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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.

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A federal court judge on Tuesday denied June Griffin’s attempt to intervene in a lawsuit against Hamilton County over prayers held during County Commission meetings.

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.

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Mayor Ron Littlefield and several City Council members were stunned Tuesday night when they found out that not all city employees received an “across-the-board” pay raise.

Chattanooga police are searching for a patient who escaped from the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute and reportedly jumped into the Tennessee River just north of the facility Tuesday.

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.

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Chattanooga police have charged Tommy Poindexter, 46, in connection with a robbery at the Bank of America at 3620 Tennessee Ave. Tuesday, according to a news release.

Market Street between Fourth and Second streets will be closed for the next 30 minutes after a two vehicle crash sent a motorist to the hospital with head injuries.

NEW YORK — Apple says its growth slowed in the most recent quarter, disappointing investors who thought its progress was unstoppable.

Hamilton County Schools will open a new science, technology, engineering and math school on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College in fall 2012.

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A 39-year-old Alabama man has been charged with illegal possession of marijuana and “spice,” or fake marijuana, authorities said.

UPS expects the global economy to get worse before it gets better. Again.

On Tuesday, British prosecutors announced charges against eight people alleged to have been involved in a phone hacking scheme with more than 600 targets.

PHILADELPHIA — The first U.S. church official convicted of covering up sex-abuse claims against Roman Catholic priests was sentenced Tuesday to three to six years in prison by a judge who said he "enabled monsters in clerical garb ... to destroy the souls of children."

WASHINGTON — Congress' budget scorekeepers are taking a new look at President Barack Obama's health care law — and they still say it is expected to reduce federal deficits.

Gov. Bill Haslam today urged a congressional committee to pass legislation requiring sales-tax collections by out-of-state online retailers with no physical presence in states.

Chattanooga police officials said they believe the same group of men aged 16 to 25 is responsible for a series of robberies at local businesses since Sunday. They want the public’s help in arresting the suspects.

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today (all times EDT):

A standoff with Congress that results in the January expiration of wide-ranging tax cuts would mean 114 million families would see average tax increases of $1,600 next year, the White House says.

Los Angeles sheriff's deputies are investigating a family disturbance and possible battery at the home of Michael Jackson's mother.

A Duesseldorf court has issued a split decision in a patent dispute between rivals Apple and Samsung over two of the Korean company's tablet computers.

Police in suburban Atlanta are looking for a grandmother and her boyfriend after her 13-month-old grandson ingested cocaine.

With their anger and tears stirred by the sight of James Holmes in a courtroom with red hair and glassy eyes, the families of those killed in the Colorado theater massacre now must go home to plan their final goodbyes.

Navy investigators have determined that a civilian laborer set a fire that caused $400 million in damage to a nuclear-powered submarine because he had anxiety and wanted to get out of work early.

AURORA, Colo. — On the morning of the latest mass shooting, in a place that has become synonymous with tragedy, Tom Mauser’s phone started ringing at 5 a.m. When he turned on the news his first thought was “Oh God,” followed by an immediate: “Not again.”

RENO, Nev. — Their goodwill moment gone, President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney plunged back into their acrimonious political campaign on Monday, Obama doubting Romney’s readiness to be commander in chief, Romney accusing the president’s team of offering “almost all attack ads.”

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A potential exodus of star athletes. No hope of playing in the postseason. More than a decade of accomplishments erased from the record books. And Joe Paterno’s legacy in shreds.

Thirty years before Blood Assurance was founded in 1972, Paul Speegle was already a blood donor. He began donating while serving in the Air Force during World War II.

When Jalil Muhammad expressed interest in studying the alto saxophone at a summer music camp after years of playing sports, his parents were surprised.

Someone once told me the real purpose of life is to use our greatest talents to succeed, and I thought to myself, "That's only half of life." The other part is to tune into our failures for information.

Art, said Lindsay Richardson, often does not match the environment in which it is housed.

For the first time in a dozen years, there is a contested race -- rather than simply a coronation -- for the Hamilton County Assessor of Property.

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Bill Bennett is basing his bid for re-election as assessor of property on the experience he's gathered over the past 18 years in the office, and that may well pull him through this election.

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If anybody needed another reason to get Washington out of public education, the ludicrous, federally funded contract for 11 days of consulting services at Clifton Hills Elementary School should suffice.

Residents of Tennessee and Georgia who want -- need -- to save money on back-to-school expenses might consider postponing shopping for a week or two.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., is outraged -- fuming mad -- that the uniforms America's athletes will wear at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games in London were made in China.

Flooring giant Shaw Industries is working to bring its third carpet recycling plant up to full capacity, but there's still a long way to go, officials said Monday.

For far too long, the unspeakable scandal involving Jerry Sandusky and Penn State had been washed in secrets and covered in shadows.

Node is a sensor that connects with iPhones to detect motion, light, weather, radiation and several other metrics.

TRENTON, Ga. -- The Dade County Public Library will be open no more than 20 hours a week after county Board of Education members voted not to fund it Monday night.

Fort Oglethorpe residents will not have the opportunity to vote on Sunday alcohol sales in November.

NASHVILLE -- Identity politics -- as in who's a Republican and who's not -- has become a major issue in the Tennessee House District 31 GOP primary.

MIAMI — A close call at first base thwarted Atlanta’s rally in the ninth inning Monday night and sent Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez to the locker room a few minutes before his players.

If a player’s helmet comes off during a high school football game, that player will be forced to leave the field for one play.

The Chattanooga Football Club will face off against the Bay Area Ambassadors on Friday night in San Diego.

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga quarterback Jacob Huesman sat down with the Times Free Press to answer 10 questions. The son of Mocs coach Russ Huesman and former Baylor School star faced some football-related queries, as well as some that were just silly. He didn’t hold back on his responses, as you can see from the seven below:

Corey Lemonier makes himself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich when he wakes up, and he makes himself another one right before bed.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- A potential exodus of star athletes. No hope of playing in the postseason. More than a decade of accomplishments erased from the record books. And Joe Paterno's legacy in shreds.

A federal appeals court has upheld Georgia's law banning guns in churches and other places of worship.

Hamilton County School officials are hoping a $50,000 gift from Volkswagen will carry them through the home stretch of funding a new science, technology, engineering and math school, a process that has taken longer than they hoped.

DUNLAP, Tenn. -- Picture an old-time festival with carnival rides, local music, cotton candy and tractor rides.

Two Hamilton County residents took it upon themselves to gather a public show of support for Hamilton County commissioners being sued in federal court for holding prayers during meetings.

Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield said he thinks the recent order handed down by federal authorities regarding Chattanooga's sewer system helps spur the need for a consolidation of water and sewer utilities.

LeKeshia Matthews mourns the child she once knew. Her 13-year-old daughter "wasn't no troublemaker," the mother says. About the worst thing she would do was forge her mother's name on permission slips to play basketball.

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The distance between Cleveland and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, shrank a little Monday. The capital city of Cambodia and Cleveland -- 9,100 miles apart -- are now Sister Cities.

Some Erlanger Health System employees may see a bigger paycheck by the end of the year -- if first they can help get their hospital back into the black.

CENTENNIAL, Colo. -- His hair dyed a shocking comic-book shade of orange-red, James Holmes showed up in court for the first time, but didn't seem to be there at all.

After only three weeks on the job, the incoming head of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to hit the road.

The top-selling car brands in Hamilton County during the first half of 2012 were:

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Three days after the mass shooting at the “Dark Knight Rises” premiere in Colorado, the NCAA ruled against Penn State for the years of pedophiliac violence committed by an assistant coach in the football program.

Early voting has started. I am sure some have not yet made up their minds about the 3rd District race. I would like to ask you to take a look at a young man who has the fire to do what he says he will do.

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