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For Tennessee Republicans, Howard Baker, who died Thursday at age 88, was the foundation, the trailblazer, the man upon whom the modern Grand Old Party in the Volunteer State was built.

When one thinks of buildings worth saving around Chattanooga, the former Tennessee State Office Building on McCallie Avenue is not one that comes to mind.

  • June 25th, 2014  |
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You can't pin the entire Veterans Affairs health care mess on President Barack Obama, but it's certainly worsened under his tenure. However, he and every other president who has let one more government-run agency continue to bloat deserves some blame.

It took liberal Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., to remind supposed nonpartisan journalist and MSNBC's "Hardball" host Chris Matthews who the enemy is on a recent show.

The volunteers tell similar stories.

  • June 22nd, 2014  |
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Since Volkswagen needed to be manufacturing its new sport utility vehicle, like, yesterday, it's good news that the Chattanooga plant is apparently going to be the site where it will be produced.

Doughnut-gate has shined the light on a city department many believe has been run as an arrogant fiefdom — with little practical application — for many years.

  • June 20th, 2014  |
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As a businessman, as a former Tennessee commissioner of finance, as a mayor and as a United States senator, Bob Corker always has been considered a practical man.

Walking through the iron front gates of Engel Stadium Monday night, fans smiled as if they were meeting an old friend. And, in a way, they were.

These words were in the middle of a McClatchy News Service report in Sunday’s Times Free Press: “After the United States left Iraq in 2011 under a timetable set by President George W. Bush …”

Earlier this month, the United Auto Workers (UAW) held its 36th Constitutional Convention in Detroit. Among the speakers addressing the 1,100 union delegates was Frank Patta, general secretary of Volkswagen’s Global Group Works Council.

  • June 17th, 2014  |
  • By Matt Patterson
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Two branches — one black, one white — of the 204-year-old Cumberland Presbyterian Church are pondering reunification in Chattanooga this week.

If a new advocacy organization succeeds in making Chattanoogans more aware of and more involved in their public schools, it will have done a great service.

During his brief remarks after being sworn in as Chattanooga's new police chief Thursday, Fred Fletcher spent most of his time talking about what he'd learned from his wife, Paige.

On Wednesday, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., voted against students, and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R.-Tenn., voted against veterans.

  • June 13th, 2014  |
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