

Two of four people charged in connection with an April 9 triple murder in Lookout Valley had their cases sent to the grand jury for possible indictment.

DALTON, Ga. — Sometime in the early 1970s, Sanford Dover’s brother Conrad, on leave from the Army, drove his new British MG convertible home for a visit.

Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge W. Neil Thomas III has been off of the bench for the past two weeks because of an undisclosed medical condition.

Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge W. Neil Thomas III has been off of the bench for the past two weeks due to an undisclosed medical condition.

The Hamilton County District Attorney's Office has forwarded information to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation regarding possibly false signatures used on the recent petition to recall Chattanooga City Councilman Chris Anderson.

Four years later, the captain of a towboat that collided with a small fishing boat on the Tennessee River and killed two fishermen still questions why the crash happened.

A Hamilton County jury has found a 42-year-old towboat captain not guilty in the deaths of two local fishermen in a 2010 crash.

A mechanic who inspected the fishing boat in which two men were killed when it collided with a nine-barge towboat testified Friday that the craft "never should have been out on the water."

Prosecutors called to testify the relief captain of the Bearcat towboat that crashed into a local man's fishing boat in June 2010, killing two of the three men aboard.

David "Chris" Wilkey testified repeatedly that he never saw a nine-barge mass on the Tennessee River until it was 100 yards from his fishing boat.

A lawsuit filed this week in Hamilton County Circuit Court alleges that three Chattanooga police officers illegally went onto a man's property and used a stun gun on him without provocation, warning or an arrest warrant.

Experts from the medical examiner's office and state and local investigators testified Wednesday in the second day of the trial for a local towboat captain charged in the 2010 deaths of two fishermen.

A lawsuit filed Monday in Hamilton County Circuit Court alleges that three Chattanooga police officers illegally went on to a resident's property and used a Taser on him without provocation.

Should a towboat captain on the Tennessee River have had a lookout as he pushed a 647-foot-long, 21-foot-tall wall of nine barges?

Federal prosecutors and defense lawyers for nursing home giant Life Care Centers of America sparred Tuesday over whether a statistical report taken from company records will be admitted if the multimillion-dollar fraud case goes to trial.

In the Lee County, Ark., of the 1950s, grown black men and women were expected to call white children Sir or Miss.

Two candidates for separate judicial posts in Hamilton County have likely won their general election seats after the Tuesday primary.

Curtis L. Collier, who rose from humble beginnings in the poverty-ridden Mississippi Delta region of rural Arkansas during the 1950s era of segregation to become the first and only black U.S. district judge in eastern Tennessee, will move into semi-retirement in October.

After 19 years on the bench, U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier said today he is taking "senior status" effective in October.

Today's 65th annual Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Chattanooga may be the longest-running such parade of its size in the nation, organizers say.

A sentencing hearing for two men found guilty last year of wire fraud and money laundering in a failed Dade County development deal detailed money losses of $40 million to at least 11 banks.

The number of attorneys and hours of free legal services provided in Tennessee has doubled since the state's highest court began pushing such work in 2010.

A federal judge sentenced a 43-year-old Chattanooga man to 15 years on Thursday for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

More men died during training here for the Spanish-American War than fell during the nearly eight-month war.

A prosecutor has dismissed charges against the only man arrested in a 2012 shooting that left a man dead on Tunnel Boulevard.

A 21-year-old Chattanooga man pleaded guilty to second-degree murder Thursday for his role in a 2011 drive-by shooting death.

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Leo Thorsness is one of a dwindling number of men who've received the nation's highest honor for military valor.

As his mother looked on, a 15-year-old boy charged in the Lookout Valley triple slaying was denied bail.

The U.S. Supreme Court denied a Grundy County, Tenn., man's efforts to remove Latin from the American legal system.

A 15-year-old juvenile charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder in connection with the April 9 shooting deaths of three people in Lookout Valley will remain in custody at the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center.

A Chattanooga man will remain on probation after a hearing Monday in which he showed he'd caught up on his restitution payments.

Myles Stout will remain on probation after a hearing this morning in which he showed he'd caught up on his restitution payments.

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