Today's best photos: Pakistani prayer ceremony, European Christmas lights and a vintage steam engine

Published Dec. 18 2014

A collection of staff and Associated Press photos.

Tennessee jobless rate drops to 6.8 percent

Published Dec. 18 2014

Unemployment in Tennessee fell by three-tenths of a percent to 6.8 percent last month — the lowest jobless rate since...

Teen charged in rape of elderly jogger to be tried as an adult

Published Dec. 18 2014

Diontae Smartt, 17, will be tried in Hamilton County criminal court on charges of aggravated rape.

Police: Man followed victim around Chattanooga all day before shooting

Published Dec. 18 2014

The 25-year-old man accused of shooting another man Wednesday afternoon allegedly followed his victim throughout the day before shooting him...

Prominent Tennessee senator diagnosed with cancer

Published Dec. 18 2014

NASHVILLE - State Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron of Murfreesboro announced today he has been diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma...

Erlanger to proceed with awarding bonuses

Published Dec. 18 2014

Erlanger Health System officials will move forward with awarding 99 hospital managers with half of $1.7 million in designated bonuses...

Man accused of raping two women in the two days after he was released from jail

Published Dec. 18 2014

The man accused of raping two women last week had only been out of jail for a day before he...

Tennessee gets new economic development commissioner

Published Dec. 18 2014

NASHVILLE - Tennessee's new chief job recruiter is Randy Boyd, Gov. Bill Haslam announced today.

Chattanooga Bank Building may become $31 million hotel

Published Dec. 18 2014

A downtown Chattanooga landmark building may be redone into a Marriott hotel in a $31 million project.

Chattanooga Update: What you need to know today

Published Dec. 18 2014

Two babies have been found dead in an East Tennessee house, and authorities don’t know why.

U.S., Cuba patch torn relations in historic accord

Published Dec. 18 2014

WASHINGTON — After a half-century of Cold War acrimony, the United States and Cuba moved on Wednesday to restore diplomatic...

Hail of bullets like the 'Fourth of July' leaves two injured in Chattanooga

Published Dec. 18 2014

Jasmine Glover hit the floor Tuesday night when the shots rang out near her home on North Hawthorne Street.

Education Commissioner Candice McQueen is teacher and trainer of teachers

Published Dec. 18 2014

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam's new state education commissioner, Candice McQueen, is a Tennessee native and professional educator who transformed...

Gas breaks two-buck barrier: Chattanooga records lowest price in 5 years — $1.96 per gallon

Published Dec. 18 2014

Gas was a mere 19 cents a gallon when Barbara Nolen learned to drive in 1953.

Police Briefs: Chattanooga man shot, checks self into hospital

Published Dec. 18 2014

A man was shot Wednesday and checked himself into a local hospital, police said.

Water problems close Stringer’s Ridge tunnel

Published Dec. 18 2014

The Stringer’s Ridge Tunnel was closed Wednesday night to repair the drainage system in preparation for winter.

Chattanooga police arrest suspect 2 weekend rape cases

Published Dec. 17 2014

A suspect has been arrested in two rapes that happened over the weekend in Brainerd and Hixson, Chattanooga police said.

Chattanooga police arrest suspect in Wednesday shooting

Published Dec. 17 2014

A 25-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in the shooting of another man earlier in the day.

TBI kicked out of Investigating Holly Bobo case

Published Dec. 17 2014

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been kicked out of the Holly Bobo murder investigation, the agency said Wednesday night.

Tennessee's new education commissioner is...

Published Dec. 17 2014

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam will name Lipscomb University Senior Vice President Candice McQueen as his new education commissioner, according...

Today's best photos: Little Havana protest, Appalachian Day and view from above the clouds

Published Dec. 17 2014

A collection of the day's best local and Associated Press photos.

Chattanooga police: Man checks himself into hospital after being shot

Published Dec. 17 2014

A man was shot today and checked himself into a local hospital, police said.

Dead body found floating in Tennessee River

Published Dec. 17 2014

Chattanooga police discovered a body floating in the Tennessee River at 1:42 p.m. Wednesday.