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Todd South

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Opening statements in a grisly murder trial are set to begin this morning after an all-day jury selection on Monday.

Nearly 100 jurors packed Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Bary Steelman's courtroom this morning for a trial in which 14 of them will be sequestered and working into the weekend.

Tremayne Johnson knows the power of a logo. He saw it growing up in the Eastdale area. Easily identifiable clothing brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Sean Jean, Nike and others caught people's attention.

In a small corner of Northgate Mall in Hixson, surrounded by uniforms, photographs and stories of men and one woman who've earned our nation's highest military honor, Jim Wade can see the museum he directs back in downtown Chattanooga.

Only three of the 11 incumbent local judges who qualified Thursday for the Aug. 7 election face challengers in their races.

Six miles from downtown Chattanooga the Yatsky family faced a final hurdle in a nine-year journey when their car broke down on the interstate.

Polynomial regression, neural network, step-wise regression, Pythagorean-expected winning percentage — all complex math and data analysis tools that can be used to examine nearly every measurable part of a basketball game.

A planned four-week trial set to start Wednesday in Hamilton County Circuit Court was declared a mistrial and reset for next week following multiple juror problems.

Repeated sightings of a man in his 50s taking photographs of children at Signal Mountain little league games and practices has drawn police attention.

A planned four-week trial set to start Wednesday in Hamilton County Circuit Court was declared a mistrial and reset for next week after multiple juror problems.

Was Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest a brilliant military tactician, a bootstraps upward-bound millionaire and model of Southern manhood for generations after the Civil War?

A federal judge has denied a request by Life Care Centers of America to dismiss a multimillion-dollar whistle-blower lawsuit against the Cleveland-based company.

Some perched forward, elbows on their knees. Others slouched back in the cushioned chairs, eyes drooping with sleep. The group of nine were told to be here on this Thursday morning for a little information.

Student and faculty work on topics ranging from the creative and scholarly to the scientific, such as creating more efficient soybean-to-biodiesel fuel conversion, were on display at UTC on Friday for the school's annual Research Day.

Recent Chattanooga Bar Association polls have shown overwhelming support for sitting General Sessions judges and clear approval of a candidate in each contested judicial race this year.

Two candidates for a court that has wide responsibilities but is rarely seen by the public will meet in the May primary.

The National Security Agency’s vast intelligence gathering that started after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks was crucial to building the safety of America, the former U.S. attorney general said here Monday.

At the end of a mostly mundane meeting of the Hamilton County Parent Teacher Council recently, President Dwight Hunter read a question to the five members present in a nearly empty room.

A Hixson man is getting some prominent help in appealing his 15-year federal prison sentence for possessing seven shotgun shells.

The two remaining candidates for an open judge seat in Hamilton County Circuit Court each bring decades of legal experience to the race.

Ulf Berge stood near the airport gate, his grown daughter in tow and clutching a vase of pink, yellow and purple flowers.

Lawyers for a former Chattanooga part-time employee who has sued the city, alleging sexual harassment by a former department head, argued with a city attorney over whether the city has withheld records requested in the case.

A jury found no fault Tuesday on the part of two McMinn County Sheriff’s Office deputies in an alleged 2010 beating that left an elderly man with a broken leg.

A jury found no fault Tuesday on the part of two McMinn County Sheriff’s deputies in an alleged 2010 beating that left an elderly man with a broken leg.

A 72-year-old man who alleges two McMinn County, Tenn., officers beat him told jurors in federal court Monday that the two men stomped on one of his legs so badly that when it broke it sounded like a "stick of dry wood" snapping.

By next month a group of teenage boys and girls in Hamilton County will help decide the fate of some of their peers who've broken the law. On Sunday, they got a practice round.

A 39-year-old Chattanooga man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 27 years for the repeated rape of a child.

Stuart James, the only Democrat who'd qualified to run for an open seat in Hamilton County Circuit Court, has dropped out of the race.

A 38-year-old former Shelbyville, Tenn., youth pastor has pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing child pornography and has been taken into custody.

A 38-year-old former Shelbyville youth pastor has pleaded guilty in federal court to possessing child pornography and been taken into custody.

A 39-year-old Chattanooga man has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to 27 years for the repeated rape of a child.

Stuart James, the only Democrat who'd qualified to run for an open seat in Hamilton County Circuit Court, has dropped out of the race.

A 62-year-old man charged in the road rage shooting death of Alex Gallman in December has become one of the most expensive defendants held in sheriff's custody in recent years.

A 62-year-old man charged in the road rage shooting death of Alex Gallman in December has become one of the most expensive defendants held in sheriff's custody in recent years.

An alleged 2010 beating by McMinn County, Tenn., sheriff's deputies of a then-70-year-old man during a traffic stop is scheduled for trial in federal court next week after a hearing here Wednesday.

An attorney for the mother of a 19-year-old woman who died when struck by a train in 2011 has shared some of the reasons his client is appealing a jury verdict that cleared the restaurant where the teenager worked of any wrongdoing.

A single sentence that a man tearfully shared with his girlfriend could radically change the future of the man charged in a 2011 murder.

The mother of a 19-year-old woman who died when she and a friend were struck by a train near McDonald Farm on Aug. 22, 2011, will appeal a jury's verdict that cleared the restaurant where her daughter worked of any wrongdoing.

A 44-year-old man arrested recently in connection with his then-wife's murder in 1997 has a new court date set here.

Hamilton County Juvenile Court staff have studied, toured, called and met with multiple providers to form the county's first-ever juvenile drug court.

The state House version of a bill that would give Tennessee's governor and the General Assembly power over the state attorney general is on a subcommittee calendar for debate Wednesday.

Janice Carpenter should have a 9-year-old granddaughter to play with, tickle and brag about.

Traci Carpenter has pleaded guilty to child abuse in the 2006 death of her 18-month-old daughter Sierra.

Though he's only 20 years old, police have known Jumoke Johnson Jr.'s name for years.

A legislative bill on the state Senate calendar this week would, if approved, give the state Legislature unprecedented power over the state attorney general.

A 34-year-old East Lake woman who had faced a first-degree murder trial in her husband's 2011 death received diversion when she pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter this week.

In the span of a half-hour talk on the work of the federal prosecution in eastern Tennessee, U.S. Attorney Bill Killian laid out the raw numbers of his staff's work, dozens of duties and the rising threat of heroin in this part of the state.

A 27-year-old Chattanooga man was sentenced in federal court Thursday to nine years, three months for robbing a fast food restaurant in 2012.

A former Shelbyville, Tenn., youth minister has admitted in a plea agreement to possessing "violent" and "sadistic" child pornography on his cellphone.

Judges for the Tennessee Court of Appeals have ordered Chattanooga to pay $70,000 in attorney's fees and expenses over a 2011 open records lawsuit.

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