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When Hamilton County Commissioner Joe Graham ran for the District 6 seat in 2010, people told him they didn't know or never saw their then-commissioner, who was John Allen Brooks. So they voted for a change.

Randy Fairbanks only had a few days to savor what many believed was an upset victory over incumbent Fred Skillern in the May Republican primary for the District 1 seat on the Hamilton County Commission. He had no Democrat opponent and so was virtually assured his seat.

Voters in Tennessee's 3rd District Republican congressional primary have an opportunity to take the first step on what the United States political landscape will look like in the near future.

No matter what happens, the Hamilton County Board of Education will have a dedicated educator in the District 8 seat after the Aug. 7 election.

  • July 19th, 2014  |
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Greg Martin, who was appointed to the Hamilton County Board of Education to fill the unexpired term of Everett Fairchild in District 3 in 2012, deserves the vote for a full term in the Aug. 7 county general election.

There's still two days left for the city of Chattanooga and Hamilton County Schools to determine they need to drag out the bickering a little longer, but it appears an agreement on more than $11 million owed the school system in delinquent liquor-by-the-drink taxes could be signed Friday.

  • July 16th, 2014  |
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Good news came to Chattanooga on Monday tied in a bright CrossBlue package.

  • July 15th, 2014  |
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Among religious groups, President Obama is most popular among Muslims, a Gallup survey of 88,000 Americans taken over the first six months of 2014 finds.

Grundy County, 54 miles northwest of Chattanooga, is one of the 100 hardest places in America to live, according to a recent examination of several data points in counties across the country by The Upshot, a New York Times news and data-analysis venture.

  • July 13th, 2014  |
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The buzz throughout the auditorium was palpable. A high level of anticipation and excitement existed. As if the president of the United States or, at the very least, a celebrity entertainer was about to enter.

  • July 12th, 2014  |
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It's an idea that quickly outgrew its name, but that's a good thing.

  • July 11th, 2014  |
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When one Hamilton County Board of Education candidate was asked this week what he thought about President Barack Obama's idea of yanking good teachers out of the schools in which they're teaching and plunking them in what the president called "the poorest schools," he didn't mince words.

Hamilton County Circuit Court Judge Neil Thomas handed down a vote for clarity Monday morning in the wording of the domestic partner referendum on August's election ballot.

Absence apparently makes the heart grow fonder when it comes to presidential popularity.

If you could zip the United States-Mexican border closed, round up the illegal immigrants now in the country and have them follow the guidelines to become citizens as set forth in the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act supported by Tennessee Sens. Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker last year, it would be a step forward.

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