More than two dozen Hamilton County high school students were sworn in Wednesday to serve on the county's first youth court.

The City Council pulled back Tuesday night from initial claims that they planned to take swift action as warranted to extend a contract with Global Green Lighting to continue a $24 million street light program.

Nine county constitutional officers and a handful of outside agencies are asking taxpayers for a combined $3.7 million over what they got last year, and Sheriff Jim Hammond takes up the bulk of the increase.

After months of debate over Chattanooga's $24 million streetlight replacement program, Mayor Andy Berke has scrapped a plan to go forward with Global Green Lighting and wants to reopen the bidding process.

After agreeing to pony up almost $12 million in past due taxes, Chattanooga has filed a motion claiming the Hamilton County school system doesn't have the right to file a lawsuit to recover the liquor-by-the-drink taxes.

Change is in the wind for the Hamilton County Commission.

The first sign something was wrong with the petition to recall Chattanooga Councilman Chris Anderson was when officials noticed several pages of petition signatures in alphabetical order.

Wheeling around in his chair to face the wall in his office, Jim Hammond pointed at a framed piece of paper stamped with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office logo.

With local primary elections safely behind them, Hamilton County officials will hold budget hearings next week.

Tuesday marked the end of an era for Hamilton County politics.

Two candidates for separate judicial posts in Hamilton County have likely won their general election seats after the Tuesday primary.

Hamilton County Commissioner Larry Henry was pleased to see election numbers roll in Tuesday, as he gathered with friends and campaign workers for an "election watch."

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding primarily Christian prayers at the start of town council meetings could have implications nationwide.

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