Free Press Editorials

City Councilman Yusuf Hakeem said Wednesday "the Bessie Smith Cultural Center is too valuable an asset to this community to allow it to languish in the position it is right now."

  • Sept. 5th, 2014  |
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Thirty-eight people were sworn into Hamilton County constitutional offices at the Chattanooga Convention Center on Tuesday without incident or controversy. Had there been an incident or controversy, it would have been highly unprecedented.

On Labor Day, it's instructive and perhaps inspirational to see how some people work and what they do with their talents and what they earn.

  • Sept. 1st, 2014  |
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Fifty years ago today, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Food Stamp Act of 1964.

Like former Soviet premier Nikita Kruschev famously uttering “We will bury you” to Western ambassadors, United Auto Workers secretary/treasurer Gary Casteel confidently told Times Free Press writers and editors Friday that Volkswagen soon would recognize UAW Local 42 by dealing with its members and in time could voluntarily recognize the local as the majority representative of company employees (i.e., without a vote).

Former Chattanooga Free Press Vice President Helen McDonald Exum, who died Thursday at age 89, was — in parts — pioneer newspaper executive, cookbook queen, world traveler, bon vivant and family matriarch.

  • Aug. 30th, 2014  |
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Though there's some question if one should ever celebrate a deficit, the country's deficit is expected to decline to $506 billion this year, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.

  • Aug. 29th, 2014  |
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Long before Andy Berke became mayor of Chattanooga and proposed a Baby College to teach parents how to care for their 0- to 3-year-old children so they are healthy and prepared to learn, the United Way of Greater Chattanooga was doing similar work.

  • Aug. 27th, 2014  |
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The use of bicycles is good exercise, saves gasoline and helps people get from here to there faster than walking.

  • Aug. 26th, 2014  |
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A 17-year-old Dyersburg, Tenn., student recently was sent to the principal's office for following a fellow student's sneeze with the words "bless you."

A week before Labor Day, a Republican United States Senate looks like a distinct possibility in November.

Hamilton County Schools employees may not get much sympathy from the average Chattanooga worker after the revelation Thursday that teachers and others may have to pay an additional $100 a month to keep their spouses on the school district's health plan.

Even those people who didn't vote for Barack Obama in 2008 had hoped some things about race relations might change for the better.

The 1988 triple murder of Kenneth Griffith, Earl Smock and Richard Mason on Signal Mountain was dramatized in a new episode of "Bloodlands" on the Investigation Discovery cable television channel Monday night.

  • Aug. 20th, 2014  |
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Anyone with a room or basement full of old bills, Dad's letters to Mom from the war, the children's elementary-school drawings and old newspapers will understand what the city of Chattanooga wants to do.

  • Aug. 19th, 2014  |
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