The Chattanooga region’s largest hospital system may soon be out of network for thousands of patients with UnitedHealthcare insurance if a bitter dispute with Erlanger Health System over payment rates is not resolved by the end of the month.

For a fourth time, Chattanooga has been overlooked for a multimillion-dollar federal grant to replace the Wilcox Tunnel through Missionary Ridge that has been in disrepair for decades.

EPB officials said again Wednesday that an independent audit — which the city-owned utility has declined for months to make public — supports its position that over- and underbilling in the city's streetlight program essentially cancel each other out.

After months of public debate, private discussions and recent litigation for millions of dollars, the city's Electric Power Board concedes that it overbilled Chattanooga more than $1.2 million for its streetlight energy.

In the 27 years that Capt. Corliss Cooper has been with the Chattanooga Police Department, she's seen a significant shift in the city's demographics.

The Chattanooga City Council on Tuesday rejected the easiest method to replace four members of the Industrial Development Board, opting instead for an arcane process that includes multiple committee meetings and drawing names from a hat.

The rusty rails that rest throughout the heart of Chattanooga may be revitalized if a new federally funded study shows a proposed light-rail route is feasible for the Choo-Choo city.

Chattanooga ranks third for Hispanic growth

Economic influence lags here, though

Numbers aren't everything.

In June, about a month after she had been kidnapped, punched, kicked, stomped, dragged by the hair, burned, raped and urinated on, a woman said a Chattanooga police officer who knew what she had been through told her that he desired her, that he burned for her.

In light of a scathing audit released last week, the Bessie Smith Cultural Center's governing board will ask Executive Director Rose Martin to resign in the coming days, sources with knowledge of the situation said.

A nonprofit director who was leading Chattanooga's initiative to rehabilitate violent offenders and was fired in June for drug and alcohol charges was partially vindicated Friday.

Bessie Smith Cultural Center officials had no idea how much cash was coming in or going out during this year's Bessie Smith Strut, according to an independent audit that investigated the theft of tens of thousands of dollars after the annual blues-and-barbecue party.

Jasmine Akins didn't go out much, her family says. She wasn't a big partier.

A communal fear of not being understood by police exists in Chattanooga's Spanish-speaking community, Lorenzo Juarex Maldonado said through a translator.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation will decide whether a Chattanooga police officer broke the law when he contacted the victim of a rape he was investigating this summer.

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