Chattanooga City Council voted unanimously to settle a 7-year-old discrimination lawsuit giving 10 police officers $725,000 to split.
The resolution avoided a trial where Chattanooga police Lt. Bobby Rodgers and nine other white officers claimed the department in 2005 refused to promote any white officers.
The officers claimed that then-Police Chief Steve Parks imposed a promotion freeze but temporarily lifted it to promote a black officer from lieutenant to captain.
Joy Lukachick Smith is the city government reporter for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Since 2009, she's covered crime and court systems in North Georgia and rural Tennessee, landed an exclusive in-prison interview with a former cop convicted of killing his wife, exposed impropriety in an FBI-led, child-sex online sting and exposed corruption in government agencies. Earlier this year, Smith won the Malcolm Law Memorial Award for Investigative Reporting. She also won first place in ...