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Todd South

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Robert Livingston thanks God because he can stay sober. But a piece of technology coupled with stiff court penalties is what got him on the path.

Former South Pittsburg Mayor Mike Killian admits he was wrong to run a 25-year-long gambling operation but claims that others run similar enterprises and that he was targeted because of his political position and a prominent relative.

Former South Pittsburg Mayor Mike Killian has been sentenced in federal court to six months in prison then one year of house arrest after pleading guilty to running an illegal gambling operation, which spanned 25 years and handled between $8 million and $12 million.

Jurors will begin hearing testimony this morning in a murder trial of two Chattanooga men charged in a 2011 slaying.

The murder trial of two Chattanooga men charged in a 2011 shooting death began a day late due to Monday's cold weather.

A hearing for a 33-year-old man charged in the arson death of a 51-year-old Red Bank man was rescheduled Monday for Jan. 13.

After a nearly five-year legal battle, fired Chattanooga police Officer Mickel Hoback could get $680,000 from the city soon.

A bond hearing scheduled today for a man charged in a Dec. 17 "road rage" homicide has been rescheduled for Jan. 28.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke's choice to be the city's next police chief could be the most important decision of his time in office.

A 32-year-old man pleaded guilty this week to stabbing a woman to death in 2011 at the Country Hearth Inn and Suites extended-stay motel near the intersection of East 20th and Market streets.

Police and prosecutors have a hard time getting initial cooperation from witnesses to violent crimes. They have an even harder time getting those witnesses to testify in court and return again and again during the lengthy process that may lead to a conviction or plea.

Brandon Eugene Russell pleaded guilty to the 2011 murder of Meco Siler.

In the midst of a massive transformation in how Chattanooga fights crime, the city's police department is losing a century's worth of senior police leadership.

There were 22 participants — and many more questions — at the first free legal advice clinic aimed at child support problems in Hamilton County Juvenile Court.

When the family of Gussie Vann approached local attorney Robin Flores in 2012 to file a federal lawsuit against McMinn County, Tenn., they were three years too late.

A dozen local residents have been indicted by a federal grand jury in an alleged crack-cocaine conspiracy that ran from at least January 2012 through May 2013.

The legal morass sparked by the beating of a federal inmate at the hands of two Chattanooga police officers has stretched over nearly a year, but city officials hope to end it by Jan. 1.

The city of Chattanooga has settled a federal lawsuit brought by a man who was beaten by two police officers for $125,000.

A 20-year-old Soddy-Daisy man will be in his 50s before he sees freedom again.

Keith Lee Stewart has pleaded guilty in the 2012 murder of Casey Burgiss, 24, in Soddy-Daisy.

The number of medical malpractice lawsuits filed in Tennessee each year has fallen by 36 percent since reforms went into effect five years ago.

The first of two brothers charged in federal court with selling meth-making chemicals out of the Brainerd Army Store spent more time awaiting trial than he will in prison.

A Jasper, Tenn., doctor faces 14 federal counts of illegally prescribing pain pills out of his women's clinic over the past three years.

She served four years in the U.S. Army and went back to civilian life in the early 1980s.

A man who faces federal charges that he sold meth-making supplies out of the Brainerd Army Store could see his brother testify against him.

Prosecutors are dropping murder and robbery charges against a 35-year-old Chattanooga man after DNA taken from bloody clothing was linked to another man.

What you don't know can't only harm you. It can cost you thousands of dollars. Volunteer attorneys with Legal Aid of East Tennessee are offering some help.

Dominique Greer wanted money for a mix tape.

A jury found Dominique Greer guilty in the July 21, 2010 shooting death of Darrian Moore.

On the land beneath McCallie School a battle raged 150 years ago this month.

The black-and-white photograph shows a recently widowed first lady, holding the hand of her dead husband's brother as the president's casket is loaded into a hearse.

Darrian Moore was the perfect target, because he had a job and saved his money.

The retrial of a 21-year-old Chattanooga man charged in the 2010 robbery-turned-murder of a Harrison man began this morning in Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern's courtroom.

A 35-year-old Chattanooga man faces a possible indictment after a preliminary hearing for his murder charge this morning.

In the darkened courtroom, a projector flashed mugshots of gaunt, angry faces on the screen, followed by a picture of the same person, smiling and healthy.

An independent study of the need for judges in Tennessee was created to get politics out of the process of creating judge positions. But it might take a dose of politics to actually add judges in the Volunteer State.

Eighteen months after federal agents raided two pain management clinics run by local Dr. Ihassan al-Amin and charged him in 105 counts involving drugs, money laundering, tax evasion and weapons, the doctor pleaded guilty Thursday.

It was the victim’s words that convicted his killer.

After five hours deliberation a jury has found Kaylon Bailey guilty in January 2012 the murder of Kima Evans.

Dr. Ihassan Al-Amin has pleaded guilty in federal court to three of the 105 counts against him alleging illegal pain pill prescribing and tax evasion.

A Chattanooga police detective talking about seized cellphone records and a TBI investigator explaining fingerprint analysis were among several evidence witnesses in the second day of Kaylon Bailey's retrial on murder charges.

It wasn’t until the 96 potential jurors entered Hamilton County Criminal Court Judge Rebecca Stern’s courtroom Tuesday morning that they learned some of them wouldn’t be sleeping at home for the next few days.

It had been two decades since Bill Norton returned from Vietnam.

Reckless driving and speeding charges were dismissed against a 22-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder -- and former Chattanooga Lookout -- who was a finalist for Rookie of the Year this past season.

Charges were dismissed against a 22-year-old right fielder who was a finalist for Rookie of the Year this past season but first arrested for speeding and reckless driving in April.

The co-defendant of a man who received life in prison for a 2011 murder has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and already is eligible for parole.

This morning a 24-year-old Chattanooga man pleaded guilty to helping his co-defendant murder another man in 2011.

Flanked by local police, federal investigators and federal prosecutors, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke stood in the U.S. Attorney's Office here Monday and revealed a preview of the federal-local partnership he hopes will put the city's most violent criminals in prison.

The U.S. Attorney's Office today announced results of a major, multi-year investigation involving 32 local suspects charged with offenses involving cocaine and crack cocaine.

A laborer who killed a 70-year-old East Ridge woman by suffocating her in her Hardin Drive home in 2011 has been sentenced to life in prison for the crime.

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