The Hamilton County Commission faces a federal lawsuit for its use of public prayer prior to each meeting session. In July, the commission passed a new policy governing its prayer practice.
Three citizen groups banded together in 2010 in an effort to recall Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield.
The City of Chattanooga will likely have to dole out as much as $250 million as part of a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.
As the city of Chattanooga has grown and attempted to annex new areas in recent years, citizen groups have pushed back in a number of ways — from lawsuits to an attempt to incorporate an entirely new city.
Hamilton County Schools have sought to add new campuses with recent growth in enrollment, especially on the county's East side where many schools are overcrowded.
Educators continue to watch student achievement levels in Hamilton County and throughout the state of Tennessee as increased state standards and educational reforms seek to improve the quality of education and ultimately the quality of Tennessee's workforce.
Hamilton County passed a $642 million budget that included 3 percent across-the-board raises for fiscal year 2013, which began July 1. Most county departments asked for little to no additional funding, though Sheriff Jim Hammond requested a $1.8 million boost. Commissioners ultimately gave his department only a slight increase for fuel costs.
Hamilton County Schools will open a new science, technology, engineering and math school on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College in fall 2012.