With talks stalled and a potential change in state law threatening the mounting tab owed to the Hamilton County school system over past-due liquor taxes, school officials filed a lawsuit against Chattanooga on Friday as a safeguard.
There is a battle boiling in Georgia.
Three local teachers were honored Friday as the 2014 Hamilton County Teachers of the Year.
In Josh Yother's classroom, students can spend more than 40 minutes on a single math problem.
Parents at Ganns Middle Valley Elementary, Sale Creek Middle-High, Chattanooga School for the Liberal Arts and others have been lobbying for years for new or expanded schools.
For $50 million, county officials say taxpayers can afford to fix issues at five zoned neighborhood schools, or replace one magnet school.
A Hamilton County Schools lawsuit demanding nearly $12 million from the city of Chattanooga in unpaid liquor taxes won't be filed just yet, as the two sides have agreed to meet over the dispute.
With the Hamilton County Commission vote to approve Mayor Jim Coppinger's school building proposal looming Wednesday and a continuing stakeout of the County Courthouse by supporters of a local magnet school, at least one commissioner proposed a solution Monday that brought mixed reaction.
When Mayor Andy Berke took office last spring, his administration stopped making payments on a legally required tax to the county school system that the previous administration had started to pay.
The dispute between Hamilton County Schools and the city of Chattanooga over unpaid liquor taxes will now move to the court system.